Sight for Sore Eye

July 4th, 2015

Trent feeling better
Trent feeling better

Today we just got back to Taiohae, Nuku Hiva from our big adventure to the island, Eiao (pronounced Ay-EE-OW-oh). We were all very tired after unloading so we stayed on the boat for a bit to rest. Bryce and I watched the movie Footloose on our small portable BluRay player powered by a 12-volt car charger; the player can also take 110/220VAC. After awhile we got bored, since we had seen the movie before, so Bryce and I decided to take the dinghy to shore, to the petit quai (means “little wharf” in French). Mom came with us to drive the dingy back, but she was a very bad helmsman. When she left the wharf, after dropping us off, she bumped into another boat, tied to the wharf, two times before getting the hang of it. There was a bunch of Marquesan people watching. It was embarrassing.

Trent back in Taiohae aboard Kandu, after Eiao, ready to head ashore.
Trent back in Taiohae aboard Kandu, after Eiao, ready to head ashore.

Bryce and I decided to walk to our friend’s house, Raymonde and Sebastien’s, because we were going to eat dinner there later. While walking, Bryce found a coconut tree that was small enough to climb to get a coconut. When he was climbing he pushed down a small branch that was full of dirt, and because I was looking up at him, the dirt fell into my eye. I rubbed my eye to get the dirt out, but instead I scratched my eye. It really hurt, so I was very mad at Bryce.

Bryce climbing coconut tree to bring down "drinking" nuts.
Bryce climbing coconut tree to bring down “drinking” nuts.

The walk to Raymonde and Sebastien’s house is about a mile and ½, so we were fortunate when other Marquesan friends drove by and gave us a ride in the back of their truck to the house. When we arrived, my eye was still bothering me a lot. Raymonde is a nurse. She rinsed my eye with a bunch of sterile water to try to clear the dirt, but my left eye still hurt a lot. Whenever I closed my sore eye, it felt a little better.

Our dear friend and nurse, Raymonde Ly-Falchetto, living on Nuku Hiva
Our dear friend and nurse, Raymonde Ly-Falchetto, living on Nuku Hiva

My parents thought that we might have to go to the emergency, but I really didn’t want to because that evening after dinner, the family planned to go see some Marquesan dancing and I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to go. But after taking a nap, my eye was miraculously healed! We were able to go to watch the dance after all.

Marquesan Dancers
Marquesan Dancers

by Trent Rigney

2 thoughts on “Sight for Sore Eye”

  1. You did exactly the right thing by taking a nap, and giving the eye time to heal. It’s amazing how fast the eyeball can heal. So glad that is over for you. That’s a good lesson learned about looking up when messy things are going on.WEAR PROTECTION!

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