Didn't do a heck of a lot today - stayed on the south / west shores mostly.
At Salt Pond Beach, there's a roughly 15-foot-round rock formation about 50 feet offshore, coonected on onshore rocks by about 2 feet of water over irregular rocks. 3-foot waves regularly break over the underwater causeway.
I waded across the underwater causeway, staying put through waves and not snapping my ankles on the irreguilar rocks. I made it to the offshore formation. I stood there. I went to sit down, not realizing a wave was coming. It broke on the rock before I could get a handle, spinning me around and scraping my left side on the rocks.
I got small cuts and scrapes on both hands as well as my left ankle. However, the worst damage was my left thigh, which got a series of scrapes about 4 inches long by 2 wide from the sharp volcanic rock.
I was able to pick myself off the rock and walk back over to the main shore. I stayed in a protected area of salt water for about 20 minutes to watch the waves, wash away the blood, and disinfect the wound. I then went to where my family was sitting and dried off and slathered antibiotic cream on the wound. It stopped bleeding (never any nasty bleeding, but just a constant trickle) after a few more minutes, and I never actually put a bandage on it.
The wound is pretty shallow, with very little more than a sixteenth of a inch deep. However, the sharp volcanic rock cut it pretty good, and due to a small amount of residual blood and injured tissue the wound is still very red. It'll probably leave a bit of a scar; ironically it's right next to a scar from poison ivy that's about five years old.
I actually got very lucky. I was able to grab onto handholds at the beginning and ending of the wave passage; this sacrificed a bit of my hands but saved me from more serious injury to my leg. I was sitting (stupidly) at the time; this means that I was merely pushed and didn't fall, so there were no blunt force trauma or puncture wounds. Because it was all surface wounds and not a blunt injury, I didn't lose a lot of blood or go into shock, and thus I was able to get off the rock, steady myself, and get to safety. If I had gone into shock, which is okay when I'm on dry land, then I might have gotten hurt even more by the nexy wave, or gotten pushed over crossing the channel back. Finally, I was lucky enough to take my spill on bare rock and not seaweed-covered rock or worse coral, which apparently tends to leave proteins in wounds that delay healing.
It's a andty wound that'll hurt for a few days, itch a bit, and probably leave a scar, but it's an interesting story and probably saved me from doing something stupider.
RIP Chuck Berry
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