Tuesday, June 12, 2012
My husband has been saying that everyone eventually crashes if they ride long enough. It makes sense with odds being as odds are. I had some crashes growing up like everyone but nothing even close since I started riding in November. I mean its a level straight 20 mile bike path cutting across the valley in Van Nuys (from Woodland Hills to Burbank actually). You have to stop often to cross the street and don't ever get going too fast. Still I was hoping to avoid the odds. so......
I was riding my bike on Saturday morning to Starbucks (7mi) for breakfast since my hubby is out of town. I was only a mile from my house when I met a family of 5 walking toward me on the bike path. The 3 kids were on razor scooters and the little one started falling. I wanted to give him as much room as possible so I went wide and my front wheel slipped off the concrete into the dirt. The bike went one way and I went the other. I landed on my right mouth/cheek. I broke out 4 teeth, split my lip in to, skinned my right arm and knee, broke my glasses and dislocated my right thumb (popped back in when I took my gloves off). The guys I was meeting tried to take me to the ER. I'm a retired RN and knew there wasn't anything that need ER service. I needed a dentist, badly. Two of the teeth I knocked out were implants that were only a year old. Also I was starting my new job at Nordstrom on Monday. I found a wonder dentist by calling 1-800-dentist since my insurance doesn't have live people to speak with on the weekend. They got me put back together in about 4 and a half hours. I still have to have the stitches out (Friday) and I now need 2 more implants on the other teeth I knocked out, plus one of the teeth next to those has a cracked root and will need a root canal and crown. When I got up on Sunday I had a killer black eye, bruised lip, nose and chin plus a bruised and swollen thumb. My road rash is very obvious on my arm and leg. My knee is swollen but works fine. I started putting Irenic cream on the bruises right away. They seem to be not getting worse and looking a little better (I hope). I went to work on Monday and was thankful we were in Human Resources all day. Today I was in a class half a day and with my departments asst. manager this afternoon. Everyone has been really great. Tomorrow is another morning class. The afternoon would normally be shadowing another Salesperson but we are going to wait to do that. I will be doing some stuff with the asst manager again. I am off Thursday and Friday so I will start job shadowing on Saturday. By then the swelling should be mostly gone and the bruising will be a little easier to cover. The teeth are going to take a few weeks to get back to normal but I do at least look semi-presentable. All in all I consider myself lucky that I didn't break the orbital area of my eye, my jaw or my thumb. I am a little sore and bruised but I am making it pretty good. Plus I got my first bad bike wreck out of the way. Maybe I'm done wrecking for a while. I am still planning on biking to work on the days that I don't stay past dark. I will be waiting until I can bend my knee more easily to start. I would think I will start in a couple weeks. I was going to get a new bike to commute on for Christmas but now I think I would rather use the money to pay for my missing teeth replacements.
Thanks to everyone who has checked on me! I am all good other than the alarm clock. I really didn't realize how nice it is not to have to wake up to an alarm. Now that I am back to work the alarm seems to have gotten louder?!?!?!