Kudos: March 25, 2018
Thanks to many for help after ski crash
On Feb. 17 of this year I sustained a serious injury as a result of a fall on the “Wall” at Aspen Highlands. What appeared to be a routine broken leg turned out to be a life-threatening injury due to internal bleeding. The care, both medical and emotional, that I received throughout this whole episode was so outstanding that I would like to pass it on to the community.
The immediate responders to my crash were a group of Aspen Ski Club juniors and their coach who stopped what they were doing to comfort me, call for the patrol, and gather up my equipment. Within minutes a patrolman (Robbie, and Aspen Mt. patroller at Highlands for the day) arrived and called for a toboggan, which also arrived within minutes; in the mean time he eased my foot out of my binding and relieved much of the pain. The ride down was as smooth and fast as possible. They quickly loaded me into the ambulance and that was about all I remember until I was in the OR. Thankyou, AVSC and Highlands patrol.
Although I was only semi-conscious in the ER, I was awake enough to grasp the seriousness of my injury and the exceptional teamwork, incredible knowledge, and emotional empathy of the doctors, nurses, and aids that worked on me at that critical time…and throughout my almost month long stay at AVH. Even though I am a “local” and have been in AVH many times, I was thoroughly amazed at the teamwork and competence involved when a serious injury occurs in our town.
As I gradually got out of that critical stage, the attentive, personal care continued through OT, PT, and home care arrangements. I cannot say enough about the care given to me at AVH. I also want to mention the incredible support given to me by my many friends and relatives up and down the valley. I hope and wish that everyone in our valley, our nation, and the world could receive the same quality care for little or no expense.
Kudos to Skico
The groomers are Aspen Skiing Co.’s unsung heroes. Amazing! I don’t know how they do it.
Thank you also to Jeff Hanley, the Senior Center and the cooks at the Sundeck who got breakfast together in not time for the annual breakfast. We love it!
Hotel makes generous gesture
“I feel so close to God right now.” What beautiful last words. I send my condolences to Joe’s family and friends.
In your article on Wednesday, you mention “and his hotel gave the family a ride to the hospital in Grand Junction.” The hotel was the Viceroy in Snowmass Village. They also paid for a ride to Grand Junction the following day for Joe’s close friend and business partner. I work for Nomi Limo and had the honor to drive Joe’s friend. I want to thank the Viceroy for taking such good care of Joe’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Grateful for returned phone
If you ever lost your cellphone as I did at around 2 p.m. March 15, you will understand how grateful I am to have had it returned to me.
I would like the good Samaritan who found it, the Snowmass Village bus driver who delivered my phone to the authorities and Officer Zack Wilshire of the Snowmass Village Police Department who arranged for my property to be returned to me to know how grateful I am to get my phone back.
My family has returned to Aspen since 1958. It continues to be the best.
C. Scott Linsmayer
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