Thank you to everyone who has been interested in my progress. How differently things turned out than expected.
Today I spent much of the day at the hotel in Sion, very close to the hospital I was transported to yesterday by helicopter direct from the mountains (the fastest and easiest descent ever!). My friend Cam went out early this morning and discovered that I was in every newspaper on the newsstands. Apparently there was quite a bit of interest in my trip, and of course the drama of the temporary end is interesting to the press (briefly, I'm sure).
From a personal perspective, it reminds me of the attention that was paid to Dad's climbs, and of course, his death. Yesterday, as I was wheeled into the hospital, my rescuer told the hospital crew how I was from a famous alpinist family, which was both flattering and embarrassing, as flat on my back in a hospital gurney was not how I wished to be presented.
Still, I realize how much better this is than what could have happened, so I am nothing but grateful that things turning out so well. My friends Martine and Caroline Ware from Leysin picked me up at the hotel and brought me back to Leysin, where I've been visiting with friends, and I'm now staying with Julie-Ann Clyma, who hiked with me from Leysin a mere nine or ten days ago. Things are much different now, of course. I can hobble into their chalet with crutches and patience, and we're sorting out logistics for my return home to Mexico/US.
Tonight has been spent visiting and it is now very late. But tomorrow I promise to provide something more interesting as I begin to sort out what happened and it what it means. I'm sorry for the interruption of my Swiss borders adventure. It will continue, and I hope you will still be amused. Thank you again for your interest.