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Saturday, August 18, 2007

now that's funny

georgey with me in the ER room ...

surgery this week as i join jeffe in the poo-box.


i'm an idiot.


thanks to all the boys who helped me back to reg and lil' ninja for driving me home. all good now. just me being stupid. cross will be a hair delayed this year.

bummer.

66 comments:

Velo Bella said...

I forgot to ask for a CD of the xrays before we left, but it looks a lot like
this

same shoulder too...

Emily said...

What a bummer Michael. Sorry to hear about the crash. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I am sure you will be back on your bike in no time.

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

some people will do anything to avoid having to get dressed up and go to a wedding.

-

unbelievable, simply fukkin unbelievable.

X Bunny said...
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The Sage said...

Bro hope you heal well.

Chris said...

survey says ouch! better get better. the free world's fate rode on that shoulder.

Hooptie said...

Forced rest, it will be a good thing for your cross season. Heal up crusher! Is it a collar bone?

Chris said...

Recover quickly. Best wishes.

Ippoc Amic said...

OV-get better fast...I'm glad lil' ninja was there to drive you home...

Kirkpatrick MacMillan said...

Ouch, sorry to see you go down yesterday. Heal up soon.

dr-nitro said...

Oh man, to quote my friend Carman, that sucks balls.

X Bunny said...

spit
spit
spit

is the poo-box sorta like the mush-pot?

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for a quick recovery.
This will make you feel a little better.
http://shorl.com/tefrelyfydripe

SA

lauren said...

oh my gosh, youch!

heal quickly michael. hope you're not in too much pain.

chatterbox said...

Oh, sorry to hear that! We were wondering why we never saw you after the start yesterday. Heal up fast!

glennzgarage said...

...from velodrome folks...rest and heal up. We'll see you racing again after 'cross... or typical for you, probably sooner.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

thanks for the well wishes, ya'll.

i've got about an 8-minute window before the percoset drops the bomb on my ass ... and 1-handed typing is cramping my thought-to-keyboard action.

anyway, 3 drips of morphine did nothing for "pain management" last nite in the ER. i guess all those years of hard living built up an immunity.

The shoulder is a bit of a bitch, but manageable. But man, this left calf is done for. I'm worried about this fucker. Broken bones and surgery? ... meh, no problem. But this much damage to soft tissue kind of has my butt itching. i'm sure it will turn out fine ... but, fukkal - that's some pain.

what a wuss.

anyway, SA ... that's bloody hilarious. thanks for the giggle, though it did grate the bones against each other something stupid.


Gotta thank Pasco, MikeM, and Ron for stopping after the crash, as well as the 2 or 3 other racers who did so. I know one of them was a guy i've raced against a lot and is a fierce-ass competitor. It was pretty awesome that he threw the race to the floor and wanted to make sure i was ok.

i'll find out who it was and thank him.

Also want to thank a couple of 3rd Pillar riders who helped me out huge with the transport to Reg so i could get my ass in sputnik and get home.

and thanks to Ryan Hostetter, our lil' ninja, for pushing Sputnik to the edge to get my carcass to Santa Cruz and the ER.

and especial thanks to my woman - who spent 8 hours in the ER, tracking down a cane for me, offering to help me pee in a cup (uh, no thanks honey ... i need to keep some romance in the relationship), fighting the Walgreen weirdness for something called percoset which i have now come to call "dream o slap".

i'm a lucky man.


and thanks to my pals Soni and Jeff. I'm missing you both right now.


Anyway, it's not that bad of injuries. There was about an hour when they were worried that the calf would go bad and we'd need surgery to relieve the swelling and maybe there would be some toxicity from the muscle damage - but, it's all good in the hood.

and the collarbone is broken at the distal bit, with a 3rd degree separation of something - but, i wasn't really listening. i'll have surgery later this week and they'll do whatever they need to do. blah, blah, blah.


bottom line, i'll use a bit of vacation/sick time from work, rest a bit, try like hell to not have any calf atrophy, do my best to be a good man to the woman, remember my friends and honor them, and start getting ready for cross.

hernando out ... meds kicking in.
~m

CyclistRick said...

