Thursday, August 27, 2015

Check-in/OK message from SPOT Bob and Cathryn

Bob and Cathryn
GPS location Date/Time:08/27/2015 13:48:41 PDT

Message:We are happy, well and having fun.

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Bob and Cathryn

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Ready for Adventure

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Next To Me's Location

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We are "back in the saddle"

Bringing NTM back to Gig Harbor from Shishole Marinia where Capt. Bob Smith delivered her.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Back in the Saddle

One month ago today, July 9, 2015 "Next To Me" inadvertently threw us! Wednesday we semi-got-back-in-the-saddle. After two weeks in hospitals followed by two weeks at home with round-the-clock care and assistance from family, augmented by nearby friends, Bob was suffering a bad case of boredom and cabin fever. We knew "Next To Me" had been left in disarray when we fled by Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, and we knew we couldn't bring her home on our own yet. So we left home at 5.30am to catch a ferry from Port Angeles (USA) to Victoria (Vancouver Island, Canada) followed by a 6-hour drive to Port McNeill to be reunited with our boat. Hard to believe we can make this trip in 11-12 hours by car, but it takes a week by boat!

Immediately on arrival at North Island Marina in Port McNeill, Anne and Bob from Maple Bay, Canada, people we'd never met who were docked next to us, greeted us and said they'd heard Cathryn's radio transmission July 9 asking for help, saw the Coast Guard helicopter whisk us away, and when they came into the Port McNeill marina two days ago, recognized the boat name and wondered what had become of us. So we spent 45 minutes together over a glass of wine exchanging stories. Wonderful, kind people!

The 11-hour car and ferry trip Wednesday had gone smoothly. Thursday Bob verbally directed or assisted Cathryn's activities in the engine room: collecting 8 gallons of antifreeze, fuel and water from the bilge and disposing of them at a nearby facility; completing a routine "fluids check", something Bob normally does daily when we're underway; topping off the oil, draining a bit of contaminated fuel out of the Racor fuel filter; cleaning the sea strainer and more.

We loaded a bunch of clothes and personal belongings off the boat to the car, cleaned the inside of the boat, bought fuel, topped off the water tanks, pumped out the waste tank, and got things ready for the boat to be brought home. And Bob walked to NAPA nearby to buy a new spare serpentine belt.

Cathryn interviewed two people by phone to find someone to bring the boat home and made an agreement with a professional Delivery Captain from Seattle who's currently on an 80-foot boat coming into Port McNeill next Wednesday. He comes highly recommended by someone we know and trust, and over 3 phone calls together, came across as experienced, conscientious and kind. We're eager to have "Next To Me" home before the end of this month.

So being on the boat was good for both of us. It cured Bob's cabin fever, confirmed his tender new skin is too subject to damage and thus not ready for boating underway, and allowed us to feel comfortable the boat is organized and ready for someone to bring her home.

Friday we made the long day trip home. Mackenzie and Matt arrive Sunday for a week, and life is looking pretty darned good again!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

August 2 update

We're happy to report life is becoming more predictable, easier and less dramatic in our household. Bob continues to be a model patient, working hard to recover and never complaining. He goes for walks 3-4 times daily, varying in length from 1/4 to 1/3 mile each. His stamina has grown, he takes fewer and shorter naps, and appetite and weight are both good and stable. He's down to one medium-size and several small bandages which need changing daily, and each day we're faster at handling the shower, wound cleaning and bandage-changing routine. Today we broke one hour for the first time!

Bob's wounds continue to heal rapidly. Lots of new, pink skin is replacing burns. It's tender, easily damaged if bumped, scratched or rubbed, and he's been told to avoid wearing any coarse fabric (jeans) for 3 months and keep his new skin out of the sun for a full year. Guess we're not going to the beach this winter!

Cathryn has made progress on Insurance issues (got our first check reimbursing us for large out-of-pocket hospital costs in Canada), and together we continue to narrow the options on a plan to bring "Next To Me" home. We've had many offers of help from friends, friends-of-friends, and professional Delivery Captain referrals, so are figuring out what will work best for our schedule and budget. We really, really want the boat and our personal belongings back. We still have few clothes at home (though have shopped for some replacements), and several times a day wish aloud that we had an item, followed by the frequent lament "but it's on the boat!"

Cathryn's sister Anne flew home 5 days ago, and her sister Susan arrived 2 days later. Like Anne, Susan has been a whirlwind of activity keeping us fed, clothed in clean attire, towels and bedsheets, kept the house clean, run a zillion errands, and taken care of all the odds-and-ends around the house (in addition to visiting her elderly and not-well father-in-law in Tacoma). Bob's sister Lynn and David continue to help regularly with individual requests and feed us.

And all of you, our friends, continue to feed us or serve as our Cheerleading Squad to remind us we're loved and supported, tell us entertaining or amusing stories of your lives that make us laugh, and reinforce for us how fortunate we are to have such a great circle of people in our life.

Life is beginning to go so well that Bob is bored and feeling cabin-fever, so we're starting to discuss outings that interest him and feel within the scope of his stamina.

Thanks so much for your continued love and support, and soon we hope to feel ready to re-engage in our social life. Hugs all around!