Hike Distance: 0.6 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 962 miles
Elevation Gain: 133 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 102617 feet
It’s been a very tumultuous week that began with a sudden, unexpected and painful hemorrhoid issue that landed me in ER. ER was kind, and appeared thorough, but apparently the PA I had was unqualified to treat my common issue. The next day was a return to the same bad situation, and I was able to get an appointment with my primary care physician, who referred me to a surgeon. My primary care physician is an excellent and caring doctor, and was able to get me in to a surgeon by the end of the day. The surgeon performed a successful procedure, and found a large blood clot that was missed by ER, and needed to do additional cutting to promote proper healing.
I was told not to do any hiking (miles worth) for the next one to two weeks. After calling the surgery department on Friday, they indicated they didn’t want me to be bed bound. So, we decided on this incredibly short walk (I went on a longer walk in Costco the day before).
It was so nice to get out for some fresh air and to watch the beautiful Lucia Falls flowing! Thankfully, Lucia Falls Park wasn’t very crowded as water contact isn’t allowed in the park. The Moulton Falls area looked packed, as we had to drive an alternate route to Lucia Falls due to a motorcycle accident. 😦