Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sad Day

This is technically a "guest" post, since Mike wrote this on his DailyMile and on Facebook so some of you may have seen this already. Thank you for the good wishes so far!

To start this out I will just say I fell on my bike yesterday, cut-up my chin and the inside of my bottom lip pretty well, I also fractured my jaw-bone, and considering how I felt during the 7 hours I spent in the hospital last night I am feeling much better this morning.

To take you back to the ride, we were riding out in Parma on the roads we usually are on and at about 4 miles in Jamie was not having a good ride (some cross-winds had her a little timid on the new tri bikes). So I decided I was going to head back to the car and drive back to her to possibly pick her up, or just give her some time to get over it. I told her I didn't want her standing on the side of the road and we could ride the mile back to one of our other starting points (a park) but she didn't want to do that. So I headed back riding a little faster than normal, was I riding a little too fast? Maybe, but I was still being safe about it and driving on the right side of the road, until I got to a road where I was gonna be taking a left. As I approached the road I checked my back shoulder to make sure no one was coming behind me, and I crossed over to the left side of the road (dumb). I had about 100 feet until I reached the left-hand-turn and a couple of cars started to come at me, the shoulder on this road is a little thinner than most, so I kind of over-reacted to the cars hit both brakes (again dumb, shouldn't really have touched front brake, or atleast not as hard as I did) to slow myself down and I guess I pulled on the front brake way too hard and I started to feel my body flipping over the handle-bars.

At this point I was down on the ground, somehow on my way down both my pedals had come un-clipped (which I'm not sure how this happened, but I'm probably lucky because that could have caused more damage to me and/or the bike). I THINK at this point a lady whose house it happened in front of came out and asked if I was okay, plus 3-4 cars stopped; one guy seemed like he had experience because he later helped the firemen/EMT load me into the ambulance, another lady was a nurse and she started asking me questions and I told her to go find Jamie, the last guy I remember from this group was a guy who was in fire department cruiser and he was the one who first started administering first-aid, covering the wound with gauze and asking me questions making sure I hadn't lost consciousness (which I hadn't). First Jamie showed-up, riding (ha! guess she got over it) and she was concerned that a car had hit me or something and everyone on the scene tried to calm her down (including me). Then the fire-truck and ambulance arrived and almost right away one of the guys takes my neck from behind and says just to be safe he's going to support my neck in-case I did any head/neck damage. So at this point that had me a little scared and my neck was starting to feel a little stiff as they loaded me into a back-board, later found out via CT-Scan that I just fractured the mandible and my neck was just feeling stiff probably from the trauma and being in the back-board/collar for almost 4 hours.

So of course at this point everyone was asking me (and Jamie) questions to get my info/what happened, I was then loaded onto the ambulance and we made our way to Park Ridge Hospital. Jamie had the people from the house take her back to our car and load the bikes in so she could get to the hospital, and when we all arrived there it was a slow to get a room so of course I was lying in the hallway for a little bit, made little difference to me though since I was staring up at the ceiling. We finally got a room, no TV (again though would have made little difference, ha), we waited a long while before I got my CT-Scan to make sure no head/neck damage, and when the results came back from that I could finally get out of the neck collar. Next step was fixing up my chin and inside lip, so we had to switch rooms to a room with a surgical light and the doctor went to work, cleaning up the area and stitching me up inside and outside my mouth (after some wonderful Novocaine injections). When this LONG process was over with the doctor explained to me that she would put me on some anti-biotics, pain medication, I would get a tetanus shot, and have to see a facial specialist tomorrow (today) in order to have my jaw further examined.


 You can see the fractured part right under his teeth and bottom of chin

So that's where we stand now, I got a pretty good nights sleep last night after not getting home until 1am and we just had to call the specialist this morning at 830am to set-up my noon appointment today. We will head there soon and also get my prescriptions filled. So emotionally I am feeling really angry that I was dumb enough to make this mistake, but it was only our 3rd-ish time on the bikes and I guess I wasn't used to the brakes. I don't know where my training/racing goes from here for the rest of the season, and I'm a little concerned about Musselman but I'm trying not to think about that, and just get well as soon as possible.


Update: Mike saw the reconstructive surgeon and he luckily doesn't need surgery. He mostly shaved bone off of his mandible, the fracture isn't bad and will heal on its own.

We, of course, asked about swimming, biking and running and he was told he could start to run/bike again in about a week. We were told that he should wait 3-4 weeks before swimming, because of risk of infection to the laceration on his face. When we asked about Musselman, since it is about 2.5 weeks away, the doctor said that Mike could do it at his own risk.

19 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I'm so sorry that happened, and thank goodness Mike is okay! I can't imagine coming upon the scene and not knowing what had happened! Take care guys! Keep us updated on Mike's progress

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  2. Mike has one good lookin' skull. ;) I'm so happy that he is doing okay.

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  3. Yowch! Glad to hear that everything is mostly okay!

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  4. Ouch!! That looks pretty bad!! Get lots of rest and lots of mashed potatoes!!

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  5. Yikes! Glad it was as 'mild' as it could be. Hope he heals quickly & that he is feeling up to mussel man. At least it's taper time.

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  6. Scary stuff! Glad he'll heal up in good time, but pray it is sooner than later.

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  7. I'm so sorry that this happened. I'm glad he's doing okay and will be able to get back to things pretty quickly.

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  8. Oh girl, I am sending you both sososo much love!!!! So glad he is okay!!!

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  9. I'm so sorry this happened, but glad Mike is okay. Scary for sure.

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  10. Yikes! I hope Mike is feeling better quickly!

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  11. Holy cow! That is my worst nightmare. How terrifying. I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

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  12. Oh gosh, so glad that he wasn't hurt any worse and thank God he won't need surgery. Thinking about you guys and praying he will heal quickly!

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  13. Oh scary! Glad to hear everyone is okay! Bike crashes are sacry. Sending healing vibes your way!

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  14. Wow, so scary! Glad to hear Mike is doing OK. Even though they're "normal" in the sport, bike crashes are still so scary and unnerving.

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  15. I saw the post you shared on Facebook :( You're both in my thoughts!

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  16. Best wishes, sorry to hear about that! Get well soon!

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  17. Oh wow. I'm so sorry this happened. Very happy it was not even worse. Very scary for sure.

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  18. Yikes. I am so sorry Mike (and Jamie), but so glad that it will heal on its own and not need surgery.

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  19. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you are doing alright and on the road to recovery! I would have been pretty scared. Bike crashes are no joke. btw - i just gotta say that skull CT is pretty cool...

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