Last night, i started practicing on my home made 26" ultimate wheel, didn’t have the right kind of pants, so i used shorts (and yes, it did hurt a bit), with no protection from the tyre at all!
Anyways, a i have done 2 full revs! That’s about 4 meters!
But now, to the dangerus part.
WHen practicing alone later at night, starting from the doorway, did 1 rev, and lost momentom of the wheel, started falling forwards… Didn’t think of it much, it’s just to step off… But, my foot got a bit stuck, so i fell forward, tried to take the fall with my right hand, but i didn’t prepare for the impact, and the hand was way to near the wheel.
I got my fingertips to the floor, and the rest of the fingers (fingertips pointing forwards), but then i continued falling forward… facing the fact that my hand was in height of my hip, not a good sign.
Of course i landed with my hip on my wrist, and so the palm started to point forward… but wait, this isn’t the way the fingers is sopose to bend! Bending that much that the angle between my fingers and the top of my hand was about 45 degrees.
Couldn’t feel the pain at first, but the arm felt very heavy and unresponsive… i screamed a bit, heard “that’s the way it goes!” from a friend in a office who heard but didn’t see the crash.
Anyway, i waited for 5 minutes, put it in cold water, but it didn’t get any better, it just started hurting even more…
I called 112 (911), and explained, she asked if i was i shape of riding a cap, and i was… 10 minutes later i was in the cab, it’s only like 4 km to the hospital, the ride costed ~100 SEK, and i had to pay 60… (7€), bummer.
In the emergency, i explained, again… and got to see a doctor who felt on my hand, listened to how the accident happend… and said i would scream much more if anything was broken, but that i could have broken several bones and trashing some soft-parts in the hand. But gave me a Alvedon and a bandage said i would come back tomorrow for an x-ray.
He had quite the laugh of me riding unicycle in the middle of the night (02AM this is) and hurting myself, i corresponded that there were much less people outside at night, and that it’s not more slippery so it’s not bigger chance to hurt yourself by night… he thought of this, laughed some more, and said i probably was right.
I had a very chilly walk back home, about 4km, in -12C, without gloves, because i didnät have any cash for the cab ride…
Anyway, got up at 12:00, met a friend (maybe my next girlfriend, who actually can ride unicycle, but it was years ago, and she don’t want to lend mine), and took a bus to the hospital… got to get an xtay… and, i then had started to understand i got quite a celebrity. The nurse asked “You did this on a unicycle?”, and i said yes.
Waited for the answer, and i got it, no fractions in my hand, really good to know. Did go back to the emergency, to have a tlak with a doctor and so on… the girl behind the desk looked up on me and smiled, said something about ice and a unicycle… Finaly i met my doctor, who said it would probably be alot better in a week, and if not allmost all good in 2 weeks, i’ld come back.
Anyway, now i’m at home, have taked the bandage off. The hand feels kind of strange, but i can write on a keyboard (as you see), i canät really grip anything heavy, and i cant point the fingers out strange, and i simply CAN’t bend them upwards, it hurts like hell.
Wonder when i can get on the UW again!
Just wait for the new thread about my Ultimate Adventures!
(Sorry for the kind of ugly english used above, english is not my native language…)