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Old 10-27-11, 05:33 PM   #1
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Graphic Image - Pict of Aftermath of My Non-Bike Fall - Squeamish? Don't Look!



I didn't see any pics on DnvrFox's excellent post about falling when not on a bike, so I thought I'd contribute a separate post with a photo of my bruise.

A little over a week ago, while conducting a night photography session at the base of Yosemite Falls, I managed to fall, tripping over a five-foot long, six-inch high, sharp-edged rock. Frankly, the rock was more like a small boulder and I went down like the proverbial tree in the forest.

The bruise itself didn't begin to appear for at least two days. I'm surprised it took that long, because I'm on aspirin and an anti-coagulant. However, the medication explains, I'm sure, the severity of the bruise, which kept growing, little islands of bruises, converging to form a Pangea-like continent of purple.

There wasn't time to react. When I hit, I landed on my knees and my right arm, including my wrist and elbow. It hurt so mightily that, upon standing up, I stretched out on the ground again, because I felt like I was going to vomit.

When the pain in my extremities subsided, I realized I had the mother of all charley horses. I couldn't stand for a few minutes, much less walk. After a while I was able to hobble back to my room.

Much of the pain in my thigh is gone. However, I must have squished a nerve, because I still have strange pains, especially in bed when I simply move my leg - a slow-moving pain works its way from my knee to my hip and lasts for several seconds. It's made sleeping difficult. My right knee is tender to the touch. I can walk, I can ride my bike (I think inertia from the pedals helps with the latter), and while it hurts a little, I can bear it. In fact, I rode 20 miles around Yosemite Valley and up the incline to the famed Tunnel View four days later.

This photo is a couple days old. While there's some obvious healing now - a lot of it has started to fade - the bruise has also continued to grow, spreading down over my knee and the down part of my shin, and it's all over the top of my thigh, too. I guess it's added to my cyclists' tan.

At 63, I think I might be lucky I didn't break anything. Definitely it sent another whiff of mortality coursing through me. I was tremendously relieved when I realized I hadn't broken anything - at least nothing apparent - yet I'm dismayed at the strange, lingering pains. Then again, maybe I should be glad that's all I have, and glad that I can feel something at all.

I hope an old dog can learn new tricks. If I have to walk as much as a step away from my camera and tripod, I'll make sure I keep my headlamp on next time I make some night photographs.

Thanks, DnvrFox, for letting me show off my bruise!
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Old 10-27-11, 07:33 PM   #2
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Shoulda bunny hopped it.






Glad you are recovering.
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Old 10-27-11, 08:28 PM   #3
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Thanks, DnvrFox, for letting me show off my bruise!
You are very welcome, but I really didn't want to be the cause of someone getting terrible bruises and pain to share a photo. You went beyond the call of duty

BTW, I would have those strange nerve sensations checked out. Lots of possibilities, most of them not very good.
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Glad it wasn't any worse. That looks pretty painful in the pics, hope you don't have any latent surprises such as a hair-line fracture. Please let us know how your recovery goes.

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Old 10-27-11, 08:47 PM   #6
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You are very welcome, but I really didn't want to be the cause of someone getting terrible bruises and pain to share a photo. You went beyond the call of duty

BTW, I would have those strange nerve sensations checked out. Lots of possibilities, most of them not very good.
I'm going to see my my dr. tomorrow!
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Better you than me Hope it looks worse than it feels.
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Hope nothing got damaged below the surface and it's a good thing that you are going to see your doctor for it. I know that this is suppose to be for non bike related falls, but looking at the photo, it reminds me of my left hip when I first went clipless. Ouch!
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I know that look. Have 1/2 dozen on my arm, hip and left buttock. Decided not tiopublish mine. May post my pretty side later.
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OP: Re-reading your post

A lot of your symptoms sound similar. They said in the hospital to be concerned if the pain and tingling got down around the toes and the front of the foot.

I felt no nausea at any time. Nor loss of consciousness,
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Sculptor7 - I hope you're OK, at least I hope you're better now - I assume you're out of the hospital.

I did see a dr., nothing broken as far as he could tell. The bruise is shrinking, and I continue to feel better. Although I still have some significant pain and tenderness, it doesn't hurt to ride my bike.
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The good news is that it doesn't hurt to ride your bike.

The bad news (apart from all the pretty colors) is the pain and tenderness. Hopefully time will heal all!

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"I hope an old dog can learn new tricks. If I have to walk as much as a step away from my camera and tripod, I'll make sure I keep my headlamp on next time I make some night photographs."

Yep, old dogs can learn new tricks......when there is pain involved.
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Squeamish? It's a bruise. I hope people that could possibly be squeamish over that don't watch any of the CSI, Bones, or any of those shows!
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