Thursday, 27 September 2007

Short Walk in the Hindu Kush continued

So fellow bloggers, where was I?
Oh yes…on the last day of the hike, 6lbs lighter, toned muscles and unsightly blisters. So did I meet the man of my dreams? Did I have a spiritual experience in those mystic mountains?
I wish!

We were all walking across a dilapidated corrugated iron bridge. Unbeknown to me as I was to busy looking at the stunning scenery there was a hole about 8 inches across, and my foot went down it. I didn’t feel a thing but there was rather a lot of blood, and I couldn’t put any weight on my right foot. (Sorry, its not very dramatic!) We had doctors with us, so they carried me to a safe place and stitched me up on the mountain side. I was given a litre of vodka as I was told I would need it! Which was rather silly really, as you try going to the loo behind rocks tidily on one leg, and no crutches!
I was carried the rest of the way of the hike and onto the plane. My mother met me at the airport, she was quite shocked to see me in a wheel chair. We drove straight to the hospital.

I had 3 operations in 3 years. 5 years of physio. I spent most of those 3 years in plaster and in a wheel chair as I wasn’t allowed to weight bear. I had severed a main tendon. Each operation failed. I am now left with a right foot that I cannot move which is still painful.

I don’t regret going on the hike, and I learnt a few sharp lessons on how the public view people in wheel chairs.
They did offer a 4th op, an experimental one, but it was all just to hard round C, I couldn’t face it again.
I did this hike in the first couple of years they started doing such things. Now because people have actually died, they are a lot safer. So please don’t be put off doing one if you are thinking about it.

Before I went I had the feeling it would change my life, and it did.


Pondside said...

What a terrible accident - you don't speak about the pain, but it must have been severe (even with a litre of vodka!)
Too odd that we have both blogged about a walk today, although yours was a good deal more exciting than mine!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fit and tough! What more could a man ask for in a women? On the serious side, I can't imagine going through such an accident. It's good to see you being good spirited about it.
Hope you and your son is doing well today.

Elissa said...

Wow, what a journey! And what courage you have to take life on as you do. Thanks for sharing this story. xx

Dr. Deb said...

Oh, my, an injury like that can ruin a trip - but it sounds like you made the trip meaningful in so many ways.

Christine said...

But what an adventure!! It says a lot about you, that you did this hike. And not for the reasons some might think. I know a lot of mothers -- especially of children with autism -- who feel they can't leave their children, even for an overnight. (I'm one of them, by the way). But that is no way to live. Where's the balance? You seem to be incredibly balanced in your approach to life.

So, does this mean you can't hike anymore? All the better to have such a lovely garden then!

pat said...

All that hiking, the injury, the pain, and no enlightenment to go with it? You was robbed! :-D

Wade said...


I'm sure you kept your good spirits by reminding yourself that it was "all for charity", right?

Be good,


Inthemud said...

Oh Casdok! I remember it well!
Must be hard writing about it and having to relive those feelings.

Woozle1967 said...

Blimey! You're one tough cookie - strength of character AND a litre of vodka...........xx

Casdok said...

I didnt manage the whole litre!!

Milla said...

Eek, what a foul sentence: "severed a main tendon" is! And no, not tempted! But good on you.

dgibbs said...

That must have been scary! Did you have to have help with C? I can't imagine being in a wheel chair trying to keep up with mine. But we do what we have don't we?

Casdok said...

I was offered respite for C but didnt take it. That, if i am totally honest with myself is why the operations didnt work, as i couldnt rest much.
Too independant for my own good!

BBC said...

"So did I meet the man of my dreams? Did I have a spiritual experience in those mystic mountains?
I wish!"

Interesting that you said that. Just a few days ago I posted that people travel hoping that something interesting will happen to them. Mostly that they will get laid. After all, finding a soul mate is what that is all about.

Being new to your blog and not knowing much history on you I hope that your leg is doing okay, that you are still mobile. It sounds like it was pretty nasty.

I sure couldn't drink a whole litre of Vodka.

The worst thing that has ever happened to me was my trying to shove my leg up my butt with a dirt bike.

Had a trick knee for years, but when it went out I could lay down and push it back into place, then I slipped on some ice and had a piece of crap.

A doctor in Montana operated on it, and I took my therapy seriously, wore out an exercise bike and got work release in just four weeks.

Anyway, have a great day, I'm going to hike to the hot springs today, hugs.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Berlimey Casdok - you don't do things by halves do you.

Fell over in the playground when I was around 11 - severed the tendon in my right wrist - lost the use of my fingers and thumb . . had years of pain afterwards . . but now it seems ok . . .

