Thursday, January 04, 2007

Merry Christmas from the TMC!

26 December 2006

Things here were alright until about 6pm last night. I ended up face first in the asphalt tripped up by a cable stretched between two barriers on the way to the chow hall for Christmas Dinner. I cross this cable every day, but last night they'd tied a red plastic band which hung just below the cable and I caught my shin on the cable and went face first down. My left hand broke part of the fall, but couldn't get my hand out of my jacket pocket and my right shoulder ended up taking the hit along with tearing my right bicep.

That’s right I celebrated Christmas night in the medical clinic. Alright, it doesn’t suck as much as it could have cuz I didn’t break any bones. Good thing I’m a milk fanatic, I’m pretty sure that I should have broken SOMETHING the way I fell and the impact my shoulder and arm took. How’s the saying go? If it wasn’t for crap luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all!

Got taken to the clinic, still in shock from the fall and the doc looked at me, but there isn't much they can do for a muscle tear. Let it heal and see how it goes. Doc says that normally you lose 10-15% strength in a tear like this, but to wait and see. I have to tell you though, Captain McKeon is tops in my book. He ended up being the Doc on call for Christmas and is also the doc that saw me two weeks ago for my back. No white coat syndrome since I already felt comfortable around him!

In the mean time, he prescribed 800 mg of Motrin every 8 hours and a handful of Vitamin V....nope, not Viagra (although that might be fun)! Vicodin. After the back pain that I have been having here, this pain wasn't bad. Only hurts when I turn my arm in certain directions. He did say that it should heal up or at least feel better in 7 to 10 days. So I slept pretty good last night. The bruises have just started to surface as I type this, so I know that they are going to be colorful.

I'm feeling okay overall, just some pain when I try to tie shoes, zip a zipper and put on socks. Basically, anything that stretches the arm out. This morning the first question out of everyone’s mouth is “How do you feel?” Well, the only response I can come up with is, “Well I’m actually feeling pretty good for the fall I took. Really, it only hurts when I pee! (I know, TMI)…meaning it only hurts when I have to pull my zipper down because I have to straighten out my arm. It got a laugh out of them.
Hi Dave

I wanted to post a comment on your Chapter 3, Shipwreck blog, but couldn't find anywhere to add a comment.

I was just googling "Bahia Paraiso" and came across your blog.

It was very interesting to hear your side of the story because I was travelling on the Society Explorer when this happened and we had to pick up and carry a fair proportion of the stranded passengers to our next stop. I was 10 years old at the time and don't remember that much except having mostly Argentinians sat in our lounge trying to understand what had just happened to them. Me and my sister who were there spoke spanish, as we lived in Chile at the time, so tried to chat to everyone but I remember people weren't that chatty..

Anyway, i was just remembering that event, came across your website, which has enlightened me to the facts that happened that day, and I wanted to thank you for your detail. One rumour that had gone round, which seems to be wrong, was that the Captain was the first man off ship!

I hope you are safe where you are now in Iraq. Look after yourself there.

Thanks again.

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