Tuesday 29th January – Tortola
Today our view is another island port with lush green hills overlooking us. It is dry and sunny with temperatures expected of comfortable mid 20s during the day.
I woke up realising that an annoying ache in my knee yesterday evening, had turned into an agonisingly painful knee this morning. I felt it during the night on my visits to the toilet, but I didn’t anticipate it being this bad.
Deb and I (slowly) went down to breakfast in the restaurant as our beach-break trip is not leaving the ship until 11:00.
As I got up from the table, I nearly collapsed with the pain.
Time to see the doctor again.
While Deb was cancelling our trip, I had £60 worth of prodding, and manipulation, before going away with a knee support and painkillers. The suspicion is that I have damaged the ligaments from a slip on the wet decks in St Lucia. I was told to rest, and have regular ice-packs for a few days and hopefully it will relax and let me get back to normal. If not, I will have an X-ray but that is probably not going to be necessary. I was offered a walking stick or crutch, but I will try and avoid that embarrassment.
With me virtually stuck in rest mode in the cabin, Deb went off into the town for a look around. I was left strict instructions not to do anything.
Believe me, I don’t want to do anything at the moment.
By lunchtime I was feeling no better. The first ice-pack had certainly numbed my knee, and the painkillers were making me feel rather sick. Whenever I stand up, the leg returns to ‘full throttle pain’, and I wish I had accepted the offer of a crutch.
Deb’s wander into the town was not expensive and cost no more than a $5 fridge magnet. She wasn’t overly impressed with ‘Road Town’ where we are on the island.
To make matters worse, we are parked next to a gigantic ship called Disney Fantasy with thousands of Americans seeking out bargains and burgers. The ship has non-stop Disney cartoons being played on the outdoor screen, with very loud sound. There is also a transparent flume running for about a third of the ship’s length, and it is so big that it has boats taking people sitting side by side.
…suddenly Britannia seems quite acceptable
After lunch I discovered that the pre-lunch ice-pack actually leaked cold water all over the bed. The duvet is now drying (hopefully) on the sun-drenched balcony in the hope that it will not mean Vincent the steward will have to change the bedding this evening.
On a more interesting note, our view from the balcony includes a driving instruction track. Learners have to drive around a small circle of cones where they reverse in and out of spaces in different directions. Seems a very good idea based on my ability to reverse when I passed my test over 50 years ago. There is even a more basic piece of instruction going on with one car simply driving down a straight lane, and then reversing back.
You may have gathered by now that my day was not being very dynamic. The view from the balcony plus occasional visits to somewhere to eat or drink was rather frustrating. The sun was making it a tempting warmth outside, and I couldn’t really face laying down on the loungers.
Deb eventually gave in to temptation and had an hour in the sunshine. I had an outing to deck 4 to get a set of crutches. The walking is just too much at the moment without something to support the leg.
Evening was approaching, and we did manage to go to the individual quiz and allow me a chance to try out the crutch. I had to have a pair, because that is how them come. And, I couldn’t borrow them as they are only for single use. Luckily the cost of the pair of crutches was only £12, but I cannot see how I can ever get them home.
The dinner menu wasn’t brilliant, and I went for the ‘always available’ steak. It was delicious.
Our evening entertainment was a female vocalist – no thanks – and I wasn’t sure about the theatre with my crutch anyway.
We sat in Champions for the evening, chatting and quizzing a couple of hours away. It was a pleasant way to spend time with friends.
Deb and I rounded off the evening with a glass of wine, and we were in bed by little after 10:00. I really hope I wake tomorrow without the pain of today, and can be a little more mobile again.
Aurora is now heading west across the Caribbean Sea. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we have a sea day for a change, and on Thursday we will be docking at a place called Amber Cove on the island of the Dominican Republic.
This cruise is certainly bumping up the ‘places we have been’ list.