Busted! (up)
Last Post 06/08/2013 03:05 PM by Nicholas Arenella. 33 Replies.
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79pmooney

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06/06/2013 12:43 AM
O.C., chalk up another one.  I bought it today.  Blew out a rear tire at 25 mph, lost control and went down hard!  Busted collarbone, probably a cracked rib I will keep quiet about, a hip that hurts like hell and that I cannot put more than about 10 pounds on and abrasions all over my body.

Went forward and to my left, hitting my shoulder, hip and helmet hard then apparently spun very fast as I have a lot of roadrash (and some of my biggest) on my right side.   Two cyclists stopped and helped me, assisting me to a shaded grassy area of the park I was passing, lying me down on the grass, questioning my about number of fingers, day of the week, etc.  I passed that exam.  I then took a taxi to the nearby clinic where I got patched up and X-rayed.  Friend got me home and did an unsuccessful  search for some scotch.  Not a problem.  I have a months supply of oxycodone and am on Vicodin now.  I can navigate my house with one crutch.

Except for the collarbone (and we will see about the hip), I took that crash pretty well.  At least a dozen contact points, following my maxim of the more skin lost, the better.  No concussion.  But tomorrow is going to be a long day!

Jessica aka Team Dumpster came out of it just fine.  I am sure I will see little stuff, but wheeling in between the taxi and the clinic, it felt just fine save the tire.

I think this chair may be my home for a while, so guys, you may just have to get used to me.

Ben
SideBySide

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06/06/2013 01:49 AM
Bummer, sorry to hear that. Heal quickly, and well.
pikeHillRoad

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06/06/2013 06:33 AM
Damn! Heal quick.
Dale

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06/06/2013 06:52 AM
Crap, Ben, that's not what I wanted to read this morning. Heal well
lochness

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06/06/2013 07:28 AM
bummer. Use your free time to militate for better helmets?
Spud

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06/06/2013 07:38 AM
Hope your road to recovery is a quick one. Beware of the danger of those drugs.
huckleberry

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06/06/2013 08:16 AM
Sorry, Ben - heal up quick!
geosurf

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06/06/2013 08:53 AM
Jeez, Ben! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells
Oldfart

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06/06/2013 10:37 AM
Take it easy brother. Medicate and heal.
Keith Richards

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06/06/2013 10:40 AM
Ouch! Sorry Ben. Heal up fast and watch that hip, they can heal weird.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
vtguy

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06/06/2013 11:16 AM
Man that stinks! Hope you heal fast.
Orange Crush

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06/06/2013 11:30 AM
Ughh Ben, anytime is wrong time for that to happen but particularly bad for it to happen just when hard work from training is starting to pay off. Hope you heal quick but it sounds like that's gonna take awhile.

I've been plagued by thoughts of needing to keep it together last little while. A first and not good.

As a group our negative streak this year continues.
Cosmic Kid

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06/06/2013 12:29 PM
Ouch....heal fast!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
C2K_Rider

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06/06/2013 03:15 PM
Posted By 79 pmooney on 06/06/2013 12:43 AM
At least a dozen contact points, following my maxim of the more skin lost, the better. 



Wow, Yes, oxycodone will be very useful to get some sleep! Take it easy and forget about everything else for a bit.
79pmooney

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06/06/2013 03:37 PM
C2K, I slept very well last night in exact two hour intervals. Then I'd wake up and it was time for the next pill. Didn't even matter that I was sitting, not lying down. Getting prone with broken collarbones is hard and painful! Two of my best investments ever were a really comfortable leather couch and those Dania armchairs.

BEn
Orange Crush

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06/06/2013 03:42 PM
Ben - BTW my mom (74 this year) can also be added to the crash list. She was biking with one of her sisters last week and hit a piece of dutch road furniture at speed (she has an electric assist bike these days which I keep telling her she's way too young for having seen her ride last year without). The bike needed some substantial repairs but she dismounted gracefully and came away with minor scratches. I think I learned that dismounting from her. Despite numerous incidents over the many years of riding, my face/head has only ever come in contact with the ground once.
Serotta94

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06/06/2013 04:28 PM
Sorry to hear that. Hopefully it will be the last time, but if there is a next time, be careful about moving around after that kind of impact.
velofellow 2.0

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06/06/2013 04:46 PM
Ouch! Get better soon. If you find some scotch, I would lay off the oxycodon.
Mr.Earl

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06/06/2013 05:23 PM
Bad luck Ben! Broken collar bones hurt, but usually heal without problems; hips, on the other hand, can be tricky. Make certain you get that looked at. Get well soon.
Bodynazi

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06/06/2013 05:30 PM
Fuuudge (but I didn't say fudge)...

that sucks - heal well man.

