April 7, 2015
|Minutes after we took this idyllic photograph Karen was wracked with pain after standing on a stingray|
|Karen hand steered most of the way getting to know our Whitby 42 ketch's quirks.|
|A beautiful day for a down wind sail in Moreton Bay|
|Manly to Horseshoe Bay - 13.4 Nautical Miles - 3 Hours 03 Minutes - Average Speed 4.4 knots - Max 6.8 knots|
|A relaxing afternoon on the stern|
1 While still in the water irrigate the wound to remove fragments of spine and tissue. A small amount of bleeding at this stage may assist the process of washing away toxins. Remove victim from the water.
2 Apply pressure above the wound if it is bleeding.
3 Flush the wound in fresh water then soak in water as hot as the person can tolerate (approximately 43C - 110 F). As toxins may cause numbness of the effected limb, check the temperature with a non effected hand/foot to ensure it’s not so hot as to cause burns. When any bleeding has stopped use tweezers to gently remove any obvious pieces of spine.
4 Wash wound with soap and water. Apply tropical antibiotic ointment. Apply breathable, gauze dressing. Do not cover the wound with tape or close it with stitches.
5 Go to hospital emergency department.
Listening from the sidelines I knew the battle was won long before Karen was off the phone, by which time I had the dinghy up on the davits, swim platform stowed and was securing everything below. Karen mounted one last rear guard action with an unconvincing “I’m not sure about this.” When I asked if things were the other way around and it was me who’d been stung would she want to go or stay she meekly ran up the white flag with a quiet, “Go.”
|Getting down from the boat to the gurney was no easy task|
|'Big Foot' under observation later in the ER|
|Hard to believe that small puncture wound on the ankle could cause so much pain and swelling.|
What we did wrong?
What we did right.
|Our medical kit is extensive and well labeled so everything can be found quickly if needed.|
14 April 2015
Seven days after suffering the sting Karen is still suffering a burning sensation and discomfort in her foot but is at last now able to spend more than just very brief periods on her feet. The lingering power of the toxin injected by a single strike from a relatively small stingray is incredible but fortunately she is well on the way to a full recovery.