The temperature was COLD so I put on my winter leggings, super wool shirt, puffy jacket, hat, merino socks and walking shoes and did one loop around the park to warm up and then hit the trail.
It has sections of dirt and uneven rocks and at times a dry creek bed is crossed or along side of it. I was feeling very good and not getting tired as I approached the top when I realized I did not have my walking sticks cause the trail was suddenly very uneven ... and just then I caught a toe and went down with a very hard face plant.
My glasses hit a rock and then broke my nose; I felt it. I thought the lenses had broken since it was that hard! I also landed on my right hand and I knew I broke it too.
I caught my breath, found my glasses which were bent but not broken and sat up. OH IT HURT SO BAD and the blood was all over my face. I took of my bandana, which I always wear to keep my neck warm or protected from the sun or to blow my nose, so I use it to mop up the blood.
I was about to stand up when 2 people were coming down the trail and saw me and provided help. They stayed with me as I/we went to my car to make sure I was not going to black out. I was much more stable by then and I knew I could get to the ER.
The ER had no waiting so I was taken in right away. I had a CT for my head and neck and an x-Ray for my hand. After almost 2 hours, the doctor reviewed the films with me. No concussion but whiplash. The nose is certainly broken and my right pinky is fractured. The hand was taped, I was told NOT to blow my nose and just rest and not to drive for a few days due to the neck and not to drive at night until that was all better. I got a CD with images and was sent home to rest and to follow up with my Doctor about the hand and an ENT for the nose. Final instructions NO hiking or bar fights.
So 2 weeks later my hand is still is taped and will be so for at least 4 weeks. The ENT has scheduled me for surgery in late February. My neck is 75% and I can kinda breathe.