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Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
tibber
Hiking4.21 Miles 658 AEG
Hiking4.21 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.94 mph
658 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Report written 1-27-2021 After double and triple checking the radar report for the weather I decided to do this afternoon hike today figuring that I probably wouldn't get in a hike tomorrow. I decided to do a loop that would include Thunderbird Park and Arrowhead Point so I started in a counter clockwise direction.

It was fairly busy all the way to the top with lots of various ages of hikers. It was a lovely day as I looked at the very long ridge line that takes you to the back of the mountain. As I made my way around the West side of the mountain I figured out how I could incorporate the loops to get the most mileage.

I walked across the bridge over the road and headed to the West to come up to Arrowhead Point from that side. I was looking down and noticed that the trail went to the left and as I went to turn to go that direction my body got all mixed up and over I went. I called out in pain for a minute. I knew I was in a lot of trouble; especially when I realized I had probably broken my wrist :o .

I gathered the few things that had come out of my waist pack and held my wrist up close to me and started down the trail. I encountered several trail angels along the way to assist me with various tasks including assisting me with my phone to contact Mia, opening my trunk and detaching my keys from my pack. I'm sure I looked affright, yet no one hesitated to help.

Mia and I discussed Urgent Care vs hospital; I said hospital 🏥 as I was pretty positive my wrist was broken. Luckily I got right in and before I knew it I was in a gown, had blood drawn, wrist and chest x-rays, covid test and had my wrist shot up with a nerve blocker.

They moved me to the ortho wing with a private room where they checked in almost every hour so I got no sleep before my 930AM surgery that didn't start until almost 11AM. After a nerve blocker was done in my neck, 15 minutes later surgery was done and I awoke immediately. (The only thing I wasnervous about was the intubation since that's when my brother went into cardiac arrest and died a few years ago; altho I am much healthier than he was).

Once I finally got back to my room I knew they were supposed to release me that afternoon but I felt that they forgot that so when I heard the nurse talking about freeing up some rooms I yelled out, I'm ready to go home, and within a 1/2 hour I finally was on my way.

I cannot express to you how heavy my arm felt due to that nerve blocker; I swear it weighed 25 pounds. I felt very discouraged at this point but thank goodness that cast didn't weigh 25 pounds; it's still heavy though. Of course, having the cast on my right wrist has complicated things but I'm trying to make the best of it as I slowly gain mobility in my right hand. I bruised my knees and part of my legs and stretched my peck muscle thus effecting deep breaths but all that is much better today.

I've already been out for a 'hood walk and plan a little hike tomorrow. Everyone at the hospital appreciated my healthy status at my age and in light of the waiting room and pre and post op rooms, I can understand that. Wow, that was quite something! Needless to say the pre-post op room is quite fascinating; both the people that work there and the patients. Lots of other side stories but I'll stop here. I'm anxious to get back to the scene of the accident to better understand how I fell.

Welcome to retirement! :lol:
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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