OK, that explains why I never saw you cross the finish line. Some folks take empathy a bit far ;-) Now you will have time to campaign for the BOD seat.

Heal fast and well.

Mike said...

shit!!

marscat said...

too much crashing lately.

gosh dang. feel better soon.

X Bunny said...

another tidbit of advice:

don't sneeze

and pabcid's got extra percocet if you need it--that stuff did nothing for him at all, if you can believe it, so we had to switch to something else

PAB(a.k.a.CID) said...

3 drops did nothing?

then, did they give you 30?

cus in that photo, you looks like you is feelin no pain, brudda...

missin you too man.

Sufferin' P said...

Sorry to see you go down like that, but thanks for falling to the left. ;) You must've been distracted by those fancy wheels Pasco was running.

Also sorry to see some knuckleheads attacking 45s after you crashed while the field was still neutral. Chased them down and wagged the finger - definite lack of class, even if the almighty CalCup is on the line.

heal up.

Grey said...

That sucks, Michael. Hope you heal up well and quick. I was hoping to see you at Hellyer Wednesday too...

Be good, read books, and entertain us with some bloginess when you can type again.

russellp said...

Ouch! OK, you and pab have put my mere fleshwounds in perspective. Make the best of your downtime...read a good book or 10...

monk said...

Sorry to hear all this dude!

is this what it takes to get you to rest?

take it easy and lots of VB love comin' your way!

D& M

Sacwheelgirl said...

Oh man... Sorry to hear the bad news. I was wondering about the weird expression on your face when we saw you leaving!! Rest up.

Katie

Velo Bella said...

oops, my linkie didn't work. And I don't even have percoset to blame.

It looks like this

When the xray tech flipped it up on the board for me, I couldn't believe it. Yep, exactly like Jeff's. I remembered Soni's little anatomy lesson and even told the xray tech, "wow, look at that seperation right here"

As eerie as it is to have Jeff and Michael both out at the same time with the exact same injury, we have to leave it to the ONE guy in the 35+ who failed to see Michael in time to avoid him and gave Michael an unJeff injury. He ramrodded at 30+mph, straight into Michael's calf as if it were nothing but a cute tan bot dott.

That calf is what had the er all worried last night and what brought the ortho out from his barbecue or whatever (he was in flip flops and smelled like a bonfire). Compartment syndrome, which I had only heard about in motocoss racers. Turns out Michael just has huge calves, made even huger by the swelling. And years of running has given him some thick ass tib/fibs that tacoed some dude's wheel without breaking.

Although there are no broken bones, his right lower leg is in a light cast and Michael cant really put weight on it. They were gonna give Michael crutches, but uh..thats not going to work as its on the same side as the broken wing. So I picked him up a cane at the 24 hour pharmacy.

Driving around for percoset at 10:00 on a Sunday night is an adventure too. Finally found out that there is one 24 hour pharmacy in all of Cruz county. Walgreens in Watsonville. The place was totally jumping. Apparently, this is where everyone goes on a Saturday night. Aisles were packed, kids were playing eveywhere, guys playing guitar outside, and me looking for a cane.

I wanted to get Michael one of those pimp daddy canes with the big ass lion head or something, but could only find plain canes. That was kind of a bummer. Its not often you get an excuse to use a cane, and if you are gonna use one, you might as well go pimp.

And it took about 4 hours in the er before they even gave Michael his first morphine shot. Although I told eveyone I saw, "he hasnt had pain relief yet" "he hasnt had pain relief yet". Michael just doesn't show pain well. But I know what those crossed eyebrows and tight jaw mean. Finally, MIchael spoke up and said he was in pain. Then the nurse finally listened.

