So, heh, just got back from the ER for the first time. I've never had the pleasure until this morning. Man, that place sucks. Terrible service. The whole reason I went there was to make sure I didn't have any internal bleeding (yeah, I know... I was raised by a very cautious mother), but sat there hurting for like an hour and a half before anything happened. Maybe because when the EMT asked me if I had to rate the pain I was feeling on a scale from 1-10, I said 6. They probably don't give 6's priority treatment.
What happened? I'm not sure. It all happened really quickly. I was going along pretty fast and I had just gone through the intersection of Canal and Hudson, when suddenly I lost control of my bike. The next thing I knew, I was on my back, on the ground and it felt like someone punched me really hard in the kidney. A little trouble breathing, but other than that I was alright. I don't even know how I went down. My suspicion is that I hit a bumpy patch in the road (which is weird... i've gone through that intersection about a million times without incident...) which caused me to endo. I went up and over the bars, flippy style and landed on my back skidding foward for several feet.
Weirdly, I've been in deep thought about getting a new Under the Weather messenger bag. Now my current one is torn on the flap straight through the cordura AND lining. My fender snapped off and broke and my blinky looks like someone's taken a sledge to it. If I hadn't been wearing my good ol' Timbuk2, my back would seriously be torn up to sh*t right now. Sucks to my Nalgene bottle, however, veritable fist of fury --- the cause of the pain I face right now and into the next week or two .
We've all heard stories about how messenger bags have been the saving grace, the cushion between rider and pavement, in many an accident story. Put another notch in the belt. My mess bag just prevented me from what I believe would have been serious injury. I also have to give a shout-out to my helmet; that thing rocks too. Thumbs up to the FDNY, EMT guys, and NYPD for questioning me about the accident and asking for information about the car that hit me (there wasn't one... ). St. Vincent's ER: you guys need to step it up a notch. I'm totally talking out my ass here because I don't know anything about hospitals, but I see room for improvement (though several of your young physicians are very attractive).
It will be interesting to see how much they charge me for the visit. I peed into a cup (no blood!! woohoo!!) and they gave me two extra-strength motrin. That is it. I'm thinking that'll be a cool 2 Gs, right? I'm glad I still have health insurance.
Sam Houston, I'll be making my order post haste.
Everyone else, ride safe. Seems a lot of us are going down on the ground lately. I for one am convinced that EMS Bergelene midweight long sleeve tops are cursed. I've gone down both times I've worn the one i wore today. Beware. Go Capilene.