Stranger #16 - Marco, Doctor
I really didn't want to meet Marco…. Having to meet a Doctor in a hospital on a ski trip is usually bad news.
Thankfully, he was a really nice chap and also confirmed that my ankle wasn't really broken….. Despite feeling like it when I wiped out on my snowboard the day before.
Turns out that this had been a light week for ski injuries…. the extreme cold temperatures have reduced the volume of people on the slopes.
Been to this hospital several times before… although my first time as a patient. The list of injuries for our party has been as follows:
1 Broken arm
2 sprained ankles
1 broken collarbone
1 puncture from skipole tip
1 knee sliced open to bone from ski edge
1 damaged knee tendon
1 cut head
Sounds alot doesn't it….. but we are typically a group of 20-28 people, half adults, half kids and we have come here every year for 12 years. Statistically thats about 1 hospital visit per 40 ski trips per person.
Given that I have been skiing / boarding for 30 years with at least 1 and often 2 ski trips per year I guess I was due a personal visit to the hospital.
It's been months since my last stranger picture - I guess I have got out of the habit