On Wednesday morning the 15th, I went for a consultation with a surgeon at the Westshore Medical Center in Port of Spain; on Friday, I was in their operating room. The rest of the time? Well, we had to get the boat ready to haul out for the hurricane season which meant putting everything in safe storage locations, removing sails, cleaning inside and out, removing all deck gear, and on and on, all before Friday if possible.
I soon realized my new little buddy was not happy with me trying to do all this work. He complained quite intensely. So I did what I could and sought help from our friends. Gary and Patti recommended we hire their boat boy, Tony, to do all of our outside cleaning, polishing, and brightwork.
I won’t bore you with the sordid details of hernia surgery because you can find all you’d ever want to know at your favorite reference location, the www. But I will say my experience in Trinidad’s medical facility was first rate every step of the way. Nurses were incredibly caring; technology equaled or exceeded what we expect in the USA; my surgeon, Dr. David Josa, was one of the kindest and most professional doctors I have ever encountered. Oh, and the total cost? Less than half of my Blue Cross deductible in Florida. In the future, I would not hesitate to seek treatment for any condition right here in Trinidad.
For the first two weeks after surgery, I wasn’t able to do much of anything. Dr. Josa told me start walking and to resume my normal lifestyle, but not to push it. No heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks. He assured me I’d know if I was “pushing it” and he was right! Tony did a bunch of the last minute heavy lifting for me, and we can tell you he is one of the most conscientious workers we have found in the Caribbean. We’ll be using him in the future for most, if not all of these types of chores.
By the fourth week, I was starting to feel more like myself, and along the way, with help from our friends, Gary, Patti, Ken, Michelle, John, and Genie, we finished all the preparations in time for haul out. And all too soon, the 2013 season was over. As I sit here retelling our adventures, we both look back in amazement at all that happened. Even with the hiccup, we still had an incredible year, one of the best years of our lives.
So, for now, and until next season, we all must