Sailing around the World, ( presently in Mauritius, )

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Sun 17 Oct 2010 13:28
FRIDAY  15th OCTOBER   2010
Neil got up early and went off with the other youngsters ( well that may be debateble ) to start on their PADDI course,
Its great to see the younger adults doing these diving courses, as they will really stand to them later in life..... Aileen went off to Mass  praying for the patient in the Clinique.......
Meanwhile, in the Clinique, Skipper is wide awake, feeling bloody sore and blood all over his bed clothes, Tubes into his arm and out of his
thing. yeach ! Ohhhhh all sooooo sore............... BUT , But , the stone is gone ,
Dr, Issac,  the urologist appeared with the lovely Dr lisette Mohith ( The Dutch Lady I mentioned yesterday whose mother came from Belfast )
appeared and sat down for a chat, Skipper had to explain all about the sailing trip, The boat , the other boats, etc, etc,
They eventually informed Skipper that all went well with the operation and he could go back to the boat later in the day.
They presented him with the stone in a glass jar,  Well it looked like a pearl to us.
The blinking thing, sitting there looking harmless, but did it inflict some excrutiating pain on the Skip.
Skipper also had a visit from the " Patient Welfare Officer"  A young Indian lady and all biz,  She even took a photo of the patient for some future magazine of theirs,  A patient welfare officer,, .........well thats a new one... This was followed by the male nurse removing the tubes from
Skippers thing,,   Ahhhhhhhhhhh  the pain of it alll  ....   Gawd , hope there are no more of these stones lying around the body.
11.00hrs, Aileen and Terry arrived at the Clinique and waited around for Skipper to shower, shave, and get dressed, get all the tablets
needed over the next 4 days,  ie, Pain killers, Anti inflamitories, and Antibiotics, and the worst tablet of all...............No drink for 4 days,
We had a coffee in the canteen before leaving and returning to " A Lady" in Port Louis .....
Later in the afternoon, We arranged to have the batteries for the electric davitts to be replaced, Funny thing, Skipper thought
taht all the batteries on the boat were sealed batteries, but he was wrong. and the two under the deck in the Lazetette were normal batteries
and of course should have been given distilled water every 5 months or so. but that did not happen, so the batteries just died or melted
or something like that and now we had to replace the 2 of them..
Terry , Collette, and Aileen went off for a drive, while Skipper and Neill changed the fuel filters on the Engine and generator, There was a lot of
water and general dirt in the filters but so far have not affected the performance of both engines, We obviously got a fill of dirty fuel
somewhere along the way.  but it would be difficult to say where.  Anyway, we have it all cleaned up now, so we should be ok.
Terry changed the Aqua filter on the fresh water system, Collette brought out a replacment with her .... Interesting thing, Fresh water
is called " Sweet Water " by all the boats on the trip....
Later, as we sat in the cockpit, along came the " Bubbly Bev" with her Mum and Dad, who had flowen to Mauritius for a break and say hello
to their daughter, Interesting, Her Dad " Stuart " reader the Blog every day and as a result , he brought out to Mauritius a packet of
Sausages for us, having read all about the Sausages that spat back at Skipper one night while cooking dinner. 
We thought that was a great gesture, and much appreciated.
Of course " the Bubbly Bev " is our name for the vivacious Beverly,  Her dad said that they used to call her  " Beverly Bubbles " when she
was a little girl growing up.... how about that for coincidence............................ Telepithy !
Dinner was cooked by Aileen , we had a beef Stroginouf  ( Aileen bought skipper a dictionary because of his inability to spell things properly,
however, it does not have a spelling for Stroginoff,   so much for dictionaries...) and I wouldent mind, but it is a big dictionary.........
Anyway , the dinner was a great success, and skipper was happy to be back on board having dinner, even without the wine,
We had an early night,  well skipper did, Aileen caught up on her emails, and Terry and Collette went for a stroll around the Waterfront.
Thats all from a whacked out skipper .
Signed :-     Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )