Day 2 - Rainforest fun and emergency room
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Today we got up at 7 am, not because we had to, but because we went to bed too early last night. Well, for our standards. At 8:30am we packed our things in the car and got some breakfast at Subway and Starbucks before heading out. After getting our stomachs full we hit the road towards El Yunque near Luquillo, picked up some snacks at a local grocery store, including ice and well, beer. lol We arrived at a remote location in the mountains of the rainforest at around 11am. There was a whole convoy of Enid's friends following us because we were the ones with the mysterious directions to a "hidden river". Not a tourist location, let's put it that way. We unloaded the car and paid the nice people at casa de Paylas the 50 cents a person to park. :)
Then we took the narrow path through the lush rainforest down to the river.
We were actually able to swim in it because the water was deep enough to the point where you couldn't feel the ground anymore.
After about 150 jumps of random other people Alex decided he was gonna jump in too. He did a couple of bombs from a big rock and then he decided to climb that tree trunk. Well, I'm on the opposite side of the pond getting ready to take the picture. I get a shot of him on top of the tree trunk and then he jumps while I'm waiting for the camera to get ready for another shot. All of a sudden everyone around me gasps and starts yelling and pointing across the pond. I look over and all I see is my hubby covered in blood holding his head climbing out of the water.
We got to the first part of the river where we had made camp. Before I could get the rest of our things I made sure Alex was ok so far. I got a t-shirt on him and made sure he drank some water and sat down for a second. There was still a couple of 100 feet between us and the car plus the drive to the ER. I checked underneath the towel and OH MY GOD. Well, now I wanted to get out of there even faster. The car was blocked in so we had to wait until everyone had moved their car. We got someone who knew the area to drive ahead of us to the ER.
We finally got to the Emergencia in Rio Grande. As soon as we walked in a nurse came running and took him in the back while my friend told her what had happened. I had to fill out some forms and then we waited.
Long story short, 4 X rays and 15 stitches later we were out of there.
We watched some Comedy Central on TV and I was glad to see him laugh, even though it seemed to hurt when he did too much of it.
So that's day 2. The next two days we didn't have anything planned anyways so he would have some time to recover. Man, what a day. Sleeping was relative since I kept checking for breathing all night. That's what you get when you watch too many shows like House and you worry about blood clots in the head, but I did calm down eventually.
So UNLESS you see the ground of the body of water you wanna jump into and make sure it is deep enough, stick to swimming!