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Dear friends -

It turns out that Kij's concerns about climbing on pads instead of pea gravel have come to pass. Last night while climbing, she fell from a 10-foot bouldering route and badly sprained an ankle and broke her leg.

To make matters worse, the hospital gave her pain meds to which she was allergic, so she was sick most of the night. She's still in the hospital (didn't get which one, but in Seattle at the orthopedic unit getting checked out right now).

She's to stay off her feet for at least a week, then she'll be on crutches for months while it heals. I'm sure she would appreciate comfort and offers of help during this week - getting groceries, company, and so forth. Like most of us when we're hurt, she'll probably alternate between wanting help and wanting to be alone. Probably no calls for now while she's still with the doctors; I'll post an update later.

As you can imagine, this means she'll be very down-hearted. No climbing plus injury for a while, then she'll have to overcome fears before being able to start climbing again.

EDIT: I just spoke with her again, and Kij says she's welcome to be deluged with books, flowers, and trips to exotic places where she can forget about her leg.

EDIT2: Last I heard, Kij was drifting off to sleep, so it's probably best not to call right now. Check her LJ for updates, address, and phone numbers when she's ready! If you're a real-life friend but don't have Kij's new address since she moved last month, drop me an email and I'll send it to you.

Best,
Chris

Comments

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copperwise
Nov. 19th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for letting us know. Must plot cheering up deluge.
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
orin2
Nov. 19th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Chris, can you get the hospital for us? And does she have her phone with her? What a crappy turn of events.
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, she was drifting off to sleep, so it's probably best not to call right now. Check her LJ for updates, address, and phone numbers when she's ready!

If you're a real-life friend but don't have Kij's new address, drop me an email and I'll send it to you.
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mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
No kidding.
arian1
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I just got an update, she's better off than she thought and should be home in a few hours to update from the source. :)
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and the removable cast sounds like a good thing. I hope she gets some sleep!
roseconnelly
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I don't have her address since she moved. E-mail it to me. Please?

mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Done!
edichka2
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Shit.

Any word on the nature of the fracture?

- Eddie
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Either the fibula or tibula (the smaller one on the outside). I'm sure she'll post an update as soon as she's home and off the pain meds.
edichka2
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
*nod* Fibular fractures not involving the ankle are usually relatively minor....

- Eddie
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. Her ankle is f***ed-up, but only a bad sprain.
sf_reader
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update. I'm so glad it wasn;t worse.

Does she wear a helmet when she climbs?
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
No helmet, but the floors are padded. Presumably a helmet could make things worse for the neck, not to mention inconvenience.
hlmt
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Dang!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the news... =/
jjschwabach
Nov. 19th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Last time I encourage her to face her fears!

Tell her never to listen to me again. Remind her this is the woman who's broken eleven bones in her life, not the best source of information.

Tell her she can come stay with me and I'll feed her ;-).
(Okay, it's a little far, but...)
email me?
mckitterick
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Aw, she'd appreciate the offer, but right now I think she mostly would like a card or email expressing sympathy and good wishes.
gryphonrose
Nov. 20th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Wow, it's just been that sort of week all over, hasn't it? Give her my best wishes and tell her I hope she recovers quickly and completely and feels all-better very soon.
mckitterick
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
No kidding. I'll let her know.
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mckitterick
Nov. 20th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Will do.
margaretq
Nov. 20th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
mmmm :(
I broke my knee (yes cracked right through the patella and tore up some ligaments) at 19. And the hardest part was when the confinement/discomfort moves from new and easy to accept as temporary into routine. Its hard to be partially immobile for a week or two - but when you lose some independence and your normal outlets/coping mechanisms (getting outdoors, exercise) for awhile it is not easy.
I don't know Kij well enough to have maintained any sort of contact - but please let her knowmy thoughts are with her.
mckitterick
Nov. 20th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean - when I had a knee kicked out during a tournament several years back, I had some serious issues with having become immobile. Because Kij is so active and her climbing has been such an important part of her life and self-definiton lately, this is a hard thing for her.

I'll let her know.
eleanor
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Can you e-mail her address to at dot com? Thanks.
normalcyispasse
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Bah! Fuck! Send her my best wishes.
jjschwabach
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
I'd like her address, too, the only one I have is from like three moves ago. For me as well as her.
mckitterick
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Oops - tried to write you at your LJ addy but it failed. What's your email?
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