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! - : )