Dog Fight & Lynn Visits ER!

“I think I’ve been bit!” I said in disbelief as I put down my camera and discover two holes in my leg. I just  became collateral damage in an angry territorial dispute between local mongrel dogs.

(Video: Click to play) Mongrels in Action

It’s 7am and we are on our daily walk along the malecón (seaside promenade) and were standing in front of the fish market.

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The morning began so normal!
The locals are just waking up and preparing for the day. The fishermen are loading their pangas (small open fishing boats) with gear and the fish mongers are shoveling crushed ice and off-loading fish from last night catch.

(Video: Click to play)A Peaceful Early Morning Walk Changes to Chaos

During the dog’s primal fight for survival, one dog bumps into me. In their blind rage, I’m bitten. Shaken and rattled Rick puts his arm around my waist to reassure me. I look at the bite and see two puncture wounds, not life threatening, but they need to be cleaned.

cu-dogbite Close Up View of Dog Bite.

(Image: Click to enlarge) My Dog Bite

Rick helps me hobble over to the closest fish purveyor. A worker turns on the hose and squirts water on my leg in an effort to clean the wound. Off in the distance I hear snarling dogs and men shouting.

Rick calls a taxi and we are driven to Hospital San Javier, a place all too familiar to us.  On the way,  Rick dials Dr. Rios. Dr. Rios recognizes our phone number and answers, “What happened?” He knew we’d never call that early unless it was an emergency.

taxi-driver Taxi Driver, Gustav, Driving Us to Hospital San Javier Emergency.

(Image: Click to enlarge) Taxi Driver, Gustav, Driving Us to Hospital San Javier Emergency

Dr. Rios is the trauma care specialist at Hospital San Javier. He sends us to the hospital in Nuevo Vallarta. This location is near his home and a shorter drive for us.

er-front Hospital San Javier Emergency

(Image: Click to enlarge) Hospital San Javier Emergency

Rick barely signs all the admitting papers, when Dr. Rios arrives. In the emergency room, I am still in shock as he carefully examines my wounds. Shock or not, I continued recording this whole event, including the emergency room! This should be a great post!

Dr. Rios tolerates my camera. He is in charge of emergency services at Hospital San Javier and he’s seen it all. Dr. Rios has treated Rick and me for about 3 years. We feel almost like family.

After careful examination, Dr. Rios determined one puncture is superficial and other about 1/2-inch deep. Dr. Rios explained dog bites are very dirty because of their saliva and the biggest danger is infection. This was a local neighborhood dog, so there’s little chance of rabies.

(Click the play arrow) Dr. Rios Cleans Lynn’s Dog Bite

My adrenalin rush gradually eases as Dr. Rios calmly talks to me. Meanwhile, he is squishing the wound, forcing it to bleed. Simultaneously a nurse sprays Microdacyn, a surgical-quality disinfect, into the wound. The combined effort forces a puncture wound to clean itself from the inside out.

While I’m busy recording the scene, Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Rick’s cardiologist, enters the emergency room. Rick and Dr. Hernandez greet each other in surprise.

Rick’s says, “Hey, it’s not me, this time!” and explains what happened. I tell Dr. Hernandez that exercise is dangerous.

(Video: Click to play) Dr. Hernandez Stops for a Moment to Say Hello

Within 45-minutes, the punctures are cleaned and disinfected; I have a injection in the butt (antibiotic with a big needle); two prescriptions; and a paid receipt. I’m good to go!

That evening we keep our plans and go to the Mayan Palace to see Alfredo and Zoe perform. A perfect end to a day filled with thrills and chills.

pb220526-crop Rick and Lynn at Mayan Palace

(Image: Click to enlarge) Rick and Lynn at Mayan Palace

pb220543 Al and Zoe Entertaining at Mayan Palace.

(Image: Click to enlarge) Alfredo and Zoe at Mayan Palace

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Comments
  • Marie Nicole January 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Haha. What an adventure. I loved watching your forehead in your selfies! 😉 Have you ever heard what happened to the dog?

    I so miss that sky, those colors are so unique to the Banderas area… Thanks for sharing!

    • Lynn January 19, 2014 at 5:07 am

      We have not seen the dog since. We’ve asked marina security, but they have no idea. Apparently, there are no leash laws. However, they don’t tolerate dogs that bite people or are very aggressive.

      Santiago had to put his dog down Saturday (Jan 18). It was a big dog, difficult to control, and had attacked several dogs. Very tough decision, but the right one.

  • epiphanyexpress January 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Nice work Lynn! You are way ahead of me technically.

    • Lynn February 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

      It’s been a real challenge to work within the limitations of my point-and-shoot camera and it’s limited movie feature. Then editing the footage required a whole new learning curve. I appreciate your compliment very much.

  • kevin January 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Glad your safe and was not out walking alone. I promise to write an email by the weekend. Buisness is growing. Incredible amount of time an energy to launch a business properly .
    Love you two be safe as u can Kevin

    • Lynn February 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

      It is with complete gratitude and joy I’ve added a link from our Website to yours. Hugs and love, Mom (& Papa Rick)

      Kev is my son and earned the the right to create and sell hand crafted custom designed NA (Narcotics Anonymous) jewelry.

  • Greg and Donna Lou Norell S/V Magic Carpet February 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hola, Ric and Lynn,
    Hope all is well great blog, Headed your way, currently in San Carlos, would like to contact you via email or phone, please send current email address

    • Lynn February 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

      We welcome you guys with open arms! I’ll send you our private email address. For those reading the blog for the first time, you are invited to click the “contact” tab above and send us an email.

  • Behan - s/v Totem February 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Yikes Lynn, being a dogfight casualty is serious! Glad all is well.

    • Lynn February 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Well, it sure was an unexpected turn of events, that’s for sure. I’m not foaming at the mouth, so other than some scars, I’m good as new.

  • richard tripp February 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Wow, great job. I hate getting bit. It’s poor Caesar that takes the brunt of it here, he’s been bit twice, I have been so lucky, he is also learning not to open his mouth sometimes(except when he knows the other dog is contained or a long ways away, then he is real tough. He is real funny sometimes he barks but very quietly so the other dog can’t here, almost like a whisper bark, funny.
    Keep blogging

    • Lynn February 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

      As most agree, the loose life-style in Mexico is loved by most of us. Typically, dogs are allowed to run free and often the aggressive dogs are put down. We’ve seen several people hold their little dogs in the arms to protect them. Sometimes, I wish they had the leash law here.

      Caesar continues to crack me up, whispering his comments to the free-roaming dogs is astonishing.

  • Jane February 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Hahaha. Oh Lynn, what next? The vendor should have hosed the dogs first, fight would have been over in an instant and you would have been safe. Beware of any other lurking creatures … snakes … scorpions … Here I am ducking cattle in the streets and helping silly goats, with gorgeous coats and funky horns, circumnavigate sleeping dogs (literally) on steps down the mountainside. Life is … well, it just is.

  • Ulla February 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hey Lynn… this looks great. I especially liked one of your opening sentences: ” I just became collateral damage in an angry territorial dispute between local mongrel dogs.” And all the images made the story so much more lively… I look forward to your next adventure… Ulla!

    • Lynn February 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

      I had always considered the local dogs fairly gentle. I was testing the movie feature on my point and shoot camera. I so surprised when I was bitten. Glad you liked the post! That’s the best part. My goal is to entertain and hopefully the reader learns something at the same time.

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