[pct-l] Incompetent veins

marmot marmot marmotwestvanc at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 29 13:09:15 CDT 2016

I honestly have no idea what this medical challenge entails. 
But,I wanted you to know that I did my first long trail at 42. 16,000 miles later I'm still hiking.  Doing 20-25 mile days. I don't do big miles cause speed hiking doesn't interest me. That's not a dump on the people to whom speed is important. I just love to wander. It's so different from my job. I move someone else' speed at work. But for at least 2-3 months a year I get to see,absorb and observe each tiny pebble ,flower and leaf that I pass.  I can't move faster and see what I want to see. Some people can. It's the one time in the year that I don't push myself. 
Right now,for the first time ever, I am dealing with being injured on a trail. Fell badly off some boulders --now have 5 broken ribs. Can't wait to get into rehab so that I can put a pack on again. Have to get those core muscles back in shape after doing nothing for over month. I'm waiting for doctor's permission to exercise. At this point I can't even drive. Don't want to rebreak the ribs by putting stress on them before they are completely healed. 
Hope you are able to get out there again soon. Someone will have a solution. It may take a lot of work and changes in diet and exercise.  People with lots of health challenges have done long trails. Diabetics, hikers with prosthetics,people with MS,blind hikers-- the list is endless. 

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> On Sep 29, 2016, at 8:38 AM, Sabrina Harrison <troopharrison at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey everybody!
> As if life post-40 and the rigor of a household with four children is not challenging enough, I've recently been diagnosed with "incompetent veins." Like most incompetent things, I guess they've been slacking behind the scenes because I haven't been able to tell yet. It was like a medical bait and switch. I went in for one issue, and they discovered that instead. 
> My doctor, (whose veins are extremely competent) would like me to "take it easy" and "not stress the system."  He would also like me to wear compression socks 100% of the time, or as close to it as I can stand. He is talking about mindfulness to the level that, should I decide to go on a 3 hour roadtrip, I would bring my compression socks. I didn't have the heart to tell him I have aspirations of through hiking the PCT in 10 years, along with some LASH's as I wait.
> I told you this, partly to amuse myself, perhaps to amuse you a little bit, and also to ask for people to chime in if they have any advice on distance hiking with incompetent veins.
> Cheers, 
> Hacker
> Sent from my iPhone
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