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I came to in an ambulance

Old 01-08-12, 06:44 PM
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I came to in an ambulance

I still donít know exactly what happened. It was gorgeous and warm in New England yesterday, but I could not get out for a bike ride until dark. Thatís not a problem because Iíve got good lighting and Iím familiar with the roads.

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. Itís 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. . .

. . . Iím 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,

The good news: Iíll be fine, because apparently, like a bumble, I bounce. Nothing is broken, just bruised to hell. Also, all the damage is on my backside, except for the concussion of course. Being such a thick headed Frenchman, that should not be a problem either. My helmet gave its life for mine, itís shattered.

Bad news? There is none since Iím still around to tell about it. Minor is that the hospital found that I have a kidney stone. I probably wonít think that itís minor when I pass it though.
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Old 01-08-12, 07:00 PM
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Car? blowout? Hit a squirrel?...wheel fell off? theories? Can you tell anything from what's left of the bike?
Glad to hear you are OK.
Remember whenever something like this happens...its an omen to upgrade equipment.
Feel better soon.
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Good to hear your okay. Now the questions were all wondering is, hows the bike?
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Old 01-08-12, 07:16 PM
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I am extremely curious as to what may have occurred. I'm glad you're ok. Sorry about the bike though.
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Wow! Happy to hear you are able to talk about this.
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How the hell did I get here?
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Wow, sounds familiar-had a similar crash in 2011. Be patient with your recovery and take heart in being able to get the word out.
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Old 01-08-12, 09:39 PM
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Wow, sounds familiar-had a similar crash in 2011. Be patient with your recovery and take heart in being able to get the word out.
I had a 13 hour concussion after being hit by a red light runner back in July. The advice about being patient with your recovery is sound, especially when you're dealing with something like a concussion.
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Ouch.

Glad you're okay.
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Old 01-08-12, 10:11 PM
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Oh man, that's freaky. Hopefully it wasn't a driver making off with a hit and run or something like that. Good to see that you're alright though!
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You may never know. My dad's memory of his last day of skiing was that he was heading down the last run and then woke up in the helicopter landing at the hospital. He was 81 so about time to hang up the skies anyway...but he never did remember what happened and there were no witnesses.
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Originally Posted by dstrong
You may never know. My dad's memory of his last day of skiing was that he was heading down the last run and then woke up in the helicopter landing at the hospital. He was 81 so about time to hang up the skies anyway...but he never did remember what happened and there were no witnesses.
81 and skiing...thats dope
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I rear ended a car at about 30 mph while riding motorcycle. It happened at 3:30 in the afternoon. I don't think I ever lost consciousness, but I have no memory of the accident or any other event until 8 hours later. I had very little short term memory of that entire day. I didn't remember what I had for lunch. Make sure to take it easy. And try to figure out what happened. If you blacked out, there might be some underlying problems to worry about. If you crashed, well, you will probably never remember.

I'm glad you don't have more serious injuries. helmet++.
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I would check your behind, and I ain't talking about road rash.
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Old 01-08-12, 11:28 PM
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The ambulance ride doesn't count towards you miles or average speed.

Glad you're OK!
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Yikes, that sounds scary to me. Glad you are okay.. so curious what happened though.
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Whoa, that's spooky.

I had a more mild concussion about 5 years ago (I didn't lose consciousness, but I felt like a bomb had gone off in my head) and, I"m sorry to say, it took almost 2 years to recover. Be VERY respectful of your limitations during your recovery and in particular, make sure to greatly increase the amount of sleep that you get.

In many cases, the symptoms for concussions don't actually show up for a couple of weeks - sensitivities to certain noises or light, loss of concentration, memory, etc. There is not much modern medicine can do to help with these issues, but your brain needs time to heal and, in my experience, increased sleep is absolutely key to this.

In my case, a few months after the symptoms showed up, I accidentally discovered that melatonin (which I used for jet lag) was a huge help to getting the rest I needed to heal. I only wish someone had told me about it sooner.

Good luck.
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sounds familiar in a different sort of way ... life is short, enjoy what you have while you have it and remember ...
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Loss of consciousness is pretty serious - concussions are no joking matter. I hope you recover fully.

I try and ride with a helmet cam every time I ride outside. The gruesome reason is that if I get killed, hopefully there's a record of what happened. The less gruesome reason is that if something happens, I have a record of it. If it was my mistake and I'm still alive, I'll have an idea of what happened and maybe how to prevent it from happening again.

I also drive with a dashcam on my car for the same reasons.
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I have no memory of about a mile up the road before my motorcycle accident up to the moment that I knew I was going to crash going off the road. Really wierd having a blank in your memory like that. I woke up when a tourniqet was tied around my open femoral artery..but that is another story...Glad to hear that you are ok, and hope you bike makes it though ok as well.
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Wow, that's pretty spooky! Glad you're well enough to tell us about it. Be careful and cautious during your recovery.
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Old 01-09-12, 05:55 AM
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Glad you are OK.

Are there a lot of deer in that area? Could be one jumped out in front of you. My crash was like that, although I do remember a flash of brown fur crossing my front wheel.
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Originally Posted by JoeB14
Glad you are OK.
Are there a lot of deer in that area? Could be one jumped out in front of you. My crash was like that, although I do remember a flash of brown fur crossing my front wheel.
I think that is likely. I remember specifics up until a few hundred feet from where I was found. There was zero traffic in this neighborhood and the roads are good. I was found in the middle of the roadway, slightly to the right of center. That's where I'd normally ride in that area. The big bruises are on my left backside (butt, shoulder, ribs) and the major helmet damage is on the rear. The bike's wheel/fork is twisted almost 90 degrees from the handlebar but still very tight (so it didn't come loose while riding). The saddle is scuffed across its width on the top back.

I think I hit something at ~25mph that caused me to endo with the bike, landing on my back. It is an area that deer cross and I recently noticed that the bushes on that side of the road have become quite thick and high.
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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.
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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.
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