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Old 03-22-2012, 09:40 AM  
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I got "doored" on my bike.

Let me start by saying I am a cyclist. I have been riding road bikes for 25 years, and I have very good control of the bike and road vision.

Three weeks ago I was riding in a painted bike lane on the right side of the traffic lane when a parked car opened a door right in front of me.
This is every cyclists worse nightmare. I've had some close calls but I am aways pretty alert. I was riding with two other guys who were about two bike lengths in front of me, and the door opened so fast it happened behind the guy in front of me but hit me.

I went through the door, over it, and landed in the street on my left shoulder and face. I immediately scooched to the edge of the road, laid on my back and asked them to call 911.

I had a gash in my eyebrow but the rest of me was just lightly scraped. Big issue was, the top of my humerus (upper arm bone) the ball was crushed and snapped clean off and wedged sideways into the socket.

Needless to say it was painful.

I've had surgery with a rod down the middle of my bone. I'm three weeks post-op. I'm trying to cycle off my pain meds and I was up all night, can't sleep because it hurts so much. Just really uncomfortable. It sucks because I use my brain for my job, requires deep thinking and it's tough to concentrate.

I wasn't ever going to post anything on here about it, but maybe some of you guys have had bad accidents/surgeries and have fully recovered, I could just use some cheering up to know that it will take time and I will be alright. Also, please look in your rear view before opening a car door when parked at a curb.

Cycling is my life. Right now I just feel lame and like I'll never be at peace or know the joy of the free road again.

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Damn - sorry to hear that, E.

Medicine's pretty amazing these days, as many folks can attest. I had a friend that was on the back of a 4-wheeler, had his leg go up into the well and it compressed on his leg and pretty well shot the bone out. They put some titanium rods in it and he was on crutches for several months.

2 years later he's playing left-field on our softball team and running as well as ever.

Keep your chin up - doctors can do pretty amazing stuff. You'll be back on the bike before you know it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #3
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Jesus dude. Glad to hear your survived a collision like that. I assume you wear a helmet while riding?

Hopefully you'll recover more quickly than you anticipate and that pain will go away. After you've recovered and get back to cycling, it will be nothing more than a cautious memory
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:45 AM   #4
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That sucks man. You'll be back out there soon.

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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Dammit Tiny, that is terrible. When I first saw your thread title, I thought someone did it intentionally and you were on a motorcycle.

Time will help with the healing, and you have come a long way in just three short weeks.
I shattered an elbow in the late 70s, it was really painful for a very long time, but now it is my good elbow.

Hang in there Tiny!
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #6
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Shoulda wore a helmet.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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Damn dude, that sucks massively. Hard to be patient, but you'll get back on that horse eventually.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:47 AM   #9
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The body just needs some time to heal. Did you try rubbing some dirt on it? Or maybe some tussin?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #10
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Yeah, that sucks man. I was in the hospital visiting my BIL last night because he broke his ankle. Had his foot completely facing the opposite direction.

I couldn't imagine having injuries like that. I've never broken a thing in my life (knock on wood), i'm far too sexy for that.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #11
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Be patient with the healing process. I'm finding as I get older the process is taking longer and it brings me down because it leads me to believe that I'll never heal.

And follow once you start physical and/or occupational therapy you'll want to stick to it and push yourself as far as they'll let you.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #12
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Just be thankful you live in the era of modern medicine. 100 years ago, they would have given you some herbs and if you lived for a week probably cut your arm off. Of course, the bikes were much taller then so you would have fallen harder and probably killed yourself anyway. Hopefully this has cheered you up sufficiently.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:49 AM   #13
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:52 AM   #14
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Sucks tiny, that really sucks bro. guess youre going to have to make the wife handle a bunch of shit around the house. just curious though im kind of interested in getting a bike and wonder if i could use your expertise. i want a bike than can go up steep asphalt streets easily and then if i wanted to take it off into the dirt and go crazy out in the boons it will work good as well.
any suggestions?
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:53 AM   #15
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