Saturday, July 2, 2016

Out for a long time

OK so for the past 18 years I have been riding a bicycle to work every day. Well on Tuesday, June 14th I had a car follow me through a left turn then accelerate right into me as if they could not see me. Can you say  distracted driver? On my GoPro Video, it certainly looked as if they were using their cell phone. They did not try to avoid of even slow down before slamming into me at speed. I suffered a broken shoulder blade,  collar bone, and two broken ribs. It has been 3 weeks and absolutely no healing has taken place with the collar bone. They tell me even though it is displaced they will not do anything for it. It will grow a bunch of calcium and eventually come back together on its own. Of course, it will be abnormal looking the rest of my life. So  I am expecting to be useless for 3 months while it heals. At least it is my left shoulder and I am right handed but I am in too much pain to even try to do this one handed.


  1. How is the recovery going my friend?

  2. Hey good to hear from you. Well I finally went back to work on Friday 9/9/2016. After over 12 weeks spent getting as good as I could get in 3 months. I am working but with 20 lbs lift restriction and no ladder usage. Quite restrictive but let's just say not overly since I can't possibly even lift 20 lbs with my left arm. So how would I carry a ladder anyway so if I can't carry it I can't use. I have spent so much time doing nothing I am so sore from all the walking I need to do at work that it was a good plan to go back on a Friday so that I could rest up for a full week and see how it goes. I am taking the bus to work since I don't have a car for myself, as you know. Luckily work is behind the Regional Transit Center for GoTriangle and I live not for from the bus that goes there so I can walk to the bus and then walk to work from the bus station. I will not be on the bicycle for a while yet since I can't lift my left arm enough to ride at this point. The bones are healed enough to go onto adding strength training to my PT now. I have no left shoulder muscles anymore just skin and bones so there is quite a bit of work there for both movement and strength to take place. I will go to a shoulder specialist in a couple of weeks to get it looked at to check on any kind of treatments to help with the movement and make sure of what other damage if any might be hidden in it. Long road still ahead of me.