Thanks for all of the tips! I ended up seeing a doctor today as I thought I might need stitches on that forearm (I said elbow, but it is really the arm). And, it was really swollen this morning - it was swollen immediately yesterday, too.
Well, the bad news...I waited too late to get stitches! That's a good thing to learn, though. You MUST get the stitches within a few hours!!!
The good news...I didn't NEED stitches. Whew! And, the advice given here was right on...no hydrogen peroxide (though I'd already done that once last night & they said it was OK). Now, I'm supposed to ice it 3-4 times per day & put on antibiotic cream 3-4 times per day. I'm allowed to go back to full activity, as pain allows (which is actually quite painless unless you touch it!), but I'm supposed to change the dressing afterwards & make sure it doesn't get too sweaty.
As far as my fall...we were in the parking lot & we were all gathering to exit & start our ride. The riders in front of me stopped. I unclipped my right foot & started to stop completely... then realized I hadn't signaled to those behind me & I could cause a wreck! I think I looked over my left shoulder...and down I went on my left side. Ouch! And, it's amazing how torn up you can get when you are practically stopped! And, YES, I was wearing my helmet!!! I even remember hitting the ground & then kind of feeling my helmet touch down...very grateful for helmets!!! (Always wear them, right!?)
Thanks again for all of the tips & concern! I'll be back out running tomorrow, though I might just take today off. And, I'll be back on my bike in a few days!!! (I think!
Dana, Half Fanatic #1693
Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles
| current weight: 151.2