Day 90: Good Mornıng Our Beautıful Pony

Good Mornıng Our Beautıful Pony!
We dıdn`t want to wake you up so we set the alarm and wrote thıs ınstead. We went swımmıng but woke up lte so we wıll have to eat when we are still wet. We are thınkıng we can meet for breakfast around 9:45 ısh ın the garden. That gıves you 20 whole mınutes to stumble down past the restaurant to the beautıful garden. See you soon our pony!

Thıs ıs the wonderful note I woke up to ın Turkey today...thanks to my frıends Naı and Danı, who had already dısappeared for an open water swım. Due to the coral reef I stepped on a few days go, I am layıng low wıth stıngers ın my toes. (Amateur medıcal advıce requested...)

What great frıends I have. Be thankful today, for people lıke Lara ın Mumbaı, who are safe after a sad serıes of events for that fıne cıty. And please thınk of all the 183 who have passed, and the more than 700 ınjured.

Best, Claıre


oomm said...

Toe stingers are natures way of penguin slapping you. Never step on a coral reef!

Amalia said...

Take the stingers out of your toes.

(Amateur medical advice granted!)

diana said...

Ah hah, it's LP Healthy Travel: Asia and India to the rescue again, just as it saved Claire's life in Rajasthan!


Coral is sharp stuff
[duh], and if you brush against it you're likely to get a scratch or graze or a more severe laceration. It may not seem like much at the time, but the consequences of coral cuts can be as serious as those of much more impressive marine creature injuries. Coral wounds are notoriously troublesome, often because people don't bother to clean them properly at the start. Coral is covered in a layer of slime that is full of marine microorganisms which can infect the wound, and small particles of coral,including its stinging cells, are often left in the wound.

If you ignore a coral wound, there's a high chance it will get infected and develop into a sore you can't get rid of. It's worth taking a bit of trouble to prevent this. For any coral cut:

* rinse the wound with plenty of water (e.g. bottled water), perhaps using a small brush or a syringe (with or without a needle) to dislodge any small particles

* apply an antiseptic solution (like povidone-iodine)

* apply an antibiotic cream or powder (e.g. mupirocin 2%) to the area

* cover it with a dressing

* watch for signs of infection (p400)

You can cause irreparable damange to the coral when you come into contact with it
[but at this stage that seems rather beside the point], so it's mutually beneficial to avoid getting cut by coral in the first place. Try to avoid walking on or swimming over reefs and maintain correct buoyancy and control when you're diving. It's a good rule never to put your hands or feet somewhere you can't see first. Always wear shoes in the water, especially if you are walking in the shallows -- flip flops (thongs) or sports sandals work well."

Y'know Claire, I think LP is trying to tell you your foot is going to turn green and fall off.

Claire and Lara said...

thıs sounds hıghly complex

bbop said...

Wassup! Hi claire it is Jess. Sammy and I walked over to your house to say hello to your family. Sorry to hear about the stingers. Sucky. Say hi to Dani and Nai for me!


Claire and Lara said...

Jess: You're ridiculous. Get your own log in i.d. Glad to hear about Sammy's life improvements and you creating a stress relieving workshop for your med school class.

I would expect nothing less.

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