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2019 Camino Guides

Camino Ended, Sadly

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
#1
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#2
Just because you broke your wrist, you gave up ? :eek:

Where's that Pilgrim grit and determination ? ;)

Seriously, what an unlucky incident. I'd be devastated.
Good thing it wasn't anything worse I suppose.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
You'd better start planning the next one then............ :)
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#3
Sad to hear that your camino ended so suddenly and painfully - having broken a wrist myself I really do sympathise. Especially about the pulling and resetting part :oops: Before mine was done I was given a heavy dose of a sedative: they said that it would hurt like hell, I would probably scream obscenities, but the good news is I would not remember any of it later. And they were right on all points ;) I am glad to see that you are taking the experience as positively as anyone could expect with gratitude for all the care received. I think you asked on the APOC Facebook group for the website for the Italian confraternity. I posted an address there but perhaps I could repeat it here anyway: http://www.confraternitadisanjacopo.it/

Ultreia!
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#4
Just because you broke your wrist, you gave up ? :eek:

Where's that Pilgrim grit and determination ? ;)
When I was walking the Via Francigena I met a lovely group of six Italians around my age in a bar one afternoon having coffee. When I bumped into them again the next morning further on one of the women had her arm in plaster from her wrist almost up to her shoulder. After leaving the bar she had tripped and fractured her arm. When I asked her why she was still carrying on she smiled and laughed and said that she walked with her legs and not her arm :):D A seriously tough and impressive lady. I'm 100% sure I would have called it a day and come back another time. Am I a man or a mouse? - stop asking daft questions and pass me the cheese! ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
#6
Hi @Jodean, it seemed inappropriate to ‘like’ your post - but in the absence of an ‘empathy’ button, that’s what I did. I’m so sorry that your Camino came to such an abrupt end. Sending you healing thoughts and HUGE admiration for your attitude and outlook.

Wishing you a speedy and uncomplicated recovery. Hope your next Camino is equally memorable, but for very different reasons!
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel aka Cyborg Turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte for April (2019) possible Primitivo
#8
Ditto on the sentiments. So sorry you had to abondon your camino in such a painful way but on the positive side I am so happy you are injoying your bed. See there is a positive side to everything . The camino will wait for you and maybe next time it will be as it should be all you hope it will be. Heal well and enjoy being pampered by the family.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#9
Just sayin...but when I work at the Pilgrim office, I regularly see folks with an arm or hand in a cast or sling. When I ask, they usually tell me they fell off the trail, or a biker forced them into a ditch, or they lost their balance, or simply tripped over something (as you did).

To accommodate the disability, they arrange for pack transport, and only carry the bare minimum each day.

That said, it was your Camino. You did what you felt you needed to do.

You will be back...you know you will...;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#12
I can totally understand not wanting to walk with a cast on, even though it doesn't effect your legs, it can be uncomfortable, and spoil the rest of the Camino for you. I think that I may have continued, but I don't live in Europe, so it's definitely more expensive and a bigger effort to get to Spain.

I had to abandon my Camino this year after walking 700km on the Norte, as I developed what I think were shin splints, which only got worse when I continued walking. I decided that it was just stupid to walk in pain, and risk a long term injury. But I will be back to finish it! And also walk another route.
 
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#14
So sorry to read your post, fortunately it happened in a place where good people could help you and you received good medical treatment. The Camino will be there for you when you have recovered and are able to go to Spain.
All the best to you, Jodean.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
(2019: Planning to return!)
#15
Oh, ow!! @Jodean I'm so sorry to hear about this. Good decision to go home and heal, then get back to the Camino when you can. And how lovely to hear of the caring and support you received from those around you.

As I recall, breaking a wrist or arm really makes you realise how much you use your arms and hands for activities you didn't think they were involved in at all! From anchoring a page while writing (with the other hand), to grabbing a branch to steady yourself walking down a rough track, to overall balance while walking or going up and down steps, holding a phone while using the other hand to operate it - you use them all the time without even realising it. In addition to which there is quite a lot of actual pain until the healing process is well underway! My sympathies - rest that arm well, let it heal strongly, and plan your onward Camino (which of course has not really stopped at all!)

