PCT DAY 118: Rest Day # 16
Tuesday August 9, 2016: Zero Miles
DISPATCH FROM THE TRAIL
Today is not so much a dispatch from the trail as much as a rest day off the trail. I was passing not far from where Corky was staying and we planned to spend the day together. A chance for Corky to have a followup appointment with the orthopaedic specialist. We planed to go to Bend a little bit earlier then the doctors appointment and have lunch. Corky is still not able to get about any distance without the crutches so there was little opportunity to see any significant parts of Bend.
We had lunch at the sensational Little Sparrow Bakery. It was like a little slice of our Sydney life. A smaller version of the Burke Street Bakery. I had pulled pork on a brioche bun and Corky had a perfecy crispy, toasted bagel with smoked salmon and creme freche. Not a hamburger in sight. While waiting for our lunch we started a conversation with a neighbouring table. It was Radish and friend who hiked the PCT in 2015. She welcomed us to Bend and said everybody here hikes. We were really liking this town. After lunch we headed off for the doctors appointment and Corky will write about that.
On our way back to the house after visiting Bend, we stopped in Sisters to do some grocery shopping. Here we were surprised to meet Bernard, a French hiker we have not seen since Kennedy Meadows. He is an aircraft engineer from Toulouse and was staying in Sisters for a rest day. I may see him along the trail when I get back. It was good for Corky to have a brief distraction from bouts of uncontrollable tears.
CORKY – OFF THE TRAIL
Luckily we had a relaxed and delicious lunch as the doctors appointment which followed did not produce good news. I had another X-ray. The fracture is not healing as the medial ligament (on the inside of my foot) has been stretched and damaged leaving the ankle unsupported. The first specialist we saw in Medford told told me that this was the biggest unknow and the biggest risk. Anyhow the recommendation is to have surgery to fix the bone with a plate. A fairly straightforward procedure apparently We discussed options and costs and it would appear that for me the best option is to go home and have the surgery in Sydney.
When we got back to the house I spoke to my orthopeadic specialist in Sydney and sent him the scans. He agreed that surgery is the only option if I want to continue to run and hike without developing arthritis in a very short-time frame. Anyhow at least I can understand why I am still in pain. I contacted my travel insurance and got an emergency treatment plan underway. Booked a flight back home tomorrow and an appointment with the specialist, with surgery penciled in on Thursday next week. Hammer will stay and continue to hike the PCT all the way to Canada. I hope to be back in Vancouver to see him finish in the second half of September.
I must do whatever it takes to get this fixed so we can get on with it.
Get healthy and have a safe trip! It has been great reading the blog and I will continue to follow both or your progress.
Thank you Matthew.
Best wishes with your surgery. You are a very enthusiastic and determined athlete. I am convinced you will make a full recovery and will be hiking and running pain free. You will look back at this as a little bump in the road. I hope both you and Hammer keep sending updates.
Thank you Dave. I know it time it will get easier. We will keep the blog going (way off the PCT for me, for now).
Sorry to hear this news. Wishing you Good luck with the surgery. Hope you are back on the trail soon.
Thank you Sally. I will be back as soon as possible.
Hi Corky, Sorry news but at least you now know reason for continuing pain and option to fix. Here’s to a speedy heal after surgery so you can rejoin Hammer in September. Cheers. PS: Missing the u-beaut flora and fauna pics.
I am hoping for a speedy recovery. I am missing the flowers as well. Thank you for your kind words.
Good luck with your surgery and hope it all heals well so you can continue to have an active life together.my granddaughter little red riding hood is on the 3 sisters area also known as Ella Raff her parents are looking forward to having her home but she loves the life of hiking but we have to remind her she needs to get a job .hope we will still see your blogs I have so enjoyed them particularly the pictures.good luck Anne
Thank you Anne,
I know I am in good hands and just have to be patient. I am looking forward to returning and joining Hammer for the rest of our trip.
Good to hear that Little Red Riding Hood is loving the hiking life. And that she is making such good progress. I will keep the blog going, it will be interesting to look back on the twists in our adventure.
All the best wishes and thoughts to you. The surgery sounds like the right thing and heres to a quick recovery.Have a safe trip. I know Hammer will continue to enjoy the trail and wishing him safe travel also.
Thank you Rick,
I know I am in good hands since all the doctors I’ve consulted agreed on the nature of the injury. Just have to be patient. Hammer got back on trail on Wednesday so when I hear from him I will get the blog updated.
Oh, Corky. I know that is NOT the news you hoped for. I am glad you got the ball rolling and are probably enroute home as I write this. My very best wishes to you for a smooth surgical repair. Onward and upward to a full recovery. May the force be with you! Please continue to update us about how things are going! Thinking of you.
It was not what I expected by I am being very pragmatic about it now. Just want to have it fixed so I can get on with rehab.
So not the news I was hoping for Lesley. But being pragmatic and getting on with it. I’ve had su amazing support along the way. I can’t wait to get the repair work done so I can start the rehab.
Hello to you both!
I’ve been very much enjoying the reports the past few weeks, and Hammer, you are quickly getting up to speed on the exemplary quality and detail that Corky has established 😉
I’ve especially enjoyed the dispatches from the Sisters and Bend area as I spent several days hiking and camping in that area and exploring those towns while supplying Light Feather there last year. Beer, beer, and more beer…
I’m seriously disappointed to hear of the complications with your ankle/foot injury. One slip on loose sloping trail and there you be- sidelined on this great adventure for a time.
Apparently, you have had the fortune to be under the care or examination of some competent and professional healthcare providers here in the USA as a result of your injury, but, I understand why someone from just about any other country would need to return home to get the care they need in your circumstances.
Please forgive me for introducing a political note into your celebration of life and nature, but, to be frank about it, our health care system is “industry owned” and is a little regulated business before being a service to people in need. It’s a shameful scandal that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the USA and can destroy a middle class family in one unfortunate incident. I’m so happy for you that you and Hammer have a civilized alternative when in need of medical help.
You don’t want to miss Washington State! It might be a reach, but if you can make even 50 miles of the PCT in Washington, you will be delighted. I sincerely wish that you both can walk up to that finishing monument together this Fall season.
Thank you for your post. Hammer is enjoying the hiking and I will be back next year to finish off Oregon and Washington. I must admit to feeling really lucky that the medical professionals I’ve had dealings with have been outstanding. It is unfortunate that corporatization of medical care has got to the state it is in the US. But for me it was more about the rehab and the follow up that I wanted to be at home for. I am looking forward to returning and continuing our travels. Not sure I will make Washington before Hammer finishes.