The sun has set on another day here in Bangkok and the theme for today seems to be “charred”.
The city is unrecognisable in so many places and it feels as if it still in shock after the violence and bloodshed of the past days. The protest has been disbanded, but the burning continued as buildings were torched. Today we have seen a smouldering and charred city and many places we know have been destroyed or damaged. Our rendez vous spot and base of much chemo treat shopping, Central World at Chidlom has been gutted and is reported as being in danger of collapse. It seems ironic that my post reflecting on how much life changes “Things will never, never, never be the same again” was inspired in Central World – and now seems eerily pertinent to the place itself.
On the positive side, the city is not all that is charred. We left very early today for the hospital, unsure of how things might develop outside. I arrived about 45 minutes early, unsure of whether my session would be able to run. Incredibly, I was ushered in and seen almost on arrival. Apparently, a number of patients were not able to get to the hospital and there was a free slot when I arrived. So, incredibly, session 22 went ahead quickly and smoothly and the charring on my radiation site is developing nicely.
Again, I was told to hurry home and stay safe after the treatment. I gave the same advice to the staff – they seemed quite amused and touched!
Bangkok has been placed under night time curfew for another 3 days. Coincidentally, now that 22 radiation zaps are done – I have 3 cooking sessions left!