Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Man-of-war

While surfing Goat Island Monday night Heath was attacked


 by Portuguese Man-of-War,


 also known as Blue Bubbles.


He kept surfing of course.


Whenever he'd feel the tell-tale "long hair" slip across him and sting he'd reach across, pull it off and keep surfing.


Many of the tentacles wrapped clear around his legs and arms and neck and we can see this by following the welts around his limbs.


It hurts, of course, but not as bad as the first time last year.  We are told that over time your body gets used to the toxin and no longer reacts.


For now Heath is trying to use his Dad's "mind over matter" techniques as well as Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Lidocaine spray and Hydrocortisone cream. Still hurts.


He's feeling super proud of his battle scars.
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For more on how to treat Blue Bubbles stings see my Hazards of Hawaii post from last year.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure getting stung by a m-o-w was the single most painful thing that happened to me as a child. I feel for ya, buddy! Hope it feels better soon. Stock up on meat tenderizer.

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