Friday, April 9th, 2004
11:55 pm - You Always Remember the First Time  
It's been an evening filled with firsts:

* First time riding the new bike;
* First time fitted with neck brace;
* First time strapped to back board;
* First time riding in an ambulance;
* First time getting x-rays of my left arm;
* First time getting a CAT scan;
* First time getting x-rays of my left wrist;
* First time getting a set of cranial x-rays;
* First time breaking nose (maybe, it's unclear whether it's actually broken or not);
* First time getting a taxi in RI.

And having just enough cash in your wallet to pay the cab driver when you get home? Priceless.

Here's the short version. I accidently rode my bike into a patch of deep sand by the side of the road doing about 18 mph. The front wheel dug into the sand, and I turned briefly into a superhero, flying over the handlebar. Then I landed on my face. And outstretched arms, mostly. Fortunately, I was wearing riding gloves, so my palms are in pretty good shape.

Someone saw me doing my Superman impression, and called the rescue squad. By the time they got there, my left wrist was purple and badly swollen. Taking no chances, they put a splint on it, a collar on my neck, and strapped me to a back board for transport to the hospital.

That was cool for a couple of minutes, because he had the siren going. But then you realize you're immobilized from head to toe inside a windowless box. I started getting car sick. Took twenty minutes to get to the hospital.

Was at the ER for four hours, most of it spent lying on a gurney alone in an isolation room. Had to go get x-rays three different times (I think they were muttering about the fact that they couldn't find any broken bones. What can I say? I drink a lot of milk.) This was really annoying because by that time my quads had totally stiffened up, bringing buckets o'pain every time I flexed my legs at all. Standing was tricky because I couldn't use my left arm at all, and my right arm hurt, so I had to use my quads alone to straighten up. Anyhow, my nose might have a non-dislocated break, but it's unsure. It really doesn't hurt much at all, except for the abrasions.

When I was waiting for the ambulance to arrive, one of my vball buddies saw me there and stopped. He offered to take my bike (now known as the "Widowmaker") home for me, and gave me his number to call when I was done at the hospital. When I tried to call at the end of the night, all I got was a busy signal. I suspect someone at his house was online. One of the nurses called me a cab. $38 later I was home.

Boy, am I going to be sore in the morning.
Current Mood: hurting
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Jesse: dovejesseh on April 9th, 2004 - 09:50 pm
Oh no! Poor you!! I'm just glad there wasn't more broken. {{{Ed}}}
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Suesusano on April 9th, 2004 - 09:54 pm
Oh, DX!!!! Take Care. (And lots of ibuprofen.)

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serenada: babyserenada on April 9th, 2004 - 09:55 pm

I'm so glad you got out relatively clean.
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DXMachinadxmachina on April 9th, 2004 - 09:58 pm
I'm thinking of posting some pictures. Any thoughts on bruise lighting schemes?
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serenada: backserenada on April 9th, 2004 - 10:05 pm
Don't use direct lighting -- the bruising can pull the skin taut, and it reflects terribly.
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Elenaelenabtvs on April 9th, 2004 - 10:01 pm
Oh, DX, oh no!

Take care of yourself, ice and ibuprofen.
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mearamearagrrl on April 9th, 2004 - 10:01 pm
OMG! I'm glad you're OK (and impressed as hell by your typing skill!!!!). I feel the wrist pain.
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DXMachinadxmachina on April 9th, 2004 - 10:07 pm
I was thinking of you when I was in the ER (and Knut and tommyrot). I knew it probably was only a bad sprain because I was able to move my fingers without any pain.
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mearamearagrrl on April 9th, 2004 - 10:14 pm
Heh. When you look at it that way, it's practically a buffista tradition, there...
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serenadaserenada on April 9th, 2004 - 10:16 pm
Oh, god.

I feel my turn is nigh.
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gchickgchick on April 9th, 2004 - 10:16 pm

Take care of you, okay?
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Perkinsla_perkins on April 9th, 2004 - 11:30 pm
What gchick said.

