How about tripping over your shoelaces as your exit the security checkpoint at the Dubai airport? How about landing so hard you fracture your hip? How about letting out a scream that was heard around the world.
Bad news, huh?
|Cap writing postcards to friends around the world. If you get a postcard, know that a lot of thought and effort went into it.|
\Well, that's what happened to my friend Cap, at age 80, last week just as he was heading for his gate to fly to Hong Kong after spending several weeks in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. From there, he had planned to go to Mongolia and Siberia.
|My long-time friend Patti with Cap.|
Cap had to sign a release before the UAE folks would let him board his flight. He could not use his leg at all, and said his left leg was like a useless rope.
In Hong Kong, at a hospital, he learned the bone was fractured at the hip joint. They wanted to operate immediately, but Cap opted to return to the US and go to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. He had a 12 hour flight to Seattle, then a short layover, and a three hour flight to Phoenix.
|Cap, right, and his friend Happy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, last year.|
Cap broke his hip on Nov. 25. Not sure, but I think that was OUR Nov 24, Thanksgiving day. Yesterday he had a full hip replacement operation. So, if I'm correct in the time zone count, he went seven days with a broken hip, flew from Dubai to Hong Kong, to Seattle, to Phoenix!
Patti says he's the talk of the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic and one doctor called him "one tough cookie."
|Cap making friends with a nomadic herder in Mongolia. We had stopped along the road to photograph the herd of sheep and goats when the herder rode up. Great encounter, thanks to Cap.|
|The herder on his 25-year-old Mongolian horse.|
By the way, once a Marine, always a Marine.
Good on ya, Cap. You will be resuming your global travels soon.