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

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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

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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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Nature Notes

Crocodile in Nichupte Lagoon…

Our first day in Cancun we saw this sign and thought it might be neat it might be to see a crocodile, from a distance…

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Imagine our surprise when a couple hundred yards down the sidewalk we spotted this guy sunning himself…P1100213

Too neat!

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The American crocodile is considered an endangered species in nearly all parts of its North, Central, and South American range. Survey data, except in the United States, is poor or nonexistent, but conservationists agree that illegal hunting and habitat depletion has reduced populations of this wide-ranging reptile to critical levels.

A small, remnant population lives in southern Florida, but most are found in southern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Their habitat of choice is the fresh or brackish water of river estuaries, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps.

A prehistoric-looking creature, it is distinguishable from its cousin, the American alligator, by its longer, thinner snout, its lighter color, and two long teeth on the lower jaw that are visible when its mouth is closed.

This species is among the largest of the world’s crocodiles, with Central and South American males reaching lengths of up to 20 feet (6.1 meters). Males in the U.S. population rarely exceed 13 feet (4 meters), however.

Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, fish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion. They have been known to attack people, but are far more likely to flee at the sight of humans.

Most countries in the American crocodile’s range have passed protection laws, but unfortunately, few governments provide adequate enforcement

For more info visit here…http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/american-crocodile/

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Gone for the week

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It hasn’t been all fun and games though! I went snorkeling with one of my friends. We were suppose to go to three different sights to snorkel. We almost finished the first spot when something hit my arm and it started to burn instantly. It hurt so bad! My arm wasn’t even red but it felt like it was on fire. We signaled for the pick up boat and by the time it was able to get out of the water it started to turn slightly red. At shore it was really red and we could see welts within the redness and it was determined that it was a jellyfish sting. They poured some vinegar over it and offered me some tequila. It was hurting so bad and I was so cold despite it being very warm. I couldn’t quit shaking and thought I was going to be sick. Then my hand turned a dark blue/purple color and did I mention I hurt? I was trying not to cry and got a bit freaked out about my hand being blue , so we called it a day, called a cab and went back to the hotel.

Our husbands were both in meetings, so I called mine and told him what had happened. The taxi driver didn’t understand much English and I speak even less Spanish. He told me, no more tequila for you when he saw my arm. I think he thought I fell on it! It took over 40 minutes to get back to the motel. I was in so much pain and still shaking so bad! The hotel brought me some warm towels and called the motels doctor. We went back to our room were I jumped in a hot shower, the hot water helped to warm me up and stopped the pain and burning in my arm. When I took it out of the warm water it would instantly start to hurt again. The doctor gave me some “stuff” to put on it, which helped a bit. Slowly the color came back to my hand too.

It was pretty sore the first night, I couldn’t stand anything rubbing up against it and would wake up in the middle of night and have to jump in the shower. Today it just has a feeling like I’m being prickled and it itches like crazy!!

My arm looks better too. It’s actually kind of cool! I can see right where the tentacles hit my arm. Three on the lower arm and two on the upper arm. My arm was bent in about a 90 degree angle when the jellyfish hit it and passed through. It completely wrapped around my lower arm!

Other than that little mishap , we’ve had a great time. My hubby finishes up with meetings tonight and then we get 4 more days to just hang out .
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