Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pigeon Forge Severville, Tennessee
Bikes: ActionBent T1 Tadpole trike
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I spoke with Fred this evening (50 minutes), here are my notes:
Fred feels fine, near normal ………., except for his left eye. He is experiencing ‘double vision’ essentially in conjunction with a bruised brain. He has normal vision in his right eye but the left one views images in a 33-degree tilt (from horizontal) and downward a bit. When he tries to walk, balance becomes an issue. To characterize his current condition he told me that if the eye problem was back to normal he could probably ride his bike around the block. Please note, that statement is merely intended as a characterization to help define his overall health picture. He is well aware of the fact that rest is needed and that it may take up to a year to recover.
So how did this happen…………………., he doesn’t know! On a beautiful day he and a friend had been riding for 33-miles when they stopped for lunch. It was at about that same he repaired a flat on both front (unknown reason for the puncture) & rear (nail puncture) tires. Right before stopping he noted the 33-mile odometer reading and 16MPH average. It was during lunch the riders decided to return home and Fred suspects riding about 5-miles when the accident occurred.
His bike is currently at the other rider’s house, both tires fully inflated. So tires were not an issue. When the other rider who was about 20-yards ahead turned around and did not see Fred, returned to the crash site and found Fred in a ditch, evidently it was all earthen (no boulders, etc), his head against the ground, his hands to his waste area (Fred says probably from gripping the handlebar even though he evidently went over it), he was unconscious but snoring. An ambulance was summoned by some distant witness/passerby motorists and he was strapped to a body board and put in a neck brace*. Fred suspects that it was the 25-mile ride to the hospital in this* firm position that led to neck & back soreness! Bruising later discovered on his body indicated that besides landing on his head, his left hip/front thigh showed signs of impact (from going over the handlebar?).
His next doctor visit is next Tuesday.
On a more personal note, this evening’s conversation was as normal as ever. And yes, Fred’s ‘sick’ wit remains intact!