“Great Wall…yeah, great for business.” They’d seen this sort of thing all too frequently – yet another victim of the Great Wall. In a way, the doctors’ joke was comforting, indicating that this sort of thing happens all the time, and that they’d know how to handle it.
What began as a weekend outing to the unreconstructed Simatai section of China’s foremost national monument took a turn for the unfortunate when, mid-hike, Shu hit a patch of loose rock and sand and pitched forward over a 3 foot drop, landing on her left hand. Luckily, a group of Japanese tourists had also made the trek out to this remote section of the wall, and had the foresight to bring along a medical kit. And a certified nurse. She sat Shu down, bandaged her arm and tossed it in a sling, making the hour and a half trek back to our car more bearable for Shu.
A few photos, before and after:
Shu and Andre.
Some sections of the Wall feature 70 degree climbs. I don’t know how steep this part is, but it made me feel out of shape.
After a 2.5 hour drive back to Beijing, we found a local clinic where x-rays revealed that Shu had indeed fractured several bones in her hand. From there we headed to the Beijing United Family Hospital, where we found out that surgery was going to be required. Shu went under the knife earlier this week, and will be wearing a cast for the next 6 or so weeks. Her left hand should be ok, but any future outings to the Wall may be restricted to areas with handrails.