Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Journey Begins: Day 1

The Journey Begins: Day 1

Its Wednesday today at 10am Panama Time, or eastern time and rose and I have 1.5 hours to kill. As always right before the trip, we were running around the night before trying to get stuff done and the next morning, I wake up and I have broken out everywhere. They are not sure where this came from- it could have been from anywhere-- but most likely, I just got back the day before from Catalina, stayed at the hotel there and rented wetsuit and hoodie- so it might have come from that. Or something I ate... or a million other things but the good to all of this was that I was home and was able to call my insurance company and get into the hospital asap. After 3 hours of waiting, they finally gave me a shot of steroids and a number of oral meds and cremes to put on. I couldn't believe this happened to me the day I am going to the Galapagos, but if I were to find positive in it, it would be that I was able to go to the doctor and get treated before I left.

So here I am in Panama, my hives are still coming back every now and then so I am living off benedryl and those steroid pills and I am hoping that they go away by the time the first dive happens- which I think is Thursday. Rose and I were able to get all of our stuff done- well, we hope-- and if not, at this point we don't really care and there's nothing we can do about it. As long as we have our passport, money and itineraries- we're all set.

I am really glad that I am traveling with my sister- I don't know what I would of done handling all the luggage and just simple things like going to the bathroom would have been difficult. This way, we can take turns to watch luggage while we run around the airport doing stuff. It was a smooth ride to here (except the last 20 minutes-loads of turbulance) and hope we continue to have smooth sailing. The driver from the Radisson met us right as we left baggage claim and we just now made it to the hotel. Its sooo nice not to be on a plane or have to do anything pressing just yet. Rose and I are the first to arrive and the rest o the team (the other 12 folks) come later.


Roger Jr said...

Good job of posting on both yours and the family blog ;) Can't wait to get down there and see you guys soon! Let us know if you forgot anything or if you think of something we should bring!

Rachelle said...

Hey!! So glad to hear you made it!! One thing I thought about after you left though... is that enough time in between flying and diving?? Don't you need like at least a couple of days with that many hours of flying?

Anyway, be safe and keep in touch!! Love and miss you!