17 January 2016

No More Plan A

2015 Season was not as it was planned.  Our plans were to go North to Maine and then South to the Bahamas.  We got as far as Onset MA where we were informed that Ann needed an operation to remove a rather advanced skin cancer.  We stayed at the Point Independence Yacht Club (PIYC), rented a car for the duration of the procedure and recovery (6 weeks), found wonderful help with the medical folks in Hyannis and Plymouth.  Check our web page.

During her recovery, we were blessed to have our youngest granddaughter (Lilli) visit us on the boat.  We had a great time.  We used the wonderful water taxi service that the town of Onset provided until Ann could travel by dinghy.  Check our web site.

We decided to cancel our Southern voyage and meander back to Wilmington and get healthy.  That would be harder than we thought.  Bob noticed that Ann's Hyannis EKG was annotated with a possible heart problem.  When we arrived in Wilmington, we went through the medical process again.  Blood sugar, blood pressure, and irregular heart tests sent her back to the hospital and she became the proud owner of a shiny stent.  She still has problems but medical professionals are slow to respond.  Wonder why?

Boat developed a bit of a problem.  We have to reconstruct the fibreglass ceiling of the main cabin.  It will take several months.  Hard to explain why.

Bad news continued.  Samantha Jane, our 17+ year old cat, was diagnosed with chronic renal failure (CRF).  She has sailed over 7,500 nm with us over the years from Maine to Sint Maarten.  We prayed to have her for the Christmas holidays and our prayers were answered.  But it would not last, she refused her treatments and faded fast.  She headed for the Rainbow Bridge on 6 January 2016.  She was the last of our four legged crew.  Sad times!

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