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I hope you will recover fast!
Long time ago I almost crashed in a very fast descent in the black forest at something like 90 km/h because a squirrel (not a joke a tiny squirrel) decided to cross the road just in front of me. He decided to stop a few centimeter beside my front wheel so I did not crashed. I couldn’t have avoided it otherwise. Now with your story I know it could be.
Starting physical therapy was a huge help as it relieved my back pain and got me out of the house doing something. I also started planning a new lightweight commuter bike build and with plenty of time to overthink every component choice I built something impeccably tailored to my needs
12 weeks after the wreck I was re-employed and soon after back to commuting with a far more interesting and longer ride, once which had me riding the most I ever have in my life (~250 km/week, year round just commuting) on an awesome bike built with a portion of my settlement check. Yes, money can fix some pain!
Best of luck recovering and hope the above helps even a tiny bit!
Focus on your health, getting well and not rushing things. Cycling will always be there for you. Right now, you need to be there for you and your family.
Get well and heal fully!
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Give the body a few weeks before worrying about the bike too much- that said, you have time to browse for spares in the sales!
I’m currently on week 3 of 12 of no riding with a broken hand in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Mighty frustrating but I’ll use my trainer a bit and look forward to working back to fitness.
All the best and don’t let it get you down. It will be over soon enough.
@Tony..........I remember the Paramedic that was driving the ambulance leaning back through the partition as he was trying to make a u-turn on the narrow road and stating something like "there's the Turkey you hit" So I'm assuming he was deceased on the side of the road or something.
@Calnago.......... it is broken into two pieces. As it happens, I have an appointment with the orthopedist today, to look at it again. As of now, I was told no surgery, but that may change. I will discuss that today considering your story and advice.
One of the problems with this whole situation is I have Kaiser. I like Kaiser very much and have received great care from them over the years. After the collision, I was unfortunately a Trauma activation, and Kaiser does not have Trauma Center designation in this area so I had to go to another hospital. I was there for two days because of head injury. Was seen by their orthopedist and had all the x-rays, mri's etc. So now I kind of have to start over with my provider. I will make sure I discuss surgery. Thanks guys.
I was in the hospital for 4 days- largely from the punctured lung.
I was able to start riding again 17 days after the crash.
I suggest you do everything in your power to get them to plate your collarbone- This will get you moving more quickly.
Don't even worry about the bike- just replace everything that needs repalcing. If you are like me you don't want to look at scraped up parts.
Sorry for the accident- Be positive, you will be riding again soon.
wheelbuilder wrote: ↑Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:58 amMountain descent. Struck Turkey at 41mph. Over the bars, loss of consciousness , transported to trauma center. Broken collarbone, 3 broken ribs, stitches, road rash everywhere, etc. Combined with expensive and numerous bike repairs.....etap shifter, rear derailleur, carbon bars, saddle, possible front carbon clincher........ can seem like a lot to deal with at one time. Especially when combined with missing possibly a few weeks of work. Recovery stated to be 4-8 weeks. Any similar stories? advice? feeling a little depressed. Thanks for any and all responses.
I found out that there are basically three criteria when surgery may become the more viable option...
1) complete displacement fracture
2) more than ~2cm shortening (overlap of the broken collarbone sections)
3) comminuted break (more than two pieces)
In my case I had all the above (the overlap was just shy of 2cm). Yet, I guess mine was still a judgement call. So it really depends on who you get as a surgeon etc.
Good luck. Report back as it’s such a common cycling injury that many of us have gone through. The broken ribs don’t help things either. Good luck and speedy recovery.
Oh, and my break was kind of in the middle, whereas if the break is at either of the extremities closer to the shoulder or sternum, then I have no idea what they look at. I just concentrated on educating myself on the type of break that I had in its location.
and PT PT PT . Whatever you can do, to continue the sanity-restorative, endorphin-supplying addition that is cycling.
If the weather is nice, set up the trainer outside, at the lowest resistance and spin every day. You might need to set up the bars higher (or block the front wheel) so your torso is upright for those ribs. If your road bike is your only bike, don't be afraid to call friends to loan you a slick-tire mtb (higher bars), or a trainer if you need one.
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