Doctor, Doctor, Gimme the News…


Bobcat tracks were all over our camp site this morning. We ate and packed up quick to catch the tide out. We were also trying to beat the rain forecast for later today.

Jim’s foot was swollen, red, and on fire. It hurt him to put on his paddle booties, even more to push against the foot pegs of the yak. We’ve come to realize it’s probably infected.

The 14 mile paddle went quick. We somehow outran the rain. Our motel is the Edgewater Inn on the northeast side of the Bridge of Lions. There’s a beach so landing was easy.

Our friend and former co-worker Gary LeVeille met us here. He’s a professional photographer in St. Augustine so he grabbed some good pics as we arrived. Also here is our paddling friend Gus Bianchi. Wow!

After checking in, Gary drove Jim to an Urgent Care facility while Gus and Marc drove to a nearby laundromat to wash dirty clothes.

Bad News

The doctors at the Urgent Care will not treat Jim’s foot. It’s in too bad of shape. Instead they refer him to the the ER at the main hospital.

Once there, he’s shuttled in immediately and doctors diagnosed his foot as having cellulitis. Jim’s also running a fever. Their concern is the infection spreading to his blood stream. A very serious situation. Originally, the doctors wanted to admit him but when his white blood cell count came back only slightly elevated they began a course of IV antibiotics, pain meds, and Tylenol.


Jim was released several hours later and given a prescription for two different types of antibiotics and a painkiller. He’s on orders to follow-up with the hospital in 24-48 hrs. Immediately, if the redness spreads further. Yikes!

So for now, our plan is to stay in St. Augustine, re-visit the hospital on Sunday, and shove off Monday. We only have 70 miles left. So close yet so far.

We are fortunate to have Gary and Gus here to assist us during this little setback.

Thanks also to everyone who’s sent well wishes. It means a lot!

Special shout out to the doctors and staff at Flagler Hospital especially Charles and Tim. You guys rock!

Jim tried to draw our route around Florida for the Doc’s on his foot. Crazy!

Advance Around (with a sore foot),

Jim and Marc


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24 Responses to Doctor, Doctor, Gimme the News…

  1. I spent a long time in the birth canal…. It was cold out there!! The canal was cramped… Toes suffered!!

  2. cmerunu2 says:

    Dude, even without the bug bite you have the ugliest feet I have ever seen. What’s with the crooked toes? I say amputate both feet when you get home. Tough love brother. Seriously we are praying for you both……seriously ugly feet. Love ya,

  3. Sandy says:

    Yikes!!! Not so good on the foot but glad you were able to get medical attention!!! Have enjoyed tagging along during your adventure!!!! 🙂

  4. Cynthia Britz says:

    Yikes! You guys sure know how to keep us on the edge of our seats! We’re sending healing thoughts you way!

  5. Jeannen McKnight says:

    Please, Please, Please take care of that foot. I have had several bouts of cellulitus and it can be dangerous if not treated correctly. Take care and good luck to you all.

  6. Lisa says:

    PS, you couldn’t have picked a better place to be stuck! St. Augustine is amazing, so enjoy it as much as you can!

  7. Lisa says:

    So glad to hear Jim is getting the medical attention that he needs. Cellulitis can become serious and I’m glad you guys realized he needed to see a doctor since I know how you “guys” can be about that! Get well and please keep us updated on his status.

  8. Hanna Voleman says:

    Ouch is right!!!…glad you are on the mend!

  9. Don Conner says:

    Speedy Recovery Jim. You have Nurse Mark taking care of you. That should make you get better real fast.

  10. Marilyn Marks says:

    Thanks for letting us know. We’ve been checking all day. Please take care. That foot makes me hurt just to look at it. Hope pain and infection are subsiding.

    Sent from my iPhone


  11. Marge says:

    Praying for the infection to be gone when Jim revisits the thankful for the good doctors and care he has gotten..Thanks for sharing your amazing journey!!!

  12. At least you picked a good place for rehab. Relax and watch the traffic going through the Bridge of Lions. I used to be bridge tender there. Wishing you all the best for good health and a quick recovery. jim neal

  13. Maryellen self says:

    Say hi to Gus for me!!!!

  14. Maryellen self says:

    Not a moment too soon it appears on Jim’s foot! Scary moments! Thankful he’s getting the attention and meds needed. Prayers for speedy recovery so you 2guys can get back to paddling on! Healing is most important right now. So glad your friends are there as well. Blessings. Amazing journey thus far!

  15. Buddy & Linda Morgan says:

    Sounds like Jim got care for the foot just in the nick of time. We’re thankful you are in a good place and hope for healing quickly. Given some weather reports we are getting this may be a good time to be on dry land anyway. We’ll be waiting to hear you are back on the water soon, what an accomplishment for you both.

  16. doug wright says:

    Glad Jims ok……you guys enjoy some time off. Gled too ya’ll had some support there in Gary and Gus!!!

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