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Go to Costa Rica... to visit beautiful Clínica Santa Elena! - Hawk's Eyrie
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Go to Costa Rica... to visit beautiful Clínica Santa Elena!
So that vacation I was supposed to have? I'm still waiting for it to happen.

We got there Sunday afternoon. We had two days of acclimating, beach time, and trying to visit Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja (the hotel sent us to visit on the exact day it's closed during the week).

Wednesday we start the real vacation by trying to see the Monteverde Cloud Forest via a zip line canopy tour adventure at Selvatura Park.

Never. Again.

Instructions were given at the beginning, but the day was cloudy & hand signals were hard to see. We managed the first 7 or so (of 18) fine, but on the last one we did by ourselves, we were given two different instructions - when I went down, I was told to brake the whole way. BF says he was not told this.

I got there first, turned to watch him, and knew he was going to crash. He was obviously not seeing the hand signal, and he couldn't tell that the guide was banging on the rope, telling him to slow down.

I hope none of you know how time slows down when something like this occurs. How everything gets burned into your retinas. I hope none of you ever find it out.

I saw him hit & the tree rip into his left leg. Thank Elath, he didn't snap his leg like I first thought. He has a gash just under his knee, that needed six stitches. He also broke the 4th metatarsal in his left foot. Considering what could have happened, we got off easy.

Selvatura got us out of the jungle, had an EMT do First Aid, then took us to Clínica Santa Elena where he saw a Costa Rican doctor of Taiwanese descent & got stitched up. As BF likes to say, he had a collision with a tree, and he's the only one who walked away. The nurse suggested he say that he got attacked by howler monkey's. The Selvaturan guide says that they only have accidents about once a month. The nurse says that they see the EMT all the time.

Yeah. Seriously - don't zip line. It's an adrenaline rush, but it's not like you really get to see the forest when you do it.

We cut out early, and got home yesterday. Unlike United, which tried to extort money from me to put me in a "reserved for special needs" plane seats when I wrecked my ankle, American reworked our entire flight for us, got us in the US on Thursday, home on Friday, put us in bulkhead seats with no one else in our row on all three legs, and checked our luggage all the way through - with sympathy & appropriate help the entire time.

He'll be fine. We only have prelim X-ray results, so there could be more broken bones that we don't know about. I'm leaving comments open for now, but I want absolutely NO horror stories of any kind. I have no idea how much more, if any, I will want to talk about this vacation that is not a vacation. Respect that.

scifantasy? That good luck you've been hoarding this year? I call you out, and I call you out thricely: Share. It. Now.

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From: scifantasy Date: February 7th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Oh, good lord, that's awful. So glad it wasn't worse, so sad it happened at all.

Share. It. Now.

I'm trying, I swear.
slothman From: slothman Date: February 7th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Ouch! You are likely in for a lot of waiting around at medical facilities; if you need someone to bring you a load of reading matter (comics, novels) and/or DVDs, just let me know.
autumnfrostfall From: autumnfrostfall Date: February 7th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
No horror stories. Only one word for the above. Wow.

Hey I missed you & I'm glad you're home!
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some_other_dave From: some_other_dave Date: February 7th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
You might want to edit that to change the name to BF, as Merhawk has previously requested.
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: February 7th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
It's okay. The sentiment is appreciated.
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: February 7th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
No worries. Unlike some others I've seen, I have no problems with others deleting comments in my journal unless it's for things like hit & run obnoxiousness or something similarly malicious.
some_other_dave From: some_other_dave Date: February 7th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Sorry, Publius.

Sounds like LJ's equivalent of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, though.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: February 7th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
*hug* Thanks, Dave, for watching out for us.
turnberryknkn From: turnberryknkn Date: February 7th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Argh. Very sorry to hear.
annewashere From: annewashere Date: February 7th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Whoa, that is no good. I hope BF mends quickly!
prince_eric From: prince_eric Date: February 7th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Sorry to read about this -- tell BF to get well sooon.
From: mikeda Date: February 7th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)

Hope BF heals quickly.
buddhacat From: buddhacat Date: February 7th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Wow, that's unfortunate. Best wishes to BF.
pokeypenguin From: pokeypenguin Date: February 7th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Gah! I'm glad we got to see y'all during the fun part, but I wish we'd got to see you during the boring part instead!
verbicide From: verbicide Date: February 8th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
That fucking sucks, dude. Glad it wasn't worst, and wishing BF the best recovery possible with no more issues.
cheezstk From: cheezstk Date: February 8th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Mucho sympathy, wishes for a speedy recovery, and gladness that it wasn't worse.
the_mad_fangirl From: the_mad_fangirl Date: February 20th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Are you motherf*$^king kidding me!?
Holy crap.
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