Wear your bike helmet!

Those of you that follow me on twitter may have heard about my bike accident last week. Though I have a pair of broken elbows and a skinned knee, it could have definitely been worse. Thank goodness for helmets! But… let’s start from the beginning.

Wednesday afternoon I headed home from work on my bike. I had all my stuff in my backpack, but I tossed my lock in my basket. I’ve done this plenty of times before, so I thought nothing of it. As I made my way down a hill I noticed my lock bouncing out of the basket. The next thing I knew I was on the ground. Basically the lock fell out of the basket and tangled in my front wheel, making it screech to a stop, tossing me over the handle bars. I landed on my hands, but banged my head on the ground.

As I picked myself up, I noticed a fire truck behind me and two teenage girls dragging my bike to the sidewalk. Those girls were so nice! Three firefighters popped out of the truck and immediately made sure I was ok and bandaged my bleeding knee. They even fixed up my bike. I’m so thankful they were there. I noticed that my forearms hurt, but I figured they were just sprained. I told the firefighters I was fine and dragged my bike back to work (I wasn’t far) and got a ride home from a co-worker. As time passed my arms hurt more and more, so I called Ross and had him take me to an urgent care facility.

We got to the hospital and had to wait to be seen. At this point my arms KILLED. Still I was convinced they weren’t broken; they couldn’t be! Finally I was taken in and given some x-rays. Oh my, twisting my arms around was super painful. We waited a while for results and I was eventually told both my elbows were fractured.


The ER doctor put temporary splints on my arms (which were basically casts) until I could be seen by an orthopedist. She told me I would most likely have casts on both arms for a month. All I could do was cry. A month with double casts? I wouldn’t be able to feed myself, bathe, or even be able to go the bathroom by myself. I was so upset, but thankfully I had Ross by my side.

The next day I saw an orthopedist and got the best news – I didn’t need casts or splints! Just some rest and slings when I was up. Apparently the location of the breaks and the severity weren’t bad enough to require immobilization. Oh man, I can’t remember the last time I was that happy. Now, five days later I’m doing really well. They’re still sore but I can do a lot of things by myself. I go back to the orthopedist on Thursday for more x-rays and I’m really hoping they’re healing.

So here’s the takeaway kids:

WEAR YOUR BIKE HELMET!!! Each and every single time you ride a bike. I don’t care if your hair looks cute – not an excuse. If I hadn’t been wearing mine I could have had brain damage. Seriously.

So, promise me you will? I see you all, biking around town, sans-helmet. You look adorable, really. But, you know what’s not adorable? Your brain smashed on the road.

Do it, please.

Oh, and don’t have loose stuff hanging around. Secure your lock, don’t wear loose clothing, tie your shoes, etc. This all could have been avoided if I put my lock in my backpack.

Learn from me, a sad pitiful cripple, please!

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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9 Responses to Wear your bike helmet!

  1. laura, you are SO lucky you’re okay! seriously – whenever i see someone too cool for a bike helmet i want to shake them. ive had a few scary falls off my bike, and even one head-on car collision i walked away from ONLY b/c i was wearing a helmet. as you said, there is really nothing cute about being a vegetable.

    really glad you are mostly okay (nothing worse!) and hope you’re healing quickly! let ross take care of you and franklin give you many puppy snuggles :)


  2. kate. says:

    thanks for the long version- i was wondering what happened. so glad you’re ok, and i second the wear your helmet message! love my brain in once piece.

  3. Jeez, that is terrible! Just be thankful you are okay and that you weren’t hurt more badly! I see so many people biking around without helmets, lights, and while listening to headphones. I just don’t get it. Anyway, I hope you are back to 100% soon!

  4. ahh scary! i’m so glad you’re okay! I had a rollerblading fall several years ago and was NOT wearing a helmet. not a good idea!

  5. Oh no! I’m so glad you’re OK!! I’ve heard WAY too many “my helmet saved my life” stories not to wear one… Though I wish it were socially acceptable to wear one walking around in everyday life, because I totally need one :)

    Hope you feel better!


  6. I wish you a speedy recovery! Kudos to you for sharing your story. I’ve been biking a lot lately and always wear my helmet. It looks dorky but it’s worth it to be safe.

  7. I’m glad you were wearing a helmet. Wow, what a story!! Glad you’re okay lady.

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