I raced stage 3 cautiously nervous about the Junipers catching my arms and cutting me too. I made it down and headed to stage 4. I kept checking my phone to see if Phil had called or any updates on stitches. Nothing but "go fast" texts and "how did that stage go?" I updated Phil and kept racing. Stage 4 was the most fun, blasting through rocks and not much pedaling. Once I finished stage 4 I quickly headed back to check in and grab the van so I could head to the hospital.
Only a few stitches he said. I will be fine he said. It wasn't until I was in City Market filling the prescription did I look at the picture the nurse had took of the cut. Tears filled my eyes immediately. It was much much much worse than I thought and now knew why he needed surgery. I headed back to the hospital to sit in the waiting room. I was the only person there and the receptionist was SO great. She helped keep my mind off things as we waited for the nurse to come and bring me back to Phil. Dr. Quinn the surgeon came out to give me an update. They cleaned it out and sewed him up but it was imperative that we watch for infection the next few days.
When I finally got to go back and see Phil he was still a little loopy from the anesthesia which was pretty funny. He was sore but in good spirits. We got the okay from the nurse to be discharged and headed back to the race venue to pick up the tent and possibly make it to awards. We made it back in time for awards but by this time it was SO windy and starting to rain. We quickly got the girls who were there together for a podium picture and then loaded up and headed back to CB.
Thank you so much to the racers who helped get the bleeding under control, to my fellow races for telling me it was going to be okay, to the whole staff of the Enduro Cup for getting Phil to the hospital as quickly as possible. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Moab Regional Hospital for stitching him back together. And to the Nolan's for helping bring back our car from Montrose.
Phil update: The stitches are out and he has been cleared to ride! The human body is truly amazing. So thankful to have my riding buddy back in action!
CAUTION PICTURES BELOW!! (Only after pictures, the before is to gnarly for a blog)