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Date: Fri, Jun 7th, 2019
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Awake at 6. Breakfast downstairs. Back in the room I call a few clinics and decide that the emergency room at the local hospital will be my best bet. We call a local taxi and get a ride over around 11:30. During the drive the taxi driver, who was very nice, gave us a little info on all the local eateries. I check in and get a visual exam first, then it's off to x-ray. They take the standard 3 views of my foot, back to the waiting area. There is much curiosity from the nurse about our hike and she sits with us for a while asking many questions. Everyone we came in contact with, including security was so nice.
I am fully expecting the doctor to come back with the x-rays and say there is nothing broken, just stay off your foot for a few more days so I am totally shocked when I see the pictures. The second metatarsal bone is broken and completely separated and there appears to be some sort of trauma in my third metatarsal bone. I cannot believe my eyes. This can't be my foot! I am having trouble absorbing this. The doctor is concerned about the third metatarsal bone and his opinion is that what we're looking at could be the start of a bone infection. He wants to do a CT scan to rule it out but that means blood work to check my kidney function and a contrast dye delivered intravenously. The consequences of an infection are high and I would have to start antibiotics immediately, so we go ahead with the scan. Thankfully, the scan comes back negative. It's possible this trauma happened early on in the hike and is what was causing my foot pain when we started hiking out of Big Bear.
We are at the hospital most of the day. It's become a busy place this afternoon with 2 stroke victims, a woman with symptoms of a heart attack, a man with pneumonia, an elderly woman who is having trouble with her vision and a kid who fell off his skate board and fractured something. It's almost 5pm when I am discharged with a walking boot and instructions to get follow up care once we are home.
We decide to rent a car and drive home since I can no longer hike and Kevin arranges that. The rental car agency picks us up from the hospital and takes us to their office where we fill out the paperwork, then we're on our way back to the hotel for one more night. We'll leave in the morning. Since we have wheels we drive to the BBQ place for dinner. It's packed! The BBQ is delicious.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org