My daughter Jolie and I are down in Mexico doing some underwater volunteer work on coral reef assessment and water quality assessment. It has been an amazing time until Sunday. I'd like to hear from all of you knowledgeable people, and maybe we can all learn from her DCI experience. Here's some relevant details:
Sunday--Flew in to Mexico
Monday--dove shallow reef x 2 (48 and 45 ft max)
Tuesday--dove shallow reef x 2 (38 and 45 ft max)
Wednesday--dove shallow reef x 2 (28 and 37 ft max)
Thursday--dove Taj Mahal cenote x2 (50 and 46 ft max)
Friday--dove shallow reef x 2 (46 and 40 ft max)
Saturday -- dove a shipwreck and then a shallow reef (89 and 37 ft max)
Sunday--lionfish hunt x2 (88 and 94 ft with a 58 minute surface interval, both dives 29 minutes)
We came up from the second dive and she complained of right shoulder pain. At first I poo-pood it and told her it was nothing to worry about, but then she said, "No, Mom, it is getting worse, I think it might be DCS." We had her lie down and gave her emergency oxygen. Fortunately, we weren't far away from port, so we threw her in the car and drove 10 blocks to the nearest hyperbaric chamber, oxygen continued until the tank ran out, about 5 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.
Since it was Sunday, the doctor was called in. He examined her and she showed no neurological symptoms, only the muscle pain in the right shoulder which was causing right arm weakness and tingling. He said that it was likely a bubble in the muscle tissue and said that she needed a Table 6 ride in the chamber. The team was called in to run the hyperbaric chamber, which took about an hour or so more.
Total ride time was 4hrs 45 minutes, nothing too exciting. The pain immediately subsided upon descent, but they made her do the full ride anyway. The doctor said to be sure, but I think they figured DAN was paying so they might as well milk it a little.
BTW, DAN will pay the entire $6485 bill, thank goodness. I didn't have to submit any payment at all. Keep paying that DAN insurance folks!
So, here is the dive log from my Oceanic computer. I don't have a cable that will take the data off of her Oceanic Veo 100NX, anyone have one I can borrow when we get home? I'd really like to see the specific data to this dive on her computer. We were close the entire dive, so this is a fair representation of what we were doing (right or wrong).
Please be kind, but I would appreciate your input on why she got a deco hit on this one. The worst part is that there was an irresponsible diver with us that day who had gone cenote diving in the morning. He was then far away from the group, not responsible to any buddy, and totally in his own world. On this very dive that she got DCS he exceeded his NDL significantly and had a deco obligation which he ignored. On top of that, he also ignored his safety stop (we did 5 minutes!). On TOP of THAT he didn't know how to use his computer and it turns out that it was set to NITROX. How much of a dumbass do you have to be at this point? One lucky SOB, is all I can say. His max depth was 106 ft. Oh, and did I mention that he has a PADI DM cert? Oh, I must have forgotten that little cherry on this Sunday sundae.
Thanks everyone for your insight! I would appreciate what you all have to offer. See the picture attached for the dive profile.