Last month I mentioned that I had been to my 30 year class reunion. What I didn’t mention, was that the night we arrived I fell off a ladder while re-arranging my mother’s kitchen cabinets early that morning and nearly didn’t attend the reunion at all!

You know how it is with jet lag … you wake up at unusual times and you are ready to get moving. Unfortunately, I managed to wake Wayne dramatically up with my fall. Anyway, despite feeling very stiff and bruised I went along to the reunion that afternoon, and then, urged by my classmates took a trip to the hospital for an X-ray to make sure I hadn’t broken any ribs. … I hadn’t, but if my sister hadn’t been with me, and if she hadn’t known the head of the hospital as a non-local-resident I would never have been X-rayed at all. The whole experience provided great insight into the Chinese medical system.

In the end a friend helped me obtain an amazing plaster that draws out the toxins from bruises, and helps your body heal, although it wasn’t until I returned to Melbourne and Nadia used Guasha on the injury (with a new Guasha scraper I brought back with me for the clinic) that the aching and inflammation finally vanished completely.

The rest of our trip was amazing! Wayne and I visited Western China and enjoyed the different culture and food – sitting in an open square where tables, chairs, waiters, food, and live musicians magically appeared at dusk was fun. We were awed by the Mogao Caves with their 1500 year history of worship by merchants on the Silk Road who sought protection from God (soon to be closed to the public to preserve them for future generations).

We had some delicious food (like that in the photo) and I became a bit too adventurous … finishing my trip with a severe bout of food poisoning (Wayne told me to be careful of that particular street vendor) and altitude sickness to remind me to be more careful in future.

It was wonderful seeing new sights, and being tourists in China, and fantastic to spend time with my sister who is doing so well that she’s about to have her last chemo treatment, and is planning to come for an extended visit to Melbourne with her husband.