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Last Wednesday after work, I went down on my bicycle while trying to cross rail tracks recently installed by Metro. Nothing life threatening, but along with some road rash and bruises, I dislocated a finger on my right hand and fractured it. The concrete also took a couple of divots so there was a lot of blood. I tried to pull it back into place but couldn't do it. I rode back to where I parked my truck and went to the ER 2 blocks away. They gave me some very painful shots at the base of the finger to numb it. Then 2 doctors tried to pull it into place. They couldn't get it done, so they arranged for me to go to an ER that had a hand specialist. All this took a lot of time and then there was a lot of people at the 2nd ER. I sat around for a long time, with the pain getting worse. It didn't help that there were a few major traumas coming in by helicopter. One guy had all his fingers amputated. Another ran his MC into the side of a wrecker at 60 mph. A third one I didn't know what happened but there was a cop there waiting to interview him. They kept saying they called the hand doctor and he had to come from home. I saw this young guy running around who finally brought a portable x-ray to me. I asked where the hand doctor lived, San Antonio? He said he was the hand doctor (looked about 21). After looking at the x-ray, he grabbed my finger and pulled the hell out of it. Bear in mind the numbness had worn off long ago. It was extremely painful and I didn't handle it well, yelling, cussing, and almost passed out on the floor. Meanwhile the guy w/ the amputated fingers was just moaning a bit. The finger was now in place and more x-rays were done to assure that. The crash was about 4:30PM and I didn't get out of the ER until 3:45AM. Needless to say, I can't use my throttle hand for awhile. I have been riding MCs since 1968 and bicycles since 1986. I have had many more injuries from riding the BC than the MC. :)
 

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Very sorry to hear of your accident.:(

If you'd like to join the competition between me and Keef I'll schedule a meeting with him to discuss this in great depth.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!:cool:






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After looking at the x-ray, he grabbed my finger and pulled the hell out of it.
That hurts to read! Not just the part I quoted, either. Looks like the recovery process has started; best wishes for a fast one!
 

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Sorry Ed. Us old farts heal slow....so take it easy for a while.
 

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Ed, sorry to hear about the little off and your finger story makes me cringe just a little from reading it. Heal up quick and pray for a snowstorm, so that you don't have to feel left out from riding! :cool:
 

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Very sorry to hear of your accident.:(

If you'd like to join the completion between me and Keef I'll schedule a meeting with him to discuss this in great depth.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!:cool:
This not the kind of competition that turns me on. Anyway, I've probably won already. Since I'm on painkillers and antibiotics, I'm feeling pretty good. The silver lining: my wife is exhibiting some sympathy for me. I'll take what I can get.
 

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Sorry to hear about your crash. Like you, been riding street bikes since '74 & bicycles for 30+ yrs. & waaaaaaaaay more injuries from the BC.
 

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Ed; really sorry to hear about this, and hope that you'll heal quickly and be back up on two wheels as soon as you're able. I too can't stand going to the ER-the wait times are interminable and just seem to make the injury worse the longer you have to sit and dwell on it. And seeing all the other more seriously injured patients coming in makes me uncomfortable. Best wishes, my friend...
 

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Not good, Ed!
Man...ER's...scary places. :)
Heal well, bro.
 

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I've been there too many times EdVR, i've broken ankles, fingers, 2 vertebrae and countless other bones riding mountain and road bicycles. My riding has subsided over the years but i'd like to regularly ride more mountain and road this summer but this is my biggest fear.

Glass half full - at least you fell riding something on 2 wheels vs. something stupid. My brother fell off the back of his truck when a strap he was securing in the back of his bed broke. He dislocated his thumb and went to one of those emergency rooms that's not in a hospital (not sure why). The guy at the ER literally washed out the thumb and taped it up. A few weeks later it became infected - 8 months later and several thousand dollars he now has limited mobility of his thumb after getting it taken care of by a proper specialist. He looked into suing the emergency care place for malpracticed and found out that basically the hand, unless you lose all of your fingers is not worth it for most lawyers to get involved - the ROI is just not there. The lawyer had a chart of body parts and the rough expected pay back from suing someone in a malpractice suit. Oh America.

Best on a speedy recovery sir.
 

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Wow Ed... sorry to hear about the accident. :sad: I too, have had far more accidents on BC. The worst one for me was riding at speed through a rotary (roundabout) in the rain and had the front wheel jam in a crack hidden by a puddle. Both the bike and I flipped and got thrown to the pavement, slid across two lanes of traffic and ended up in a heap on the sidewalk. Tore up my right arm and the bike was unrideable. Best part was... nobody stopped to help. In the days before cell phones, I ended up walking home a couple of miles, carrying the bike.

Speedy recovery! :)
 
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