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    Face plant

    I was out for a leisurely ride with my daugther yesterday. About 6 miles in I left the paved path to go around a sprinkler. When I tried to get back on the path it turns out that the grass and weeds had covered up the fact that there was a 4 inch drop off at that point. So I caught the front wheel on the ledge and got dumped on the concrete for a 10 foot slide.

    When I got up I thought I'd be one big road rash, but all I found was a small spot on my knee that was barely anything; not even bleeding. But my ears hurt like crazy. Then my daughter mentioned that I was dripping blood from my chin. I vaguely remembered my chin hitting the concrete at the end of my slide. So I washed my hands with my water bottle and tried to stop the bleeding. After 10 minutes it slowed enough to start the 6 miles back home. I checked it several times on the way back and it never really stopped; just slowed.

    At home, I finally got to look at it and there was a hole in my chin about the size of a pencil eraser where it split. I cleaned it out and disinfected it, which starting the bleeding again. I taped it shut, took a shower, dried off, then squeezed it together tightly and superglued it shut before bandaging it up.

    This morning it looks good, but my jaw hurts and I have a headache. I'm heading out to inspect the bike more closely for damage. Luckily I had taken the less expensive mountain bike so if it got banged up a little it's not as big of a deal.

    So overall, not a bad crash. My face seemed to take the brunt of it so not much damage overall to me or the bike.

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    As a paramedic I recommend you get checked out with a doctor. The primary reason I say this is that you "vaguely" remember hitting your chin. At the same time you say it was yesterday so if you aren't having additional complications such as memory loss, blurred vision....the biggest alert you have no is the headache. Also for your wound on your chin, you should consider going to the local pharmacy and getting butterfly bandages. They are generally the same price if not cheaper than bandaids...Your superglue will hold for a bit but will get brittle and fall out. With the amount of capillaries in your chin/face you will most likely be bleeding again when the glue gives.

    As far as equipment, if you were wearing a helmet and it hit, you need to replace it. The helmets have compression foam in them and once they are impacted, they don't provide protection any longer.


    Just my 2 cents.

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    Ouch Ouch. I fear a face plant the most and have never understood why bicycle helmets were not designed to incorporate some face protection. I suspect lite weight and ventilation over rides greater safety. I always like this helmet; although never found it for sale, probably outdated.

    bike helmut.jpg

    However it leaves the chin exposed, so not perfect. Suppose I could try a BMX helmet. Any way I wish you a speedy recovering with no complications.
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    Total agreement with firesfate -- go see your MD. This isn't something to "play doctor" with. Minor abrasions, a little bit of sand/gravel ground into an arm or a leg, OK... But holes in your head (however inconsequential us amateurs might decide they are). The possible consequences of something like this aren't something to play with.

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    Thanks for the concern, but I spent that night watching football with family and friends. I took the next day off and relaxed. I have a headache but realized it gets worse after eating. It basically starts with the jaw by my left ear and runs along the jaw muscles on the left side of my head. The headache gets better if I don't chew for a while. No memory loss, blurred vision etc. I said I vaguely remember hitting my chin because it really didn't hurt. My ears hurt when I stood up and I couldn't figure out why until my daugther told me I was beeding from my chin. Then it made sense that I'd gotten a decent upper cut.

    Today I noticed my left elbow, shoulder and peck muscle hurt a little. I'm getting a slight bruse on the left knee and my cut healed shut nicely and stayed together after the glue dropped off. Nothing too bad and I expected aches to show up a day or two later. To be safe, I skipped going out in the dark this morning and rode on the trainer for over an hour. The left knee loosened up after a mile or so.

    My helmet never touched the ground so it's okay. I probably need a new left pedal for the bike. But I'm not sure if that was entirely due to this crash. Otherwise, the bike came out with just a few minor scuffs.

    I won't sign any contracts this week just to be safe.
    Last edited by InOmaha; 09-09-13 at 09:27 AM.

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    I always use nail glue (the fake fingernail glue) on cuts and it holds up pretty well and doesn't scar like stitches do. I actually carry a little bottle and some paper towels in my bike stuff so I can patch myself up if I have to.

    I hope you feel better soon, glad your bike was okay too.

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