2005-09-07 14:06:11 UTC
How one's life can change in a moment.
On sunday Aug. 7th, about 6pm I was riding my bike on a country road
here in SE Wisconsin ... it was sunny and the road was flat and
straight and had more cows in the fields than cars on the road.
Next thing I remember was opening my eyes while laying in a hospital
bed and pushing the button for more pain medicine. I was told that
according to witnesses, I was run over from behind by someone in an
S.U.V. going about 50mph. I remembered nothing of the accident.
I spent 5 days in the hospital, but was lucky to be alive. My helmet
was smashed throughout and has blood and tire marks on the side (bike
or car?). I came away with two fractures in my pelvis and a cut
bladder, no surgery required.
To top it off, I must have rolled numerous times in the country
field/swamp after getting hit because I had cuts everywhere and
developed poison ivy head to toe .... ugh ! Road rash? My face mainly,
and left hip.
Home I went (to live with my brother for a while actually) and was
doing okay ... until I started running fevers. 99 ... 100 ... 101 ....
when at 3am one morning it hit 103.8F ... call 911 ... time to go back
in ! I had some bad infections ... urinary tract, bladder, and a staph
infection in my blood.
7 more days in the hospital and some serious antibiotics and I'm home
again (brother's house). I beat the staph infection but am still on IV
antibiotics for 2 more weeks.
My pelvis hasn't quite healed so I'm still using a walker, but I'm
getting stronger. My bladder hasn't healed either and am still peeing
through a tube (foley catheter) ... but that gets tested on friday. The
poison ivy is healed, and the awful swelling in my legs has almost
dissapeared. I'm off the Prednesone (steroid), the Lovenox (prevents
blood clots during inactivity), and have stopped taking the Oxycontin I
was on (made me feel lousy after a while). I only have the IV
antibiotics left (I'm a registered nurse, so they let me do it myself
through my PICC line).
So that's been my August ... from doing 50 mile bike rides, to using a
walker (and my legs have gotten skinny ! ).
The bike? Well, turns out that the driver didn't stop, the witnesses
were too concerned about me being alive to worry about the license
plate of the guy, and the cops have the bike as evidence. They say they
took lots of pictures .... hopefully one day I'll get what's left of my
bike back ($2,000 Moser).
Fortunately my job is waiting for me when I'm better.
Next ride? I'm 45 years old, have been riding since a kid, including 11
years of USCF racing and felt quite confident on my abilities on the
road ... but right now I have no desire to get back on the road. I
don't think I can trust anyone out there. Could you?
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