Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Lincoln Co, North Carolina
Here are some observations from my October 4, 2018 mishap. I will not provide many details unless they pertain to these observations.
First off, I would like to thank the members of the Pendleton County Emergency Services for getting me off the mountain, a couple of which drove their personal pickup trucks to get to me where the ambulance couldn't go.
I am told that where I lay in the middle of a national forest road at about 5pm, I was about 30 minutes from any cell service. I have carried some sort of tracking device for several years. I always carry it in a jacket pocket. My current one is a Delorme (now Garmin) inReach Explorer. I like it because it allows me to send text messages, when linked to my cell phone, to anyone via satellite. The press of a single button notified an emergency response center of my location and we were able to communicate my status and possible injuries. They notified local ERS, my wife and my brother and kept them updated as to my status until handed off to emergency responders, about 6pm. I highly recommend carrying some similar device for anyone hiking, camping, biking anywhere cell service is not reliable.
My rescuers, in conjunction with the local hospital, determined that the possible extent of my injuries warranted transport by helicopter to a larger hospital that would have the required facilities to treat my injuries. After being move on a back board by pickup truck to an awaiting ambulance I was taken a short distance to a place where the helicopter could and about 8:30pm was delivered to a level 1 trauma center. Then bill for this 20 minute helicopter ride was about $45,000.00.
At the hospital, I was able to give them a document which contained ALL of my medical info. List of conditions and medications. The fact that I wear contacts and hearing aids. My current list of immunizations. History of past surgeries. I was able to communicate all of this to the ED staff personally, but they would have had it if I was not communitive. I carry this info ALL THE TIME.
My motorcycle was "towed" into the nearest town by a local tow truck and deposited at his automotive shop. The bike then had to be transported back to Motorcycles of Charlotte for evaluation. Prices I was quoted ranged from $1/mile to over $2/mile. The trip back to Charlotte was over 400 miles.
My wife had to board the dogs and drive the 750+ mill round trip to bring me home, I wasn't able to fly due to my injuries.
I had purchased a SkyMed policy prior to the trip. This covered transport of the bike back to Charlotte and my wife's expenses to get me back home. They would also cover the helicopter flight, But I am VERY fortunate in that my major medical covered the flight. Check your policy because the majority of insurances DO NOT cover helicopter transport.
I know this is long and will appear of several Facebook pages as well a several forums, but I hope this helps some people evaluate their position as a participant in an activity that involves risk to health (physical and financial) and property.
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WHAT MAY LIE AROUND THE NEXT CURVE?
Lincoln County, NC, USA