First day off!! After over 3 weeks, Ryan and I finally got to get in the ocean!! Wow, it’s felt a long time coming haha. We went snorkeling to a place just out of town called Split Rock. We enjoyed it, and everyone got a taste of real Fiji water. The snorkeling was good, but I think we may see much more wildlife next time. It was just good to get out, get some sun, and have some fun. Everyone is adjusting to life in another country in different ways. It’s really interesting to me to be apart of helping in that process as much as they choose to include me. I admire each of my volunteers so much, and the way they give of themselves and their time. Each of us are in process in becoming who we want to be, and it’s a privilege to work with our team.
I am definitely a freshwater lake girl though. Because at home when I jump in a deep part of the lake, I don’t have to worry about kicking something beneath me! I reminded myself of that when I got in the water here, but misjudged where the rock and coral was beneath me at one point, and kicked a rock with the top of my foot SO hard! Oh it hurt terrible. So much I didn’t even yell out. It was like one of the stunned silent scream pains. After getting out of the water a bit later though I seemed to be fine- even giving someone a piggy back ride who had cut her feet on the coral. But that night I could barely put weight on it. I was unsure if it was just a bad bone bruising…or something worse. It’s on the exact spot on my 4th metatarsal that I fractured when I fell in the Mississippi River on my mission. I was getting worried as it was getting nothing but worse for a couple days, so I eventually went to the hospital. Very lucky for me, the head doctor there decided to do a complimentary X-Ray, since working with them I am “now family.” God bless Fiji. X-Ray came back no fracture!! So now the pain doesn’t bother me so much because I know I’m not making it worse and it should just take a month or so for the tissue damage to heal up, but I can still do everything I want to do! And I’m friends with the Physiotherapist at the hospital, so we did ultrasounds and wraps to help me be able to walk without so much pain.
Life is good! Saga na laqa.