Really glad you are okay.
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smonsterbitesmonsterbite on April 9th, 2004 - 10:16 pm
oh, shitty. hoping things heal quickly, m'dear. and just so you know, serenada won't be the only one clicking through to see bruise pics. i draw the line at limbs at angles they shouldn't be, though. freaks me right out.
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Larisa Grahamlarisa57 on April 9th, 2004 - 10:24 pm
Oh no! Glad you're doing mostly alright.
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arliss: notdeadarliss on April 9th, 2004 - 11:01 pm
Man, I lived through stunt-riding teenagers. Now don't YOU start!

I'm glad nothing's broken. And just for the ew factor, yeah, I'll be clicking on the bike-wreck aftermath pictures too.
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Ro-Astarte: by kaythrynro_astarte on April 9th, 2004 - 11:14 pm
We don't need another superhero
But thanks for the thought.

I'm so glad it wasn't worse. My dad's superhero bike antics netted him a broken collarbone.

Take care of yourself.

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Perkinsla_perkins on April 9th, 2004 - 11:29 pm
Re: We don't need another superhero
Hey, same here, with the father and the collarbone, I mean.
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Ro-Astartero_astarte on April 9th, 2004 - 11:52 pm
Can I borrow the car?
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sumisumik on April 9th, 2004 - 11:48 pm
DX!!!! That's terrible!

Glad you're safe and home now.
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deborah gdebg on April 10th, 2004 - 12:24 am
Holy crap.

Ed, are you ok? Do you need anything?

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DXMachinadxmachina on April 10th, 2004 - 06:23 am
I'll be okay. What I need is one of those extendy things for picking stuff up off the floor without bending, but I'll survive. The wrist is already feeling a little better.
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Vacillatingnot_vacillating on April 10th, 2004 - 01:58 am
Owww. That's painful just reading about it. Gentle cyberhugs and prayers, as well as lots of health-ma.
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Pinwizpinwiz on April 10th, 2004 - 03:17 am
Ouch! Healthma healthma healthma!!!
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(no subject) - ww1614 on April 10th, 2004 - 03:55 am
Hugh Likes Carrots: ckr & kidtheodosia on April 10th, 2004 - 04:27 am
Aw, crap! Thank goodness you're not worse hurt!

(I hope the bike's all right after this!)
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(no subject) - orthoepy on April 10th, 2004 - 05:32 am
Living Creativelyserasempre on April 10th, 2004 - 06:33 am
{{ DX }} gentle hugs. What a lousy way to try out a new bike. I'm glad you weren't worse hurt. Healthma to you.
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Katmskat on April 10th, 2004 - 08:04 am
Oh DX, I'm so very sorry about the tumble!
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Another Girl: boy & guitarseptembergrrl on April 10th, 2004 - 08:14 am
Ouch! Poor Ed.

Hope the damage repairs quickly.
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(no subject) - myainsel on April 10th, 2004 - 08:40 am
vw bugvwbug on April 10th, 2004 - 08:56 am
Oh, Ed! I'm so glad you're alright! Wish you were closer so you would've/could've called one of us to sit with you at the ER. That's the worst. Sending much love and ~ma. Let me know if you need anything at all.
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grime and livestock: goldengate - Ropocofax7 on April 10th, 2004 - 09:04 am
Oh, no!

{{hugs Ed}}

I hope you feel better soon.

18 mph! Man, you were cruising.
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Teppystephl on April 10th, 2004 - 09:23 am
Eeeep! Ed, don't DO that!

Speedy recovery to you, sweetie.
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luluminion on April 10th, 2004 - 11:47 am
DX!!!! That's awful! I'm glad to hear you escaped with your bones (mostly) unbroken.

Hugs, and hope you're feeling better soon.
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Cindy: XanderEyecindyamb on April 10th, 2004 - 03:35 pm
Oh DX, how horrible! I'm glad you're relatively okay. Here's to a quick recovery for you.
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Katie M.katie_m on April 11th, 2004 - 01:55 am
I want you to know, Suela told us while hiking about your accident, and we all made Sad Puppy Noise and sympathized and were glad you were okay. Reasonably so, anyway. So. Hope you're feeling... as well as can be expected.
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(no subject) - makaidiver on April 12th, 2004 - 01:27 pm