It’s February 9th and just over two weeks away from our departure. In the past year I have obtained my Captain’s licence, read three books specifically written for sailing the BVIs, scoured every internet source available, studied maps, downloaded navigational charts, learned all about Ciguatera poisoning (from eating tropical reef fish and their predators) and bought gadgets and nik-naks galore.
I have also brushed up on my sailing notes, knots, trim and tactics in preparation for this quickly approaching adventure. Unfortunately, there are some things that you just cannot prepare for - like having appendicitis two weeks before your trip!
Yes, you read that correctly. I fell ill last week with sharp stomach pains, which wouldn’t subside and the ultrasound/blood tests yesterday confirmed that the ill-timed culprit was my appendix, not just trapped gas! So what now you ask? Well, staying home and healing up from the surgery and the BVI trip plans will continue as booked.
I mean, what better way to heal from (minor) surgery than in the sunny Caribbean turquoise-blue waters? I hear they have excellent ‘pain killers’ at the Soggy Dollar Bar!
For those of you who know me and are aware of my stubbornness, you know that I wouldn’t back down from this for anything. We have too much invested and have looked forward to this family experience every day for the past year. A little day-surgery isn’t going to keep me down.
“Crew – all hands on deck, batten down the hatches, anchor aweigh, secure the lines…prepare to make way!”