Sunday, September 30, 2012
If you read my blog, you know I had a bicycle accident. Due to the graphic nature of the fall, I will not go into detail. A brief summary, I skinned my nose and chin pretty severely. I skinned one knee. And I had seven stitches sewn on my forehead. Oddly enough, I did not hurt my hands, the scrapes were minor.
I think I hit a hole in the pavement. Key lesson – ride on bike paths, not on sidewalks. Most importantly, I was not riding fast.
When I fell, several people showed up out of nowhere and immediately started to help. One gave me a cloth. Two would not let me stand up, even though I thought I could. The ambulance and fire truck were on the scene in a matter of minutes. The fire truck stopped traffic and took my bike to the station. It was my first time in an ambulance and I wanted to sit up front with the driver. I could remember the home phone number, but no cell numbers (thanks speed dialing). The medic in the ambulance was very patient and kind. He also had a very light touch. He stayed with me throughout as I was rolled into a hospital room and then helped me clean up before my wife saw me. I do not think it helped and after I saw myself in the mirror, nothing made a difference.
The medic asked me to retrace my steps. I could not recall every minute. His conclusion was I must have been unconscious for a few minutes. Funny, I do not recall that.
I have a slightly crushed elbow, but did not require a cast. However, my arm is in a sling for at least three weeks. My shoulder and elbow are stiff. My biggest regret is I cannot bicycle or run. Both of those are great stress relievers for me. My plan was to run on weekdays and ride my bicycle on weekends. I just started that regiment.
For a long time, I did not enjoy exercising. Over the past couple of years I enjoyed running on trails. Bicycling was a nice change. As I wrote in an earlier post, the bike paths here are numerous and outstanding.I will get back to running and bicycling. Just counting the days.