One year anniversary of accident
Skip this post if you’ve already heard this one. The punch line isn’t funny and I’m only writing it down because it’s on my mind. As if I thought that if I type it enough times, my fingers will unexpectedly fill in the missing details.
One year ago today, I was riding my bicycle to Wendy’s for lunch. In my satchel was a book on content-management software. It was a gorgeous, cool sunny day. I planned to spend two hours studying and refilling a Biggie-Sized diet Coke.
It took me a moment to figure out my surroundings. I could see an elaborate lighting system hanging above my head as I lay unable to move. It was blurry; my glasses were gone.
“Damn,” I said to myself. “I’m in the emergency room. This will take all afternoon.”
Logic was offline, for sure. I moved a half-inch and realized I was in the right place. But how did I get there?
My right scapula was broken, and my right hip severely bruised. Cuts and bruises all down the right side of my body. Three broken teeth and a concussion. CAT scan negative for intracranial bleeding.
I still don’t remember any of it. The best we can reconstruct from my injuries and the accident location is that a car turned right, and I wrecked trying to avoid it. In all likelihood the driver never saw me.
The body injuries healed up fast. In four months my shoulder was reliable, if weak. My hip is still sore, but works fine. Same with my knee. I’ve gained ten very unwelcome pounds which have not come back off.
But my balance has not recovered, and MrsDoF says it takes longer for me to think of words in conversation. My chronic pain condition was not improved to say the least. I write down anything I need to remember for longer than five seconds. The neurologists seem to be trying to think of polite ways to say; “Welcome to your new reality. Be glad you’re not a total gork.”
I am glad. There’s a lot to be thinkful for, not least that I am not doing Chris Reeve imitations. And I hope to look back on this post in a year and think; “Nothing to it. I’m fine now.”