It’s been 3 weeks since the ribs got smashed. I can sleep almost lying down but still wake up in the early hours in a lot of pain. I’m starting to get fatter with this inactivity so my daughter and I went for a gentle ride down to the beach. Curbs are the main problem and any bumps. Whenever I hit these an uncontrollable yelp comes from deep inside. It’s tolerable and great to get outside again. I’m going to try an exploratory run tomorrow
Having broken ribs is a great way to relax. You should try it. No don’t it’s awful, you can’t laugh, sneeze, cough or look to the side in a swift manner. What it can do is make an otherwise active person reflect and then plan on what you can do when you get better. Being forced to do nothing is a great way to remind you how much you love getting out. I desperately want to go for a small run or jump on my bike for a spin but I can’t. Sometimes when i’m fit and healthy I can’t believe I give these opportunities a miss.
I know that first plod or bike ride is going to hurt but it will be one of the best. We are in the process of planning another trip to Scotland towards the end of March 2016. I have had time to pour over the maps and look at all the western islands we plan to explore. That all seems a bit of a dream from my perspective right now but I know I will be sitting in some beautiful landscape after a great day with wee dram and massive smile on my face come the early spring.
So get the hammer out and give the rib cage a good whack!! and relax.
I went to Gisburn Forest to do some mountain biking with some mates from work. The route is quite technical and I was actually having a great time up until 6 miles in. We had just climbed a steep hill to set us up for a jump section. Off I went. After a couple of turns the downhill jumps started. After about 3 jumps it was clear I was going to fast and on the final one I went to high had the wrong line and bailed out. I landed on my right upper back and was severely winded for about 5 minutes. I have never been winded like that before. I couldn’t breathe and I started to panic when no air could fill my lungs. When I did manage to get the slightest wisp of oxygen it hurt like hell.
I could feel a crunching sensation just under my right shoulder and knew I had broken something. Luckily a doctor was out on her mountain bike and stopped to help. She checked my spine etc and told me to get my arse to hospital. I went and had an X-Ray and they found multiple fractures on my right rear ribs.
So here I am typing this and thinking about recovery. I have been told it can take up to six weeks to fully recover but I can see myself getting back on the bike within 2 weeks or so. The healing process after a couple of days seems to be going well.
I won’t be running for a few days after doing this to my toe. I thought it would be funny to turn the hose off that my wife was using in the front garden and run off in a blaze of hilarity. In my bid to run off my foot caught a brick on a drain and this was the end result.
How my wife laughed.