[Cdt-l] out of the hospital

joseph beals bealsjw at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 10 17:01:23 CDT 2008


wrongturn drank from his HEET bottle in Grants NM.  He tried to induce vomiting with no luck.  We never realized the seriousness of it or would have gone to a doctor.  -Joe


--- On Wed, 7/9/08, Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Brett <blisterfree at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] out of the hospital
> To: jonathan at phlumf.com
> Cc: danandgailsc at aol.com, cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 2:44 PM
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> <font face="Arial">It's certainly a
> wake-up call when this sort of
> thing happens to experienced hikers. I suppose it really is
> one of
> those "sleeper concerns" for alcohol stove users,
> contentedly dozing
> until we're sufficiently distracted by lightning,
> bears, or whatever
> "expected" concerns loom large in our
> minds.<br>
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> Jonathan Ley wrote:
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> Boy, what a nightmare! Glad to hear she's doing ok. I
> think many hikers
> (me included) have always feared such a thing would happen.
> I put some
> tape around my fuel bottle, and use the smaller bottle only
> for fuel
> (and only 1+ liter for water). Still, I keep it outside the
> tent at
> night in case I grab for a bottle only half-awake in the
> middle of the
> night.  Good luck with the rest of your
> trip!<br>
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> -Jonathan<br>
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>  type="cite">Gutsy is out of the
> hospital.  We'll be taking Greyhound
> bus from Missoula to Butte tomorrow and get back on the CDT
> at
> Homestake.<br>
> Dan<br>
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> Saturday--Planned on an early start to get some good miles
> in before afternoon 
> thunderstorms.? 5:30 a.m., going for her early morning
> hydration, Gutsy grabbed 
> the wrong bottle and swallowed a big gulp of Heet
> (methyl)!? (MISTAKES: 1) Fuel 
> bottle was?marked but?was same size and shape as water
> bottles;?2) fuel bottle 
> was with water bottles.)? No cell signal at the campsite.
> She drank 2 liters of 
> water and ate a Clif bar.? Hastily packed everything and
> started walking to the 
> campground entrance up the hill.? Got cell signal near top
> of hill and called 
> 911.? Jefferson County sent ambulance and they took us to
> Butte hospital.? Butte 
> hospital treated her with vodka and raised blood alcohol to
> .1, then?rushed her 
> by Life Flight plane to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula,
> MT because?they 
> are?better equipped for this.? They weighed our packs (19.7
> lbs. and 23.5 lbs.) 
> and asked my weight (145 lbs.)?before deciding we could
> accompany her on the 
> plane.? She has not suffered any bad sympt
>  oms, but based on estimated ingestion of 4 oz., "she
> might not have made it."? 
> Symptoms are typically delayed.? She considered choosing
> hiking over taking 
> the?ambulance ride, but at their urging decided to play it
> safe.
> 
> She?is stable and alert, but will?be in the hospital for a
> few days to get all 
> the bad stuff out of her system.? We are so thankful for
> circumstances and 
> people who helped her get quick medical attention--our
> location, cell phone and 
> signal, emergency services, etc.? 
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