Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

Winter Courses - Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing & Norway Ice based in Rjukan

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Invernookie and ......Appendicitis!

Dave and I had another good day on the hill climbing Invernookie on Wednesday. Conditions were not great walking into the corrie but within an hour things had changed after a couple of heavy snow showers. With the turf and old snow already rock hard we had good but thin conditions.

Having finished the climb and making our way back into the corrie i had a few pains in my stomach which i thought were just the usual winter climbing rumbles of needing the toilet. The pain continued down to the car but after dropping Dave off in Aviemore i had to stop in a lay by and lie down with stomach cramps. At 7pm i was rushed into Dr Grays hospital in Elgin where i was diagnosed with an Appendicitis. A drug dazed day followed and after key hole surgery i finally woke around 6.30pm in the recovery room thinking i was back up at 7000m, freezing cold and struggling to breath, gladly not feeling sick! I got home last night a bit sore but looking forward to a quick recovery. A big thanks to Aileen for looking after me when i was looking green, cold sweaty and in excruciating pain and all the ward 10 staff at Dr Grays Hospital who were fantastic. Also a big thanks to Dave for wanting a short day on Wednesday instead of going over to Hells Lum, it could have been a bit of an epic.

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