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A Hard Fall and Amazing Kindness

Camino(s) past & future
September-October 2016
July 2018
#1
This morning I left from Acebo to Ponferrada. It has been raining, there is distant thunder, and generally gloomy yet lovely. There was even a rainbow in the sky as I was leaving town.

On one of the rocky, steep, downward rocky paths that was fill with rushing water, I slipped, turned my knee very badly, and crashed into the rocks. Standing up was almost impossible. I tried a step, the leg simply gave out, and I crashed again. I have never had any type of physical injury, problem, etc., so this added to the real fear. Believe it or not, I tried one more time to at least back my way down only to have my leg give out.

Then along came amazing people. Vincent and his wife are from Spain. They would not leave me. First, they gave me a pole to see if that would help and it seemed to. I begged them to go on, I would be fine. They did ... but then came back. Vincent said he simply was not going to go until he was sure I was safe at the bottom. As we inched our way, Jose and Roseanne from New Jersey came along. They, too, were not going to leave me until I could get to a place for a taxi.

This is already getting long so I apologize but man oh man. I am a caregiver by profession yet have never cared so much or went to such lengths to help a stranger ... in the rain, on a rocky hill. Jose even made sure I had money for the taxi. I couldn't help but cry once I was on my way into Ponferrada and the hospital. Which, by the way, examines peregrinos free of charge. More kindness.

I did not get anyone's contact information nor did they get mind, sadly. So please, if you are Vincent or Jose or Roseanne or meet them along the Camino, please tell them I would love to connect with them. Thank you, too, for your kindness in reading this very long post! I really needed to be knocked on my ass in order to be fully humbled by all that is the Camino, the people of Spain, and the kind walkers along the way.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#3
I am sorry, @FChristopher1. And how is the knee now?
This is not the kind of thing you were imagining for the day when you started in the morning...and...you are obviously finding the golden lining of the clouds.
This is the Camino. It brings out the best in all of us. And now you have the joyful task to find a way of paying it forward.
:)
Take care of yourself and buen camino, peregrino!
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#4
My prayers go with you. I am sorry to hear about the injury from the fall, and it is terrific that you had some amazing people provide the needed assistance, and for the positives that you have gained as the result of the negative of the fall.
 
Camino(s) past & future
September-October 2016
July 2018
#5
I’m so sorry you took a fall, but how wonderful to be helped by a threesome of Good Samaritans. I hope your injury doesn’t keep you off the trail long.
Thank you! It is definitely going to be interesting to see where the Camino takes me now. One thing is for sure ... in spite of the pain, gratitude is the overwhelming feeling. Lots to work out!
 

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Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#6
This morning I left from Acebo to Ponferrada. It has been raining, there is distant thunder, and generally gloomy yet lovely. There was even a rainbow in the sky as I was leaving town.

On one of the rocky, steep, downward rocky paths that was fill with rushing water, I slipped, turned my knee very badly, and crashed into the rocks. Standing up was almost impossible. I tried a step, the leg simply gave out, and I crashed again. I have never had any type of physical injury, problem, etc., so this added to the real fear. Believe it or not, I tried one more time to at least back my way down only to have my leg give out.

Then along came amazing people. Vincent and his wife are from Spain. They would not leave me. First, they gave me a pole to see if that would help and it seemed to. I begged them to go on, I would be fine. They did ... but then came back. Vincent said he simply was not going to go until he was sure I was safe at the bottom. As we inched our way, Jose and Roseanne from New Jersey came along. They, too, were not going to leave me until I could get to a place for a taxi.

This is already getting long so I apologize but man oh man. I am a caregiver by profession yet have never cared so much or went to such lengths to help a stranger ... in the rain, on a rocky hill. Jose even made sure I had money for the taxi. I couldn't help but cry once I was on my way into Ponferrada and the hospital. Which, by the way, examines peregrinos free of charge. More kindness.

