Cause and effect…or what happens when bike meets pavement…

I was at the end of a really great bike ride, ready to make the final turn to go up the hill and head toward home. I slowed down to turn around, my tires hit sand, and the next think I knew, I was on my way down.

I hit the pavement hard, and I guess in an effort to save my face, I put down my hand.

It worked for my face, but not my hand.

In an attempt to shake it off, I tried to push my bike up the hill. I was quickly made aware of a shooting pain in my left hand when any pressure was applied.

We got some ice, to reduce the swelling and to numb the pain. It wasn’t working. It was obvious that this was more then just a bruise.

Off we went to spend our Friday night in the emergency room! Never a dull moment there!

After a few X-rays, some pills for the pain, cutting my wedding ring off, and about four hours later, I was sent home with a temporary splint on my arm. I had fractured the scaphoid bone in my wrist, and I would need to see an Orthopedic Dr on Monday.

This was my prize from the emergency room….


And this is my present from the Orthopedic Dr.

I’ll be wearing this nifty little accessory for the next 4-6 weeks.


If all goes well…I should be back on my bike by summer!

Yeah, right.

I’m not too sure about that bike riding stuff right now, but I am learning how to do a lot of things with one hand! 🙂

Like typing….


15 thoughts on “Cause and effect…or what happens when bike meets pavement…

  1. Oh, I am so sorry. I’ve never had a broken anything, but I sympathize. And a bad time of year to have an accessory, too. My bike is just hanging in the basement — I haven’t ridden it for 5 years, and in my current cleaning out binge, it’s going somewhere (without me…)
    And there’s a blessing through raindrops somewhere in here…

    • Becky says:

      Thank you for your concern, and your comment made me smile 🙂 Trust me, I’m looking for those blessings, and trying not to be too cranky about this whole thing! I know it could be so much worse. Like the Dr. said, it could have been my hip, or my head…so yeah, I’m thankful! (and I’m getting out of making the bed because of this :))
      I think you might be on the right track with your bike 🙂 I’m still debating what I should do with mine … part of me wants to get back on the bike, and the other part (and my husband) don’t think it’s a great idea! 🙂 So, we’ll see how I feel in about 4 more weeks!

  2. Valerie says:

    Oh no!! 😦 Poor hand. Hopefully Uncle Paul is spoiling you rotten. Oh and yes, you absolutely must get back on that bike….eventually.

    • Becky says:

      I know – pretty crazy huh?! As of today, I am officially spoiled rotten! He is taking very good care of me, and hasn’t complained once! (he’s doing better about that then I am!)
      As for getting back on the bike….well, when I first read your comment, I thought, you are crazy, out of your mind, there is no way I’m getting back on it – but it’s been a little over a week now, and I think I might be willing to give it a try when this is all said and done.
      Maybe! 🙂

  3. gita4elamats says:

    Scaphoid fractures are tricky, keep an eye on it. 🙂

    • Becky says:

      Yeah, that’s what I found out. I did a little reading about it, and it seems that it has a unique blood flow channel, which can make the healing process a little difficult. The Dr. said that my fracture appears to be in a “good” position for healing, so I’m hoping for the best!
      Thanks for the info – I’ll keep my eye on it for sure! 🙂

  4. LindaMay says:

    Couple of days ago I spent 9 hours at the emergency room with a friend with a similar injury. Unfortunately there were some big car accidents which caused the long wait to see a surgeon. I felt very grateful for the surgical registrar when he came as he picked up on a lot of issues and was so attentive, despite having emerged from hours in theatre.

    • Becky says:

      Wow! I am so sorry for your friend – but you! are an amazing friend to hang out in an emergency room for 9 hours!! That is a LONG time to be in one of those places! I am so thankful for the people who are willing and able to work in those professions – the Dr’s, nurses, etc., It takes a special kind of person, and when you find a good one, they can often take a bad experience, and make it better, or less painful, just by being so kind and compassionate. It sounds to me like you had a “good one”. Hope your friend is feeling better soon, and that the recovery goes well and quick!

  5. Life&Ink says:

    Oh I am just seeing this and so sorry to hear about your fall. So sorry. Don’t let it stop you from riding. Oh I hope it won’t. It is such fun and such good exercise. I wish both your wrist and your psyche all the best!

    • Becky says:

      So Charlotte,the first time I read your comment was just a few days after it happened, and I thought to myself – yeah right, there is no way I am getting back on that bike again. Ever! But….your good wishes to my psyche might be working a little bit, because ever so slowly my mind is starting to lean towards giving it another try when this is all healed up. Not quite sure yet – I still have at least 4 weeks or so to think about it! My husband on the other hand, isn’t quite as sure about it – he doesn’t like seeing me hurt. Guess that makes sense. All I know is I certainly do need the exercise! 🙂

      • Life&Ink says:

        You could get training wheels? How cool would that be!!! And you could get a really fun white basket for the front handlebars with colorful plastic flowers on it. And streamers! You have to have streamers and a bell. And for the finishing touch, you must have a Disney Princesses helmet. Could you just imagine!!! You would feel so young again! And then, well, the talk amongst your neighbors about, uhm, you not being quite right would begin and you know what, that’s sad because why can’t an adult have fun stuff on their bikes too. I mean really. Plain bikes are boring! I got a bike for my 40th bd, with a bell, and I felt so young, so wonderful. I decided it is the best gift to get for your 40th, or 50th or 60th. And I love ringing my bell. It’s a priceless gift to feel and act young and silly. So get out there girl, bling up that bike and enjoy youth! 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • Becky says:

          You make me laugh OUTLOUD! I think I’ll forgo the training wheels, thank you very much, but I do like the idea of the bell! I must get one of those.:) And a basket too! See! I’m already doing better about the idea of getting back on that dumb thing! I guess all I ever needed to do was add a few accesories! 🙂
          Thanks for always brightening up my day – you’re the best!

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