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Change of Plans-Two Broken Ribs and a Bruised Ego!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

So, on my new bike (which has been quite a disappointment), I made a quick left turn and hit my brakes, as I felt my body going over the bike, I thought - - - so, this how it feels when brakes work. YOU STOP Quickly! My old bike's brakes never quite worked at all. They slowed me down, but didn't really stop.

Anyhow, the next thing I knew, my body was pinned under the bike. I was wrapped around it strangely and asked Dave to pull it off me. I couldn't breathe. I either cried out or thought loudly, "I broke my ribs". When I finally stood up, my heart felt like it was loose inside my chest. It was that weird feeling like when you drink too much water. But, I couldn't breathe properly and was pretty scared. Fortunately, we were with another couple. Dave stayed with me while my husband went to get the truck and Amy checked out a trail that he could bring the truck onto the trail. No avail. Bummer... so, we walked...the only thing worse, was riding in the truck to and from the hospital. Strangely, the bike gave me something to lean on while we walked up to the parking lot.

Well, after a CT scan to make sure my spleen and kidneys were not bleeding, an Xray of my leg and my ribs, it was determined that I only broke 2 ribs. Ouch!!! Only! Anyone that thinks that's a piece of cake has never had a broken rib. Although there is not much they can do for you, laying down and getting up are the most painful chores of the day. Moving in general causes pain along with breathing. So, exercise was definitely out.

Day 1 - I worked at home after my daughter stayed home to get to the pharmacy for pain meds. I took them day 1 and the evening of day 2. The side effects are worse than the pain so I quit taking them, stuck with 800 mg ibuprofen and slept on the reclining couch. What a yucky lazy feeling.

So, here we are. day 5 - I was able to sleep in the bed last night - now we are going for a walk. I want to try the bike again, but am a little scared. It has been rainy, our son's homecoming is delayed, so it gives me another week to recover before we see him. He seemed reconciled to it when we spoke on the phone yesterday. The doc says it takes 6 weeks to heal a rib and that would require me to avoid jolting my chest in any way. She left we with the advise that 'of course, you can exercise, if it doesn't hurt too much. I guess she knew it would hurt too much to do too much at least for awhile. So, today I plan to get back on track! Wish me luck! - : )
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  • SUNNY332
    Oh my Goodness, bless your heart, your ribs, and your bruised ego.

    How exciting that your son is coming home. Woohoo! Hopefully, with the delay, you can be feeling a lot better when he arrives.

    You will have to try the bike again but give it a while.

    Do keep us posted and don't forget to get photos of the homecoming.

    Hugs, Sunny


    3349 days ago
  • BARBARAWEBSTER
    emoticon emoticon Been nearly there. Was told bruised was nearly as bad as broken. Please take it easy. Don't want to delay your healing by doing too much. It's amazing how little it takes to make breathing very painful. Try keeping your muscle tone (I lost mine) by using small hand weights and strength training. It's not aerobic and will keep you from turning to flab like I did. It's a long painful road back to where you were before your accident. Take it easy but steady. Best of luck to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3350 days ago
  • SUGARSMOM2
    have been thinking about getting a bike . now maybe not so much . I have not been on a bike since i was twelve . sorry about your pain . hope you are feeling better much sooner and then you can go back out and try again .
    3350 days ago
  • UMUCGRAD
    I'm so sorry to hear that! Ouch! I never learned how to ride a bike but I hear it's important to get back on there as soon as you can. All the best.
    3350 days ago
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