as I was walking down the forest, I came upon a well. It was built with
all types of cement bricks, a knick knack of sorts. Some were the red fireplace
variety and others were the rectangular types. Still others were of the
round smooth stone types, varying in color from bright red to stone
I sat on top of the well. it had a top canopy made of wood, it was painted dark red but was old and the paint peeling in places. It was overgrown with creepy fig vines. The grass surrounding the well was high and overgrown, it was wild deep green grass, with seedling stalks popping as high as 4 feet high.
I looked down the well and I could not see the bottom for it seemed very deep, and thus dark.
I wanted to see more so I inched my way higher and dipped my head lower into the well, scraping my chest a bit on the bricks.
I pulled myself deeper and further over the edge in an attempt to see if i could see the bottom.
All of a sudden, with no warning, I fell over the edge.
It seemed like a long time before I hit the bottom.
I awoke with excruciating pain in my legs! I laid there for a very long time trying to catch my breath . The fall had knocked the wind out of me. I fell into a deep sleep.
came to and was attempting to view my surroundings. My vision was blurred,
or so I thought.
It was dark down there, very dark. I couldn't see my hands in front of my face!
I was thankful there was no water down here. Well, at least no deep water. There was about an inch or so of water, and mud. That is what I felt as I could not see anything!
It was pitch black down there and smelled like a swamp.
It was also hot and humid.
up to see the tiny light from "above". I was tired and hurting. I then
fell asleep again.
I slept for what seemed like hours.
When I awoke the water had seeped into the mud. So there I was, sitting in mud.
I tried to get on up on my feet but I felt extreme pain in both legs.
I soon realized that maybe I had broken both legs in this fall, or at least fractured them.
I just sat there trying to ease my pain. I secured my legs in a straight comfortable position.
I yelled out but there was no response. This well was far from anybody. I knew it was one in a million chance that another person would get off the path and find this well.
I was always the daring one. I always liked to take the road less traveled.
I enjoyed these side tracks and adventures. Thats why I was sure no one
would find me. It's hard to find another one of my kind. The kind that
says, go for it! I should have paid attention to the sign that said,
"Please stay on the path". Well, so much for that!
So there I sat wondering how to get myself out of my predicament.
I thought that I can try climbing out but without the use of my legs it would be very difficult. Also, you see, I haven't exactly been working out. So my arms would have to carry the weight of my, er, shall we say, a bit over weight body?
And so I
thought I would rest fully before attempting a daring, and physically challenging
So for the meantime I nursed myself and rested.
In the morning I drank the dew off of the leaves of the grass or whatever it was that was growing down there. I found some edible plants and ate that for sustenance. I knew I would have to pace myself in my eating so as not to deplete my food source.
The well, as far as I could tell, was about 6-7 feet around, allowing me to sit in a comfortable position. And it was about 60 feet deep. But the top opening was only about 4 feet around.
The pain in my legs was finally subsiding. I felt healing in both legs. Without proper x-rays I really didn't know the extent of my injuries. At least I thought they were broken but no skin had been punctured through. My right leg was swollen in the area of the knee and my left leg was swollen in the area of my calf and shin. So I thought they could very well be broken. I was not going to take any chances. I rested both legs. I didn't want to walk like John Wayne!
had been 2-3 days before I decided to attempt my first climb.
I first found in the well wall crevices and ledges that I would be able to use to climb out.
My first attempt was nothing triumphant to write about. That morning I made the attempt. I clinched the well wall with both hands and pulled myself to a standing position being careful not to put weight on my legs and just using my arms. but I was in so much pain that I couldn't concentrate and fell back on my back twisting my legs and causing great pain when I hit the ground!
Needless to say I rested the remainder of that day . My legs were not ready to take another fall so soon.
While resting for a couple of days for my legs to heal again I ate a lot of that vegetation surrounding me and started for the vegetation clinging the walls as I was depleting the vegetation near to me on the ground.
particular day as I was stretching up high to grab some higher hanging
vegetation I slipped and caught myself. I was expecting the vine to break
and I was bracing myself for the fall. But to my surprise the vine held
I was elated. Tomorrow, I thought, I would try and use the vines to pull my self up to the top of the well.
Today I would rest and psyche myself up for the climb.
So the next
day came and I was ready. I positioned myself carefully and started getting
a firm grip on several vines to make a stronger "rope" out of the group.
I started climbing and the vines supported me. I was at a standing position
now and felt sure the vines would support me. I continued climbing.
I was excited! Finally I would out of this deep dark mud hole. I couldn't wait! I would finally get back home, take a shower, eat real food and sleep on a soft bed!
I continued slowly. Reaching hand over hand. Slowly and carefully testing each grip and each vine before proceeding.
I was now 10 feet off the ground. I continued slowly and carefully. I was now 15 feet off the ground and closer to getting out of this nightmare!
me about 30 minutes to climb 20 feet. My muscles were aching.
Would I be able to hang on until I got to the top? I was getting real tired but I didn't want to fall. No matter how tired I was I would continue. My arm muscle were sometimes cramping on me and I would have to wait until the cramp went away. The top seemed so far away. but I had to make my mind up so as not to get discouraged.
I had to concentrate. Inch by inch. Foot by foot. I climbed. And I climbed. Determined to get out of that hole.
'Don't look up', I said to myself. Just keep on. Just do it. Up one feet. Then rest. Get enough energy to go the next foot.
Take deep breaths. Concentrate.
I was now
30 feet up and hanging on. The swelling on both legs had gone down
a bit. I could use my legs a little but they were not ready to support
my full weight. If they were I think I would have been out of that well
I could now see more light coming from the top of the well.
At one point I thought I heard voices. I yelled and yelled but got no response. I couldn't let that discourage me. I just hung there for awhile resting.
I rested for at least another hour or so. My arms were sore and tired. They were burning with exhaustion. I was now about 20 feet from the opening. Just 20 feet more!
'Come on, Eddie, you can do it,' I whispered to myself. 20 feet more!
I continued. 15 feet more. Hang in there, Eddie. Hang in there. Don't get too excited. Don't try too hard and make a mistake. Hang in there. Patience.
set of vines caught me completely by surprise!
When I came to, not only were my legs hurting but my back and head were throbbing with great pain!
I don't know how long I was knocked out. I even forgot where I was. I thought I was having a nightmare.
But I soon realized it was no nightmare. It was no dream.
I was in the same situation as before!
my friend, is how I feel. It has been a great big struggle and nightmare!
When will I crawl out of this deep, stinking hole I'm in?
It gets very depressing at times, very depressing!
Just when I think I'm coming out of my well circumstances drop me back to the very bottom. And people think I'm the cause of it all. Two companies fold because of lack of funds, another files for bankruptcy. My fault? Yes. Yes! According to "them"!
So for now, I munch on the grass and sit on the muddy bottom.
Please, please pray for me.
Your friend caught in a nightmare...
Eddie - same old, same old, updated 10-24-01, new update 10-10-12
I have been redeemed, Praise God! See Iquitos
new update as of June 25, 2002. I am now living in Iquitos, Peru, Amazon jungle area, off the Amazon River with a wonderful family and a new "special" friend. :-)
Another update as of October 2, 2004. I'm getting ready to return to the USA. I fly out of Lima on October 25th 1:30 a.m. I will be laving behind my "special" friend, my sweetheart, my fiance with a promise to return and get married and bring her with me to the states. Please pray for us. Thanks all for your prayers thus far! May God bless you as He has blessed me. Amen!. :-)
05-04-14 1850 hrs. Still no job and living by faith everyday.
Hard on all of us. Keep us in prayer...