Posts Tagged ‘sick’

The annual local event known as Mini Lobster Season is underway.  It is a two day slaughter of the lobsters.  The season is open to non-commercial fishers only.  Thousands and thousands of divers and snorkelers descend upon the Keys for this brief event.  It is a dangerous time and generally 3 to 5 people die each year during this two day period.  The challenge for the Florida Sea base is continuing to offer a safe program during the event.  We have to deal with S.P.O.R.E.s (Stupid People on Rental Equipment) and persons consuming adult beverages while boating.  Our captains are very aware of the increased risks and will do everything possible to keep our participants safe.

I am still fighting this cold.  I went to the doctor yesterday and was prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection.  I hope to be feeling better soon.  I had self-medicated with a green liquid and a fizzy drink.  I tend to follow the theory of “if a little is good a lot is great”.  So I may have doubled up on the doses.  Bad move.  Two weeks ago my blood pressure was normal at the cardiologist’s office.  Today it was 150/100.  The doctor told me to lay off the OTC meds.

Despite a killer headaches, mild fever and hacking cough, I finished up the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course for staff members Karren Supple, Jason Carter, Hank Gordon, Justin Evans, April Oster and Keith MacDonell last night.   I sat on one end of a very long table and tried to keep the staff towards the far end.  I do not want anyone catching this crud from me.

The weather and program activities are all good.  The participants are having a great time.

The General Manager of the Florida Sea Base, Captain Paul Beal, was hospitalized Wednesday.  He is doing very well and should be back in a couple of days.

Have a great day.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

The strong winds will dominate for even longer at the Florida Sea Base.  NOAA forecasts 20 knot winds from the east through Saturday and 15 knot winds through Tuesday (the end of the current forecast period).  The wind actually shifted to the east-northeast (ENE) yesterday and gave us a very tolerable day of diving.  As I have mentioned before, the wind has been okay for the sailors.  They are reefing sails and staying mostly on the bay side.

EHre’s the morning report on Invest 93L from Weather Underground:

Credit: Weather Underground

Capt. Alex Bergstedt and Matt McClure are off today.  I am “recovering” from yesterday afternoon and last night.  Without being too graphic, I will just say that I have spent more of the last 12 hours on the toilet than off.  I haven’t felt “bad”; no nausea; but I obviously found some type of bug somewhere, somehow.  I’m doing my best to stay hydrated.  I fixed dinner on the boat and ate well (although it was a challenge to not burn anything while running back and for to the head).  Things seem to have slowed down so maybe the worst is over.  But believe me, I will do my best to not stray far from the bathroom today.

We received one load of good sand for the volleyball court yesterday (we need three more).  We expanded from one to two courts this summer and we are having some growing pains.  I expect the courts will be in pretty good shape about the end of summer (of course).  The courts are in near constant use.  I think we could cut out the sailing and diving and just have volleyball and hammocks under the palm trees and most of the kids would still have a blast.

Some of you may remember that 50 feet of chain disappeared from a bucket on the dock by my boat while we were delivering the BSA Centennial Eagle from Slidell, LA to the Florida Sea Base.  I am very disappointed to report that no one has acknowledged borrowing the chain.  Capt. Dennis Dugas of S/V Wandering Star even snorkeled around the dock to see if the chain somehow fell out of the bucket and into the water.  No luck.  I spent $154 to replace the chain.  The new chain is secured on my boat.  When I was a kid this situation would have been considered theft.  But in today’s society it is apparently my fault because I presented some otherwise honest person with too much temptation and caused them to take the chain.  Shame on me.

It’s time to hit the shower and prepare for another “opening day” at the Florida Sea Base.  So far, we remain oil free, there are no imminent threats of hurricanes for the next week and only 60 days of summer program are left.  Time flies when you’re having fun!!!

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape