Be Careful Out There

05-04-2014

It happened on a trail that I’ve ridden hundreds of times. One moment I was enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, and the next I was spitting out dirt and blood. I don’t know how–or why–I lost traction, but it happened. I hit the deck hard enough to severely dent my helmet, break my glasses, and incur a healthy dose of trail rash. Thankfully, a Good Samaritan was kind enough to walk me out to the trail head, where my family was waiting (I had called them from the trail, but have no memory of making the call). A trip to the ER confirmed that nothing was broken, but the doctor told me that I shouldn’t ride my bike for the next couple of days. I’m sore, bruised, and bloodied, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse.

Be careful out there.

5 thoughts on “Be Careful Out There

  1. Och! I’m glad you are OK, though it sounds like you have a concussion, however “mild.” If I may, I have a lot of experience with concussions. There is a chemical cascade that happens in the brain following a concussion that can actually cause additional damage due to the flood of adrenaline and other hormones. You may find the protocol listed in this post helpful: http://www.mindyourheadcoop.org/blog/?p=1815

    Also, pay attention to “the world just seeming harder” in inexplicable ways. Your body coordination may be out of whack far longer than the doctors realize, so return to activity very conservatively. Not doing so is why a person with a concussion is more likely to have a second, is then more likely to have a third, etc…

    Heal well.

    With abandon,
    Patrick

    • Thanks for the note and kind words.

      I noticed the increased difficulty symptom today. Inspecting the bike for damage felt akin to performing brain surgery.

      • Rest well and long. Give your brain time to settle. Use the brain injury protocol in the above post. Also this post on Ceylon Cinnamon may be useful: http://www.mindyourheadcoop.org/blog/?p=1850

        For the next few months, (up to six) be suer and take things more mindfully and slowly, knowing that coordination may seem like it’s back but not be yet. My moto for life with brain injury (and it works for everything too) is “As fast as I can, as slow as I must.” Each person is great at one half, horrible at the other — so practice your neglected half. If you’re like me, it’s the “slow as I must” part. Grin.

        You’ll be in my prayers.

        With abandon,
        Patrick

  2. Yes, praying for your complete recovery and that you’ll be certain when that recovery is complete. I hope the rest of your year is without such events!

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