Gave him a shot of morphine and it did nothing. I would have been out and snoring like the lady in the room next door. So they gave Michael the legal limit of one shot every 15 minutes and I think the third finally made him a little sleepy. Either that or Michael was bonking.

Thankfully, Ryan, Tyler and Barret had dinner waiting for us at the house. They even did the dishes in the wee hours this morning before they left for Suisun. Thanks guys because my dishwasher is broken for a bit.

And I can't believe we got a room with a gigantic George Hincapie poster in it. That at least made Michael giggle a little.

And while we were there, someone was transported to the er in a helicopter and there were people crying in the hallway so there's that perspective check to give you a little more patience.

And except for the RN who was too overworked to remember to stop and give him pain relief, Michael got much better care than his last experience there. We got some er doc who is a runner and competitive power lifter and has a soft spot for athletes so he kept checking in on us. He said people talk about athletics being dangerous, but based on what he sees everyday in his work, there is nothing more dangerous than a sedentary lifestyle. And if you do go participating in sports, at least you go in glory.

Amen.

Merkeley Bike said...

This is just getting silly!! Very sorry to hear about your crash!

We're all wishing you a quick recovery!

Phipps said...

Mike, bummer is right. I feel terrible about what happened, that was a nasty spill.

I really hope that your calf isn’t that bad and wish you a speedy recovery.

Chris

Ippoc Amic said...

a cast and a cane...geez...

we need to stop this x-ray education for awhile...too many lately...

broxster said...

Ouch - heal quickly Mike!

Chico Cyclist said...

Oh man, I am so sorry - I was at the race yesterday and heard about the crash. That sux!!!!! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I hope for a super speedy recovery!!

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

WHAT?!? Oh, no! That sounds fun like a porcupine enema.

Best wishes for quick healing -- take it easy on that calf, the soft tissues like to trick you by feeling better before they're ready.

I think my little bro has a pimp-daddy cane with big bling, if you wanna use it...

Keith Williams said...

Michael, this will make you smile. Hollywood just won crit nats. Yep, we won't be able to shut him up for life now!

Get well soon!

Little_Jewford said...

Dam, heal up quick...but with all your off the bike time I'm expecting a flurry of multi-page blogposts....

LJ

Rye said...

ACK!! only the mechanic was suposta get hurt this year! I feel your pain bro. the first week is the worst it's more of an anoyance then anything after that... Get one of these Pro Ice The "shoulder only" is the money!

take care of that calf, ouch!

Nick said...

Mike that's terrible, I hope you get better soon.

twinkiepatissier said...

very very solly...

i didn't know there's such thing as a bull penis cane.

Says: The Legendary Bull Penis Walking Cane and Walking Stick.
Fully Sterile by professional taxidermy.

Lyne said...

Ouch. Get well, enjoy the legal drugs, and take care of each other.

alicat said...

oh man, I am so sorry.
Mike saw an unknown driver in Sputnick post-race and wondered who had pimped your ride. Lil Ninja and I had a fun race together and she was a bad ass today after another bad-news crash.

I think we should pool our race winnings and get you one of these from www.canesgalore.com

suenago said...

what a major trick of life. darn it, darn it, darn it.
heal quickly and safely.

Anonymous said...

I'm so, so sorry about this. Injuries suck. I have some canes (one's even a bit pimped out), percocet, knee braces (you won't be needing those), crutches, etc. if you need anything. Seriously, let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Susie

dino dante said...

Take your time, but hurry back!

Nome Agusta said...

Compartment Syndrome?
I wonder if it is a catch all phrase of sorts.
One of my teammates suffers from it and has kept him from really getting beck to the level of his former youth racing years. He experiences it in his quads causing him to need and hour and half warm up before he can tolerate the pain of any hard efforts.
Let's hope you don't have that, the cure is illusive.

Don't down play your injuries, you don't need to rush back into racing and screw up your future racing. We are geezers from here on, ain't nothin gonna change that ever. Geezer today, geezer a year from now.

nosajpalnud said...

