My Halloween costume will still be Inspector Gadget’s Penny with a red shirt and green pants. However, it may include crutches and a silly looking boot. Why?
I took a tumble with Teal Tornado this weekend. Somehow we did a cartwheel together. I blame my new shoes. For six weeks, I have been commuting to and from work on bicycle without major spills until now. Teal Tornado is innocent and she ought not be feared like the ogre bike in Calvin and Hobbes.
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Goonies never say die so as soon as I am allowed by the doc to ride Teal Tornado again I will complete my 3 weeks to conclude my Bike to Work campaign. Like Horton the Elephant from Dr. Seuss stories, I like to keep my promises.
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What did I do immediately after my tumble?
First, I laughed. I was wearing my bike helmet so no injuries to my noggin. Even my bare hands were mercifully wound free despite losing my bicycle gloves some weeks ago. A little blood from my left foot seeped through my navy blue and black striped socks but really minimal scratches on my left leg because I was wearing jeans.
The laughing caused two young Asian women to stop to look at me and Teal Tornado on the asphalt but run away frightened. I think the endorphins from laughing helped with pain control. The laughing did not deter a nice young African American man and he did not leave until he heard me confirm that I am okay. What a great community I live in!
Then, I moved out of the way of pedestrian foot traffic. I pulled off my striped socks to examine the injury to my left foot. Glad I removed the sock because the sock was already tightening from the swelling due to the owie. It may be bizzare but I laughed again though it hurt. I felt victorious. Why? This is my first medium injury and I’ve been unstoppable for my Bike to Work SGL Fall Fitness Challenge to benefit Saving Innocence for 6 out of my 9 week campaign. Ha ha! Only 3 weeks to go!
Third, I locked up my Teal Tornado bicycle. Night had already fallen and I was nowhere near empty bike racks. I found something metal (I recommend calling the place of business within 48 hours so you bike is not removed) and used my Krptonite U-lock. I patted Teal Tornado because she looked concerned for me. I told my bicycle that it wasn’t her fault, I’d be back for her and I’d be okay in a little bit.
Last, I called for a ride home. I have two numbers on speed dial for emergencies. I called one and the driver picked me up, laughed with me and drove me home. I pressed my hand to the car window glass. I already miss my Teal Tornado.
How did I follow up when I returned home to my apartment?
My landlady, who is the coolest, leapt into action. “Where is your bike?” she asked. Teal Tornado and I are inseparable usually. She grabbed ice in a sandwich baggie from her drawer freezer and an ACE bandage for compression. She had these handy because she tended to her foot injury this past summer.
Dirty feet, blood and all she instructed me to stack pillows and elevate my injured foot above my heart. Then she told me to ice my foot immediately. She left the ACE bandage for me along with 2 small aluminum clips to secure it. In other words, I had to ice my foot to reduce the swelling. Ouch! Ouch! Triple-owie! Then wrap it with the bandage for compression.
I confirmed her good advice by looking up midfoot sprain on a sports injury channel on Youtube using my MacBook Pro laptop.
After icing, I snuck to the hall shower. Because I knew hot showers were supposed to be a no-no and I was afraid my landlady would stop me and tell me to bear with no bath for today for the sake of my foot. Considering I use sanitizer at the office and at home whenever I use my laptop keyboard to get a snack, I didn’t feel ready to change my hygiene habit so radically just yet. Yet I knew that every minute I let blood pool back down to my midfoot it was bad news that would prolong healing. I used my shampoo as full body soap and washed the blood from my toes go down the drain in a pumpkin latte color.
I fell asleep before 9 P.M.
What did I do the next day?
I began planning workarounds to obstacles. Would I be able to ride Teal Tornado to work on Monday? How would I lift her onto the bike rack attached to the SamTrans bus? How would I disembark from the bus on one foot? I thought about my friend J. who is a badass with a wheelchair who figures a way every day of the week.
What if I need something to help me walk? I called my medical insurance. The advice nurse booked an appointment for me on Sunday afternoon after she did QA over the phone. Icing? Excellent but don’t ice your injury without a barrier to the skin. Skin can be further injured if iced directly. Elevate above the heart? Yes. Anti-inflammatory OTC medicine? No, unfortunately I am allergic to Aspirin so Tylenol only helps manage the pain but does not reduce swelling. Keep icing to reduce swelling, then. I anticipate that the doc will arrange for something to help me walk and go about my work and recreation as usual, with minor changes til my owie heals.
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