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Old 09-19-01, 06:34 AM   #1
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Broken thumb

Ouch... So, after a week of working 12 hour days with little sleep participating in news coverage of our situation here in New York,
I finally get a day off and a chance to ride again. What do I do? I fall and break my thumb.

It was a good but disturbing ride on Sunday that took me down the (nearly empty) West Side Highway and then along Canal St where crowds were trying to glimpse the destruction from the police barricades then up to Union Square for the gut wrenching memorials and "missing" posters and people standing in large groups telling their stories. Then back up Sixth Avenue. Many bikes on the street, best way to get around. Near my apt building I go to pop up onto the sidewalk to dismount and head upstairs
and I fall on my right side. It would have been a very minor thing with a skinned knee, barely bleeding, (didn't hit my head, bike undamaged) but in some freakish manner, the handlebar contacted the sidewalk on the right side, causing the left side to swing around with some force as I fell. It caught my thumb near the joint. Snap.

Spent the night in emergency room feeling rather ridiculous under the circumstances, though they were overstaffed and not all that busy because the expected living casualties from the trade center never showed up, so horrific was the death toll. The only other guy there had fallen playing tennis and cut his forehead. Plus the shrink cases, cops and rescue workers who had seen too much and needed to talk to someone.

So here I am, sidelined from one my one guaranteed stress-reliever, with winter just around the corner. I should have taken a nap and passed on the ride, I was still too tired but I just had to get out there.

Docs are installing pins in surgery to secure the thumb on Friday, Wish me luck.
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Old 09-19-01, 07:37 AM   #2
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Ah-Ha!

I knew I was right to have been concerned about your safety!

I still got it.

Hope it goes well.
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Old 09-19-01, 11:44 AM   #3
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OUCH! Good luck with the surgery.
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Old 09-19-01, 01:14 PM   #4
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just remember to get back on your bike as soon as you can and ride
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Palafo,

Sorry about that, Chief!

Get well soon!
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Old 09-19-01, 09:32 PM   #6
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Thanks for the concern... I do feel a bit silly considering what has happened here. The enormity is still sinking in. I will certainly ride as soon as I am able. October is still fairly pleasant hereabouts. I really need to ride now! Damn.
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Old 09-20-01, 05:35 AM   #7
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Sounds pretty painful. Get well soon!
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bummer.
i'll pass on a ridding buddy's wit. after breaking my hand she told me "when you are in a cast, EVERYBODY is riding more, and having more FUN doing it". seems that way to me anyhoo.

i have stitches(dishwashing accident of all things!) and won't be able to ride off-road for a week or so, so i can (kind of) empathize.

heal quickly!
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Old 09-20-01, 07:35 AM   #9
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Yep..hope it gets better soon matey.

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Everybody really is riding more! Since the attack it is the only way to get around easily...
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what happened to your thumb?i just found out mine is broken after three weeks of taking advil and thinking that it was getting better
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It was at this time of year, two years ago that I got hit by a car at an intersection. Because the car was going very slowly, i didn't have any bad injuries, just broke the little finger of my right hand and hurt my back where I landed on it. HOwever I'm right handed, so it was a real nuisance. It pretty much ended my season. But right after that it got very cold and so I didn't mind so much, but it was annoying because I couldn't put a glove on my hand! So i sympathize. I also spent the entire night in emergency because for some reason it was really crowded, lots of people seemed to be sick. I didn't get home until the wee hours of the morning. As for my bike some minor damage, one wheel was all shmungled.

The advil story also reminds me of how my sister broke her thumb when she was about 8. She was playing with her friends; her friend was climbing up some pole on her front balcony and my sister was holding her up, sort of pushing her on the rump, when her friend slipped suddenly and bent my sister's thumb backward. My sister didn't know it was broken right away, but it really hurt so she kept dipping it in the snow (it was april and there were still piles of snow here and there). But when she got home her thumb was about the size of an apple and of course it was broken. Her right thumb too, and she's right handed. We still laugh about it.
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When I broke mine last year I was off the bike for almost 8 weeks!! Vioxx rules.....contrary to what you heard...
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