February 8th ~ From Yala National Park to Weligama Bay, Sri Lanka
Today started out really rough for Tim. He woke up in a great deal of pain. Thankfully we quickly figured out what was causing it, as it was a do-over from about twenty years ago.
He was passing a kidney stone.
When my husband does not want to eat breakfast, you know he is miserable. Between the rolling high pain level and sweeping nausea, he was not looking forward to getting on the bus.
I was thankful that it eased up quite a bit before we actually left. I was further grateful that we had three doctors, coincidently all anesthesiologist, on board the bus, just in case he got worse.
We were traveling along the coastline from Yala National Park to Weligama Bay.
Heshan pointed out some fields and explained that after the field was planted, that a member of the family would sleep in a tree house and guard over the field. They did not want the roaming elephants, water buffalo, or deer to eat the crop. They would sing folk songs all night long to stay awake, being answered and joined by whomever was in the neighboring field tree house.
The coastline was inviting with crystal clear water. Every couple of hours the bus stops for a “comfort” stop.
The store next door to the coffee shop had some interesting jewelry and Karen bought two nice bracelets. I think I would have purchased a silver one that had carved elephants on it had she not beat me to it 🙂
By the time we reached our hotel in Weligama Bay, Tim was still not himself, and very ready to be off the bus.
In the afternoon, we had been scheduled to visit a nearby meditation center to participate in a discussion with a Buddhist Monk. We decided to forego that excursion and simply rest.
We both napped most of the afternoon. By dinnertime Tim felt much improved and we had a relaxing dinner at the hotel.
The Marriott Resort is a beautiful property. A lavish three day wedding was in full swing. The bride and groom were from India, and had created a destination wedding. We had a chance to pop inside one of the venue rooms shortly before the bridal party was scheduled to arrive. No expense had been spared to make this an elaborate and exquisite occasion.
Overnight: Marriott Resort Weligama Bay
Coming next: The stilt fishermen of Weligama
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that Tim is finally feeling so much better and seems to have passed the kidney stone. Around 20 years ago he had his first attack and I can still vividly remember racing him to the emergency room. Thank goodness, this time was milder, but still very painful. It is never easy to get sick, injured or have any other health issue. It becomes magnified when away from home. I am beyond thankful that he has recovered and is no longer in pain.