Life on two wheels is inherently dangerous, whether powered by motor or legs. I accept that willingly. Life is too brief to not do what you are passionate about and cycling is my biggest passion.
I just recently suffered my worst crash in 39 years of riding and itís really not bad but I have a question about recovery time.
Three weeks ago, during my commute home from work, someone on the Burke Gillman Trail thought it was roller derby day and ran me off of the pavement. I think I handled it fairly well. I was traveling at roughly 15 mph, headed for a 90 degree turn when a guy on rollerblades coming from the opposite direction swung wide through this turn leaving me about 1 Ĺ feet of pavement going into the turn. I flicked the brake levers a couple of times trying to slow down without losing any traction but couldnít slow down enough to stay on the pavement. As soon as the front tire left the pavement the back tire slid out from under me and hip impacted the pavement fairly hard before I skidded to a stop in the gravel. I stayed relaxed and went down with the bike, knowing better than to try and bail out or reach out and catch myself.
I stood up and brushed myself off and immediately checked my joints and bones for injury. Finding all bones and joints intact I checked the bike. Phew! The bikeís ok, thank goodness!
The end result was a 4Ēx6Ē road rash that only took the top layer. Fortunately another cyclist was on the scene immediately and helped me evaluate my condition. The road rash stung but not too bad and the other cyclist handed me a few antiseptic towelettes from his first aid kit and sent me to the bathroom just 200 meters away to clean the wound. I rode strait to my favorite recreational equipment vendor and bought a box of Spyroflex bandages to cover the road rash and then went home for a thorough cleaning and dressing of the wound. The road rash healed in about a week thanks to the Spyroflex. A great product!
My question here is about the swelling that I woke up with the morning after. Like the idiot I can be from time to time, I didnít use ice on my hip like I should have. Itís been three weeks since the accident and I still look like Iím sporting a third butt cheek. The swelling has gone down a little but Iím wondering Ė how long does it take for swelling like this to heal? Is there anyone out there thatís experienced this before (I canít be the only one)? Any input is appreciated.