“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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(Image: Click to enlarge) Rick and Lynn at Mayan Palace
(Image: Click to enlarge) Alfredo and Zoe at Mayan Palace
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