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    Why to wear a helmet or I just got some new Ti (very long)

    First let me just say that I have been lurking for a very long time. For whatever reason i never take the time to post. But after my latest mtb experience I had no choice, so here we go.

    Father's day I get up and my wife asked if I wanted some time a lone to go ride since I haven't had time to ride recently.I say sure, I figure I will ride a nice easy trail and just get my blood flowing a little. No big deal. I live in Riverview, Fl, which is just outside of Tampa. For those of you familiar with the area, I was riding at Flatwoods. For those that aren't familiar with the area, let me just say that these are very easy trails. No elevation at all. Nothing technical, but it is very windy.Thats windy as in lots of turns not windy as in a strong breeze.

    Well as i'm on my ridei'm thinking about how good i'm feeling about getting back out on my bike. Few minutes i'll be back to my car maybe take the wife and kid out to Busch Gardens or Sea World (living where we do these are things you can just do on a whim if you have passes).

    Remember the part where I said the trail was windy. Well i'm making a gradual right hand turn that has a huge bush, so I cannot see around it. And i'm moving at a pretty good pace. you can see where I'm going with this. And in less time that it will take you read this sentence, I was on the ground in a puddle of blood. Someone was riding in the opposite direction and we ran into each other. When i opened my eyes I knew I had at least broken my nose. This was obvious to me because i was unable to see because of the immense swelling and hugeamount of blood. I'm rolling around in the bushes on my side of the trail and he on his. As I tried to get up I hear a voice "We sure picked the wrong day to not wear helmets." The problem with this comment was that I was in fact wearing a helmet. I took it off as I was rolling around on the ground trying to get my bearings. his head was a little lower than mine as we hit, so the top of his head met my face. Right between the eyes. I hobbled around spouting obscenitiesand making reference to the fact that i forgot my phone. He let me use his. I called my wife and let her know that i needed her to meet me at the trailhead (i always let her know what trials i'm going to), but didn't tell her why. He unhooked my front brakes so my front wheel would roll and helped me get my chain on and I tried to leave. heasked if i wanted him to follow me bck, I said no thanks. This was very stupid on my part.

    As I rode my bike back to the car (which should have been a 10 minute ride took me over an hour) I passed a few people and not one person asked If I was ok. Normally if i see someone stopped i ask if they need help just incase. And here I was covered in blood my eyes won't open and I can't ride a straight line and nobody is worried about anything other than the fact that i'm in there way.

    As I got tho my car i crawled in my front seat and waited for my wife. She was walking around the parking lot with my 4yo son waiting for me. When she opened the door and saw my face she threw my son in his car seat and picked up my bike and threw it in the back. We were inour way to the ER. We were only a few minutes away and my wife was on the phone makinf arrangements for our son he wouldn't have to endure a day at the ER. Did I mention my wife was wonderful?

    I was marked as urgent and for the first time got to explain what happened, my wife didn't know until I told the man at the front desk at the ER. I got a cat scan and a shot of morphine in the butt and I waited. I arrived at the ER at 12:30pm, within an hour I was in a room, and had already seen a doctor. I didn't feel neglected at all, contracry to previous ER visits. I was told to go home and call a specialist first thing in the morning. I left the ER about 7pm. I waited so long because they were trying to find out if a specialist could come in and look at me that day.

    Monday turned into a day of agony for my wife. I was in bed all day and she was on the phone with the insurance company. "i'm sorry, that doctor is not on your plan." too bad that the only doctor that was on my plan couldn't get me in until next week. Long story short, we got a waiver and I got an appointment for Tuesday. The doctor looked at me and put the cat scans up and givesme a rundown of all my injuries. It was not just a broken nose. I had multiple fractures in my face. My orbits (where my eyes sit) had multiple fractures, sinus cavity fractured (which cause my eyesto hurt because of all the drainage that was being pushed in behind my eyes.) So after he showed me all of the injuries, of which idont recall them all, he said he was having me put on the list for surgery the next day, Wedndesday. Did I mention that Wednesday was my wife's birthday?

    I go in for surgery and everything goes fine. I wake up in recovery and I feel fine. Tired but not in any pain. That night its just me and my wife (everybody is gone) and I tell her i'm sorry. She looks at me and says don't worry about it, you'll make it up to me later. Did i mention that my wife was wonderful? I got out of the hospital last night (thursday) about 4:30pm. 52 staples in my head. And mutliple pieces of titanium plates and screws

    I hold no ill will towards the guy that I ran into. Because on those trails I don't always wear my helmet either. But if he had been wearing a helmet, I *may* have just gotten a broken nose. A head is a hell of a lot harder than a styrofoam helmet. So next time you decide to not wear helmet, remember in not just your body that it may be saving.

    I said it was long. Thanks for readin, assuming someone actually takes the time to read all of that.

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    Sinus cavity fractures suck... I busted up my face about a year and a half ago (broken jaw, orbit, cheek & sinus cavity) and that was while I was wearing a full face helmet.

    I didnt get to blow my nose for months. The doctors were affriad that i would get a infection from the blood. All's I have to say is its all about Afrin with out that I would have gone out of my mind.

