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I came to in an ambulance

Old 01-09-12, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad
That road cycling experience is stranger still when you regain consciousness sitting up on a European ER exam table, talking to a German doctor who has a NC accent because he did his residency in the States.
Wow, talk about a "where the hell am I?" moment!
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Originally Posted by rogerstg
that caused me to endo with the bike, landing on my back.
Really glad to hear that you are doing OK. That must have been pretty scary not knowing what happened.

A similar thing happened to me in November, except I wasn't going 25 mph and I remember the collision. The wife and I were out riding and she made a sudden U-Turn in front of me without signaling or letting me know she was going to turn. I t-boned her rear wheel and over I went, flat on my back. She rides a tadpole trike, so she was OK. I spent all of December off the bike and wearing a back brace for the first three weeks. Good thing it was all soft tissue injury and nothing more serious. I'm just now starting to get back on the road bike but still get a slight muscle twinge some times, especially after a long ride.

Hope that you heal quickly are not off the bike very long. I know it was driving me crazy to have such nice weather out and I couldn't ride.
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Old 01-09-12, 08:47 AM
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So you lost time? Are you sure you weren't abducted by aliens?
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Happy to hear you're relatively okay. What kind of helmet are you going to get?
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Old 01-09-12, 10:22 AM
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Sadly, I've done this too. On a bike path 1 mile from home, a path I ride on every day. I don't remember the last 2 miles I rode or anything about the accident, and I only remember about 30 seconds of the 2 hours after the accident (an image of a particular streetlight I was looking up at from a gurney, and the paramedic telling me his name in the back of the ambulance, apparently the 3rd or 4th time I had asked him).

I was apparently found unconscious, but was up and moving around by the time paramedics got there. The paramedics said I seemed lucid and was talking fine, except I kept asking them the same questions over and over, so it was then they decided to take me to the ER.

Only a scratched shifter and torn bar tape on the bike, the only damage to me besides the concussion was a bruised shoulder. Helmet: baseball-sized dent with a crack in the center.

Recovery took a while. Take it easy, no reason to rush back, and the second concussion is worse than the first one. Glad you're in one piece.
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Old 01-09-12, 10:30 AM
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Just goes to show you cats are the evilest of all creatures =^,^=

Good luck on your recovery.
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Old 01-09-12, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by rogerstg
I came to in an ambulance
Best thread title ever.
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Old 01-09-12, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by rogerstg
Bad news? There is none
If I ever came to in an ambulance, I'd file the entire episode under "Bad."
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Old 01-09-12, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by AndyK
Glad you are relatively OK. It's so strange to think you can be riding, see a deer (or car) coming at you, think to yourself "Oh Cr@p!", go down hard...and then forget the entire episode due to concussion, etc.
I'm pretty sure that I didn't have more than a split second to react. Deer have the propensity for darting out into the roadway from their hiding place in the bushes. Add to that the limited visibility of bike lights, which don't spill as much to the side as autos. Otherwise I could have possibly seen the eye reflection as I often do in a car. Fortunately, I've been spared some of the nastier effects of head injury like short term memory loss (asking same q over and over).

Originally Posted by patentcad
That road cycling experience is stranger still when you regain consciousness sitting up on a European ER exam table, talking to a German doctor who has a NC accent because he did his residency in the States.
Making me feel luckier and luckier all the time.

Originally Posted by coasting
So you lost time? Are you sure you weren't abducted by aliens?
That was my second guess.

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Happy to hear you're relatively okay. What kind of helmet are you going to get?
Bell Alchera . . . they've proven worthy in the last two crashes.
Besides, since I know it fits, it's easy to order a replacement.

To all BFers with kind words, funny stories and witty comments, thanks a bunch.

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Originally Posted by coasting
So you lost time? Are you sure you weren't abducted by aliens?
that helps clarify post #14 as to why to check your rear - probe from aliens
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I've had two concussions, both from bicycle accidents that I still don't remember.

In both cases, I was awake the whole time, but my memory only starts somewhere in the hospital. Second time, my brother kept telling me the same joke over and over - every minute or two. Two hours into this process, I said "wait, I think I've heard this one before". I still got the punchline wrong.

And here it is, in all it's glory:

Q: What did the grape say when the elephant stepped on it?












A: Nothing; it just let out a little w(h)ine.
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Regardless how well you know the roads, night riding is crazy to me, at least around here where the roads can look like minefields. Hit a pothole at 25 or 30 mph and you are going over the handlebars. Glad to hear you are ok.
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Old 01-09-12, 03:39 PM
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all the best with concussion issues. I imagine you have been gone over with a fine toothed comb to see if you could have blacked out or something?
If it were me, I would want to go back to the scene of the accident if possible and check for hoof marks or whatever, potholes etc.

must be disconcerting to not know what did it. I hope some details can come back to help with the mystery.
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Originally Posted by AndyK
Wow, talk about a "where the hell am I?" moment!
I was pretty oriented the minute they told me what happened, I just wanted to know how the hell I wound up there. No memory of the bicycle crash to this day. For all I know I got hit by a car, but my bicycle was not damaged except that the front QR had blown out. I think I hit a rough patch of under construction road surface and the (older) hub detonated.
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Originally Posted by rogerstg
I remember being within a few hundred yards from home, having just done 20 easy miles that involved stopping by the ATM to make a deposit and riding through an empty state park. It’s very peaceful at night. I remember taking the turn into my neighborhood, thinking how I was glad to get a ride in today. Up ahead a cat crossed the street, there were no cars anywhere, and I picked up speed on a slight downhill. . .

