SCUBA Diving and Getting the Bends in Bonaire

It was many years ago, before I had children, even before I met my husband.  I was on a SCUBA diving holiday with my best friend in Bonaire, it’s a Dutch island about 50 miles north of the Venezuela coast. That’s me in red and black:

what did he say

Someone even got a shot of me under the water:

what did he say

I have only vague memories of the moment I knew I was in trouble, reaching out for my buddy but then spotting the boat out of the corner of my eye.  I made it on board and eventually to the partially open air hospital.  My initial doctor spoke very little English, but did manage to instruct me to. “Take off a lot of your clothes and sit over there.”

He confirmed what we already knew, I needed to see the hyperbaric specialist as I most likely had decompression sickness (the bends).  Unfortunately, the specialist was home with his family. I doubt he was happy to be called in on his day off, but he came.

He took me into another exam room for standard neurological tests.  I had to stand with my feet shoulder width apart, arms out to the side, eyes closed and alternating one hand at a time touching my nose.  Seems normal enough, except he made me do this naked.

So there I am standing naked in an exam room, feet shoulder width apart, eyes closed touching my nose first with the left, then right, left, right, left, right . . .

Suddenly the silence is broken with an announcement over the loud speaker in a language I don’t speak, followed by encouragement from my doctor, “Keep going.”

Next thing I know a few other people walk into the room and say something to the doctor whisper, giggle and leave.

All the while there I am naked, touching my nose, left, right, left, right . . .

Then more people come in, whisper and leave – although some stay around.

“Keep going.”

Left, right, left, right . . .

More people come, giggle and go.

Eventually, I was put into the hyperbaric chamber.  Check it out, my doctor (the one who made me stand naked touching my nose) is the barefoot man on the chair.  The spots on the floor are actually dirt.

hyperbaric chamber

I don’t speak the language so I can only guess, I think he announced, “Naked women with large breasts in exam room 4”

My question to you what do you think: What did he say over the hospital speaker?

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  1. says

    Hi Rhonda .. I agree – great story … and now at least you can look back and not collapse with embarrassment … what he said over the tannoy – I’ve no idea … ‘come look’ possibly .. here’s a fun one .. young too … for now!

    Cheers and glad you’re here to tell the tale – Hilary

  2. says

    LOL Great story! I can’t even imagine… 🙂

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a happy Monday. ☺

  3. says

    Yep, everyone got to take a look at you naked. Not really that funny. Shame on them. At least you find this funny and that’s the important part.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂
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  4. says

    LOL that had me engrossed heheh! but I would have been so embarrassed, it must have been quite daunting really.

    He could have been saying “Come check out my slave she will do anything I say”

    I hate them tannoys when you haven’t a clue what their saying It’s like that on our Underground It’s infuriating LOL

    Have a bendstastic day 🙂
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