Vicodin or Oxys with a rum and coke make the pills more effective (or so I've read..)

(don't be suckered into thinking that dairy products will help you heal [faster])
Dale

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06/06/2013 06:37 PM
Rum and Coke, Vicodin, Oxycodon... check. Now we need to give him a play list-- Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix... who else 'ya got? Ben's gonna think it's Woodstock all over again. Bob? Get in here, we need your suggestions. KR, you've got the music scene dialed in. What 'cha got?
tommaso

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06/07/2013 06:11 AM
ouch...sorry to read this Ben...well, heal fast and well,...man, it hurt just reading the details...
79pmooney

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06/07/2013 01:24 PM
Dale, I don't do the Coke. Straight single malt isles scotch, no water is what really does it. And music? Last night I listened to RJ Mishco, a very good blues harp player with a wide range of styles. Doesn't get much better for this guy who has been playing 40 years.

Ben
79pmooney

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06/07/2013 02:41 PM
A HUGE victory! I took a normal dump! At 45 hours after the crash! After my last broken rib, busted collarbone and oxycodone crash it was nine days to anything and 50 before I took a normal one. It was so hard I had to take a shower after every attempt because I would be pouring sweat.

Oxycodone is a big GI stopper for me. Busted ribs (only one, slightly this time) and collarbone make compressing one's abdomin extremely painful. Opiate painkillers make that compression very hard to do. I've made it a point to drink lots of water (painful because each bathroom trip hurts!) and eat a lot of fruits and veggies. And I've kept the oxycocone to low levels.

Life is good. (There are times when the really big victories are the small stuff.

Ben
zootracer

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06/07/2013 08:18 PM
OMG hope you saw a doc and got xrays. Broken ribs are the worse. i don't want to talk about my crashes as i don't want to jinx myself. Although, my first nasty crash was caused by a blown front tire and I fractured 5 ribs. Ouch....
Orange Crush

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06/07/2013 08:22 PM
Ben - the OC Recovery Ward opened up another wing for you this evening

79pmooney

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06/07/2013 08:47 PM
I haven't said a word to a doc about the rib. What's he going to do. A couple of hundred $$s of X-rays, a couple more consultation to tell me "There's not much we can do. It will heal itself. Come back in two weeks." I did see the doc for the same bucks and advice for my shoulder. Sometimes clavicles need to be pinned. But the rib? In a few years I'll get another chest X-ray and the doc will tell me "Looks like you broke this rib a while back." "Thanks. I knew that."

Ben
longslowdistance

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06/07/2013 09:11 PM
Unless you have trouble breathing. Don't F with that.
Pin0Q0

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06/07/2013 11:23 PM
Ben - WTF, Dude you aint't no spring chicken any more. Just remember to add stool softner to your oxycodone and R&C.

(don't be suckered into thinking that dairy products will help you heal [faster])---no what about deer antler spray under the tongue.........Don't know where you get that thou. Walmart?
Pin0Q0

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06/07/2013 11:32 PM
Jeez - While I was posting five went up. Ben I had the same problem with Oxy. Fruits, water and fiber did not help at all, I even did prune juice and coffee by the gallons. NADA
79pmooney

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06/08/2013 02:24 AM
lsd, broken ribs ALWAYS impact breathing. But as long as it is just pain it is just a process. Sucks. The pain becomes a big deal when you cannnot breath deeply enough to supply the body. Then you need oxygen. This one is minor. Hurts a little when I breath deeply or touch it (or roll over on it). Scale from 1-10? 3. It will probably be one of my slower injuries to go away, but that's just ribs.

Ben
winterale

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06/08/2013 08:41 AM
Really sorry to read this, mend quick and well Ben! Winterale
79pmooney

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06/08/2013 10:51 AM
lsd, broken ribs ALWAYS impact breathing. But as long as it is just pain it is just a process. Sucks. The pain becomes a big deal when you cannot breath deeply enough to supply the body. Then you need oxygen.


And the opiates so you can actually expand your chest cavity despite the pain. (Also allows you to relax the muscles around both ribs and collarbones, again helping especially the early knitting process. If you have ever fully broken ribs, you know God put the poppy plant on this planet as a gift to us. We've abused that gift rather badly, but it is God's gift. That was my first thought when the morphine flowed into me 13 years ago; my first rib encounter. (And yes, morphine is synthetic, but without the poppy and opium we probably would be learning of the opiates about now, not thousands of years ago.

Ben
Nick A

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06/08/2013 03:05 PM
Bummer dude.


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