That totally sucked to see you go down. Best wishes to a speedy recovery and see ya in some of those crits next season.

Johnny Sprocket said...

Totally blows, man. Hope the healing process goes quickly and you're back doing what you love shortly.

Beth said...

oh, so so sorry! hope you find some senseless things to do in your time off. we'll miss you!

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

Michael-So sorry to hear about your crash/injuries! Hang in there, don't go stingy on the pain meds, and just rest. Your leg will heal, and your shoulder will, too. (I had the same shoulder thing last year--grade 3 and distal fracture) You're lucky to have Sabine to help you out...Best of luck. And Sabine...remember to do things for yourself, too! Nursing is hard work! I'm sure Michael appreciates it all which definitely helps.

And, Michael, wow, sounds like you've got some calf...if it tacoed the guy's wheel who had the nerve to run into you! We should have been measuring calves all this time...when we were stuck on quads!

banks said...

Cruddy circumstance. A lot of good wishes going your way for a fast as possible ticket outta shitsville.

banks said...

I went back to the post because I forgot to check the title for the picture of you in the hospital bed. No title, which is understandable given the circumstance. But who else except you would wind up in a hospital bed with a painting of a bike racer hanging on the wall behind him? Again, my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Ouch! Michael, word got out quickly, even to those of us not in the area this weekend. People care about you. I hope you heal up quickly and completely. We need you out there cracking the whip to keep the peloton honest! Best wishes.

Tracy - W/AV

Marco Fanelli said...

Really sorry to hear about your crash. I hope you heal up quick. Remember to stay on top of the pain--don't let it take hold, especially after the surgery--so all your energy goes toward recovery. See ya next year.

Anonymous said...

You will be ready for cross in no time!
Just a few days and you will be flying.
Just remember when you are doing cross soon, to ride hard and agressive!
Tom M.

cycloscott said...

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http://tinyurl.com/yo5tm5

Anonymous said...

Its all right, you will be shouldering your bike in no time. Just give it a little rest, and you will be just fine.

We Love You!

Mac Daddy

velogirl said...

Damn, Michael! Taking the teammie/friendship thing a little to the extreme, no? Heal quickly and with as little pain as possible. Enjoy the break (ie rest, not bones).

Lorri

Courtenay said...

oh geez.
so sorry, so so sorry.

Auffderbach said...

Yo, dude!

It takes awhile for news to reach this side of the mountain.

Good to hear you had an understanding doctor. Last year when I spent the afternoon at the fabulous King City ER with Micah,
we had this guy who wanted to talk
bikes and such...that was cool 'cept for the fact that he weighed about 325lbs and couldn't decide if he wanted the Tarmac or the Giant TCR!

Funny stuff, indeed.

Yeah, enjoy those fun meds. Remember, some people pay BIG money
for that stuff AND, as they say,"Time heals all wounds." Of course, I still prefer Speedplay over Time but that's just me.

We'll keep you in our prayers and
see you next year.

Scott

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

thanks again, ya'll.


but now i get all this free time to do more reporting on za' bike ridings.

camera n' keyboards at the ready. i plan on being at San Ardo, a bunch of track events, and University RR (at least).

smile and give me some good interviews!
~m

Anonymous said...

more H-blog reading - woohoo!!! but that means I'll get even less work done at work:) sorry to hear about the crash - here's to healing up extra fast...tash

le petit lutin said...

wow, that's messed up!!!
Take care of yourself....

L. Christmas said...

Oh Damn.. bro.. healup fast!!!

karla said...

Oh that's a huge bummer. So sorry. Heal up quickly!

isaiasjob said...

dooode! that sucks ballz! I'm beaming some positive energy in your direction. heal up quick!

giovanni said...

oh... no...

damn. I am sorry you are banged up. I read this thread and feel the pain. ouch.

glad to hair the same positive attitude as you always have. inspirational. got to get me some of that good juju.