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!!!