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When it rains, it pours sometimes

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by cubuffs, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. cubuffs

    cubuffs Copepod

    My wife and I were celebrating our a belated 9th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. I had rotator cuff surgery six weeks ago and was in a sling. That was a bummer because I couldn't get in the water very deep in a sling and had to be careful hiking and walking.

    We had a pet sitter to watch the two fish tanks, an 8 gallon nano and a 60 gallon cube. I had a LFS do a water change while I was away. They brought a newby and he scraped my black widow anemone off my glass to scrape off the algae. The anemone floated to the top of the water and went through the overflow into the sump and into the skimmer pump. Shredded and obviously dead. Three corals died and surprisingly nothing else (I only had four corals and a fish in that tank). Not bad and I felt lucky overall. I got a refund for the water change and half price store credit for the anemone.

    Now it pours... After walking a quarter mile to see turtles sunbathing on the beach, I only had 50 yards to go. Then, I slipped, dislocated my ankle, and broke my fibula and tore a couple ligaments. I got up, walked back a quarter mile to my car and drove myself to the ER. Meanwhile, my wife was swimming with dolphins and had no clue what happened, was upset and also worried that I didn't pick her up (I wasn't allowed to go with a shoulder injury), and she was having the best time of her life. We both had memorable experiences.

    I now have a broken leg, dislocated ankle, ligament damage to the ankle, and a surgically repaired shoulder that hasn't had the green light from my surgeon to start rehab. I find out if I need leg surgery next week too. All on my right side and I look like Tiny Tim with my single crutch and wheelchair. I am now wheel chair bound for at least six weeks. My poor wife had to push me around in a wheel chair in Hawaii rather than hiking waterfalls and creating other magical experiences together. We had to trade our island hopping excursions with multiple trips to the ER and foot specialists instead.

    Does anyone else have any fish tank heartbreak while on vacation or suffered a serious injury on vacation?
  2. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Oh man, that’s rough! Heal up soon!

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