Grr, And here was me telling people it’s almost impossible to injure yourself badly when riding a unicycle… I’ve just been trying to get saddle out, came off sideways and didn’t get my foot out in time… Landed on my outstreched arm, and now I can’t move my elbow
Definitely not impossible. About a month ago I took a serious header off the front trying to pedal too fast. Landed on my shoulder and got a slight collar bone separation. Still healing but at least I’m also still riding. Also smacked my head on the pavement at the same time. Lucky I was wearing a helmet.
> Grr, And here was me telling people it’s almost impossible to injure
> yourself badly when riding a unicycle… Bob
Bob-- I learned firsthand that one can get injured semi-badly whilst
fiddlin’ with the unicycle. Last month 13 April), whilst I was
attempting a way-too-enthusiastic freemount on a shallow incline, I
was slammed into the asphalt hard enough to cleanly break a rib
(number 10, left side) with my elbow. A rather freakish fall, no
doubt. But yet another example of an unfortunate accident, and one
that was not prevented by the use of a helmet, leather gloves,
wristguards, kneepads, and high-top leather boots. The upshot is that
injuries do occur, and usually when one least expects them to do so.
Any physical activity is going to have the possibility of injury, especially when falling down and/or speed is concerned. Sorry about your elbow. Compare this to my friend who slipped on a wet floor a couple of months ago, coming straight down on his butt with his arm stretched exactly perpindicular to the ground. He broke his wrist in several places (compound fracture I guess, though bones did not break the skin). He has only recently graduated to a cast, after wearing a bracket on his arm with bolts and pins holding the bones in place.
The total time will be several months of healing, followed by several more of rehabilitation (his arm is all skinny now) and almost a guarantee of having arthritis in that wrist in later life. And he was on two feet!
I fell off midway across a teetertotter Saturday afternoon and landed on my hands. I’ve had it wrapped up since, and finally decided I should go to the clinic and get it looked at. Turns out I have a fracture at the base of my thumb. I have an appointment with a hand surgeon Friday morning.
Here is what my left thumb looks like as of this afternoon…
I was going to mention how I sliced my knee last night after trying to ride down some steps (actually, I had just ridden down a couple of the steps and was stepping off the uni after deciding not to ride down the rest of them when I fell), but as I continued to read down the list of posts I was overcome with feelings of inadequacy that my slight wound didn’t actually leave me requiring medical attention.
Well, I say it didn’t need medical attention, but my girlfriend did make me put a plaster on it when I went to bed so I wouldn’t bleed everywhere.
…however, I did draw the line at using one of the ‘Barbie’ plasters that she first offered me.
The most annoying thing about it all is I had my knee pads with me, but decided to leave them in the car as I didn’t think I’d need them.