So far, you have heard a lot about where we are and how we got here from the voice of Keith. So, let me introduce myself. I’m the other captain of s/v Sionna, Nicki. Keith is so good at this blogging thing that I have happily let him write. But he is taking a bit of a break. Here’s why:
No, he hasn’t decided to become a pirate. But the pirate patch from the gift shop was an easy way to both hold the real patch in place and look a little suave doing it. Splits, the flamingo, makes a good enough parrot, don’t you think?
When we last posted, we’d played tug of war with a steal I-beam on our anchor, and won. From there we crossed the mouth of the Delaware Bay and spent several days in Lewes, DE visiting family. Many thanks to Bob and Nancy Dunbar for showing us around town, showing us their original-owner, fully-restored better-than-new 1968 Pontiac GTO, The Judge, and for being our own personal Postmaster for a bit.
After waiting… and waiting for a weather window to go up the Delaware and through the C&D canal, we saw a window that would allow us to go around the outside of Delaware instead. One night in Ocean City and an overnight passage around to Norfolk was the plan. On arrival in Ocean City, behind Assateague Island, as we were easing out the anchor chain, we were welcomed by 9 wild ponies racing up the beach, and moments later, a spectacular rainbow. But our weather window closed as we arrived in Ocean City and we ended up waiting out winds as high as 40 mph, a total of 4 nights.
On our last full day there, Keith noticed that the floaters in his right eye, which most people have a few of, had begun multiplying. By the time we left for the overnight passage, he had a blind spot. Motor sailing at night is done, ahh, well, in the dark. Without daylight, he wasn’t aware of the blind spot. However, by the time we anchored in Willoughby Bay, just outside Norfolk. He’d lost about 80% of his vision in that eye. He needed medical attention immediately.
But Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane was due to arrive here in 3 days time. We had to work fast to find a safe place to go to ride it out. …or we could focus on saving Keith’s eyesight.
Google showed me “opthomologists near me”, including Wagner Macula & Retina Center. So at 10 am Wednesday morning, we were with Dr Kapil Kapoor, not just an ophthalmologist, but one who is getting national recognition as a specialist in vitreoretinal surgery…. like fixing detached retinas! He scheduled emergency surgery for the same evening. After giving Keith his own personal green laser light show (yes, it was more complicated than just that, but there is a serious ick factor when needles and eyeballs are in the same sentence), we were sent home with a wad of gauze under an ugly perforated metal eyepatch taped over Keith’s right eye and the doctors initials in ink above his eyebrow.
Storm slowed down, turned a little away, and finally was downgraded to Cat 1. It came through here last night as what we’d describe as very gusty and very wet. Had it been worse, we’d still have made the right decision. Keith will be back with you soon. I’m taking good care of him. But for now, we will be hanging out in Hampton, VA for a bit.
Hey look, the sun is shining on us again!