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Greatings from Leadville, CO

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New here, hello epic members.

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Welcome! New faces are always a good thing.

 

I think if you poke around in the different forums you'll find that this site is full of great info and people with great knowledge, both professionals and no-professionals alike.

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wow, didn't know they had the internet in Leadville! J/K. I could go for a wild bill burger bout now!

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Skip the Burger,

                        High Mt. Pies, 4th and Harrison! Mmm, Good!

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Welcome! I'll see you at Cooper this winter, perhaps. I coach the Masters speed events for SwissAm and Rocky Mountain Masters. Think snow!

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I drove through Leadville once looking for hot springs on the other side.  When I got there, they were cold.

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looking forward to being in Leadville myself,late DEC.

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Just got internet up here, as we had to run our own line down to Summit county and splice into someone else's line.   FYI we have also recently added indoor running water and electricity!!!! 
 

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Look me up if you get up here or anywhere close.  I'm usually chasing powder all winter.

 

High MPs good stuff, and I think you've got to go to Glenwood to get hot springs.

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Hot Sulphur Springs in Hot Sulphur (go to Granby and head west) is very nice with excellent all season soaking. It is my favorite. Lots of small pools of varying sizes.

 

Glenwood is one huge pool (unless you spring for a private) and a mass of humanity. Strawberry Park in Steamboat is OK, 4WD required in winter. I'd never go back to Princeton HS and the Cottonwood HS is all right. I've never been to the ones down in the San Luis Valley. Pagosa Springs is nice.

 

Powder days are pretty laid back at Cooper. Last year we had a DH camp cancelled one day because of too much snow. The smart ones had their powder skis. Easy fun terrain, not for the TGR crowd. Fresh tracks until I couldn't stand up.

 

MR

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I think I went to Cottonwood Springs.  It rings a bell.  Water Temp was about 95 so it felt cold.  Had to be fully submerged to feel comfortable as it was about 0 degrees out.

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I'd be at Hot Sulphur today with my girlfriend for her birthday (soaking at a spring is a tradition with us) if it weren't for the 19 staple, 5 inch incision which is healing from an operation following acute appendcitis.

 

I'm doing well and I can thank my GF for getting me to the ER in time.  I have no fever, no infection and I am back to normal except for no soaking for 3 weeks and no lifting over 15 pounds for 6 weeks. It kind of blew my summer out of the water, literally. I can't launch my sail boat for the lifting restriction. I can't bike for a while either.

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I'd be at Hot Sulphur today with my girlfriend for her birthday (soaking at a spring is a tradition with us) if it weren't for the 19 staple, 5 inch incision which is healing from an operation following acute appendcitis.

 

I'm doing well and I can thank my GF for getting me to the ER in time.  I have no fever, no infection and I am back to normal except for no soaking for 3 weeks and no lifting over 15 pounds for 6 weeks. It kind of blew my summer out of the water, literally. I can't launch my sail boat for the lifting restriction. I can't bike for a while either.

dang sorry to hear about that.  sounds like it may be healing well though.   hope it continues to heal well.  Just for the record, how do you know you are suffering appendicitis?   Stuff like this always worries me when I am out skiing alone far away from people.  I do carry a spot for this reason though.  

 

Springs down in Ouray are good.   Small individual free ones out in the desert in Mammoth Lakes CA.  A little far from Summit though. 
 

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Thanks Locim. I'm well except for the two restrictions. Totally off pain killers.

 

On the 6th of June (day 1) I was returning from New England and had to start driving at 2 AM so I was pounding the coffee. I thought I had an acid stomach. It was still there two days later with lower back pain. Maybe I'd pulled a muscle with the 50 lb suit cases and was just achy from sitting in airports, planes and cars for 24 hours straight.

 

Saw the doc on the 7th day. Big pain in lower right of abdomen when palpated. But no fever so muscle strain or appendicitis were possibilities. Only a CT scan would tell for sure. I'm underinsured so I thought I'd wait for more symptons or better yet, the pain to go away. On day 12 I got a fever. Day 14 I went to the ER and was immediately prepped for surgery. Should have gone in on day 12 in hind sight. I was wishing it away, which didn't work. It was apparently a challenge to remove the appendix through the 5 inch incision; it had enlarged that much. It had also ruptured.

 

I never had a screaming pain in my abdomen except when palpated by the doc. I thought that was de rigeur with appendicitis, but I was wrong. Also Summit County has one of the highest rates of appendicitis in the country. They don't know why. It doesn't matter if you are a local or a visitor. There was another case next to me in the ER.

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My appendix incision was about two inches long.  That surgery was done in the middle 1940s.  I've seen appendectomy scars go half way from the belly button to the iliac crest of the pelvis, but that was from surgeries in the early 1900s.   

 

I used to work in ORs as a scrub tech.  I've seen surgeons examine most of the intestine through a relatively small incision before removing the appendix if it hasn't burst.   It's best to have it removed before the inflammation gets to the point of causing the appendix to rupture, because a burst appendix can fill the abdomen with septic materials that can lead to severe infections.

 

Appendicitis is not something that comes on real suddenly like a heart attack or a kidney stone.  It usually is an increasingly painful abdomen that gets worse over a matter of hours or even days.  Any sign of a fever to go with the sore abdomen should take you to the doctor as soon as possible.

 

Diverticulitis is similar to an inflamed appendix.  A diverticulum is a small bulge in the side of the intestine that can trap fecal matter and result in inflammation.  It can become just as serious an illness requiring surgical treatment just like the appendix.

 

If you need any lifting done, MR, give me a call:  four five three three nine zero five.

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Kneale, I've been getting help from my neighbors to mow the lawn and move stuff, but thanks so much for the kind offer. I just looked to see that you are mostly in Breck for the summer now, too. Welcome home!

 

Curious you mention diverticulitus as my brother had that about 11 years ago. It didn't respond well to antibiotics and he ended up with surgery and a colostomy. He said the latter made it easier to drive across country.  The next summer my mom needed a colostomy for a problem she had. At one point my brother, mother and I were all patients of one sort or another at the hospital on the same day. My brother having the reversal of the colostomy, my mom just had hers and I'd managed to scrape a couple inches of dermis nearly off that needed to be sewn back in place. We figured they'd name a wing of the hospital after us for that feat.

 

It appears that the decision for the size of the incision was made after viewing the CT scan. As it is the doctor had trouble getting the damned thing out of the opening as it was. I am at fault for not going in sooner; denial is not just a river in Egypt.

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Just had to chime in on Leadville as it is an old haunt of mine.

 

Had a season pass at Copper Mt. the first year they opened. 73/74 I think.

 

Worked underground at the Climax Mine at the time. Later career move was delivering coal in Leadville. Shovel it in the truck, shovel it in the coal shed.  Drank at the Ram bar in those days. Long gone.

 

I'm now in Grand Junction, still involved in mining exploration.  Now ski at Powderhorn

 

You are lucky to live in Leadville. A great place. Silverton is not so bad either.

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