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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.


Something bad happened during my routine River Road loop Solo bike ride on April 4th.

The most annoying thing is: we’ll never quite know what.

I rode home, locked up my bike as usual in the shed and went into the house. My wife could see by the shiner under my right eye that I needed help. Off we went to the emergency room.

I remembered nothing of my bicycle ride beyond stopping at a friend’s house for some social distance conversation (me on sidewalk, she on porch) and heading up the trail into Otsiningo park. I had intended to complete our popular River Road loop and I was sighted by two different bicycle club members who were heading northbound as I was southbound on Chenango St., which I don’t remember either. They said I waved and appeared to be riding fine. I don’t remember arriving home, changing clothes, going to the hospital or changing into a gown when I arrived. My memory resumed recalling a conversation with my wife while lying in my ER room bed awaiting tests and a move into a regular room for further observation and tests.

All that time out on the road and “the lights were on with nobody home.”

Just wow!

So there I was in the midst of this COV-19 occupying a hospital bed in Binghamton. Fortunately my son, with his neuro-surgical expertise, had been in close contact with the medical staff at the hospital.

I am now on the other side of my bizarre bicycle mishap...having completed an EEG & CT scan of brain and followed up with neurologist who confirmed my suspicion that there's not a single thing amiss and the mystery of whatever happened early April (some April Fool's prank!) to crack my helmet, give me a shiner and cause waking amnesia will remain unsolved.

But using the same reasoning I used when I had a pacemaker put in and was started on blood thinning meds for my arrhythmia: one can't fully inhabit one's life by living in a bubble...I'm at last resuming my bicycling today, after an interminably long break of almost 2 months of gorgeous cycling weather. I at least dusted off the Nordic walking poles for some walks about town during that time.

Going to take it slow & easy with caution...but forward HO!

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We've been blessed to be symptom-free among ourselves and our network of friends and family. I wish I could pronounce us all VIRUS-free but until tests are readily available we'll have to accept the appearance of being free from COVID-19...for which we are grateful!

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    That is some story! I'm glad to hear that you came through it all well!
    242 days ago
    Holy Doodle!! That is scary, weird, wonderful (that you got back home and you're alright) and mysterious. Glad to hear you have recovered and you're back on the block!

    390 days ago
  • no profile photo NYLAURA1
    Welcome back. It's great you got back on the bike. enjoy your rides.
    (has anyone checked if there is a any camera footage of any parts of your ride? If you are still curious about how it happened)
    391 days ago
    As the saying goes, "Just get back on the horse" uhm, bike. Glad to hear you have a clean bill of health now.
    391 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so glad to hear you are alright!!

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    391 days ago
    You'll probably never know what happened but at least you got past it and are back on the road!
    391 days ago
    We've always known you are a miracle of a human being, Don . . . and I'm just considering this incident further "evidence" of that.

    So grateful that you've recovered and are feeling healthy again.

    So glad that you have such a good life to recover TO . . . surrounded by the love of your wife and son and all your friends, IRL and here too.
    392 days ago
    emoticon ... OH, MY.

    Take good care of yourself. I mean it.

    Dear hubby had a TBI ... traumatic brain injury ... 13 years ago. We are still dealing with issues with little help from the medical world.

    Get tons of rest, fluids and relaxation.
    392 days ago
    Goodness, Don!

    Happy to hear you're the other side of the experience and back on the block. Just, WOW!!!

    The curious cat in me wonders about the rest of your body ... cuts? scrapes? Or simply a cracked helmet and a shiner? That's TOO STRANGE ... SERIOUSLY!

    But, as you say: forward HO! emoticon
    392 days ago
    Good heavens! Glad you're all right.
    392 days ago
    Maybe you were abducted by aliens? Glad you're fine and always nice to see you here.
    392 days ago
    Just...WOW! Well, that's just creepy, huh! You somehow took a spill for which you have no recall, but which caused physical damage and temporary amnesia. I'm SO GLAD you'refinally able to be *back on the block!* And I wish for you many SAFE and magnificent rides ahead!
    392 days ago
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