Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Injuries on my mind

Monday afternoon the little guy convinced me that a little bike ride around the neighborhood would be fun and good exercise. I should know that nothing good will come from exercise, but I'm trying to be a good example.

Off we went and it was great for the first two and half blocks. Then the little guy made a reckless move, cutting me off. My front wheel grazed his back wheel. I attempted to stop and correct and maybe a few other things all at once and the result is that I hit the pavement. On the way down, my, um, delicate parts got slammed onto the bike frame. My left elbow and knee both got a good scraping. The little guy was very contrite and when we got home he got the first aid stuff out and set about bandaging the elbow and knee. Since then, I've had some generalized aches and pains, but it mostly responds to ibuprofen.

On Monday evening, I was catching up on Molly Bee's blog and read all about her sudden impact. Must have been something in the air.

So, last night, I do one last email check and my chat window opens on gmail. My friend Kathy leads with this, "I have 22 stitches."
I responded with the first, most natural thing I could think of.
Then her second line appeared. "Row 2, k5, kfb 3 times, k5."

"OH," I think. "Those kind of stitches."

I guess I just assumed that if injuries were in the air, Kathy would be joining in the fun. Thankfully, her knitting problem was a pretty quick fix. Much faster than a wound involving 22 stitches would have been.


Lynn said...

Yikes! Bike injuries are no fun at all.

Molly Bee said...

Hope you're feeling better. 22 stitches! Yikes! I'll take the scrapes and lameness thanks!

Jaala said...

Ouch! I didn't realize you'd been doing all of this work while injured! No fun. I hope all of your parts feel better soon.

Bezzie said...

I slamed those same parts once into a bike frame when I was about 10. I have sympathy pains for you.

Sarah said...

I have a tidy little scar from slamming into a friend's brother's bike frame... oof.

YarnThrower said...

Ouch - sorry about your fall! We've had much discussion in our household about reckless moves on bikes and mothers who are bigger and hit the ground harder, though we haven't reached the critical number of repetitions for the directives to actually impact behavior yet.

Don't give up on the exercise, yet :-)

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

LOL post.

How much do I owe you for the consult on the 22 stitch problem? Your solution was correct, of course.
Love, Worpents

florencemary said...

Oooh, poor you, especially the 'delicate parts' I remember doing something similar aged about 5 on a bike, and it was so difficult to tell anyone, especially my own mum, ha!