Elizabethd said...

But how incredible to have done that hike, even with an aftermeth that you didnt need.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

I don't think I'D even go that far to get a free one litre of Vodka (and that's saying something!) ;)

Mootia said...

Made me feel all queasy! Poor thing, and not a man of your dreams at the end of it - mind you, after a litre of vodka anyone would look OK! What's your next trek/trick, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have had enough experiences to test your strength and spirit.
Through it all you are still able to take a wonderful profile pic're a winner!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I'm in a bit of a creative funk these days so my blog is a mish mash of stuff until I can write again.:)

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

They should at least arrange to have dreamy rescue guys there for you.
You should get something out of it, after all.
Sorry to hear of the tendon injury, though.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Hi casdok, I know what that pain was like, you are one tough lady!
In my experience doing physio properly means devoting 24/7 to just that, I can't imagine managing to do that as prescribed and be a primary carer, it would be impossible even with respite. BG x

DaisyDeadhead said...

But what an adventure!! It says a lot about you, that you did this hike.

It certainly does! I don't have the adventurous spirit I wish I did, and often envy those of you who do!

Sorry about your injury and pain, though. :(

kirayoshi said...

I don’t regret going on the hike

I find that a good attitude, not having a regret for something that can't be changed anymore, I try to have the same attitude.

KC's Blog said...

My goodness, I hope that you are going to be o.k.!
That was an adventure!
I love your blog and the way you write :)
Hope you are feeling better :)


P.S. Beautiful pictures!

Ivy said...

Tough girl!

Suffolkmum said...

God, it sounds horrendous. But you sound so positive about it all - and I'd still like to go there, so you haven't put me off!

Anonymous said...

Painful. But from reading between the lines of your blog is was all worth it.

Crystal xx

Little Wing said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
I have a good friend who has a five year old boy with autism, he is non-verbal.
Can't begin to tell you how much he has taught us.
I am going to add you to my blogroll, you have such a great blog.
You are an amazing woman!
You will be in good company on my blog, I have many good friends from the UK!!

Casdok said...

They do teach us a lot dont they!
And thank you!

lampworkbeader said...

That sounds like the wrong sort of 'life changing' to me.
It must be quite a place if you still don't regret it.

Casdok said...

Yes i dont regret doing the hike, and as for the injury, i could have done that anywhere anytime! Any of us could.
When my leg gets tired, i still fall!

Suzy said...

YOW!! I can only imagine the pain and discomfort you felt and the emotional stress you went through worrying about C.

All the best.


captain corky said...

I'm not going to go hikiing, but not because I'm scared, but just because I'm too lazy. ;)

That's a lot to go through. Amazing stuff Casdok!

Rhonda said...

Well this is really a bitter sweet thing here. On the one hand you have an experience of a lifetime and on the other, a pretty aweful injury.
I'm impressed with your outlook.

BBC said...

Kush, I don't recognize that word and it isn't in my dictionary.

Hey, never, ever, regret anything that you have ever done. Life is lessons, experiences, and adventures.

Living safely in a can is, well, living safely in a can. Like a mushroom where you live in the dark and life is boring.

Geez, I would have to blow my brains out if I had to live like that.

No offense to your son of course. I'm sure that there are beautiful things and wisdoms in his mind, maybe some things that could unlock some of the secrets of the cosmos.

If he could only share them. Hey, ever take him to a hot springs? I'm sure that he would love such an experience.

DJ Kirkby said...

Wow I didn't expect that and my gawd you must have been in so much pain! I have given you an award on my blog and I'd now like to give it to you a hundred times over after reading this!

Casdok said...

Oh wow! Thank you dj Kirkby.

I still am in pain with my leg but like m,ost things you learn to live with it!

Casdok said...

For BBC, The Hindu Kush, is a mountain range in Afghanistan as well as in the North-West Frontier Province and Northern Areas of Pakistan.

Not sure we have any hot springsd in the UK! But im sure C would love them (and me to!)

Maddy said...

More than enough drama for me!

Getty72 said...

Wow, what a thing to happen... it's things like this that make us realise that we have to value today, every single breath we take.

I fell 90 feet over the edge of a disused quarry when walking in the Welsh hills with my girlfriend and her friends at the end of December last year. I dislocated my arm and shattered my shoulder - eventually being airlifted to hospital by the RAF. My shoulder was replaced with a titanium joint a week later - soon after I split up with my girlfriend.

Like your post, the event changed my life... changed for the better.

I do hope things are better for you now.

Have a nice weekend! ~ Graham