Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rider down.... again

OK so I used my face as a brake pad recently on my  Mountain Bike recently. I was late for my Wednesday group ride but decided to go anyway. At the end of the ride I and had my front tire wash out and over the bars I went. I  suffered some trauma iced it and got medical attention the next morning from my Doctor.

A week ago Wednesday I was late for the group ride and decided to go anyway. My face injury was for the most part healed I had gone the previous week and had fun. I am back in the saddle again. I was at the beginning of the ride my front tire washed out and over the bars I went. l I knew something was wrong. I let out what could be described as combination of a groan of agonizing pain combined with a peevish wheezing and whimpering followed by a word that rhymes with truck. I continued this sound all the back to my truck and knew that medical attention would not wait until morning.

I was pretty sure I broke a rib. I was sick to my stomach from the pain and could only manage a 1/4 breath and my ribcage was a molten fire of pain. As I left Canyonside park the speed bumps were like mountains and any movement was excruciating pain. I went home showered and went in to the Sharp Urgent Care in Rancho Bernardo.

As usual the service was very good and within an hour I knew 1) I did not break my ribs 2) my injury was consistent with broken ribs and there was a possibility of either micro fractures or torn tendons or torn muscles or torn cartilage or a combination of all of those. 

This is good news as all three have the same treatment. The bad news is it hurts like the dickens. Rest two days then get back to limited use as resting it too much is not conducive to healing. Try to push the limit of breathing until you can take a full breath. Pain meds Ice and anti inflammatory were in my future. I was also told if I did not think it was getting better after a week to go see my primary care physician.

I did not work on Thursday but worked on Friday very limited and a bit more on Saturday. I took all Sunday off as well.  My internet search said getting to back ASAP was a good idea as atrophy was my enemy. While I watched the Charger lose another close game I thought maybe a full body suit was in order when biking.

Monday was ok Tuesday was better and Wednesday I hit the wall. I could barely function and work over my head was out. Any minor movement was painful wrong movement in the wrong direction was excruciating, certain innocuous movements could not be performed. I took Thursday off and made an appointment with my Primary Care Physician. I had a limited schedule for Friday including seeing the doctor.

The Doctor told me that I was getting better. The fact that I could take a full breath albeit with pain was an indication of that. Furthermore that I should still continue with pushing forward it as that was the best way to heal faster. It was not unusual that I suffered a setback as this will take a while to heal. I wanted to make that groaning whining and wheezing sound again. If this was getting better I am glad I am not getting worse.

I asked again is there nothing else that would accelerate the healing and her reply was youth. Crap, I already spent that and for the most part not wisely. She advised me physical therapy as an option as well which I do not discount but it sometimes not covered and I declined for that reason.

I have taken a fair amount of dealing with ridicule of my mishaps. The most common was I should consider training wheels or simply that maybe I am too old to participating in contact sports. I know cycling is often not a contact sport but over the last month I have morphed it into one.

My conclusion is a bit different. I agree I am getting older which is a good thing as the other option really sucks. I also am a firm believer in use it or lose it. My risk of injury  on the bike is far outweighed by the physical benefits of keeping fit and the mental aspect of enjoying my time in the saddle. Both mishaps have one thing in common I was late and not riding with the group and my front washed out. I therefore conclude I need a new front tire which I might buy today and I need to be on time for the Wednesday night ride.

Ride on

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