QUOTE(RJ2DJ @ Jun 8 2010, 09:15 AM)
Exactly! Ambulance crews/rangers can't really be expected to be "on hand" to rescue people in the middle of forests doing essentially dangerous activities which they have chosen to participate in. The fact they come to out rescue at all is jolly nice of them. In this day and age, part of the fun of MTBing in places like Swinley Forest is that you're expected to assess the risks by yourself. One of those risks is that it could take ambulance crews a fair time to confirm your location and find you.
It is jolly nice them and if an accident happens, we do call them and they do come out. Anything that helps them to get to the injured quickly can only be a good thing. Not sure about you but the Swinley regulars are a good lot and if anyone of them was injured i would want to get them help asap. I am not a medical person but every second counts.
QUOTE(CelticSue @ Jun 8 2010, 11:47 AM)
I do think it needs to be made easier to find where you are in the forest. I had a chat with the ranger on Saturday who said they are looking into putting waymarkers to give a point you can find and phone in if there is an accident. I told him about how it works in France with the 'milepost' idea on all the downhill courses with the emergency numbers and a marker. This is something I think we need to encourage.
That sounds good Sue, did he give his name / phone number by any chance. It would be handy to have it in the old mobile.
QUOTE(Kerr @ Jun 10 2010, 12:24 PM)
Yay! back a work!
Considering how painful this was initially, Im actually very surprised how I am healing.
I can now hold my hands above my head and pain is very localized on just under the left shoulder blade and a little whiplash pain on the right of my neck.
Had a walk round the village yesterday, and did get pretty sore after a mile or so and had to go back home.
Head still feels a little numb, kinda similar to the start of a dehydration headache. But getting better every day.
Im going to wait until the numb head goes before setting near a bike.
If it doest continue to subside, I will pop to the docs in the next few days.
Prob going to rabbit on about how great you guys were on sunday for months, really MASSIVE thanks to you all again.
I have booked the Emergency and basic first aid in Theale on 2 July.
Swinley is out-of-bounds for me this weekend.
Well done Kerr, glad you are feeling a lot better.
QUOTE(huw @ Jun 10 2010, 09:49 PM)
I'd keep some bandages handy for the next year or so. The chances of the razor sharp bone poking up under the skin on my shoulder staying under the skin if I fall off are very slim indeed.
Yep, Don't break bones it really bloody hurts. 7 weeks in and still in pain, don't think I'd want to be landing on my head either. Maybe it's best to just stay upright.
On the mend though and hopefully going to get out for a quick gentle exploratory spin this weekend. WHOOP.
Huw, did'nt realise it was that bad, speedy recovery dude.