Four months ago a good friend of mine Bill O’Neil pretty much destroyed his left wrist in bad crash at Soquel Demonstration Forest near Santa Cruz. His story of the crash as well as x-rays and operating room photos are chronicled on the SpokeJunkies forum. Be warned there are a few pics not for the squimish.
Like any good friend I made a point of sneaking in some comedy with my Beer Sherpa job opening.
Well it took four months but MrMountainHop is back on the bike and once again telling good stories about it. Check out his story of the return to the bike.
Welcome back Bill! We were missed. Now lets go ride!
I had not really appreciated just how much laughter is generatered from my friends and family until this week. With my injury it is dreadfully painful to smile right now and I have also been scared to stress that area with a smile. Of course the smile is somewhat self limiting. You start to smile and the pain shoots through the roof. Bye-Bye Smile. So what I started doing is when someone says something funny and I start to smile, I grab the left side of my face and keep my muscles from pulling the corner of my mouth back. This of course is somewhat funny looking to see, which wants to start another round of snickering with the peanut gallery. My Wife and I realized that laughter plays a significant part in our relationship. She has been getting a little bummed with my forced stoic demeanor as of late and I have come to better appreciate the nature of our relationship as well. I did not think I would gain a little knowledge about my marriage from the crash, but yeah, I guess you always need to be ready to learn. I can however think of less painful ways to learn stuff. Hopefully, it will be over soon. I amazed how quickly the face area heals, but the trend of the nerves healing quicker than the wounds is truly a painful bummer. I did get 9 of 19 stitches out today which is a start. (The other 10 are the internal kind that will disolve on thier own.)
I don’t exactly know where these ramblings are taking me, I’ll leave things with this – Take note and enjoy the smiles and laughter around you.
So I am on the walking wounded list, but not from mountain biking. For those who have been following the blog you will remember I took a good thump while getting some flight lessons near Alpine about a month ago. Part of the thump was on my right hip that resulted in a huge technicolor bruise on my right leg and hip. I had just gotten over that for the most part. So after being gone all day on December 29th doing the Palm Canyon Epic, my boys were itching for some dad time. So on the 30th, I took them out to our local inline hockey rink for some skate time. I was pretty beat from the day before so I decided that I would not be playing, but instead I would just screw around and keep feeding passes to the boys. So instead of putting on the whole hockey gear package, I left the griddle in the bag. Bad call!
So while messing around my oldest boy decides that it will “funny” to check Dad. Of course it would be even funnier if Dad was not looking. So my boy clocks be really good, and I swear I got completely horizontal prior loosing any altitude. BAM! It was all I could do not to call Child Protective Services to inform them that something really bad was about to happen to my kid and they were not going to get there in time. I had landed exactly on the same spot I had hurt the month before. It hurt like hell but in a different way than before, this felt more sharp that the bruising before.
I ditched my ride scheduled for the next day and waited a couple of days to test it out on the bike. When I did get on the bike I felt okay peddling on the road out to my local ride (Lake Calvera). It even felt okay on the smooth stuff. However when riding on rocky stuff, anything that requires body English, and getting off the saddle things got painful in a hurry. After an hour I was uncomfortable and basically not a happy camper on the bike.
It is never a good time to get injured, but this was quite unfortunate timing as I was planning heading out to Sedona to meet up and ride with some friends from Colorado and NorCal in a little over a week. I don’t see my hip being in shape for multiple back-to-back days of riding so I had to cancel. Major League Bummage!
I’m going to get some X-rays done in the next day or so to see if I did something really bad.
UPDATE 11-JAN-08: I could insert bunch of Doctor verbage stuff here but basically the X-rays showed that I had not fractured anything, but I’ll need to take it easy for a couple more weeks. Yipee!