Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wimp or Tough Guy
9 days after the accident and I am itching to ride again. It will maybe be a couple more days before I feel stable enough with my left hip, but it is feeling a little better each day. I have had a pretty boring week. Seeing doctors, watching movies on TV, and icing various parts of my body almost constantly. My shoulder is much better, still a little tender, with a very colorful bruise on the upper left portion of my chest. I have been getting a kick out of seeing people and saying "Hey, You want to see my bruise?" The main problem I have had is with my left hip. Both my MD and chiropractor have concluded that I hyper-extended my left leg somehow in the accident. Walking has been very difficult as my body doesn't want me to put much weight on my left leg very much. The healing with my hip has been slower than the shoulder, but I am starting to see some slow improvement and beginning to believe that it may just be a very few days before I can ride again. For someone used to riding almost every day, the withdrawel is starting to get to me. I just bought a new helmet. It is a rather obnoxious looking full face Scorpion EXO 700. I think I got a good deal on it and the visibility should be much greater than what I had with my old helmet. Dealing with the insurance company has been a little slow, but things are progressing. I am sure there will be some hassles to deal with, but so far, so good. Max's repair estimate is close to $900, but consists mostly of replacing scratched body panels. Mechanically, he seems fine. But I have to admit to feeling like a bit of a wimp in my recovery. I conclude that recovering from something like this at age 52 is much different that at age 25. A whole lot different! I had some friends that told me just to take it easy and the soreness would eventually go away. They said to take some time off and relax and just concentrate on getting better. Other friends have said that as soon as you can, get around and walk and do things, even If it hurts a bit. Just be careful and not over-do it. So there is the dilemma. Be a wimp and take it easy, or be the tough guy and push yourself a bit. I admit to bring the wimp for the first few days, but recently I am getting tired of just lying around. Just yesterday I actually got out and helped mow the lawn, even though I still have a pretty strong limp and I had to take a couple of breaks to let the pain in my hip subside. Then last night we went to a local baseball tournament for about 5 hours, saw some old friends, and enjoyed some peanuts and soft drinks in the night air of the ballpark. Saw a good game also. I thought when I went to bed last night that I might have overdone it a bit with yesterday's physical activity, but woke up this morning feeling even a little bit stronger. Things are looking up! The tough guy is starting to take over from the wimp. My wife has been incredibly supportive and understanding. I know she is tired of waiting on me. But she also has a keen sense of when to let me just rest or see that I need to prod myself a bit and push myself a little harder. Many thanks to the kind comments many of you have left me. I appreciate it, and try to comment back to you If you are so generous to leave a comment. But recently, have just not been feeling like it all that much, so forgive me a bit. Ride Safe Everybody!