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    Oh Laura, I am just HORRIFIED to read this... I'm so sorry that happened to you, can't imagine how scary that must have been. Holy $hit.... Stupid, stupid drivers...YOU were in the path right in front of them and they say YOU should have yielded.... oh give me a break... Was this in Lake Stevens?? I can't think of any other industrial area along the trail there.. honest to gawd can't believe that happened. We always think we are safe on the trail. But thank heavens, as bad as it was, it wasn't even worse, and it could have been worse. I would also get a lawyer in this case, $10,000 may not be enough in the long term, if you need ongoing therapy for anything that may show up later?

    What a year this has been! MY DH crashed on ice in January, broke ribs. I crashed at the Tulip Pedal in April, knocked myself out...thankfully wearing my helmet, which was cracked in two places. So we both have had ambulance rides this year, both of which were our faults (I hit a ridge on a rough patch of road near Mt. Vernon)...

    Well, so glad your beloved Sparky is still there waiting for you to heal. You WILL heal and get back in the saddle again... for now just take the time you need to rest and recover. Oh and good luck with the constipation..., my DH went through that when he took his pain meds for his ribs... it was not fun or easy to get that resolved. He needed more than "fiber" to get things moving again, if you know what I mean.
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    Ouch!! Sorry to hear that happened to you, and glad it wasn't worse. Heal up quickly! And yes, take a stool softener with those pain meds, they are notorious for causing constipation. Not something you need on top of everything else.
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    thanks everyone, for your support. Cindy! I had no idea you'd taken a fall recently. I hope you are all healed up yourself. Yes, beloved Sparky is all I'm allowed to ride until the ribs heal. My Dr actually said I could TRY to continue training for STP on Sparky, but I decided it was just too much pressure. He said to let my pain be my guide, but there is also the element of anxiety about being on the road when the reckless drivers are absolutely everywhere. I am opiate free this morning, and was considering taking the trike out for a spin (after buying a new helmet), but the thought of all the traffic I will have to engage with just on that mile jaunt over to the Interurban is giving me a fluttery stomach.

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    Take it easy and do what is comfortable to you. Is there a park with low volume roads large enough that you could take your bike? Country roads in an area where they are accustomed to cyclists?

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    Oh, I'm sure there are, but lifting a 40 pound trike up into the van with broken ribs is probably not on the menu...

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    Yep, that wouldn't work. Just looking for ideas when you are ready to ease back into riding. I had hoped you might have a hitch-mounted rack, some of those are easy to use (others, not so much).

    Also the word "trike didn't register. I hope you are feeling at least somewhat better!

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    definitely feeling better. Not taking any opiates, but there is still significant pain. I FEEL like I could comfortably ride a two wheel bike, but my Dr has forbidden it because of the risk of falling and worsening the fractures in my ribs.

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    Your doctor's advice restriction is warranted. You want to heal properly.

    That was a horrible accident Laurel!
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    I agree, take your time and heal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauraelmore1033 View Post
    definitely feeling better. Not taking any opiates, but there is still significant pain. I FEEL like I could comfortably ride a two wheel bike, but my Dr has forbidden it because of the risk of falling and worsening the fractures in my ribs.
    You definitely don't want to rush things.

    Once the pain subsides, you might be able to ride a stationary bike or a 2-wheeled bike on an indoor trainer as a way to start moving again without the risk of falling. But clear it with the doctor first.

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    Sorry so to hear of your accident Laura. I hope you heal quickly and are back on your bike soon.

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    So sorry you're hurting, Laura! For that other problem, avocados are high in fiber and sorta slippy, too. We eat a lot as they're great for diabetics, and can affirm that they really, er, do the job.

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    I usually eat a lot of avocados myself--when I can readily go to the store, and am not relying on a stash of pre made microwaveable crap. Did not know that they are great for diabetics. Is that because they are low GI? Well, anyway, I've been off the opiates for a couple of days now. I'm finding they are only good for taking pain levels down a couple notches when it is at higher levels. When the pain was at an 8-9, it maybe took it down to a 3 or 4. My ambient pain level is around 3-4, so the Vicodin doesn't seem to do much.

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    I'm glad your pain is not as bad as before. After ankle surgery (many years ago) I found that the Vicodin made me sick to my stomach so that I couldn't even look at food. I stopped taking them as soon as possible.

    I had not realized that avocados help with, what's the word, motility? I don't eat them that often, though. I do like prunes which are tasty little snacks that you know you will never over-indulge in, so they're good for something sweet when you're trying to watch your weight.

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    Just read this. How scary! So glad it wasn't worse. Take care of yourself, and let yourself heal.

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