Just back from A&E

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by glasgowcyclist, 27 Feb 2019.

  1. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Well I came off the bike this morning on my way to work, straight over the bars and broke my collarbone.

    Got a taxi to hospital and was dealt with pretty quickly by the excellent staff. They've decided at this point that it doesn't need surgery and I have to see if it will knit itself. I've an appointment for next Wednesday but should go back sooner if I notice it 'tenting'.

    Luckily I was less than a hundred yards from the house so I was able to get the bike back up the hill and into the garage. I haven't given it a proper look yet but I think it's ok, thanks for asking.

    I'm rather concerned about how I'll make my loafs at the weekend. Should I let my wife do it under close supervision?
  2. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    I broke mine and a few ribs in October. Very painful for a couple of weeks but then it subsides. Was on turbo in December and been commuting again for a while. It’ll be ok.
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  3. OP

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Were you off work for long?
    This is my first sick absence in about 20 years.

    Yes, it is fecking painful and the hospital gave me cocodamol plus ibuprofen but they've had zero effect. Nurse said that can happen with some people.
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  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Blimey GC, hope you make a speedy recovery. How did you end up airborne?
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  5. Ouch. I have nothing useful to advise, but am sending sympathy. I hope you get well soon...
  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Great to hear you were dealt with quickly and effectively. Get well soon, at least it won't affect your typing fingers.
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  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Try ice (bag of peas in a teatowel), can be great for pain relief as well as the swelling and bruising

    @Globalti has a thread in health

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  8. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Most importantly, is the bike ok? ;)
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  9. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    Sorry to hear that, I hope you get better soon. Classic cyclists' injury - badge of honour perhaps?

    Whether to allow Mrs GC near to the breadmaking depends upon her attributes and skills but it does sound as if you will be "kneading" some help.
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  10. flake99please

    flake99please Make mine a '99'

  11. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    ice on a break don't you will more than feel it.
    Hope you get well soon :hugs:

    As for loafs under supervision for sure if she anything like Mrs 73. :okay:
  12. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    I punctured my lung so was kept in hospital for 2 nights (sounds far more dramatic than it actually was). Happened on a Wednesday. Following Thursday I went back to work but avoided rush hour tubes for a week so was a short day.

    It was fine but sleeping and washing was a pain. Mostly due to breaking ribs as well as collarbone. There’s ways of dealing with either individually but combined was hard.
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  13. OP

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    As I headed down the hill I could feel my jacket wasn't zipped up fully at the neck so I was doing that while braking with my left hand (front brake on my bike). Then the bars suddenly whipped 90 degrees anti-clockwise and I was launched. I think I may have hit a stone with my front wheel while I had only one hand in control.

    My right hand reflexively went out to break my fall but my left hand had a vice-like grip on the bars (wtf?) so my left shoulder went heavily into the road and - snap!

    That's what I remember, I will review the bike cameras later to see if they offer anything else.

    I couldn't get up for a good five minutes, during which time a couple of cars drove by me. Who ignores a person obviously in trouble? Anyway, a third driver stopped and lifted my bike up, giving it a brief check over. "Yeah, it's fine mate, you're good to go." Erm, I can't get up!
    Yes, he was also a cyclist.

    Only myself to blame for this one. It's funny, I keep going over it in my head to identify the crucial moment and work out why my left hand didn't come free, as though I can change the outcome. Idiot!
  14. OP

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Will do, thanks.

    Do you know if it's normal for the injury site to feel very hot?

    Edit to add: No frozen peas, only sweetcorn. Will send my wife down to the shops.
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  15. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Best wishes for a full and not too painful recovery.
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