Down at depth (105 feet), Mike started having trouble. He had so much mucus build up he was having a hard time clearing his throat and finding air to breathe. Coming up quickly, he thought he'd be able to breathe easier at 60 ft. That wasn't the case. And, by the time he got 60 ft, even though he was letting all of the air out of his BCD trying to slow his ascent, he shot to the surface. Once at the surface, still hard to breathe because of the over abundance of mucus, he had to get help to get back to the boat. Luckily, oxygen was on board that he was able to utilize.
He drove himself home, but wasn't looking great once there. Worried that he had a trapped air bubble because of his quick ascent, we went to the ER at Centennial Hospital. Hours later, and lots of phone calls between the doctor, the hyperbaric chamber at Long Beach, and DAN (Diver's Alert Network), Mike was released to come home with the caveat that he return if he got worse.
Doctors are still not 100% sure what happened, but the thought is it might have been IPE or Immersion Pulmonary Edema. I'm just glad this smiling face is back home and smiling again. More tests are needed to confirm diving is still on the ok-to-do list, but we are hopeful.