Yesterday morning we woke up to dreary weather, and I began to wonder if our snorkeling adventure was going to materialize. Trying to put the weather worries aside, we went to breakfast. My boys have an affinity for the all-you-can-eat gorging, and by the time we were done (90 minutes later), the skies had cleared.
Robby was ecstatic about going
snorkeling in the ocean whereas I was a tad more cautious. I was worried
about his safety and my losing my leg. This is the first time I have
been snorkeling since becoming an amputee, and I wasn't sure how to
proceed. My water leg doesn't really help me swim, and it actually
becomes more cumbersome than helpful in deep water. However after much
debate, Scott and I decided it would be best to wear my water leg simply
because it would be easier (and less embarrassing) climbing onto and
out of the boat.
Once it was decided that I would wear the leg, I
began preparations for tethering the prosthesis to my body. I know too
many amputees who have lost their prosthetics to the waves and current.
Knowing that I was going to be floating around in the deep ocean, I
didn't want to risk losing suction. Having my prosthesis stolen by the
waves would certainly hinder on our vacation!
With the help of a
family friend before the trip, we refurbished a boogie board tether to
create a makeshift prosthetic leash. Yesterday I wrapped the Velcro
strap around the ankle and provided extra security with a safety pin. I
then put the handle of the tether through a belt appropriated from an
old pair of shorts and strapped it around my waist. I am sure that my
contraption looked odd, especially the beige belt, but the extra
security that it provided outweighed the stares and second glances.
my prosthesis tethered and Robby and Scott finned up and ready to go,
we all hopped into the ocean. Robby was initially nervous, clinging to me with a look of sheer panic on his face. We finally convinced him just to
relax and to float. Within a few minutes he was gently paddling through
the reef, reaching to pet the fish (which managed to stay safely out of
reach) and following creature he found interesting. Eventually I began
to relax, trusting that Robby was safe and happy.
had a great afternoon snorkeling, and thankfully my leg never lost
suction. While my prosthesis did not help me swim, it was easy for me to
climb back onto the boat. The fact that I didn't have to be hoisted by
the crew was worth the effort of donning the odd looking tether!
will be spent playing in the pools and in the ocean. We are scheduled
to help the aquarium staff feed the giant turtles this afternoon, an
event that Robby has been eagerly anticipating since we arrived. The
weather is supposed to be beautiful, and I'm sure we are going to have a