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Monday, May 1, 2017

My own stupid fault

Well, I did it this time. I've injured myself. I definitely should have known better.

I decided to start taking Ginger with me on bike rides, to give her some extra exercise. And she's great at it, just like she's great at everything we ask of her.

Right from the beginning, Gregg and I talked about how taking George along for a ride would be a bad idea. He's just getting to the point that I can comfortably walk  him on a leash, and he'll still pull hard when he gets distracted. An 88 pound dog can really pull when he wants to, and sometimes I have to use all my strength to hold him when he gets really excited about something.

So this morning I took Ginger out for a ride, and she did great. I felt guilty though because poor George stood at the gate as we rode off and whined and whined. When we got back he still looked so sad that I decided to give him a go, too. I figured that once he worked up to a run that he wouldn't be as likely to notice distractions, and maybe it would be alright. For about a block, all was well.

But then he suddenly veered off to the left at a neighbor's mailbox that he loves to sniff, and I went crashing down on my left knee and forearm. Check it out:




My arm is actually worse than it looks in the bottom photo. It's got a big swollen lump that's rapidly turning purple. I haven't had gravel burns from a fall from a bike since I was a kid. It's pretty painful, but at least nothing is broken.

I can't even blame poor George. I should have known better. He looked so startled, and so sorry, that rather than walk the rest of the way back home I (very cautiously) climbed back on the bike and we made it without further incident. Thank goodness that I only have some scrapes and bruises to show for my stupidity. My bike's handlebars got knocked all out of alignment but I'll wait for Gregg to get home to fix it.

Never again.

32 comments:

  1. Just an accident and you are young enough to heal quickly. 😀

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  2. Oh dear! Poor you, and poor George - it must have given both of you quite a fright. I hope your bruises heal quickly and the swelling goes away soon.

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    1. I think George was more frightened than I was...I was merely stunned at first!

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  3. Ouch! Lucky you didn't break anything, I think you'll be a bit black and blue in the morning.

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    1. I'm really glad my arm (and not my elbow) took the worst of it. I've never had a broken bone and an elbow would have been a terrible way to start. I think you're right about tomorrow.

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  4. I only enlarged the photo to see which part of your anatomy had been injured, and I am relieved/ disappointed to see it is what appears to be your arm. Shit happens.

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    1. The top photo is my knee and thigh, the bottom one is my arm.

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  5. It wil take few days and a lot of colors, hope you are ok now.

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    1. I'm pretty sore, to be honest. I'm about to take some Motrin and take a nap to forget about it.

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  6. Ouch! I wish I had been there to provide you with first aid.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Urgh! Someone fetch a bucket! I'm going to be sick. Those pictures and the idea of you hitting the ground! It turns my stomach.

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  8. I have come a cropper due to my own stupidity many times. The pitfalls are always obvious in hindsight but not so much beforehand.
    In a couple of weeks it will be like nothing ever happened

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    1. I just hope none of my neighbors were looking out of their windows at the time!

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  9. ooooohhh you will be all sorts of pretty colors this later when they turn brown and yellow.
    Ice Packs ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yep, the bruises are turning yellowish. Nice.

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  10. We all do silly things occasionally, but it's only after the event that we realise how silly we were. You'll live!

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    1. I will, and I learned a valuable lesson!

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  11. A lesson learned, unfortunately, the hard way. George will just have to be happy on a leash with somebody walking along beside him.

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  12. Wishing you a speedy recovery. At least it's only cuts and grazes, it could have been a lot worse.

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    1. I'm thankful I didn't break my arm.

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  13. Ow! Ow! Ow! Poor you! And poor George. I'm sure he felt terrible.

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  14. Owie!!! I can only imagine how that feels today, one day later. Hope you heal quickly and that George doesn't feel to guilty. I'm wincing in pain just looking at those pictures!

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    1. My whole left side and shoulder ache today, it feels like I pulled several muscles. And the gravel burns on my thigh and knee don't feel all that great, either.

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  15. A bit of road rash looks kind of nasty. I feel sorry for George, too, but if you're wounded you can't take as good care of him. I know he won't understand, but keep trying. And wear more padding and protective gear.

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  16. Oh ouchy! I am reading your recent blog posts backwards, read most recent posts and now worked my way back to this post. You poor dear, I hope you are healing fast.

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