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...which is why I didn't get this here yet, but have it on Facebook (where I don't read or post much, but lots of people are) and G+ (which I like for a lot of reasons).

So short version. Last night on the way home from work I crashed the K75 getting on the freeway at 4th street. The notes I have say I went down on the ramp, and a friend of mine from work was in his car just a bit behind me. Evidence suggests I "low-sided" on the right (down into the bank of the curve), I'm guessing the back wheel let go. I banged up my right side and the bike's right side. I got the bike back up, my friend put the broken bits in his car and followed me home.

K hauled me to Kaiser, I got all sorts of neat imaging I don't remember. It's the first time in almost a decade I have no earrings. Concussion diagnosis, not a big surprise. No broken bones, no internal bleeding.

Helmet is all gouged up, and will have to be replaced. Suit was already beat up (from over a decade of wearing it almost every day), and doesn't look too much worse but it's overdue for replacement (unless I just send it in for repairs, but they may choke on that idea). Boots aren't any worse looking than usual (my Tuesday-Thursday boots are beat up, for several years they were my M-W-F boots). Right glove has a pea-sized gouge in it but is otherwise undamaged. Yay for good protective gear. Bike will have to go to the shop to be vetted. Early K-series bikes are built like tanks, but the suspension may be a bit torqued and the cracked fairing hanger (it's been cracked for years) and right fairing probably need to be replaced.

I've pretty much lost yesterday except what I can reconstruct from email. Wednesday night is mostly there, I remember watching the end of Serial Experiments: Lain with K and Lance (and that fogginess could just be the confusion that is Lain, that's a series that could give Chris Carter and William Gibson the collective "whafu?").

Brain started working again around 5:00 this morning, the first time it wasn't the first time I saw the flash card with the notes K put together for me at 8:00 last night.

Got into my regular doctor (for the first time, actually) this afternoon. She checked me out, things that had been previously diagnosed didn't seem to get any worse, and no surprises.

I'm on extra-strength tylenol (OTC, not even the fancy stuff) and that's it. I'm still a bit spacy. I'm achy, but it's only nasty when I try to lie down or get up from lying down. Pulls on a bunch of cranky ribs on the right side. Sitting and standing are both fine, and getting up from sitting isn't bad.

I don't get to stay out at tomorrow's Solstice party too late tomorrow, and I only get to drink ginger ale (Q, at least) and iced tea. Also not driving for a few days, and not getting back on the bike until I've got a clean bill of health (and a healthy bike and safety gear).


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Dec. 17th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Actually, I wrote the flash card for you after we got back from Kaiser ER a bit after 11.

By that we'd had the "Where did I crash? Where's the Bike? How did I get home? I feel like such an idiot!" conversation every 1-2 minutes for 3 hours.

To forestall your waking me up randomly to answer the same questions, I made flashcards and scattered them all over the house (by your side of the bed, on the bathroom mirror, on the ottoman, on the table, etc.)
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
K, that was genius the flashcards in all the places one travels at home. *taking notes for future*

A, I know you will take it easy and not rush things. If you feel 'off' -- tell K or someone so that they can help with deciding if there's more to it. And stretch the body some, will help with the aches.
Dec. 17th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Very glad you wore good protective gear and came through okay.
Dec. 17th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
So glad to hear you're recovering. Concussion is No Fun. I did it to myself a few years ago on a doorway on my way to BASFA. After I clearly "went away" for a few minutes, Cheryl took me to the ER, where they decided to send me home with no other work since it was fairly mild. So glad I had someone with me that night who could drive me home!

Take care!
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
So good that you're okay!
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Very glad you are whole.
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Damn dude! I'm glad you are okay.

I've only lost about 2 minutes max from a bicycle accident, and none from motorcycle accidents.

I likened coming out of a concussion to coming out from anesthesia when I was a kid undergoing dental surgery. The concept that one part of my brain is talking to someone and the other half is in la-la land is really weird.

Anyway, I'm really glad that you are okay. Cheers to gear!
Dec. 17th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
So very glad you are ok!
Dec. 17th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Yay for good protective gear!!!
Dec. 17th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Like everyone else has said, glad you're okay, and yay for goo dprotective gear.

It's been a while since I saw Serial Experiments: Lain, but from my recollection: If you're thinking, "I could swear I saw the end of that, but I can't recall exactly what the fuck it meant or what the hell happened", then your memory (of that event, at least) is probably intact.

Yeah, it's pretty fucking confusing, and what little resolution there is wraps up the main plotline (albeit in a way that many people might find not-very-satisfactory at all), but I think a lot of sub-threads were left hanging.

Or, some people might say, "The ending is very open-ended."
Dec. 17th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Safety gear FTW! So glad it got so damage and spared you from a lot more. Hugs - and take is slow and easy for a while.
Dec. 17th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are... well, as well as could be expected.

(I've been through the memory issues once -- I apparently attempted car-surfing once, though I don't remember it. It's fortunately only temporary, but still no fun.)
Dec. 17th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
We know what wish you may want for the Solstice fire pit :-) All the best and we will keep you safe!
Dec. 17th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm glad you wear good gear.
Dec. 17th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
Glad you had the protective gear, and that it worked!

Incidentally, if there's any nearsightedness in your family, you might want to get in to an eye doctor. The shape of a nearsighted eye makes it easier for the retina to tear loose, and a concussion is more than enough force to cause that tear. (Hopefully this is just me being worried, but being high-risk for detached retina causes that.)
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you got your brain back!
Dec. 17th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
So glad you are ok! I am really glad you are all gear all the time. Get well soon Mr. Andy!
Dec. 18th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
Head injuries are so weird. Be good to yourself, you are going to be forgetting stuff and will get cranky. You've got loads of people who care about you both...you have support.
Dec. 18th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I'm glad that both you and the bike came out of things in (relatively) one piece. And thank you for being smart enough to wear the proper gear when riding.
Dec. 25th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yikes!!! I'm sorry to hear about the accident but very glad that you came away from it with as little damage as you got. Yes, I know, cold comfort when your memory is wonky and bits hurt. Sending along my wishes for a speedy recovery and nothing but good things to happen to you in 2012.
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