Top Ten Benefits of Crashing On My Head + Recovery Update

Top 10 benefits of crashing on my head and shoulder:

10) The ANSI and SNELL helmet testing is validated.

9) My Seven Axiom SL now has “character” like many of my other bikes.

8) The scratches give me justification to buy another bike…just maybe.

7) I finally had a reason to go to CVS and get a pair of Dr. Scholl’s custom foam orthotic inserts for my sore foot.

6) When I travel on business to Chicago next week, I can get early boarding and preferential treatment from the airline.

5) I rarely shave, but now I have a better excuse not to shave.

4.5) I set a two-day record for number of Life Adventures blog post views.

4) I can sample all the whiskey I’ve recently acquired without waiting until after cyclocross season.

3) I only have to wash some of the dishes in the sink.

2) I got to update my Tetanus shot and now have a handy wallet card to remind me of the date of my accident.

1) The outpouring of support from friends and family has lifted my spirits.

Another key observation is that bad news, violence, and sensationalism sells! In the old days, it drove the sales of newspapers. In the digital era, it delivers eye-popping results in Facebook “likes” and spikes in blog posts read. You could say that crashing was good for the media business. I ought to insert that as benefit 4.5 in my top 10. I just did.

Thank you to everyone who has thrown their support behind me. I’m still a little shocked from the crash. The pain has barely subsided, but I’ve kept busy with work. Even though only three days have passed, it is quite frustrating to miss out on outdoor activity during my favorite time of the year. The weather has been awesome.

This morning I met with an orthopedic doctor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He reviewed the x-rays and CT scan. He agreed with the diagnosis of broken scapula. He showed me on a monitor with a cool 3D software tool. He rotated my upper body like we would rotate an aerospace part in Solidworks at Horst Engineering. He said that my arm angle looked OK and that the bone did not require surgery. He said that he will see me in two weeks to move my arm a bit and determine if there was damage to the rotator cuff or other soft tissue. He thinks it is OK, but can’t know for sure until swelling goes down and they can move the arm without severe pain.

He said the bone will heal quickly and that I can’t make it worse as long as I wear the sling and take it easy. He said I can begin moving the arm in two weeks and then after that do light strengthening exercises depending on the rotator cuff determination. I’ll be in the sling for a while as a precaution. I can ride a stationary bike when the pain subsides and when I get some range of motion back. He says there should be no long-term effects and obviously, being in top shape is an advantage. Of course, being in top shape is why I crashed in the first place, so as far as I’m concerned, they cancel each other out.
So, this is all generally good news.
On my way to work after the appointment, I was thinking about one of my inspirations, Fiorenzo Magni. I wrote this appreciation for him in a  2012 blog post. He is famously known for being one of the toughest riders in the bunch. He broke his clavicle in the Giro d’Italia and continued to ride in the race by supporting his handlebars with a strap clenched in his teeth. I’m not sure what my mother would think if I showed up at tonight’s Rocky Hill Cyclocross with my bike and a strap. For now, I’ll take her advice, and take it easy, considering I can’t put on a shirt without asking for help.
I’ve shown my cracked helmet to several work colleagues and it hammers home the importance of properly wearing one. The really good news is that my kids totally get that.
Another step I’ve taken to kick off my comeback is to finish revising my Toughest Ten blog post that I started in May. Check it out.

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