Monday, July 19, 2010
Well...I did it. I wiped out royally on my bicycle this morning! I've been so good about exercising and I've thoroughly enjoyed riding my recumbent bike around town. This morning I got up an hour early so that I could ride before work and I was enjoying the beautiful sunrise. There were occasional puddles and the grass was wet due to a drenching summer rainstorm last night. I was speeding along at a pretty good clip when I decided to cross over a little strip of grass about 8 inches wide to get to another sidewalk to avoid a puddle. Bad....move! (there was a little voice in my head that said...don't do it....but I didn't listen!) My bike slid on the grass and I went down on my left...totally shaving the skin off of my left shin and my left elbow. I couldn't put any pressure on my left foot and my ankle started to swell. Not to mention that my pride was bruised...cars were stopping to ask if I was ok as I sat there, dripping blood onto the sidewalk! I called my husband, who had to come get me, and I went to the doc. Thank goodness there are no broken bones, but I likely tore some little somethings in my ankle. So here I sit, with my foot elevated and wrapped in ice, an air-cast thingie to stabilize it when I get up, and a prescription for Vicodin. I will not fill the prescription..ibuprofen will have to do. I'm lucky, because I didn't hit my head and I was not wearing a helmet! I have been saying for weeks that I need to get one and I just haven't gotten around to doing it. I absolutely won't get back on my bike without a helmet. I know that it could have been sooooo much worse.
As I was sitting in the xray department, waiting for my scan, it hit me like a ton of bricks....OH NO...I won't be able to exercise! How will I keep up my new lifestyle while my ankle is healing? I don't want to gain my 10 pounds back! I really love riding my bike and walking! How long will I be "couch-ridden"?
My doc said to get this hand-pedaling thing called an upper body ergometer. It's a pedaling machine for your upper body and I guess you just sit it on a table. I may have to look into that....I will not let this injury set me back on my journey.
So, boys and girls....always wear a bike helmet and never, I mean never, try to ride across wet grass to avoid a puddle.