Buen healing Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015); Camino Norte/Primitivo (2016); Camino Frances (2017); Le Puy (June 2018)
#16
When I was walking the Via Francigena I met a lovely group of six Italians around my age in a bar one afternoon having coffee. When I bumped into them again the next morning further on one of the women had her arm in plaster from her wrist almost up to her shoulder. After leaving the bar she had tripped and fractured her arm. When I asked her why she was still carrying on she smiled and laughed and said that she walked with her legs and not her arm :):D A seriously tough and impressive lady. I'm 100% sure I would have called it a day and come back another time. Am I a man or a mouse? - stop asking daft questions and pass me the cheese! ;)
Man or mouse? I thought you were a true pilgrim in that ancient attire, so who's that man in the Avatar? ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#18
A good decision to go home. I am glad you were so well looked after. I can see how easily these things can happen in the dark, old buildings and often steps. Recover quickly.
 

annakappa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
#19
Sorry about your accident. Obviously meant that you should complete your Camino another time!
I also slipped (on a slope made for wheel chair access), just 10 days before we were to leave to walk the Portugues from Porto. We left anyway - our flight is long distance and not cheap). I walked with my wrist in plaster, with no problem carrying my pack. However, I could not have done this Camino alone. I needed my husband to help me put on and tie up my boots, put on my backpack, unpack and pack up the backpack and help me wash my hair! The walking was absolutely feasible. About five weeks after my accident, I had the plaster removed in Pontevedra and, for extra protection, I bought a brace for the wrist, as I couldn't imagine what would have happened, should I have then slipped and landed on that wrist!
 
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Traa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I want to walk Camino in Sept/Oct 2017
#21
You poor thing, I'm so sorry to hear that. Wishing u a very speedy recovery and a huge well done on the amount you walked, what you achieved, and getting through the pain and resetting of your wrist(ouch), and making the difficult journey home alone. Hope your resting and being fussed over as you no doubt deserve it.
And for those here who make the point that you walk with your legs not your hands etc, how unhelpful and annoying you are!!
 

Traa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I want to walk Camino in Sept/Oct 2017
#22
When I was walking the Via Francigena I met a lovely group of six Italians around my age in a bar one afternoon having coffee. When I bumped into them again the next morning further on one of the women had her arm in plaster from her wrist almost up to her shoulder. After leaving the bar she had tripped and fractured her arm. When I asked her why she was still carrying on she smiled and laughed and said that she walked with her legs and not her arm :):D A seriously tough and impressive lady. I'm 100% sure I would have called it a day and come back another time. Am I a man or a mouse? - stop asking daft questions and pass me the cheese! ;)
This lady is equally tough and impressive I think!!!!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP (2018)
#23
Sending you commiserations (having broken my wrist twice in the last 10 years) and good wishes for speedy healing. It’s no fun being in plaster, and the comfort and support of your home environment will help you to mend. The Camino will wait for you, too...
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
#24
Believe me, I did think about continuing, but after taking about 30 min. just to get my clothing on (pulling up pants with just one hand is harder than it sounds, let alone doing the button with one hand) thinking about taking showers and keeping my cast dry, unable to use poles, the decision to go home was easy. I can come back anytime since I am self employed and sort of live close by.

Wish I could better thank the old man in the hospital who tied my boot strings for me. He had been a guest worker in Germany for 37 years and seemed happy to chat with me in Deutsch while I lay there whimpering from pain. He was there with his wife. Such a sweet old couple. I met so many wonderful, helpful people that day. The lady on the plane that opened all my dining packages, the lady in the hospital parking lot who called a taxi for me, or the lady in the snack bar on the train who opened my muffin and cut it up for me to eat.
 

Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#25
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.

I am very sorry Jodean that you were unable to continue your Camino! what an abrupt and painful ending to yours! I hope your wrist quickly and completely heals and you are soon back on the trail! Ultreia!

It is also a reminder to those of us on the trail right now be mindful of each and every step! Blessings!
 

annakappa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
#26
Believe me, I did think about continuing, but after taking about 30 min. just to get my clothing on (pulling up pants with just one hand is harder than it sounds, let alone doing the button with one hand) thinking about taking showers and keeping my cast dry, unable to use poles, the decision to go home was easy. I can come back anytime since I am self employed and sort of live close by.

Wish I could better thank the old man in the hospital who tied my boot strings for me. He had been a guest worker in Germany for 37 years and seemed happy to chat with me in Deutsch while I lay there whimpering from pain. He was there with his wife. Such a sweet old couple. I met so many wonderful, helpful people that day. The lady on the plane that opened all my dining packages, the lady in the hospital parking lot who called a taxi for me, or the lady in the snack bar on the train who opened my muffin and cut it up for me to eat.
That's just it! There are do many small things that are difficult to do,with just one working hand. The walking with my backpack was no problem at all.....but I most certainly needed the assistance of Adriaan for some many unimaginable things. (Just thinking about cutting up my meat, putting a plastic bag on my arm with the cast, so as not to get it wet in the shower. Ah, yes......and the daily ritual if washing the clothes ! Well, he had to do that chore
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#27
So sorry you fell, Jodean and only YOU know if it was possible to continue or not. I personally would not have continued, so maybe those who would have should start a "big cajones club!"
:)
I second that!
All my best wishes for a speedy recovery. The Camino will still be there :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
#30
Jodean, I add my commiserations. I hope that your wrist heals properly and quickly. You are a great example of seeing the positive in the midst of a seemingly negative happening.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to SDC 2013/14
SJPP to SDC 2016
Porto to SDC 2017
VdlP Sevilla/Salamanca 2018
#33
Hi Jodean,

