A bicycle bottom bracket spindle failure gave rise to an Emergency hospital admission. The failure happened when high pressure was upon the crank as I rose from my seat to start a climb.
While the treatment and recovery was painful, I am thankful for the opportunity to observe stages of healing. Yahweh provides. Yahweh Rapha - my God heals. These are listed here:
- immediate capture and transport of a passing motorist with wise decision to transport to a superior medical venue (RNSH not Ryde) (Paul, you were an angel),
- immediate passage through triage to hospital bed (I was in the Emergency triage only long enough for my transporter to ring my spouse and get to the point of identifying himself!),
- CT scan within half hour of admission,
- Full checks including ophthalmology and plastic surgery team within hour of admission,
- Admission to ward within two hour of admission,
- Own room, hourly vital checks,
- A deep overnight meditation on Is56 (which God had placed that week on my heart),
- Understanding of prayerful endeavours of family, churchfolk and workmates,
- Surgery within 16 hours of admission,
- Discharge with aid of family 26 hours after admission,
- Transport and analysis of bicycle problem (and of impact to helmet) by friends,
- Re-dressing at local GP Day 3,
- Deep sleep on Day 3,
- Vitamin C, Zinc, Cod-liver oil tablets following from lovely advice of a Christian lady (after taking the eight tablets I rattled),
- A remarkable return of elasticity to face Day 4 following laughter,
- Re-dressing at local GP Day 6,
- Return to scene of the accident to find crank and the attached pedal. I found neither, nor did I find any scrape in the pavement that suggested that the accident had occurred)
- Absorbing a delightfully simple message on Luke 10 in a warm, inclusive Baptist church in Bendigo, Victoria,
- The love of family in Wodonga, Victoria and Albury, NSW,
- Return of appetite and vitality Day 7,
- Acceptance of warranty claim by bicycle shop,
- and so on.
brain like playing music. I'm not sure that playing a ukelele badly lights up the brain the same way as, say, concentrated oboe playing in an orchestra, but one tries! Brain health - and re-wiring of neural pathways - after concussion is a vital consideration.
The day after the accident the linked article considered helmet usage. You'll not hear anything negative from me about wearing a helmet!
Shalom and thanks,
P.S. they don't ask you at hospital if you have clean undies. It is a myth!
Links good as at 29 September 2016