Getting injured while traveling

I know a lot of people write about getting sick while traveling and injuring themselves, heck I know I’ve already written about it once or twice and sadly I am now here to write about it again.

It all started on a Sunday in Cancun, Mexico. I woke up excited for the days activities as I was about to achieve one of those “bucket list” moments in life, I was going swimming with Whale Sharks. I got to the hotel lobby around 6:30am to depart on our tour. I met with two other friends joining me and we all talked about how great the day would be.

We knew that the Whale Sharks we were going to see were about an hours boat ride away, however growing up near and on the ocean I wasn’t too worried about it. We signed our waivers and jumped on board. After probably an hour and 30 minutes of speeding through some big waves, the fastest I’ve ever gone on a speed boat, pounding the waves, we could start seeing the fins in the distance.

Suddenly our boat was literally surrounded by massive fins sticking out of the water swaying here and there. It was just us, one other boat and the open ocean. No land was in site.

I don’t think we could of put on our snorkel gear any quicker. The next however many hours were amazing. Being in the water with these gentle beasts was almost a surreal experience. I swear I also almost got swallowed whole at least 3 times. I wonder what life would be like from inside the stomach of a gynormous fish?

Eventually it was time to get back in the boat and head to shore. Going there I had sat at the back of the boat on a big comfy cushioned padded seat, this time I decided to change it up and sit at the front to see the view. That was a bad idea.

When getting on the boat initially we were told that sitting at the back was the bumpiest and although yes it was bumpy and I felt like I might fling off over the motors and into the ocean at any moment, I was still comfortable. The front was suppose to be the safer area. However the seat I was sitting on this time had no padding.

That little boat pounded the waves like I’ve never seen. Each bang seemed harder than the next and at first I was yelling out with each bump for the fun of it but then the fun turned into actual “ouches”. I knew for sure that I would come away with a bruised butt, but as it turns out I came away with a bruised tailbone.

I’ve always heard of other people having this injury before and knew that it hurt a lot but I really had no idea. It’s now Wednesday and I am actually standing as I write this post as I’d rather not sit if I don’t have too. Sunday was the worst day for the pain but Monday – Wednesday have consistently been the same. Aren’t injuries suppose to get better with time? Someone tells me on twitter that they hurt for a couple months. Oy Vey.

Tonight I fly to Mazatlan, Mexico and first thing in the morning I’m suppose to go on a Canopy tour or ride a Motor bike thingy, I guess both of those won’t be happening now, I’ll just have to enjoy the spa instead.

I hurt my tailbone while traveling. It doesn’t hurt to touch but it hurts when I try to stand up from a seated position and laying down whether on my side or back hurts, so sleeping isn’t the easiest thing to do either. Standing sometimes hurts too though. You never realize how much you use the muscles in your gluteus maximus until you have had an injury like this. It’s awkward because its an injury no one can see and of course awkward by its location.

I can’t wait to get home on the 10th and try to heal this, however I’m sure my many hours on planes between now and then won’t help, neither will the fact that I am only home for a couple days before leaving again for TBEX and the Nomading Film Festival.

However I think I will survive, someone pass the vicadin.

 

26 Comments

  • Reply
    Es
    June 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The exact same thing happened to me yesterday (minus the sharks). I always sir at the front with my legs dangling in the water, it’s been my favourite place since childhood. But this time we were on a smaller motorboat and the hammering my backside got was unreal. I actually broke the flap that covers the anchor into dozena of piece and got the additional bonus of cutting the backs of my legs also. Doesn’t help that I have a extruded tailbone to begin with – can’t describe the pain I’m going through right now. Came across your post while googling my situation. How long did it take to heal?!

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      Cailin
      July 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Oh no! It’s the absolute worst! 3 or 4 years later it still hurts from time to time. I guess it depends on how and where you damaged it! Hopefully yours won’t be as bad!

  • Reply
    Freya
    June 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that, I hope you will feel better soon.
    Enjoying the SPA for a couple of days is not such a bad thing

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    Marina K. Villatoro
    June 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Ouch! But it sounds like it was all worth the pain. What a fun adventure.

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    Angie Away
    August 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Ooooh I’ve been there! Ouch! It will go away… it’s just a matter of time. Hang in there =)

  • Reply
    Rease
    June 15, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Aww that is terrible! I had a friend who actually broke her tailbone, that was pretty awful. I hope you are feeling better by TBEX!

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    Jarmo
    June 13, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Damn, I know that can be annoying! Well at least you can say that you injured yourself while out swimming with whale sharks, makes a good story ;)

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    Brooke
    June 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Bummer! We just met up with a couple friends in Beijing and the girl had a blister on her foot that got infected the day before she flew from Sydney. The antibiotics she was on weren’t helping and her foot swelled up even more! She had to stay in apartment, and we eventually took her to the hospital to new drugs — but I felt so sorry for her, not being able to see Beijing!

  • Reply
    Laurence
    June 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    The things our monkey ancestors bequeathed us with….

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      haha I know right?! damn monkey people ;)

  • Reply
    Abby
    June 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Your tailbone? Lol. Those photos are amazing though! Worth it!!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      oh definitely worth it! But yes, tailbone hurts :( getting an x-ray tomorrow!

  • Reply
    Pete
    June 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Ouch. Do they even have a tailbone treatment at the spa? ;)

    Feel better.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      hahaha I wish they did, it might be slightly awkward for us both though haha
      thanks!

  • Reply
    Jeanie
    June 7, 2012 at 8:51 am

    No, not my Cailin.. injured. Sucks. :) But getting the whale sharks sounds like it was worth it!

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    Candice
    June 7, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Not even tequila will cure the pain?!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      nope, not even tequila!
      ok… well maybe a little bit of it did… haha

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    Christy
    June 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Ayayay.. sorry to hear about your bruised tail bone. I’ve had this happen from snowboarding so I know how painful it is, but I can’t imagine going on all those plane rides! Was the whale shark experience worth it? I bet it still was. :)

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Christy!
      The Whale Sharks were totally worth it!!
      It was such an amazing experience, I will share more about it soon! :)

  • Reply
    Camels & Chocolate
    June 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    GREEN WITH ENVY. Uh, over the experience, not the injury. I have a feeling you’ll make good use of that spa, though ;-)

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      hahaha I will do my best to enjoy the spa :)
      Swimming with the Whale Sharks was out of this world! You must do it sometime :)

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    Yvonne
    June 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!!!!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Yvonne! :)

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    Kimi S.
    June 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve actually injured my tailbone as well….TWICE. The most difficult thing for me is being able to sleep because every time I twist and turn, it feels like I’m pinching a nerve in my spine.

    Swimming with whale sharks sounds like it was a cool experience though.

    • Reply
      Cailin
      June 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      How long did it take to heal each time?
      Sleeping is so hard, the pain keeps waking me up :(
      It was a wicked experience thats for sure! :)

      • Reply
        Kimi S.
        June 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        The first time it took nearly 2 weeks to heal, but the 2nd time only a couple of days.

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