Before finishing up our Istanbul visit I need to update you on an unforeseen change of our journey. As some of you may remember Johan has had a painful knee more or less since the very beginning of our journey when he twisted his knee while trying to get out of one of our foldable chairs. At the beginning the pain was quite hard but cycling didn’t bother him too much and the pain came and went depending on how hard we cycled or walked and walking definitely was worse for him. Despite a one-week cycling rest in Istanbul, the pain stayed and Johan finally decided to see a doctor – in Delhi! We spent our first four days in India vitiating the Dutch and German embassies, doctors, physiotherapists, a hospital and the diagnose was quite devastating: a medial meniscus tear. Johan saw three different doctors and all advised him to get an arthroscopy to cut away the torn part of the meniscus. While there was no emergency to get this operation done immediately, with one wrong movement he might no longer be able to move his knee at all. We’ve had thorough discussions on what to do next and finally Johan decided to get the operation done in Delhi. We both saw the operating doctor, a senior knee surgeon and the head of the orthopedic department and the hospital – very modern and clean – and since all doctors confirmed that this would be a minor surgery taking a maximum of 15 minutes, we thought there wouldn’t be much risk involved. We moved from our guesthouse in the North of Delhi to the very South of the city and now have a room next to the hospital.
At the time of writing I saw Johan in the recovery room and he was doing well. Theoretically he could leave hospital already this evening but he decided to stay the night – circumstances here are very different than elsewhere, more on this in one of our next posts.
Johan will also start on his recovery exercises this very afternoon, he will not get any crutches and can start walking immediately. If all goes well and his knee recovers as planned, we can continue our journey in three weeks from now. Which means we’ve lost a month of traveling through India and will no longer be able to visit the South of India, but will return to Delhi before continuing our trip in the Far East (our tourist visa allows for a 3-month stay only).
On the flip side we now have the opportunity to plan our Asia trip more thoroughly, get our visas for upcoming countries sorted out and get fully adjusted to India, its culture, food, people, climate and everything else.