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Kristina of Shadowed Beauty gave me me an idea for a post on local folklore so I decided to share a story that has been handed down in my family (as well as families all over Digby and the southern shore of Nova Scotia) for decades about a man named Jerome found on a beach in 1863. There is a “folklore story” that actually it is true and I know cause my family was involved in it somewhat and it sticks out in my mind as I have grown up hearing it all the time. Different variations but all with the same result.
He was found by a young boy on or near a rock, the rock is still on the beach today (the local kids make a bonfire near it each year as a part of graduation), both legs were cut off to stumps and he did not talk much just muttered something that sounded like Jerome when asked what his name was.
There are different variations to the talking part, some say his tongue was cut off and other say he could speak perfectly fine when he wanted to but in a language no one could place. He did not seem to want to or was not capable of understanding French (this one I think may be incorrect as in some stories or accounts French was all he seemed to understand), Latin, Italian or Spanish and was pretty much mute.
He lived with some of my relatives in the area for some years as well as other families on Digby Neck and the islands. The communities on Digby Neck where mostly baptist (my family included) and after a little while they concluded that he must have been Catholic by some of the things he did so figuring he would be more comfortable with a family of the same religion sent him to live with some families (he floated around from family to family as they all struggled to feed the mouths they had never mind one more) down the south shore of NS by Metaghan. He seemed to understand french (again some accounts said he could not understand that either) better and seemed more comfortable, even though he still barely spoke (or in some accounts not at all). They concluded he looked Mediterranean in appearance.
There is actually a journal that we found in my grandparents house after they both died that was my great great aunts and it mentions Jerome living with them for a period of 7 months and the journal accounts how they tried to get him to talk (the journal makes no mention of his tongue being cut out but it does mention the stumps on his legs being freshly amputated and not quite healed) to no avail. It also mentions that he floated around from family to family as it was tough on everyone to feel and cloth him. They said he would eat everything in site as if he would never be feed again.
Some accounts of the story say that a couple of men working in a field overlooking the Bay of Fundy (a bay between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) saw a small vessel that lowered a row boat which rowed towards land, figuring that the vessel was sending a board ashore to find fresh spring water, they did not think much about it.
The next day they returned to the field to only to be distracted by the young boy previously mentioned running towards them screaming and agitated and gathered from him that he had seen a man on the beach with amputated legs. They followed him not really believing him but going just in case and found Jerome sitting near the rock not far from the tide with a jug of water and some biscuits and seemingly in good health, despite having his legs recently amputated.
There has always been speculation of who he was and where he came from. Some thought he was a pirate that had been given a choice to walk the plank to his death or have his legs chopped off and tongue cut out and left on the shore to his own devices. Others thought he was a well respected crew member (from his hands they concluded it was unlikely he did much hard manual labor) of the ship that had an accident and the crew fearing he would die from his wounds decided he would have a better chance being left on a beach near a small town that would be able to take care of him (which is exactly what they did).
Some even thought he was nobility but did not speculate as to why his legs were amputated and he was left on the beach, just that he was meant to be there and therefore he was.
Its kind a cool story for me because I grew up hearing about it long before we found my great great aunts journal.
I have been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo on my leg for a long time, I have not determined which leg but I do know where on the leg. I want it on the outside between my ankle and knee and covering at least half that area from top to bottom.
Most importantly I want it to be a cherry blossom branch (or is it called a vine?) and I want there to be one or more dragon flies. Either one larger one or a few smaller ones sprinkled through-out the branch and flowers.
I have looked up some inspiration on Pinterest and this is what I have come up with so far. I want to take some ideas to a tattoo artist and see what they can come up with. I love dragonfly’s so much and just think it would be something I really would love to have on my leg.
I really love the one with the bird, but would want it to be a dragonfly rather then a bird and I also love the first two at the top there.
I saw my family doctor today and he said that while it is possible that I had a panic attack at work yesterday that it is unlikely that that is the underlying problem and that it is more likely the result of a major asthma attack and/or not being able to catch my breath or breathe properly.
He said that often during severe or life threatening asthma attacks, patients do not appear to be in distress, the chest may be so tight that no wheezing sings are present. He also said that the patient can appear pink and then can go cyanotic, which I did.
I remember last night that they kept asking me (both the EMT and a nurse) if it was normal for my face, chest and arms to be really pinkish red (my checks yes but not normally my neck, chest and top half of my arms). They started asking me about allergies. I also turned really blue at one point, my lips and my hands and feet (cyanosis) , while this was happening I started out with tingling in my hands and feet (which I had experienced throughout the morning before going to the hospital) that actually turned into almost complete loss of feeling. I could not squeeze the doctors or nurses hands when asked, not even when looking down at my hands and concentrating.
I never mentioned that part to my doctor, I don’t know why but I did not think of it. Since Monday I have also been having coughing fits that leave me breathless and gasping for air. I was doing that in the office too. He said it sounds like it is possible that I may have whopping cough, which the doctor at the ER mentioned last night as well because I was doing it then too.
They both mentioned it being hard to treat and my family doctor said that they will sometimes treat it with Erythromycin, which I am allergic too. But then mentioned another antibiotic I have been able to take without having any reactions. He did not prescribe me anything yet because he wanted a chest x-ray first. He told me to go get it done right away, which I did right after my appointment. He said he should get the results tomorrow most likely. He has put me off till Monday.
I am hoping he will get it back tomorrow and call me to come in to tell me what it shows (inflammation I think is what they are looking for and maybe fluid, I googled it…) and confirm if it is whooping cough and or asthma. He did not order any other tests or anything else yet, I am not sure why and I hate asking.
He told me that if I have difficulty catching my breathe again, are coughing till I turn blue or get worse in anyway to right back to the ER. He said 3 times in a short period will usually prompt them to start doing more tests and will likely get me in to see a respiratory specialist and force them to treat it as something other then a panic attack.
I personally think I am having panic attacks but agree with him that they are more a result then a cause.
Hopefully I will know what is going on tomorrow. I want to get back to work.