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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Broken elbow

I just got out of the hospital a couple of hours ago. On Friday evening I was riding my cross bike on the Stone Arch Bridge, heading for dinner at an Asian restaurant and then The Seven samurai at the Oak Street Cinema. I was zipping along. My bike gained a bit of speed as a slight decline approaches the pathway. The bridge was a little crowded with other bicyclists and with joggers.
I know now that I should have braked my speed down. But I did not. It's somewhat exhilarating to fly across that bridge, so I peddled.
Suddenly, just as I was about to pass a woman jogger who did not know I was behind her, she zigged right in front of me. I think she was trying to avoid another bike to her right.
I braked and I swerved to her left to avoid crashing into her. But it was too late. I glanced off her and crashed down hard onto my left elbow on the hard asphalt. I didn't know how badly I was hurt, but I was in pain. A helpful young man with a hint of a Norwegian accent was there to help. The young woman apologized for zigging in front of me. I apologized for going too fast. When I asked her how she was, she said she was okay. And indeed she must have been okay, as I believe she continued her afternoon jog.
The friendly Norwegian asked if he could do anything for me. (There was something familiar about him. I'm not sure how, but I think I knew him from somewhere. I wish now that I would have asked him if that were possible). I tend to be ignorant of injuries. I could have my eyeballs ripped out, hanging out of their sockets, and I would say something dense like, "Oh no. No big deal. I'll just pop my peepers back where they belong and be on my merry way. Thanks."
I was still wanting to continue with my life as normal. I wanted to have dinner and see the movie. So I put an ice-pack on it, big deal. I told the friendly Norwegian I would be okay. I was going to just walk it off. Thankyou very much.
But reality sunk in fairly quickly once I was alone with my thoughts. I started walking my bike, holding one handlebar with my good right hand. I was headed for the Hennepin County Medical Center, which I knew to by quite close, actually. On my way to the hospital, there happened to be a city fire station. Two firemen were barbecuing their dinner in the driveway. I stopped to get directions to the Emergency Room.
"How ya doin'?", the fireman asked. I told him of my accident and he offered to call me an ambulance. That seemed excessive to me. After all, I've got two good legs and I think it actually helps me to get my head straight to walk it off.

I can only type with one hand, so I think I'll wind this post up. Long story short, they kept me overnight. They performed surgery yesterday, and they released me today.

If you'd been wondering why I wasn't updating my blog, I was in the hospital


  • At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks, Rob.
    I'm pretty messed up. I got my other arm broken about a dozen years ago in an assault. I don't expect my life to be getting back to normal for another 6 months or more.
    I have to look at the bright side. I can walk. I didn't take any head injuries.
    Funny thing. I was guided by Republican angels. I think the Norwegian was a Bushie I'd met at a rally. Then, in HCMC one of my orderlies was a GOP vice-chair from SD61 who attended that same leadership seminar you and I did on Park St. when the Gov. showed up tp talk with us!
    How weird is that?

  • At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sorry to hear about your spill. If you need anything, I'm not far away (I drive through your neighbhorhood 2 or 3 times a week).

  • At 1:57 AM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks, Steve.
    If the need arises, I can contact you at your business phone.
    I tend to be stubbornly self-sufficient, however, when I can.

    Would you believe that one anti-war leftie has told me this may be karma?
    Such lovely people, the lefties are!

  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Chad said…

    Best wishes for a fast recovery Scott. Was your bike damaged?

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks Chad.
    No, my bike seems to be fine, thanks. And thus far, the indicators are that I should regain near full mobility over time.

  • At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Howdy PMB,

    This is not good. I hope you life gets back to normal sooner than 6 months. I'm wishing you the best. Take care, Riskitall

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks, Riskitall.
    I'm following my doctor's orders so I can recuperate as fast as I can.
    They tell me I'm young, so I should be okay. Well, I hate to break the news to them, but I'm old.
    Still, even though they are ignorant of my age, I follow their orders.

  • At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Best of luck. I hope you are right handed. That way you don't have to learn all that basic stuff all over again.

  • At 11:34 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thank you much for your well wishes.
    I am right handed. A dozen years ago I got my right arm broken in an assault.
    After physical therapy, I have my right arm back with 100% mobility.
    As I told my nurse, my goal is to break all four of my limbs over my lifetime. My grande finale will be my greatest feat of all: I shall break my fool neck.

  • At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't even joke about the neck.

    Glad to hear you're on the mend. Think how cool your David Bowie will sound with the mind altering pain meds!

  • At 1:09 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks Sandy.
    "Don't even joke about the neck."

    And what makes you think I am joking? If I were joking, I would have pasted a winking smiley.
    Furthermore, people who know me well know that I am an humorless, bitter balding middle-aged bachelor who has not been able to get a date for so many years, he's lost count.

    Broken neck, release me from my suffering. ;)

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger marcus aurelius said…

    Sorry to hear about your accident Pinky, hope you feel better soon.

    Would a cigar make you feel better?

    (sorry, had to throw that in)

  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Chief here... Sorry to hear about the crash, Pink. I was laid up about 4 months last fall/winter, then a boat load of rehab time. I got a lot ow writing and reading done. There is always a silver lining for those that wish to see it. Beware of how easy it is to gain weight when you can't do a lot of what you used to do. Get better soon.

    Chief, FreedomDogs.

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thank you for your well wishes.
    No, I don't need a cigar. I wish I liked them, but they make me nauseous. And my doctor forbids alcohol while I'm on these meds.
    Got any medicinal marijuana, dude?
    Now that stuff needs to be legalized.

  • At 3:51 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    Thanks for the pointers.
    I have 2 good legs, my appetite seems to be dampened and cooking meals is much more difficult.
    My hope is to lose weight.

    Thanks to everyone for cheering me up. God Bless the MOB and God Bless the blogosphere.

  • At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i do not under stand what this site is for .reading this site is just wasting time

  • At 8:08 AM, Blogger bikerbabe said…

    Hi Rob, Who knows if you even will read this .Been a few years.
    Your story is almost exact to what happened to me this summer. Flipped over my handle bars on asphalt broke myleft elbow. Yep. "and are you alright?" oh sure no problem..
    Broken elbow,,had surgery also.
    Been almost 9 mo. and still hurts.
    Wanted to know what you did for yours. I had no insurance so I didnt get any therapy. Just lifting weights now . And yes very happy it wasnt my head, or anything else. An elbow I can live with. Hope you are well and back to normal.Oh and to make things right with my bike(peddle), I painted it
    in realfire flames. I am an aritst.
    So now its healed from its hurt .
    Thanks nice article.


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