I just got to learn the name of a body part I'd never heard of before!
On Dec 1, I fell at the end of my usual 25 mile Tuesday morning ride. I was turning left, inside my neighborhood, and the bike just shot out from under me. My full weight hit on my left hip and then my head bounced. Thank God for the helmet!
I quickly discovered my left leg wouldn't move. Turned out I had fractured my acetabulam, which is basically the hip joint socket. There are about 10,000 of these injuries a year in the USA, and most are from car or motorcycle wrecks. There are about 25 experienced acetabular surgeons in the USA.
Fortunately, one of them was nearby. The local hospital transported me to where this guy was and he put it back together in a 3 hour or so surgery.
I can't put any weight on my left leg for a minimum of 8 weeks. At the end of this, the surgeon has repeatedly assured me I will recover 100%. He says the only complication is possible arthritis in the joint from the injury; I'll either get arthritis or not within a year. It could be mild or severe, there is no way to predict. He did say he saw nothing to indicate it should be an issue, but you just can't tell.
It's hard to know if I will ride again. The pain and fear of the fall are too fresh right now. My wife has been an angel, and while she is a bit put off by my riding, she assures me I'll ride again.
Has anybody come back from something like this? How hard is the mental part? At 60, I had planned to ride a long, long time, but I don't want to go through this ever again.
6 weeks and 5 & 1/2 days to go!