Calm before my storm by maureenpp

Calm before my storm

Yesterday got a bit interesting and not in a good way - went for a walk, took a wrong turn, realised turned to go back and the bank gave way and I slid about 20m on my bottom and ended up trapped in a ditch at the bottom! Realised immediately that I'd either broken or dislocated my shoulder. Took me a while to drag myself out of the ditch too. I was worried I'd faint and being in the bottom of a ditch would make me hard to find. I managed to drag myself up the slope to cell phone coverage and rang J. She and D came and found me, and D rang the ambulance which came to the end of the track and then they walked in. They gave me some strong pain stuff and I was able to walk out, although I could have been carried, but that would have been more painful. Hours at the hospital, the Dr managed to get the joint back in, and I hadn't broken anything much to his surprise. J was laughing as she heard him telling the nurses how lucky "the old lady was who fell 20m down a bank and didn't break anything". I don't think of myself as an old lady!! But I did think I was really lucky
Oh no! That must have been a very painful and frightening experience. Your shoulder will be so tender and sore after being dislocated for so long. Take care!
August 16th, 2020  
ouch!!! take care out there! ( had a friend at photo club a few years ago, got out of car on Porters pass to take a photo, feet went from under her on the ice and one broken ankle!)
August 16th, 2020  
Oh my! So sorry you had to endure this "storm", but also glad there is nothing broken. But the pain to get help must have been extra bad and will be probably for some time. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Such incidents remind me why I hit the button (location tracker on Whatsapp) for my husband before going places. Even if I have no phone coverage he would see where I last time had one and it would be easier to find me. Especially as I never stick to the planned route. Get better soon Maureen.
August 16th, 2020  
@mona65 wise words, mona.
maureen, what a nasty experience. do hope you recover very quickly, from the injury and from being described as old ;) respect for being able to drag yourself up out of the ditch
August 16th, 2020  
Ouch, that was a nasty adventure. Glad that you didn’t break anything! Get well soon Maureen!
August 16th, 2020  
This is always a concern of mine because I go out hiking and birding alone a lot. I hope you feel better soon and get back out there.
August 16th, 2020  
Oh my gosh! That must have been so frightening! I'm glad you are ok. Take care.
August 16th, 2020  
Glad you are ok...how scary
August 17th, 2020  
@mona65 Hi Mona - I've got WhatsApp, but I don't know about the button on WhatsApp - would you be able to tell me or photograph where to find the button? It sounds like a great idea. I have got a PLB but foolishly thought I couldn't get into trouble on a track I knew - will be taking it much more often now! Thank you for your interest!
August 17th, 2020  
@maureenpp
Hi Maureen,
I'm not really a fan of complete surveillance. But in some cases and in a trusting relationship, it can be very helpful.
Here how it works. Open the WhatsApp chat of the person you want to share your location. Hit the paperclip (attachment).
Under "Location" you will find the fairly new function "Live Location"
Now choose how long you want to share it (you can choose between 15 minutes, one hour or eight hours).
Now tap “send”.
You can stop the live tracking at any time, even if the set hour has not yet passed.
Works perfect for me and I hope this helps.
August 17th, 2020  
@mona65 Thank you so much Mona - not only will I use the information but I'll pass it on to other friends esp the ones I know go out by themselves! Really appreciated
August 17th, 2020  
@annepann @pistache @maureenpp
Hi Maureen, so glad I could help. Maybe Anne and Clare are interessted in this feature too. Please see above, how it works.
August 18th, 2020  
@mona65 thanks mona - i knew of this feature from a friend but will now definitely activate it!
August 18th, 2020  
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