Subject: RE: I was the victim of a hit and run today...(warning graphic pic)
Just wanted to give an update. I met with my ortho and a wound specialist. It doesn't look like I'll be doing Vineman. I've seen the ortho twice already and he's being careful with my wound. It was pretty deep and is scheduling a MRI. My brace is off and I can being to bend my leg, however, he said I should be careful. Stitches are still in and won't come out until I see the wound specialist again next Monday. My othro doesn't want me swimming until I see him in 4 wks
Sigh...another long process of healing and rehab. It's very disappointing as I've progressed so much since starting. I started triathlons the year after I ruptured my quad. I started with an olympic back in June 2010 (Silicon Valley International), my times weren't bad considering I'd been training for only 3 months: swim 37 min, bike 1:15, run 52 min, total 2:49. Last month I did SVIT again, which gave a decent bench mark. Swim 32, bike 1:05, run 48, total 2:30. Since my first tri, I've also competed 2 HIM and was training for the full. During training, I am able to do a <25 min mile OWS, average 25+mph on flats cycling, and dropped my 10k under 40. I'd been working on putting the three sports together for better and increasing my endurance. Now, it's back to the drawing board
Somethings I've learned from this experience:
- Make sure wear a helmet!!
- Have good medical, automobile and home owners/renters insurance
- If it's a hit and run or motor related accident, your Uninsured Motorist will help cover your pain and suffering cost, as well as other related expenses
- Medical Pay through your auto policy can cover out of pocket medical expense
- Renters insurance is covering my bike and personal items damages, in addition to my lost bike computer and Garmin
- File a police report
- Keep all your medical records and receipts
- Catalog and maintain records of all your property (makes insurance claim go smoother
- Use Non-stick dressing under the gauze for any open wounds!!! Helps changing the dressing without the gauze sticking to your wounds.
For the most part, I guess I'm lucky to just have these injuries, it could have been worse. I have great insurance and medical coverage that's taking care of the logistical and practical things. However, it's hard not to feel discouraged, disappointed and depressed. Going from working out everyday to zero is awful. I hate it. It sucks. The last 6 mos, I've put in over 260 hrs of working out and all the effort gone in less than 1 min. So disappointing.
Anyhow, I appreciated everyone's input and concern. Onwards to recovery...