Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Yesterday I fall down, go poof
Today I fall down, go boom

Because yesterday we enjoyed an excellent powder day at Sugarbowl. Although only snow showers were predicted, it snowed steadily the entire day. We had a great—although long—day, with the drive home being pretty slow because of the weather (snowing all the way down to 3,500 feet). Thanks to those who worried about us getting home safely!

But the time to worry was really this morning. I drove carpool, then swung by the house to change vehicles from my Honda CRV to my Piaggio scooter. It was sprinkling, so I donned my snappy rain gear and hopped on my bike. It's a great bike on wet streets, with good tire traction and brakes, but it doesn't do so well when it hits a patch of oil. Which it did as I braked coming downhill for a stop sign. The wheels went right out from under me, and I took a header down the hill. Nothing broken and the bike's fine, but I'm a little banged up. I smashed my right knee pretty well (it's now iced), scraped up my chin, bit into my top lip, and bloodied my nose a little. Several cars stopped—thank goodness, because I was lying face down in the road for a while before I felt able to get up—and a very nice couple helped me get my bike over to the side of the road and me onto the curb. I eventually was able to get back on the bike and ride to work, which by that time was only a few blocks away. But now my knee is swelling (causing me panic about the three-day ski trip we've got planned for next weekend), my chin is starting to swell (I think I'm going to look like Jay Leno), and my stomach is feeling quesy. So I'm going to close my office door, lie down on my nap mat, and see how I feel in a bit. Back later. :(

7 comments:

Kate said...

OUCH! You poor thing! Hope you mend quickly:)

Maritsa said...

You might want to see the doc...post trauma?

Adrienne said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I hope you're feeling better -- or that you're at least able to go home and rest.

Kate said...

Yikes! That's scary. Sounds like more than a "nap mat" can fix. (That sounds very California, by the way).

Ned said...

Dear lord take care of yourself!

tulipmom said...

Sorry to hear about your accident. I have to agree with Maritsa .. it might be worth it just to get checked out.

EB said...

What is this? I thought you'd quit crashing your bike years ago.