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Grits2011-11-01 17:35:18 +0000 #1
More specifically, it is a fracture at the base of the second metatarsal. In a boot and on crutches for six weeks or so. Going back to orthopedist in two weeks for a second set of weight bearing x-rays.

I was 20 miles into the 100 mile route on the MS Ride in New Bern, NC on Sat. when a rider up ahead skidded on some sand causing a chain reaction behind him. A rider on my team went down right in front of me, and then I hit her. She was moving pretty fast when she went down and got some horrific road rash, but was able to keep riding. I hit her bike, which stopped my momentum, but my foot didn't unclip and twisted resulting in the fracture.

I got sagged in (trying so hard not to cry from disappointment) and taken to an Express Care and was out the rest of the ride, of course. Interestingly, the radiologist who looked at my x-rays said I did not have a fracture, just a sprain. They were ready to send me out with a splint kind of thing, no crutches, when I could not put any weight on my foot at all. The doctor (who happened to be a cyclist) disagreed with him and treated me as a fracture anyway. The orthopedist, looking at the same films yesterday, said there was absolutely no question it was a fracture, so hmmmm.

The MS folk were great (well, except for the elderly SAG driver who parked SO far away from the medic tent to avoid riders milling around the rest stop, and then I had to hop on one foot forever holding onto the shoulders of strangers who came to my aid. He was nice enough, just clueless). MS volunteers drove me to the Express Care and then to my hotel when I was finished.

So here I sit watching movies on Roku and playing on my computer. I ordered a Kindle yesterday.

This sucks.

jessmarimba2011-11-01 17:49:40 +0000 #2
I hope you heal quickly. Glad they (finally!) figured out what was really wrong! Let us know if you need anything...Kindle was a good idea.
OakLeaf2011-11-01 18:24:30 +0000 #3
Aw, bummer.

Heal up quick.
Blueberry2011-11-01 18:15:08 +0000 #4
Awwww Grits - I'm so sorry Hang in there.....

I had a really bad feeling about that ride this year (something about the description of riding around debris piles and the fact that that area is still in rough shape from the hurricane), so DH and I didn't go at the last minute.

Probably a good idea since I'm still having problems from my injury from last year. I crashed at the finish line on the first day. I had stopped (behind a stopped car at a red light) and was clipped out. Someone crashed into me and grabbed me in an effort to stop herself from going down (I know this because she announced it). She separated my A/C joint when she pulled me down by my arm, and I'm still having pain in the shoulder. Interestingly, after they released me from the Med Tent the MS folks never followed up (other than to tell me my fundraising this year was deficient ).
redrhodie2011-11-01 17:56:04 +0000 #5
Ouch! Get well soon! That sounds like a horrible crash.
Biciclista2011-11-01 18:58:24 +0000 #6
aw, sorry get well soon!
Zippinalong2011-11-01 19:09:32 +0000 #7
Oh boy, that really stinks. Wishes for a speedy recovery!
Tokie2011-11-01 19:25:22 +0000 #8
Are you non weight bearing now? I'm recovering from a broken ankle. My salvation has been my kneeling scooter ( bought online from an eBay store) Cost 300$, worth every cent - you can use your hands! My ins paid 60%, w/ a "letter of medical necessity" from my MD. I was on crutches for 8 weeks. I am still using it to walk the dogs(1 at a time) & go to the gym(3 blocks away). My ankle is really sore & it will take me weeks to get back to something like normal. I also bought a La Fuma lounge chair online for 89$ - good for leg elevation w/out killing my back & psoas. I also had to go shopping to buy an (ugly cowboy )boot to keep my hips level while walking in the boot, it was causing quite a bit of hip pain. Hang in there, I hope you have someone to help you out at home! Tokie



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