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Marcus is OK!
Darrell
01/31/2013, Los Hados, Jal, MX

Let me start by yelling "MARCUS IS OK". They detected and removed a sizable hematoma tonight. And the cruisers network is awesome. The weather was completley against us all the way here and it took about 7 hours into the wind and waves. It kinda felt like home... All the way down the coast we where constantly being contacted on VHF asking about Marcus or relaying information from one of the boats with a local cell that Nicki could contact directly. When Curtis and I arrived in Los Hados the boats Moontide and Ojo Rojo where in a dinghy waiting to let us know the good news.

More tomorrow while we regroup.

God bless!

Darrell

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01/31/2013 | Shari
Thank God for Internet. A big hug to all of you from all of us. Hope he heals quickly. The Powells
01/31/2013 | Tina
Oh my gosh guys, how scary! Take care of Marcus and yourselves as well. Let us know if there's anything at all that we can do from up here. Take care and keep us posted. The Schecks
02/01/2013 | Charles
So glad to hear that he's OK. What a great support group you have down there. I second Tina. If there's anything we can do, please let us know.
Charles & Kathryn
02/01/2013 | Verena
So glad to hear that! Wishing him a speedy recovery! Mike and Verena on s/v Camille (pacificsailors.com)
Marcus Update
Darrell
01/31/2013, Tenacatita, Jal, MX

Well the blood test for Appendicitis came back negative, much to our relief. The clinic released Marcus to Dr. Nava's care for 2 weeks. Yesterday we hoped for improvement that never came. This morning we asked Legacy to help us get Marcus to shore (his dinghy is better for beach landings) and off to Dr. Nava's office we went. Marcus has not been able to keep anything down for 2 days so it's starting to get more serious. Dr. Nava says an ultra-sound is our next step and the only one close is Manzanillo. I called our friends Dwight and Mary Lou to see if they could help shuttle us around. Nicki and Marcus took a cab back to Cihuatlan (of which I incorrectly spelled on the last post). Mary Lou met them there and continued on to the hospital in Manzanillo. This is becoming especially frustrating because I am stuck on the boat with a phone running out of minutes and no way to reload it from here. Curtis and I may move the boat back to Los Hados tonight.

If anyone can make sure our families know about this I would appreciate it!

Darrell

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02/02/2013 | Mike and Diane Robinson
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope for speedy answer and recovery.
Marcus is having surgery.
Darrell
01/31/2013, Tenacatita, Jal, MX

I just got word that Marcus will need surgery so we are moving the boat tonight. I will keep everyone posted.

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Marcus to the Hospital!
Darrell
01/29/2013, Tenacatita, Jal, MX

Marcus had a surfing accident yesterday that culminated in side pains and the inability to hold food or liquids down. After 24 hours we got a doctor out to the boat to check him. The doctor is concerned about an appendix issue so Nicki and Marcus are heading to Zihuatlan in Armando's (the doctor) car for blood tests and xray's.

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01/31/2013 | Shari
Worried about you all - update when you get a moment.
Heading North, and catching up with old friends.
Darrell
01/27/2013, Bara de Navidad, MX

So now we are finally heading North again. And back to Bara de Navidad for re-provisioning and water. Yesterday we had a wonderful surprise. Over the air we heard Companero from Vallejo hailing us! Joel Sorum and his niece Micah where at Melaqui for the night on their way to Ixtapa. Joel is a dear friend from VYC and this was a great surprise for us. We had breakfast this morning at Roosters (a crazy Canadian restaurant) before they headed south for Santiago. They are planning inland excursions for old ruins, maybe next time. I hope that we run into him again.

We will only be here till Monday, then it's off to Tenacatita to wait to see how this Northerly system is going to go.

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Nope, not heading North just yet....
Darrell
01/25/2013, Santiago Bay, MX

The boys, droopy eyed and pouty, begged to go back to Santiago Bay with Northern Passage & Sweet Dreams. It didn't take much since we enjoy hanging out with them anyways... but we had to make 'em work for it. So back we went. There where only a few highlights, but memorable ones...

The first, and an prime illustration of why we named the boat Rubber Duckies. Mid day Nicki and I where lounging in the cockpit as we spied 3 young adults swimming out from the beach. As they approached we waved and they asked if they could come over to the boat... we said 'of course' and invited them aboard for something to drink as well. They where completely surprised by this. A few minutes later 2 of their friends showed up as well. A little impromptu party on Duckies! Our guests admitted that the Rubber Duckies looked friendly and inviting, thus making it a nice swimming destination. They where also Catholic Missionaries on vacation from the Community of John de Baptist in Guadalajara, MX. They where quiet a diverse group as well. Three where from Mexico, one from Poland and another from CZech Republic. We had great conversations and learned a little of their lives, past, present and future. Then it was time to swim back to the Padre. Later that day the boys tried their hand at Knee Boarding (thanks Uncle Dave!), but he 25hp was not quite enough. Out came the SurfBoards... that took me back to the late '80's on Shasta Lake. It was great watching them run around the bay pulling each other and having a great time. The day ended with a nice adults only dinner at the Oasis where 2 out 3 kayaks swamped or turtled in the surf.. and that is all I have to say on the matter ;-)

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