flesh wound

I went on a group bike ride after work yesterday and on the way back, TOTALLY ATE IT. Instead of making a tight U-turn on a path in a park, I followed Fred straight onto a dirt path shortcut. My wheel caught the edge of the tiny wooden curb and I fell onto my hands and knees. Mostly my knees. Just my right knee. I took a breather for a few minutes and poured some water on it to get the dirt out; I didn’t think it felt too bad, like a large area scrape but not too deep. By the time we got back the blood was dripping from my knee into my sock, so hardcore! And the actual wound looked like Halloween zombie make-up. The shredded skin was lumpy and covered in shiny blood and … pretty much like a zombie.

I decided to just head home to do a thorough clean up. Rinsed it completely off in the shower, got out all the dirt I could manage without an actual “rub,” and noticed that the dead skin shreds turned white? Kind of like a weird skin version of coagulating. Didn’t bother/have the balls to rip/cut off the dead skin pieces, so I decided to leave it. Smothered the entire thing with neosporin and wrapped it up in paper towels + tape. Bleeding slowed pretty quickly, but hasn’t entirely stopped since I can’t help but move my leg when needed.

Morning-after injury count: Lleft ankle very bruised, not swollen. Left knee medium sized bruise, very minor scrapes. Right knee hella bruised, looks like lasagna. Both hands are totally fine, thank goodness. I’d be much, much unhappier if my hands took the blunt of the fall instead of my knee, I think.

No pictures here, since it looks hella disgusting. I’m planning on taking a fantastic time lapse with once-a-day photos. It’s going to be great!!

In the end, I’m glad that:
– I clot
– I’m not afraid of blood/pain
– It wasn’t worse
– I sometimes rebelliously use my left foot to brake when driving, and now that skill has come in handy
– I don’t have to take PTO

I’m annoyed that:
– I have to skip yoga for a few weeks, I hope that Amber will let me postpone my membership :/
– I don’t have a roommate to heed my every beck and call
– I’m vegetarian
– No more biking/cardio exercise for awhile

Also, this may be taxing on my immune system which is already crappy. I’m going to skip Enbrel until the wound is completely closed up, just to be safe. No need to flirt with infection.

Lastly, no need to worry, folks. I know I’ll be fine and it’s just a mere flesh wound. It will heal in time and I’ll be up and (literally) running soon! I feel like a kid again, haven’t had a knee injury like this in like, a decade?

2 thoughts on “flesh wound”

  1. eat lots of leafy greans like kale and spinach to boost up your iron contents! hope you heal quickly and well!

  2. This is actually amusing to me, since I cannot even count how many bike bruises I had. Of course, most of them are on the legs/knees. I am sure you will keep the wounds clean and well dressed.

    And, since I am the parent, isn’t it about time to buy bike gloves and knee guards?

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