Two wheels

It’s been 3.5 months since I, in the words of one friend, “got run-ded over.” For all that people worry about the dangers of commuting I actually got hit while riding around Golden Gate Park on a Sunday afternoon. Go figure. You can never tell.

before

After my second surgery–looking much better with the external fixator removed.

I had no idea what I was in for when we were sent to San Francisco General in April. I thought that at worst I’d get a cast on my leg and go home that evening. Maybe I should have been more aware when we jumped the trauma queue—did you know that they don’t even ask your name when you get admitted through trauma? I was Trauma Romeo and our son was Trauma Sierra. I’m still amazed that I spent two weeks in the hospital—nobody spends two weeks in the hospital anymore. Two surgeries later, two months stuck in bed on the continuous passive motion machine, and many physical therapy visits later, and here I am: back to full weight bearing. Admittedly I have a bad limp. That’s okay. I have a cane; it looks very hard core.

Let's draw the curtain of charity over what I looked like getting on and off the bike.

Let’s draw the curtain of charity over what I looked like getting on and off the bike.

Last Friday I got tired of waiting around. We had test rides to do over the weekend (more on that later), and that meant it was time to get back on the bike. My range of motion is not all that it could be, so for now I’m on the Brompton, because it has a nice low step-over.

My right leg is pretty atrophied, and that makes starting from a full stop very hard. But to my surprise I can still make it up a moderate hill unassisted on the Brompton. I’m still kind of nervous on the streets, and the less said about left turns, the better. But I’m back on the bike.

19 Comments

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19 responses to “Two wheels

  1. papabybike

    That’s so fantastic. Glad to hear about every improvement.

  2. Ted T

    Congratulations, Dorie. Great to hear that you have your priorities straight! Fabulous about the uphills.

    My friend Dylan and I traded family bikes. We now have a tandem with an extracyle. Major hauling power, including hauling kids bikes when needed, so should have a lot of flexibility.

    Take care, and see you soon.

  3. So glad to see you riding again!

  4. Wow, look at you! You’ve come so far! So happy for you and hope the rest of your recovery continues to go well!

  5. Mazal tov! So happy to read that you’re recovering and back on the bike. You look awesome! :)

  6. Congrats Dorie. So great you are back on the bike. See you soon.

  7. Oh yes, you become ‘that trauma girl’ that all the students come to see – and I only cracked a shoulder bone! And was out hours later. Ugh, hospitals! So glad to see you getting up and at ‘em, I’m sure it’s felt like ages

  8. Shannon

    Yippee! You can climb hills and everything?? So happy for you! Your determination is inspiring.

  9. Jessie

    Yay! So happy for you!

  10. Geoff

    That is amazingly great news! I wish you smooth starts and no cars at intersections.

  11. Lamaia Coleman

    Yeah!! I’m so happy for you! Didn’t you beat the expectations for weight bearing! Way to go!

  12. Oh hooray! I hope you’re itching the visit the PNW soon now :) I will come to Bellingham–I think it’s my turn to make the WA trek.

  13. alyssa

    Hooray! So glad you are able to get out and be mobile again!!

  14. Jo

    Oh my goodness, you put me to shame. I have all the excuses not to get on a bike, but a broken leg isn’t one of them. I should probably dust that old bike off…

  15. Seth Peterson

    Awesome.

  16. The huge smile on your face says it all! So glad that you’re on the bike and back to doing what you love. You’re strength and determination is a huge inspiration.

    I got a lot out of reading about your trials and tribulations. Your honesty is appreciated, so don’t feel like you need to hold back!

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