Snorkeling and Jellyfish Encounters…

I’ve already shared about my jellyfish encounter, just in case you missed it you can read about it here

These pictures were taken our third day in Cancun.  I was very proud (and nervous) with myself for venturing out without my hubby and just going with one of the other wives that were down there.  Both of husbands work for the same company, so while they were stuck in meetings we went out, got a bit of sun, and a whole lot of adventure!

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Lori and I being goofy…

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My husband gifted me with a waterproof camera for Christmas to use on our trip…P1000223

The water that day was very rough and we had a pretty good wind blowing too, so things were stirred up a bit…P1000233

We did see a Barracuda though!P1000235 P1000261 P1000268

Then our trip was rudely interrupted when something hit my arm and it instantly felt like it was on fire!  It felt like someone had taken a curling iron to my arm.  It took quite a while for arm to even turn red.  I think everyone thought I was crazy!  I have given birth 8 times and this was ranking right up there on the pain scale.  I was trying not to cry and wig out!  By the time we got back to shore, we could see the streaks on my arm and found out that it was indeed a jelly fish sting.  My hand started to turn blue and I was really, really trying not to freak out, I just wanted my hubby to be there.  However, Lori did an awesome job of trying to warm me up, getting a cab, and not letting me freak out!

The owner of the scuba place dept telling me how this was a freak deal because it was too cold for the jelly fish this time of year and that the resent storms and wind must have blown one in.  When I we were back at the hotel, one place gave a statistic of your chances of being stung of 1 in 250,000 during the peak season!  In fact, I had a better chance of dying in a car crash on the way to the airport!P1000295

The next day…photo 2 (5)

Despite everyone’s great advice about drinking lots tequila and crown, (hey, I was desperate and for a while, I didn’t feel  much and laughed way too much! 😉 and I don’t normally drink a lot  but we were in Mexico!), my arm was still in quite a bit of pain.  (Duh! Right? It always seems like a good idea at the time…)  I tried a bunch of different salves, creams and balms on my arm,  but nothing seemed to work, but good ole time.  We spent the rest of our vacation checking out some of the Mayan ruins, cenotes and on our last day in Mexico, my hubby still really wanted to go snorkeling.  I figured it would be like being struck by lightning twice, right?!

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We made it through unscathed, even after sea weed hit my neck…I about walked on water!  And I was so glad that we did go, it was so beautiful!  The water was much more calm and clear, and it was very fun to be able to try out my little camera.  Best of all I was able to spend the afternoon with my hubby.

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My arm got a bit better each day, until we flew home and then….

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My body went into over-drive producing histamines!  I started to blister all around my arm.  I started itching like CRAZY, like I wanted to take a wire brush to my arm.  I finally broke down and went to Urgent Care, of course in Montana they don’t take care of many people with jelly fish stings!  They put me on 5 different drugs to bring the histamine levels down, stop the itching and a steroid to boot!  About a week later I was feeling much better!

This is my arm as of today, 6 weeks after the sting…

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No more pain or itching, just the marks and a fun story to tell about them!  😉

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8 comments on “Snorkeling and Jellyfish Encounters…

  1. Roberta says:

    Sounds like quite an adventure but not fun,,as in getting bit…Take care!

  2. Margaret says:

    Hi Well what an adventure. I love to snorkel when I am at the Barrier Reef but I have never managed photos like your so well done. Your arm did look awful but good on you to get into the water again.

  3. Pat says:

    What a terrible experience! Glad you went back in the water to get these great photos to share!

  4. MaryAnn says:

    Wow, you were brave! Not sure I’d have gone in again – ha. Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing Erin

  5. Oh my. I had no idea that the effects could last so long. You poor thing. It is ironic that you have a large family, a farm and do so much outdoor stuff and you go on vacation and something freaky happens… But what amazing photos you got. Happy Valentines Day….

  6. BL says:

    Great story…been there….kids got in to a group of jellies….every direction they went, they couldn’t escape…friend put me on a spray product…I’ve tried it and it works…made by Ocean Care Solutions..Jellyfish sting relief spray…it really does work…no lidocaine or topical.. it happens so go prepared….good luck

  7. sueslaght says:

    Poor you and your poor arm! Wow!

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