Monday, June 23, 2008

start with bad...


Ok, so:
  • my bags are packed
  • we are all showered (very important when you know you won't have another shower for at least 24 hours!)
  • we have all eaten something
  • I baked chocolate chip muffins for the trip      
  • I went out to lunch with a friend that is moving away :(                                                    
and now I have an extra hour to just sit and relax.. So I thought I would tell you first about the worst part of the trip that we just took:

In Portuguese they are called Caravela Portugues and in English they are called
Portuguese Man-of-War.  

We all booked a snorkeling trip to a small pool in the ocean not far from our hotel.  My daughter and husband went out of the water early and my son and I stayed behind.  As we were swimming back to shore I felt something sting me on my back.  Now, I have been a scuba diver for over 14 years, and I know a little bit about these things...
So I picked my head up and saw what was kinda stuck in my long hair and right next to the front of me....
a jellyfish!
and worse yet, a Portuguese Man-of-War!
I knew how dangerous this jellyfish was (actually Wikipedia says that it technically is not a jellyfish but a 
siphonophore- a colony of specialized polyps and medusoids.)
They look like plastic baggies floating on the water...
not that it mattered seeing as I was swimming with my head down and never saw it coming!

So, I yelled to my son to swim away, pushed it a little away from me with my hand, (read:DUMB MOVE!)
and then batted it away with a fin.  All the while letting out a yell here and there!
I felt the sting right away on my face, ear and hand that I used to push it away (read: DUMB MOVE)
but as the day went on I was able to see everywhere that it's long tentacles got me:
both hands, my neck, upper back and of course my face and ear.  
The sting burns so much!  I was afraid that I was going to die really...
they are very poisonous, and depending on how much venom is injected into you, the worst case scenario is death! AGH!
Obviously, I am still here...
and we even got a laugh after the stinging went away from this...
Remember the old wive's tale?
Pee on a jellyfish sting?
Well, my son SSSSSOOOOOO
wanted to do that after he heard that it could help!
Luckily, there were little food stands nearby and I was able to put vinegar on it.
But from then on, my son was laughing at the thought of peeing on me!

  ok, onto the good in my next post.....



4 comments:

MoodyBlue said...

Well at least his intentions were good. LOL!

I'm sorry you got the sting! That sounds so painful! I hope that you aren't in any pain.

My Full Hands said...

Yikes! It's probably hard to think clearly when you are staring one of those in the face! I hope you heal quickly.

sonja said...

Ow!

Those things have always creeped me out, and I've only seen them on TV!

Calandria said...

Wow! That was a close shave. Glad you're ok.