Deep sea fishing and the kindness of strangers

Deep sea fishing and the kindness of strangers

Rob and I just got back from a long weekend in Florida, and I can't wait to tell you all about our trip.

But first, I want to tell you about one particular experience while we were there, and how the kindness of strangers amazes me.

Saturday, we spent the day on a boat, the Pastime Princess, deep-sea fishing with about 50 other people.

I'm sure there's some sort of probability about at least one person getting really, really seasick. As it turned out, despite the motion-sickness medicine I took beforehand, that person Saturday was me.

I was so sick, in fact, that I fainted, as I sometimes do when I'm having stomach problems.

Poor Rob wasn't sure what to do, but several other wonderful passengers stepped in, including two nurses, whose names I didn't catch, and Robin Maynard.

Robin, who's trained as a paramedic, started talking to me from the moment I woke up, taking my pulse, getting me washcloths wrapped in ice and making sure I wasn't having a serious medical problem. She also didn't flinch when I barfed. Twice. Possibly on her.

She also gave me a Sea-band, anti-nausea gum and more motion-sickness medicine. Basically, she helped me realize I wasn't going to die on that boat, which helped my mindset a lot, and calmed Rob down enough to do some fishing.

Blog Photo(My Rob - whose given name also happens to be Robin -  was also wonderful, pinching my big toes at one of the nurse's suggestions - something about accupressure that affects the stomach. Rob hates feet. Bless him.)

I was pretty much sick for as long as we were headed out to sea, and while the others fished. As soon as we started moving with the waves, back to shore, though, I felt immediately better. Honestly, now it's hard for me to fathom how awful I felt, but needless to say, there are no cruises in my future.

It was after I started feeling better that I caught up with Robin and the other nurses, and thanked them. In response to, "How can I ever thank you?," Robin gave me her card, which told me about her breast cancer foundation in Florida, Libby's Legacy.

It's a 501(c)3 and offers free mammograms and and other services to uinsured and underserved women in Central Florida.

I made a donation via PayPal this morning. If you're thinking about donating to a breast cancer foundation, you might consider it, even though it's not local.

Blog PhotoAnd more good news: Rob caught a gorgeous red snapper and the Dolphin View Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach cooked it for his dinner. And I felt good enough after returning to land to try it. It was delicious!

I'll write more about our trip as a whole tomorrow - we had a wonderful time. But for today, I just wanted to recognize Robin and the others who were so kind to me in a time of need.

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rsp wrote on May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

Poor Rob, didn't know what to do, look down and there's the picture of him with the fish. lol Now you know everytime you have a tummy ache he can pinch your toes. My dad would get seasick on bigger boats but he loved to fish. Sorry you had such a rough time Meg. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am
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I  thought a photo of happy Rob would be far better than one of me looking horrible and sick!

I guess during the craziness, the crew kept asking if they needed to turn the boat around.

Rob said he didn't want to sound callous by telling them it happens enough to be normal for me - he was afraid they'd think he meant, "Oh, don't worry about her, I'm here to fish!" Luckily, I was with it quickly enough to explain that there was no need to turn around, I just keel over from time to time.