Maybe I have a strange way of looking at the world, but I see a strange sort of upside to your unfortunate accident. I notice that you mention how many of the people you encountered were very helpful towards you from fellow peringrinos to complete strangers; at the scene, in hospital and on the way home.

I think that most ordinate people, irrespective of their background, whenever they reach out and offer help to another human being who is in need, are also fulfilling a deep inner need to express love. They actually feel better about themselves and the world when they can offer help (love) with no expectation of anything in return.

Your unfortunate incident (and I would not wish it on you or anyone else) at least increased the amount of love in the world.

I wish you a quick and complete recovery and hope you return to the Camino to finish what you have started.

Aidan
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#34
Sorry for your news. On 14 September we started with a great group at Orisson, which included a pilgrim from Tel a Viv and a few Americans. We wondered how they were going because we were so slow. Today in León we met a few, some of whom were going strong, some were recovering from the stomach bug going around, and the Israeli pilgrim whom, sadly has such severe sciatica that she is leaving tomorrow. Her ticket is already booked. She’s quite ok with her decision. I was happy to see her but sad for her news. Please take care everyone. Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
#35
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
#36
I know how it feels. I had to abandon my 2018 dream in Astorga due to sciatica. Coincidentally I have a broken wrist also from a bike accident in France. I hope I can continue from Astorga in the spring but that is uncertain. Whatever transpires, I walked my Camino...maybe not to Santiago this year, but experienced the joy of walking, thinking, feeling, and most of all sincere friendships. Typing with one hand, I wish you rapid healing and peaceful thoughts. Be gentle with yourself.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte and Frances Sept 6 - Oct 11, 2016
#37
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.
I am so very sorry
 

Tony Bobcat

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
#38
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.
Hi Jodean
Sorry to hear about your broken wrist, hope all goes well and soon enough you’ll be back to complete it.
This year I got as far as Burgos then my knee went on me, I thought by having a rest day will sort it out.
So caught a taxi to Hornillos spent the night there and started walking next day, the last 1 km to Casrojeriz was painful, finally deciding to call it quits for this year.
Back home and a knee replacement all taken care of, looking forward to complete my Camino in 2020. Buen Camino
 
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natefaith

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
#39
@Jodean So awful to hear your news! Rest well and recover well, and get your strength and energy back up for the next one. Take care and Buen Camino!
 

Felicia V

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese 2017
Returning 2018
#40
Sadly my Camino has come to an end. After the best day & evening yesterday staying at Sant Nikolas albergue between Castrojeriz & Fromista, I missed the step coming into the church at 06:00 in the dark. Fell with all my weight onto my wrist.
Hurt like hell & looked like hell.

The Italian hospitalarios took such loving care with me of me & all my fellow pilgrims helped me too. Packing my bag, putting a splint on my wrist (it looked horrible), getting me coffee and a snack before being picked up. I am ever so grateful to all of them. We were a wonderful international group. Canadian, French, German, Israeli, Australian, Mexican, Lithuanian, & me. Communal dinner by candlelight, ritual feet washing, & hilarious sing along.

The Guardia Civil stopped in to see me too.

Ambulance took me to Palencia hospital where they pulled the bones back into place (yes, this hurt fiercly even tho they gave me a local injected into my hand) & put on a cast for 6 weeks. Spent the morning in the hospital in high pilgrim fashion - nightgown, leggings, fleece and boots.

Took the train to Madrid and husband was able to get me a flight home to Frankfurt at 17:00. Happy to sleep in my own bed, but tremendously sad my camino is over for this year.
The Camino will continue another time. This just wasn’t the year for it, as had also fallen shortly after leaving Zubiri and had spent a day sick with some kind of virus in Puenta la Reina. They took good care of m there too, so shout out for Albergue Puenta.
It has been a lot of fun though & glad I was here.
Some Camino are just shorter than others ( and I really don't see the need for others' critique, wait till it happens to you first). It's the journey not the destination, and so glad your destination ended after " the best day and evening."!!!
 

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