I suffered a nasty injury in the inside upper calf of my right leg last Friday. This is the story...
Near the bottom of the Top Tee, in the main gully which had some nice soft wind blown snow, going at a moderately fast rate but well in control I thought. Just beginning initiation of a left turn and I am passed at very high speed, around me on my right side then below and before I had my wits back he was stopped slap bang in my path. No time to avoid, just try to hit soft as possible. Still quite a bang though, and after picking ourselves up and checking the sore bits for breaks, I felt a warm runny sensation above my boot, and it turned out to be free flowing blood - Yummy!
Direct pressure from my ski glove stopped the bleeding, and after the Patrol strapped on a pad, I skied down to the 1st aid room for a clean up then off home. Luckily I could drive. Also lucky I was at the stage where the end of the day was definitely only a couple or three runs away.
Patroller was a neat young lady from Montana so we had a good yarn about patrolling, club fields, raising kids up in the ski club scene, and all that.
Great doctor at 24Hr surgery had it cleaned up and packed by 9pm Friday night, and by Sunday afternoon it was stitched in two layers, 5 stitches each. I will definitely miss the coming weekend but if no infection problems should be all OK by the following.
I am a bit off about the event and not sure how far to wind up the grumpy meter. Anyone got any comments about fault? Because I am aware I did ski into him, but it was unavoidable IMO.
Remember there is a no fault public accident insurance here in NZ, (you cannot sue for fault, neglicence, etc) so there is no costs to be sorted here.
Up till then it had been a great day
Look forward to comments