December 30: Day 16

Oliver has given us, his family, two major updates on days 4 and 16 to post on his behalf. We are working on updating his website blog (https://homeward-bound.com) as well so please stay in tune. We had the chance to talk with him today, and things are going well. He's currently dealing with a number of sores that refuse to heal, but he is in high spirits and is making good progress. He still has a ways to go to make his fundraising goal of $100,000 for ocean conservation so please spread the message and donate if you can here: https://www.youcaring.com/oceana-956071

Day 4: Things are okay. Still pretty seasick couldn't sleep first night kept puking too much. Tried rowing in dark but made nausea worse. The foot steering is hard on my knee but its getting easier with practice. I lock off the rudder in one direction when I try to sleep but if the conditions change I get broadsided by the waves so I try to wake up and check it as often as possible still nearly capsized twice the other night. I haven't really seen muchh yet other than a lot of water (everything in the cabin is already drenched). But things could be worse. It is a little bit lonely out here. Who knew being confined to a 20 ft boat in the Atlantic by yourself would be lonely right? It's really been a mental struggle staying positive when you think about how much time I have left out here. I'm sure itll get more enjoyable once I adapt.

Day 16: Things have gotten a lot better after the first week and I've settled into a routine. On the physical side, my body is already a lot weaker than when I started and I have trouble finishing my rowing shifts. I'm trying to increase my calorie intake but I've already lost so much weight from the first week where I barely ate. The weight loss has made everything harder even when I'm sleeping I have to constantly change positions because I'm so bony and my hips get sore. Mentally things are a lot better though. I've gotten used to just thinking about different things for hours on end almost day dreaming in a way. I've had a lot more practice now that my speakers are gone (I lost them when I capsized). But it's amazing how unfamiliar actual thinking feels, at home life is busy you never really have time to just sit down and think.

Here are some highlights (not all positive) so far:

-Woke up one morning to see a massive tanker headed straight for me and had to radio them to change course. The guy stationed on their bridge got a little annoyed because no matter what info I gave him (coordinates, bearing, ect.) he couldn't physically see me. But all ended well.

-Capsized 3 times two days in a row. I was on deck all 3 times rowing. The first two which happened together were more of a thrill than anything scary and made me less worried about it in the future. The third one was less of an adrenaline rush and more of a near death experience which I would rather not go through again. It threw me off mentally for a little bit but you can only hide in the cabin for so long!

-Got visited on Christmas morning by a sailing yacht which was awesome! They sang a Christmas carol and wished me well which was the best Christmas present I've ever gotten.