I don’t THINK it’s broken

I did something yesterday that I haven’t done in years. I fell off my bike and injured myself.

For the last 3 years, I have taken my dogs (yes, all 3 at the same time) on bike rides. They do very well at running alongside the bike and rarely cause me to slow down or stop. They were NOT the reason I crashed.

Our driveway has a dip at the end (as do most driveways) where it meets the street. I had Sundae and Coco on the right side of the bike when I started rolling towards the end of the driveway. I wasn’t thinking and was only holding the handlebars with my left hand when I came to the end of said driveway. The front wheel swerved severely to the right, then the left, then the right again and decided to stay there; throwing me over the handlebars. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to try to protect my face. I was able to get my left hand in front of me to help break my fall. The bottom of my left hand met the ground first. I remember my face hitting my hand as my chest and the rest of my body made contact with the ground. I was able to keep holding on to the dogs’ leashes and they cooperated quickly by coming back to check on me. I stood up immediately and tried to get back on the bike, quickly trying to control my breath as the wind had been knocked out of me. I was wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and didn’t have any road rash.

Nobody saw me (which seemed oddly important to me at the time) and the dogs and I finished our ride with little incident. As the adrenalin wore off, I was in quite a bit of discomfort due to my hand. I went through the rest of the day telling myself that if it still hurt this bad on Monday, I’d go to the doctor. Today, my hand and wrist still hurt but nearly as bad as yesterday. Everything moves much easier and as long as I keep ibuprofen in my system it doesn’t hurt all that bad.

I’m pretty sure I bruised some bones at the very least, at the worst I have some small fractures. If I continue to see progress throughout the week I see no need to get it checked out. If it starts to swell (there has been no swelling up to this point) or hurt severely, I’ll go to the doctor.

As you were.

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