Mahoosuc Notch NH, An Unfortunate Trip Report, 7/15/09 - Page 4


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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by SKidds View Post
    Glad you are ok. Heal quickly.

    So, how many people wear helmets for hiking? Looks like a significant head injury can happen just like that, even to an experienced hiker.
    Even as a victim, I don't think I'd wear one unless there was an overwhelmingly good reason. I've been whacking my head on the apple tree in our yard every week when I mow. On one end, walking in the park, nada. Now, look at climbers, that's the other end, helmets are pretty much mandatory. Third, depends on your past injury history. fourth, If you've had a concussion, it's much easier to get the next one. fifth, its the trail particularly unstable or slippery? Then, maybe. Statistically, there are more broken limbs on the rocks trails than brain injury, it's just how most hikers fall.

    Strictly from an odds point of view, the odds are against you getting a head injury on most trails in the NE. They are also not so comfortable when you're hiking and dripping sweat. No easy answers here.
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  2. #32
    No, there are no easy answers to that one.

    Helmets in other sports or outdoor activities are much more common now than just a few years ago. Should that trend continue? Odds are........well, maybe playing the odds isn't the best thing, as Natasha Richardson certainly didn't think there were any odds on her being fatally injured on a beginner ski slope. Experiences such as your own do make me think that the inconvenience of head protection just might be worth putting up with for the one in several hundred thousand chance that you slip on a rock and fall on your head hiking, or suffer a Jens Voigt-like Tour de France Stage 16 crash (ouch - did you see that one) while out on your bike. Is there a chance head protection would have lessened the severity of your injury on what has been called the most difficult mile in the whole Appalachian Trail? Does make one think. I'll say this for myself, I won't leave my bike helmet in the garage any more, even for a nice easy road ride around the neighborhood. Don't misunderstand. I'm not saying you should have been wearing a helmet. But I do appreciate the wake up call as to what can happen even in what one considers a low risk environment. Do think about keeping the noggin protected on future high degree of difficulty hikes, and stay safe.

  3. #33

    Thumbs up Update

    Well, it's been a bit over three weeks. Most of my outward symptoms have resolved and I'm tooling around the house independently. Most of my balance has returned, but with the ear still blocked, there remains significant hearing loss and balance issues associated with fast movement. The only other issue is that I tire after about 6-8 hours, both mentally and physically. Still taking naps, but the doc says that's good, it's healing.

    I may try driving a car this weekend, but not ready for a commute to the office. Lucky to have a job that can be done with a phone and the internet, I'm pretty much full time productive.

    I'm not pushing myself, the doc says it's essential to not raise my blood pressure right now. So no cardio, nothing that might risk a bang to the noggin. That really limits things. I don't want to jeapordize ski season! I'm on track to full recovery, the big steps happened first, now it's little steps and a lot of patience.

    My brother in law and I have already committted to taking a 2-day wilderness first aid course this fall. If it's not be that gets hurt, what happens if I encounter someone. For my BIL, it was extremely frustrating to want to help, not know what to do and have no one to ask. We aim to fix that problem, at least for us.

    So I'd suggest that y'all think about a Wilderness First Aid Course. It's not Red Cross First Aid. It's what to do when you're a loong time away from having trained first responders arrive.

    I'm also looking much more seriously at getting a personal locator beacon. I heard Santa brings them sometimes

    Someone wrote me recently, "It's every hiker's worst nightmare." Ain't that the truth.
    Thanks everyone for asking and caring.

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