I did not get anyone's contact information nor did they get mind, sadly. So please, if you are Vincent or Jose or Roseanne or meet them along the Camino, please tell them I would love to connect with them. Thank you, too, for your kindness in reading this very long post! I really needed to be knocked on my ass in order to be fully humbled by all that is the Camino, the people of Spain, and the kind walkers along the way.
PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW YOU ARE?!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
September-October 2016
July 2018
#7
I am sorry, @FChristopher1. And how is the knee now?
This is not the kind of thing you were imagining for the day when you started in the morning...and...you are obviously finding the golden lining of the clouds.
This is the Camino. It brings out the best in all of us. And now you have the joyful task to find a way of paying it forward.
:)
Take care of yourself and buen camino, peregrino!
Thank you
PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW YOU ARE?!!
Thank you for asking! I am fine though will not be able to walk for a few days. This may be the end of my Camino for now, I am not sure. The doctor will examine me tomorrow. That being said, kindness continues in many unexpected ways. This has me feeling so incredibly humbled, to say the least.
Be careful, listen to your body, and remember that goodness comes out of nowhere.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2016 Camino Frances to Leon
Fall 2017 Camino Frances to Finisterre
#11
As caregivers, we can be so hesitant to accept help from others. The reality is that so many wonderful people live in this world and are happy to help someone in need. You would have done the same thing. I am thankful to hear that you are getting the treatment that you need. If you can't finish this trip, there will just have to be another one!
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
#13
This morning I left from Acebo to Ponferrada. It has been raining, there is distant thunder, and generally gloomy yet lovely. There was even a rainbow in the sky as I was leaving town.

On one of the rocky, steep, downward rocky paths that was fill with rushing water, I slipped, turned my knee very badly, and crashed into the rocks. Standing up was almost impossible. I tried a step, the leg simply gave out, and I crashed again. I have never had any type of physical injury, problem, etc., so this added to the real fear. Believe it or not, I tried one more time to at least back my way down only to have my leg give out.

Then along came amazing people. Vincent and his wife are from Spain. They would not leave me. First, they gave me a pole to see if that would help and it seemed to. I begged them to go on, I would be fine. They did ... but then came back. Vincent said he simply was not going to go until he was sure I was safe at the bottom. As we inched our way, Jose and Roseanne from New Jersey came along. They, too, were not going to leave me until I could get to a place for a taxi.

This is already getting long so I apologize but man oh man. I am a caregiver by profession yet have never cared so much or went to such lengths to help a stranger ... in the rain, on a rocky hill. Jose even made sure I had money for the taxi. I couldn't help but cry once I was on my way into Ponferrada and the hospital. Which, by the way, examines peregrinos free of charge. More kindness.

I did not get anyone's contact information nor did they get mind, sadly. So please, if you are Vincent or Jose or Roseanne or meet them along the Camino, please tell them I would love to connect with them. Thank you, too, for your kindness in reading this very long post! I really needed to be knocked on my ass in order to be fully humbled by all that is the Camino, the people of Spain, and the kind walkers along the way.
So sorry @
This morning I left from Acebo to Ponferrada. It has been raining, there is distant thunder, and generally gloomy yet lovely. There was even a rainbow in the sky as I was leaving town.

On one of the rocky, steep, downward rocky paths that was fill with rushing water, I slipped, turned my knee very badly, and crashed into the rocks. Standing up was almost impossible. I tried a step, the leg simply gave out, and I crashed again. I have never had any type of physical injury, problem, etc., so this added to the real fear. Believe it or not, I tried one more time to at least back my way down only to have my leg give out.

Then along came amazing people. Vincent and his wife are from Spain. They would not leave me. First, they gave me a pole to see if that would help and it seemed to. I begged them to go on, I would be fine. They did ... but then came back. Vincent said he simply was not going to go until he was sure I was safe at the bottom. As we inched our way, Jose and Roseanne from New Jersey came along. They, too, were not going to leave me until I could get to a place for a taxi.

This is already getting long so I apologize but man oh man. I am a caregiver by profession yet have never cared so much or went to such lengths to help a stranger ... in the rain, on a rocky hill. Jose even made sure I had money for the taxi. I couldn't help but cry once I was on my way into Ponferrada and the hospital. Which, by the way, examines peregrinos free of charge. More kindness.

I did not get anyone's contact information nor did they get mind, sadly. So please, if you are Vincent or Jose or Roseanne or meet them along the Camino, please tell them I would love to connect with them. Thank you, too, for your kindness in reading this very long post! I really needed to be knocked on my ass in order to be fully humbled by all that is the Camino, the people of Spain, and the kind walkers along the way.
So sorry! I will never walk without poles. They work as great braces on such down hill stretches.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#14
I am fine though will not be able to walk for a few days. This may be the end of my Camino for now, I am not sure. The doctor will examine me tomorrow.
Please keep us posted, and I hope you enjoy the rest time as much as you can.
Tapas can be had by crawling.;)
I will never walk without poles. They work as great braces on such down hill stretches.
Me too. At the same time I know from sad experience that it's possible to take a hard fall even with poles.
And this particular stretch of the Frances takes a lot of heedful vigilance, wet or dry. Take care out there everyone!
Good advice and an upbeat take on life, thanks Christopher!:
Be careful, listen to your body, and remember that goodness comes out of nowhere.
 
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