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Old 05-08-11, 03:28 PM   #1
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Not a happy day.

Planned a ride with Mrs. Grouch today. We drove 35 miles to Edwardsville to ride the Illinois bike trails. Assembled the Screamer and prepared to go. Can you say TOMBAY!!!?. Down we both went. Retro cracked his helmet. Mrs. Grouch says that Retro was talking gibberish, repeating himself, and some other things that I don't remember doing. She's probably right because I don't remember changing my shoes or how the Screamer got loaded back into our car. Mrs. Grouch drove me to the urgent care center and I was transferred by ambulance to the brain trauma ER. They did some kind of brain scan thing on me but didn't find anything.

Bottom line - Zero miles ridden and I'm not allowed to bicycle or drive until I see my primary physician. That means I can't work.

Not a happy day.
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Old 05-08-11, 03:32 PM   #2
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They did some kind of brain scan thing on me but didn't find anything.

You might want to delete that part.
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Old 05-08-11, 03:49 PM   #3
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Mrs. Grouch and the Screamer are OK?
You probably won't be allowed to play football for a while.

Hang in there and seek help if you have any bad symptoms. The worst of it is likely behind you.
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Old 05-08-11, 03:58 PM   #4
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They did some kind of brain scan thing on me but didn't find anything.

You might want to delete that part.
That's what happened when I got mine done. I hope your feeling better.
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Old 05-08-11, 04:13 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear you crashed. Get well soon.
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Old 05-08-11, 04:31 PM   #6
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Mom took over on mothers day. You will need to make sure she has her day again.
Glad you both are OK - I am sure they gave you the rundown on what to look for over the next 48 hours.
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Old 05-08-11, 04:33 PM   #7
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Best wishes to you and here's hoping your back on the road again real soon.
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They did some kind of brain scan thing on me but didn't find anything.

You might want to delete that part.
No, that was intentional. It's pretty much the way that I feel right now.
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Get well real soon! Ouch!!!!!!!!!!
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I hope everything is OK. I'm not a physician but that sounds like a minor concussion to me.
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Old 05-08-11, 05:36 PM   #12
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Get well soon Retro. I suppose this will mean another thread on new helmets though. Say thanks to your for me.
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I hope things work in your favor and you recover quickly.
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Bummer. Tomorrow's got to be better; hang in there and follow-up with your primary physician ASAP.
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Old 05-08-11, 06:29 PM   #15
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Don't read all the press about concussion, because it will only scare you, but take it easy for longer than you think you need to take it easy.

Colleague just came back to work after almost a year of disability after a concussion. He spent the first three months insisting there was nothing wrong with him, and working through it.

Bad Idea.

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Old 05-08-11, 06:33 PM   #16
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Sorry about your fall.. hope you heal well. Meanwhile, can someone drive you to/from work? Can you carpool with someone?
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Old 05-08-11, 06:34 PM   #17
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Best wishes and we all hope you're on for a speedy recovery.
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Heal fast, RG.
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Reminds me of a story I heard years ago about Dizzy Dean during his days as a pitcher. He was hit in the head by a ball from the batter. They took him to the hospital. Headlines the next day read, 'Xrays of Dean's head show nothing'.

Nevertheless, we are happy to hear that you have lived to fight another day.

Sorry about the Tombay.

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Get well soon Retro. I suppose this will mean another thread on new helmets though. Say thanks to your for me.
Just finished ordering new matching Bell Citi helmets, yellow to match our bike. There's also a mirror that's designed to fit onto the visor and flip out of the way when not needed. I ordered a pair of those too.

Zero miles per hour, a shorter fall from our recumbent tandem than from a diamond frame bike, and I still got my bell rung. I guess one could argue my helmet didn't do it's job but one might also argue my concussion would have been much worse without the helmet. I'm just glad that I had my helmet on so I don't have to explain why I wasn't wearing one.
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Does a double Tombay result a Premium membership in Club Tombay?
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Does a double Tombay result a Premium membership in Club Tombay?
No, but it automatically takes care of the witness requirement for superior tombays. Given the nature of Tombays, it's not possible to issue bonus points for unusual circumstances. A tombay is, in itself, almost always unusual.
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anyone suggest the possibility of a: TIA?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_ischemic_attack
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Old 05-09-11, 07:58 AM   #24
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I'm very sorry to read this. I join all here in wishing you the very best, and the fastest recovery
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No, but it automatically takes care of the witness requirement for superior tombays.
Oh yes! Mrs. Grouch definitely meets the requirement for an attractive female witness.
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