3.20.2011

Injured List

According to the weather report it was going to be a gloomy day so we decided to postpone our day date.  Mj went on his Saturday morning bike ride as planned and I just expected to spend the day at home relaxing.  I didn't think we'd end up at Kaiser Permanente.

I got the call right after I got out of the shower.  He said he dislocated his shoulder and that we'd be taking a trip to the doctor.  I found out which location had walk in hours and was ready to go by the time he made it back home.  He started biking with his friends last year and now he has all the gear that goes with it.  He has a road bike AND a mountain bike.  He has the tight spandex outfits in bright colors and the weird shoes that clip onto the pedals and everything.  Today they went about 25 miles east to the mountains for a 12 mile bike ride.  It was freezing, there was snow on the ground in some spots and the altitude was really high.  Poor guy.  About half way through the ride he took a toss over his handlebars and his shoulder was unfortunate enough to connect with the only rock in sight.  I don't know how he managed to clip his shoes out of his pedals in time to detach from his bike.  He had to half walk half ride his way back with a jacked up shoulder for 6 miles.  He's such a tough guy.  You would never even know how much pain he's in.  His tolerance is pretty high and he's not a whiner like I am.

Those bones should not be that far apart

Kaiser is so efficient.  We were in and out of there with X rays done and Rx in hand pretty quickly.   The bustling pharmacy is staffed with an army of white lab coats taking orders and getting people their drugs.  Turns out he has pulled the ligament that is supposed to hold his shoulder to the bone and it's separated pretty far.  They put him in a sling and he'll need to follow up with an orthopedic specialist to determine if it can heal on it's own or if it will require surgery.  He's going to be out of town next week for work so it'll have to wait until the week after.  He and his buddies had a mountain biking mancation to Utah planned for the end of next month.  At this point who knows if he will be recovered enough to do that.


It was only a matter of time before SOMETHING else happened.  He has a bit of an accident prone past.  Years ago before we met he sliced his face open in Army drill team tossing swords in the air.  I can't remember exactly how many broken bones he's had.   He busted his eye brow open two years ago playing basketball while overseas and had to get stitches.  The eyebrow scar it left is actually pretty sexy but that is besides the point.  He routinely comes home from mountain biking all scraped up and this is his second major spill.  I love it that he has a hobby he enjoys that gets him out with his friends and keeps him fit but I don't love it that it can be dangerous.  A car could run him over on the streets and they get to speeds of up to 45 mph on those skinny tires.  If you hit a pot hole or an unexpected dip you are done.  Mountain biking is even worse.  The terrain is rocky and slippery with gravel and dirt.   A biker could tumble off the side of a mountain if things went really wrong.  Thank goodness they wear helmets.  I suppose it could be worse.  He could be on a motorcycle.  Well, actually that will never happen because I already told him he better not ever even think about getting one of those.  Nope.  Not on my watch.

9 comments :

Lil' Woman said...

Oooh that stinks...hope it is able to heal on it's own. Big Man likes to think that he'll get a motorcycle but it's not going to happen...no sir!

Abbie said...

Oh my gosh! See, that's exactly why I don't participate in recreational sports where I could cause myself bodily harm! I winced just looking at the x-ray!

I hope MJ heals up fast:)

Natalie said...

I hope his injury heals quickly!

My husband is into mountain biking as well. I know he'll be out more since the weather is getting nicer and it makes me so nervous! If I go biking with him, he takes it easy though :)

jacin {lovely little details} said...

oh no, so sorry!!! hope he's feeling better!!

Dana said...

Hope he is feeling better soon.

Ameena said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry this happened! You are SO lucky he isn't a whiner like my hubby though. :)

Feel better soon MJ!

Tiffany said...

I cringed when I saw that xray photo. OMG that has got to be painful!!! Well, it's a good thing he has you to take care of him. Feel better Mj!!!

Faith said...

oh no! that sucks! i hope he is feeling better and that the pain is not too unbearable ... most men whine like big babies when they get hurt ... so good for you that you won't have to hear it too much! ;)

Dancy said...

Ouch! Dang that looks bad. Hope he's feeling better. And I TOTALLY 2nd the no-motorcycle rule. My older cousin was in a really bad accident about 15yrs ago. He's fine now, but had to have multiple surgeries and he was camped out in his parents living room on a hospital bed. The accident wasn't even his fault -- there's just no protection on those things!

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