Cracking helmets not skulls.

stompy » 17 June 2009 » In Cycling »

I don’t always wear a helmet when cycling, but on Monday I was glad I did; because I found myself waking up on the street with ambulance staff leaning over me. I didn’t know where I was, what day it was, or even what I was doing in my cycling shorts.

My bicycle helmet was broken by whatever it hit, as it was designed to do, but I was still knocked out for as long as it took an ambulance to get to me.

It turns out that although I still can’t remember what happened, I only cracked a rib and have some very minor scrapes and bruises. I did get to spend the night at King’s College Hospital because of the whack to my head, but apparently my CT scan was clear.

I dread to think what would have happened if I wasn’t wearing a lid. I only wore one because I witnessed a bike accident on Saturday in which a helmet would have prevented some head gashes.

I looked over my bike yesterday; and there is no damage to the front apart from scuffed handlebar tape. My back wheel, however, has a big wobble in it. This leads me to believe that I was struck from behind and thrown off.

Off my bike for at least three weeks now. Which means I’m missing the Dunwich Dynamo on July 4th. Still, the advice I’m getting is to heal properly before riding again, and I’m sure there are still many rides left to do.

My first bike related hospitalisation, and I can’t help feeling that I got off lightly.

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