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.