Posted April 19th, 2010, 10:50 PM
Hi everyone, I am the person whom Vicki mentioned with the allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting. .... The doctors said I had some weird allergy/reaction to the venom of the jellyfish where my blood slowly was clotting. Now, three weeks later my is almost back to normal but I am not allowed to go back to work yet. Will I go snorkeling again? Probably, but I will have my new epipen, make sure no one has seen jellyfish, and maybe have some type of a thin wetsuit. I know what happened to me was extreme, but you never know. I do have allergies to a lot of medications, but not to insects or bees.
You, unfortunately, are the special and unlucky one that had a major reaction to the sting. I'm so glad you are finally getting back to normal!
Please, don't be afraid of the water, or to book outside of the ship. I do book both, but try to go outside when possible with docking times.
From my avatar, you can see exactly how much skin we expose underwater... For me, just the little bits that my hood does not cover. Keith doesn't wear a hood yet, but he will probably start next trip after the last sunburn on the 'solar panel' (top of his head). Of course, we have bare hands when gloves are not allowed, but I usually then pull the sleeves of my diveskin down over my hands.
I would definitely advise both a lycra skin and a lycra hood. Basically, a bathing suit for the entire body.
Hope you're back to full speed soon!