Sorry for the cross-post from the 50-plus forum, but I met a few of you on the Cool Breeze, and I thought you'd like to know about this.
I rode The Cool Breeze century (my first) on August 19. Felt surprisingly good physically the next day, so went for an easy club ride. Almost back to the start point I crashed. First time since starting serious cycling 1 1/2 years ago. I landed hard on my head. My helmet was split, but aside from minor road rash I felt no symptoms. No headache, no double vision, nothing.
Last week I started having trouble walkiing normally, was exhausted all the time, couldn't type well. My wife worried that I'd had a stroke. I finally booked an appt. with my doctor, who examined me for ten minutes and sent me to the hospital for a CAT Scan, which revealed a subdural hematoma pressing on my brain. I had emergency brain surgery that night.
It went well, and I was back home in only a few days. I'm waiting for a follow-up scan to show whether the brain had re-expanded to its normal size. Meanwhile I feel fine. But I'm concerned that I won't quite get back to where I was, and that I might be warned off cycling because of the risk of re-injury, or whatever.
I've heard one story already of a motorcycle racer who had a similar post-crash injury, and bounced back completely. But he's thirty years younger than I am, so I wonder how this all looks to members of this forum.
Any reality checks, uplifiting anecdotes, sensible advice, etc. welcome