. . . I’m in an ambulance strapped to a backboard and neck brace, on my way to the hospital. It seems that I was unconscious for 20-30 minutes, or just lack all memory of that time,
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Originally Posted by patentcad
That road cycling experience is stranger still when you regain consciousness sitting up on a European ER exam table, talking to a German doctor who has a NC accent because he did his residency in the States.
Especially if the last thing you remember was riding in North America...
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Old 01-09-12, 07:20 PM
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Happy to read that you are able to write about this. Heal up quickly and well. Scary stuff.
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Old 01-09-12, 07:30 PM
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thats wild. maybe you had a seizure or something? are you on any presciption meds?
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I had a similar thing happen. Lost about an hour and a half. However, when I came to they told me my femur broke through the socket of my pelvis. Fractured acetabulum that required surgery, three weeks in the hospital, three months of no walking and I'm now limping but determined to ride with my group in Maine again in the spring.
I finally figured out what made me crash. I hit a rock or something that bounced my wheel off the road and onto the shoulder. The shoulder was sandy. When those thin tires hit sand the knife right in. And if the sand is deep enough, like the side of the road on many new england roads, the front wheel locks up and you go head over heals.
Good luck on your recovery. My memory of my crash never came back. But then again I'm glad I don't recall lying there in agony waiting for the ambulance.
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Originally Posted by gettingold
Regardless how well you know the roads, night riding is crazy to me, at least around here where the roads can look like minefields. Hit a pothole at 25 or 30 mph and you are going over the handlebars. Glad to hear you are ok.
Maybe, but there are no potholes in that particular area. Besides, I've gone through pretty significant potholes day and night without crashing. The worst has been pinch flats. It would also have to be a pretty significant hole to cause the wheel/fork to twist 90 degrees from the handlebars - no?

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thats wild. maybe you had a seizure or something? are you on any presciption meds?
I am now, and it's fabulous. Seriously, I excluded that due to the damage and landing in a way that seems impossible without hitting something.

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I had a similar thing happen. Lost about an hour and a half. However, when I came to they told me my femur broke through the socket of my pelvis. Fractured acetabulum that required surgery, three weeks in the hospital, three months of no walking and I'm now limping but determined to ride with my group in Maine again in the spring.
I finally figured out what made me crash. I hit a rock or something that bounced my wheel off the road and onto the shoulder. The shoulder was sandy. When those thin tires hit sand the knife right in. And if the sand is deep enough, like the side of the road on many new england roads, the front wheel locks up and you go head over heals.
Good luck on your recovery. My memory of my crash never came back. But then again I'm glad I don't recall lying there in agony waiting for the ambulance.
Thanks for sharing. Stories like yours are why I don't dare complain for one moment. I know I was lucky, very lucky. Sorry that you weren't so fortunate and best of luck with your recovery.
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Originally Posted by velo vol
if i ever came to in an ambulance, i'd file the entire episode under "bad."
+1.

Lol

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Look at you tube "road bike crash at 34 miles per hour". Forget about the broken spoke part of the video but watch what happens to the guy as soon as his tires hit the sand on the side of the road. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to me at about 18 mph (the guy in front of me said we were doing about that speed)

Perhaps this is your cause too but you slid and tumbled as opposed to my slam down.
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Samey for me two years ago. Nobody knows what happened. Apparently I kept telling the ambulance guys I was OK. Glad they didn't let me go.

I had pretty bad dizzy spells for a month or so after that, so be careful and watch out for that.
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Originally Posted by gettingold
Regardless how well you know the roads, night riding is crazy to me, at least around here where the roads can look like minefields. Hit a pothole at 25 or 30 mph and you are going over the handlebars. Glad to hear you are ok.
Riding at night without proper lighting is indeed crazy. With good lights though, it is perfectly safe. Even with great lights, I will admit that you obviously cannot see every detail that you can see in full daylight. But you can see huge potholes with ease.
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Originally Posted by ColinL
Riding at night without proper lighting is indeed crazy. With good lights though, it is perfectly safe. Even with great lights, I will admit that you obviously cannot see every detail that you can see in full daylight. But you can see huge potholes with ease.
I seem to think that riding at night at reasonable speeds, is actually as safe as daylight riding. It seems you are twice as visible with a red flasher and a good headlight than you are in the day. I enjoy night riding, I just slow down a bit, and go all out on downhills. The only downfall for me is the face full of bugs that seem to flock toward the headlight.
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