Trauma Drama: The Return Of Schleprock…


This is what I know, and what I think I know…

I had just ridden to the end of the strand by the Oceanside pier.  I was half-way through one of the best rides in recent months.  It was a beautiful day by the water.  I stopped, took a picture of my bike against the waves, and walked around for a few minutes taking in all the scenes of the beach.  I then got back on my bike, ready for the journey home.

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I keep a workout towel wrapped around my handlebars to wipe sweat from my eyes when I ride.  I’m always cautious that it stays wrapped around the handlebars so it won’t drop into my tire spokes.  I must have been too at ease from the high of a good outing.  I had pedaled less than a mile and was just south of the Oceanside pier dodging between pedestrians with dogs, slow moving cars, and other cyclists.

I have no memory of this, but my sweat towel must have fallen from my handlebars into my spokes.  I was going roughly 20 mph.  In what was later suggested to me as a sudden and immediate stop, I was flung over the handlebars and knocked unconscious.  My next memory would be the paramedics transferring me from the ambulance to the helicopter for a flight to Scripps Trauma Center in La Jolla.

I clearly had a bad concussion – no helmet.  I know.  I know.  My shoulders and hands were in pain, and I had a gash beside my left eye.

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I was in the trauma center for a couple of hours.  A CT scan indicated that there was no brain damage.  I had a small fracture of my left cheek bone and a smaller one in my left clavicle.  I begged them to glue to gash beside my eye shut rather than close it with stitches.  The doctor agreed.  I was released and headed home with a friend who picked me up.  My bike is being held by the Oceanside police.

I’m pretty banged up.  Very stiff, pretty much everywhere.  My left shoulder is hard to move – it’s what I’m most worried about.  I have been on a tear of good riding, good strength workouts, and the best eating I’ve done in years.  I don’t want to see that progress fade.

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I hope to be back at work by the end of this week.  Possibly, on my bike again and in the weight room by next week, but we shall see.

I may be on social media a little less this week, despite that I have a little extra time.  This was humbling.  A closer call than what I’m letting on, and could have been much worse.  Funny, each ride in an ambulance or helicopter grounds me a little more, and helps streamline my priorities.

If there was one disappointment in all of this, while in the helicopter flying along the beautiful California coastline, I asked the flight trauma team if I could sit up and enjoy the view.  They said, NO!  Something about some spinal protocol and the board I was strapped to.  Pissed me off… Jhciacb

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27 responses

  1. OMG! How scary! Please take it slow.
    I may have mentioned this in the past but I have head positional vertigo. I had my first bout (always the worst) almost 20 years ago. To say this was terrifying and debilitating is a gross understatement. After ER and tests it was days and days of laying very still with eyes tighthly closed so that the world didn’t slip and slide across my eyes like some grotesque slide show before slamming into each other right out of the edge or my peripheral vision and all the while never knowing which direction I was pointed but finally catching on that if I felt pressure on my back…it meant I was laying on my back. Sheesh. No flies on me. : )
    The good thing about all this? I taught me patience. Never my strong suite. Hard to imagine, right? AND it taught me to slow down. I have truly learned to love that.

    • Judy, I don’t know if your vertigo is the type caused by crystals in your middle ear canals, but if it is learn about the half somersault treatment on YouTube for BPPV by Carol Foster MD.

    • Judy, I have a good friend and client that lives with that type of vertigo. He and I were just talking the other day about it teaching him to slow down. Lessons there for me as well, and from this.

  2. So glad you’re ok Roy. Wow – I know you like cats – but let’s not use up all your 9 lives just yet. 🙂 Let me know if you need any meals or any help while you recuperate! Life is FULL of surprises and it’s how we REACT to them that makes these surprises a positive or negative. You’re already on your way to making yours a positive. Be well my friend and again, let me know if there’s anything you need!

    • Thanks, Jenn. I’m good and will be better. I appreciate the offer and if needed will give you a yell. In the mean time, channel it all into Nate — as if…. 🙂

      Thanks, Friend!

  3. Holy Smokes Man,I’m with Deb Geez is this #8 out of 9… Between the Sky Diving Accident and now this….Dammit that would’ve been a way cool view of the Pacific and S.D. Cali Coast Line…. See you soon my brother. Take Care and Easy Does it…..

  4. Christ, I’m so sorry, Roy! I can’t tell the extent of the ZMC fracture or if the zygomatic arch is depressed, but I’m assuming if they didn’t treat it immediately, it didn’t need any.

    When I was 14, I was playing bike tag with a friend and his bike’s pedal went through the spokes of my front tire flipping me over into the pavement. Next thing I knew after I woke up, was hearing a lady on the front porch of a house yelling, “go there, pointing to the house next door, a doctor lives there!” Amazing, not only was he home, but he was a surgeon. He called my parents, sewed up my lip and chin and sent me home as I lived just a couple of blocks away. I had bruises all over my face, yet somehow my nose was sparred. It’s true what they say. The ground does get harder as we get older 🙂

    • Funny, Doc. I’ll send you my CT DVD. i was thinking on the way home…

      “Man, if i only knew a good facial surgeon” — near by. The trauma guy gave me the number of his friend, and I’ll follow up in a few weeks. You should have seen them back down when I insisted on glue vs stitches. He was kind to accommodate, but it should have been stitched.

      Man, seriously wondering if that had some role in your career choice on some deeper level. Thanks, man!

  5. Oh my God, Roy! What is the matter with you for not wearing a helmet??? Thank God you are okay. Keep us updated! Next time, a helmet, yes?????John and Connie

  6. Jeez Roy you already had pretty good trauma credentials. Seriously, sorry dude. Hoping youll be back in the bicycle seat soon.

  7. I check on you now and then my friend💝💝sending love and healing thoughts and prayers and don’t scare your mother like this ever again!!!! Eva 😘

  8. What in the World!! You are so so lucky to have been flying over those handlebars with some extra wings on … xoxo I think we all are a bit more “deliberate” in some of the moves we used to do with out thinking….Me …running up and down stairs! No rail! Heels! The rail is my friend these days! xoxo Love ya! Denise

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