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    Senior Member Shnyda's Avatar
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    Visit to the hospital...

    To start - we had a lovely 8 day trip to Aruba. The weather was gorgeous, my 3 year old spent her days in the ocean and pool swimming. We had some great meals and the airport was not crowded on the way home.


    Now for the drama --- Day 4 of the trip we had planned a Jolly Pirates cruise. My brain tells me I am 18 but my body is twice that and I forget sometimes. I did the rope swing and mid-air I heard my shoulder pop out of the socket. (This was my 5th dislocation) I swam with one-arm back to the ship and somehow climbed the ladder and sat down until my wife noticed I was not talking and my body was no longer symmetrical.

    The normally jovial pirates came over and offered assistance, they would have shuttled me on a smaller boat to shore and called paramedics but I declined. I just asked for a shot of rum to dull the pain. There was a lovely nurse and a paramedic on board who both offered as much assistance as they could without risking a malpractice suit. Being that I had done this 4 times before I knew I just needed to get to a doctor.

    We got off the boat an hour or so later and my wife took me straight to the hospital near Eagle Beach. I can't say enough good things about the hospital. They had me in the ER within 4 minutes - and a doctor saw me within 15. 2 lovely dutch doctors worked on me -- they offered me anesthesia but I declined. Pulling and pushing and contorting and me screaming and they had humpty dumpty back together again.

    The little ordeal cost me about $670 which I may get some reimbursement on from my US insurance carrier but I am not sure. While I was paying I met a lovely woman from NJ who also appeared to have dislocated her shoulder (in a hot tub - not the boat). Seems like that was the injury of the day.

    I had to take it slow the rest of the trip - but still had a great time.

    No more rope swings for me!!!
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


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    Sorry to hear about the shoulder! It's good to hear that the hospital experience was positive though.

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    argh
    sorry to hear of your encoounter with the swing.

    i hope that your at home health insurance will cover and reimburse you fully.
    anything they do not reimburse, try submitting to your trip insurance.
    that should make up the difference.

    be well and take care of that shoulder.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shnyda View Post
    To start - we had a lovely 8 day trip to Aruba. The weather was gorgeous, my 3 year old spent her days in the ocean and pool swimming. We had some great meals and the airport was not crowded on the way home.


    Now for the drama --- Day 4 of the trip we had planned a Jolly Pirates cruise. My brain tells me I am 18 but my body is twice that and I forget sometimes. I did the rope swing and mid-air I heard my shoulder pop out of the socket. (This was my 5th dislocation) I swam with one-arm back to the ship and somehow climbed the ladder and sat down until my wife noticed I was not talking and my body was no longer symmetrical.

    The normally jovial pirates came over and offered assistance, they would have shuttled me on a smaller boat to shore and called paramedics but I declined. I just asked for a shot of rum to dull the pain. There was a lovely nurse and a paramedic on board who both offered as much assistance as they could without risking a malpractice suit. Being that I had done this 4 times before I knew I just needed to get to a doctor.

    We got off the boat an hour or so later and my wife took me straight to the hospital near Eagle Beach. I can't say enough good things about the hospital. They had me in the ER within 4 minutes - and a doctor saw me within 15. 2 lovely dutch doctors worked on me -- they offered me anesthesia but I declined. Pulling and pushing and contorting and me screaming and they had humpty dumpty back together again.

    The little ordeal cost me about $670 which I may get some reimbursement on from my US insurance carrier but I am not sure. While I was paying I met a lovely woman from NJ who also appeared to have dislocated her shoulder (in a hot tub - not the boat). Seems like that was the injury of the day.

    I had to take it slow the rest of the trip - but still had a great time.

    No more rope swings for me!!!

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    Glad you're OK....... hope you're covered for the hospital insurance.... BTW..... take it from an old guy..... the older we get.... the tougher young people stuff is to do!

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    Thanks everyone --- it was actually a fairly positive experience knowing that the Island has such good healthcare. The $$$ is not a huge issue - lesson learned if I don't get reimbursed!
    -Eric, Karen and Mia-
    Aruba New Years 2017-18 12/28/17 - 1/3/18 (18th Trip)


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    Take it easy!!! Glad you are on the mend. Scary stuff imop

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    Glad the rest of the trip was still great. Thanks for sharing. Good to know there is such great care available when we need it!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Sounds like you really took the injury in stride. It is comforting to know if ever did have an issue, others have had a positive experience. Thank you for sharing and hope your feeling better.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    So glad things worked out so well. I too sometimes suffer from thinking I'm still capable of doing the same things I was 20 or even 10 years ago. One day I'll come to my senses but not yet. I've never had to visit the hospital in Aruba but its good to know that so many people report positive experiences.











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    Wow..... no anesthesia... not even an Amstel Bright.... now that's tough!

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