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    I took the time to read through it, it's worth reading. It's definitely a much different argument for wearing a helmet than I've seen in the past, but apparently things like this happen.

    Good luck in healing back up. Hopefully you'll be back on the trails again. Take care of that wife of yours, too, sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders.
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    Damn, that's one painful story, and yes, you do seem to have a wonderful wife. Never thought about helmetless riders like that before...
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    WOW, sorry to hear about your fathers day.... Here's to a speedy recovery...


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    Ouch

    Hope you're feeling better and that's why I will always wear my helmet.

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    hope you feel...

    ... much better soon!!

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    Welcome to the wonderful wife club. Good luck! We are wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    Ouch! Reading that really made me cringe...

    I'd never thought about it like that either, but wearing a helmet could save someone else a whole lot of pain. It sucks that no-one thought to ask you if you were okay on your way back to the trail head... if I saw someone covered in blood I'd escort them back to make sure they didn't pass out on the way.

    Hope you feel better soon...

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    Thanks to everyone

    For the good wishes. I was very surprised nobody said anything to me. usully if I stop to take a sip of water and someone passes by they are offering help. Then again, for all i know everyone offfered help but I was too incoherrant to understand them.

    At the hospital everyone asked "did you pass out?" and my response was always "its possible". i really had no recollection of what happened from the time I left the accident scene to the time I got to my car.

    I really do appreciate everyone's well wishes. That is one reason that I have been visiting this site for so long. Even though i'm not actively involved, the comraderie is alays here.

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    Oh, by the way. I hope you get well soon!
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    When I was young and stupid, I did not wear a helmet. I was riding my BMX bike on a street with a friend. As I came barreling down this big hill, my buddy is yelling to me to slow down. I never rode this area before. As I said , "What?" I went flying over the handlebars. I busted my forehead open and my shoulder. I didn't feel any pain, but I was dazed. I asked this person if I could use the phone, no cell phones in those days, and she replied no. Then followed with the words, get off my porch your bleeding all over it. Well, I got my hand from my head and flung that blood all over the porch as I was leaving. Went to the next house and he saw the whole thing. He let me in and I called my sister so I can go to the ER. 18 stitches in my head and 4 in my shoulder. Boy, was that stupid.
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    Have you made it up to your wife yet? She certainly sounds like a keeper.
    Good luck in your recovery.

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    i can never read those long stories cause i get antsy but i read this entire thing without blinking. as much as this sounds sick, i love reading accident stories cause it makes me not feel alone.

    plus you got Ti in ya. how cool is that?
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    I just rode up the street with no helmet(first time in ages), I will not do it again. Thanks for sharing, I hope you make a full recovery.

    Does anyone make an XC full face helmet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    Does anyone make an XC full face helmet?
    HAHAHAHA. please tell me that was a joke right?

    wow you must be hecka paranoid
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    From Tampa here..

    Actually Palm Harbor, I evacuated Tampa 2 years ago. I ride those trails and I would have stopped for you. Hope you feel better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdub
    HAHAHAHA. please tell me that was a joke right?

    wow you must be hecka paranoid
    Not at all. Its not for every ride, just those when the speed or danger level increase, and wearing a regular full face is to hot or to heavy. If they made one that was removeable or light weight, I am sure a lot pf people would consider it.
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    tough break buddy, your story was long but interesting...hope you get better soon, i dunno about cdub but i hate reading storys like this, being injured sucks not to mention you won't be able to ride for awhile
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    Why

    Because if you do you will be smart enough not to ask this question. After 12 years of riding and thinking I was fast I now know I'm not, and in retrospect I'm fairly sure I'd be dead or at least be a quad. I've had 3 hospital job cuncussions and 5 broken helmets that tell me it was a great idea to allways wear my brain bucket.

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    I'm not sure if it's Florida trails or not, but the trails around West Palm are certainly VERY windy. I think it's to pack in as much trail as possible. I had something like that happen at JD a few weeks back.

    While rounding a blind corner at decent speed with palm fronds hanging over head I found a hidden tree branch. It felt like I was hit in the head with a baseball bat, and everything went black for about 2-3 seconds which caused me to ride off the trail and into the brush, ending in a decent endo in to some soft bushes. Needless to say I took my time getting back on the bike.

    Sounds like you're doing ok, hope you have a speedy recovery.

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    Crazy story man. I dont think I have ever in 12 years rode my bike without a helmet, and I never will. A few months ago my friend took a REALLY nasty spill on a downhill section of our local trail. He went over a jump, the bike flew up over him, and he stopped tumbling 20 ft from where he landed. He was knocked cold gasping for breath for a good 2 or 3 minutes while I held his head in my hand so he wouldnt choke. It was the scariest moment of my life for those few minutes he was unconscious, I seriously thought I could have to call an ambulance out there. Luckily he got up and was walking around fine after he came to, lost a lot of short term memory though for a while. It was a really nasty concussion and I am convinced that the helmet saved his life there. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET! Hope you get better soon.

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    Good luck for a full and speedy recovery. I can't believe nobody helped you. Those people are pathetic.

    Sometimes making a little bit of noise helps when you can't see very well around you. People might hear you coming. (you can always buy a cow bell ). Good luck.

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