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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Oh man, ouch, ouch, ouch.

    Mountain bike crash on Wednesday; 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung. But hey, I've done worse except for the punctured lung thing and it's not as bad as it sounds so far. I am home already and it's all about pain control. Oh and I'm covered with poison oak from the fall ; insult to injury and the whole thing. FTF when typing is easier
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    Ouch man that sucks. How did you manage to get so messed up?

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    healing prayers out to you dude!
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Yikes....... Sorry to hear it, Brad.
    As I recall, a man with broken ribs requires a freind to tie his shoes, I hope you have a willing helper

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    Pain is weakness leaving the body, right? Killer man... here's to a quick recovery!!!

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    pain control...mmmmmmmm

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    great googly moogly!!!!

    broken ribs freakin smart!

    get better mang....

    damn...ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    4 broken ribs and a punctured lung.
    Check in later. I'll post up some really funny jokes.....

    Heal quick.

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    Damn, I'd take the broken ribs over poison oak any day.

    Get well.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan
    Damn, I'd take the broken ribs over poison oak any day.
    Mmm, I don't know... At least you are typing. Heal quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferday
    healing prayers out to you dude!
    Good thing he didn't lose a limb. Jesus never grows those back for anyone.

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    Ouch. Hope you heal the ribs and the suffering skin quickly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Light
    Ouch man that sucks. How did you manage to get so messed up?
    Thanks everyone, especially for the prayers, feeling so much better. The fall was unspectacular. I was riding down a short, moderately technical trail called the Vienna Trail, which is your standard Santa Cruz singletrack, transversing the side of gorge. In one spot there is a tree growing on the cliff side of the trail that has 18" of root across the front side and the back side drops off about 3 feet, with a 20-25 deg turn to the left. As I rode over the root, I over shot the turn too far to the left and rode off the trail straight down into gorge. By the time I realized I needed to jump off the bike I had picked up way too much speed, so reached out with my left arm and grabbed a tree. I really don't remember what happened next, but I did feel a crunch on my right side when I landed and heard this guttural groan I have only heard once before, the last time I broke ribs. I’m pretty sure I went over the handlebars and landed somewhere between my right shoulder and back. I have broken some of these ribs before, so I guess the ribs gave way before my collarbone did. Fortunately I was not riding alone and my geared friends helped me hike out, by pushing my bike; most embarrassing. I managed to drive to the ER, assuring my friends I was fine, thinking all I had was a few broken ribs, but an x-ray showed my right lung was partially collapsed. So they stuck a tube in my chest, which was almost as bad as the ribs. Fortunately it only took about 24 hours and most my lung had re-inflated and they took out the d@mn tube so I could go home. The final part of this indignity is the worse poison oak I have ever had, but this has also introduced me to Zanfel; it's expensive and you have to really rub it in, but the stuff really works at all stages of poison oak even after the blistering stage. Fortunately I also have the most understanding wife in the world who only insists I let the ribs reattach themselves before I start riding again just like last time.
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    Best to you, Brad. I've snapped ribs before (just 3 at once, the 4th was only cracked in my wreck) so I know how tough it is to breath, move, eat, sleep, laugh, sneeze, etc... pretty much do anything at all. (Although I don't know what scratching poison oak feels like with busted ribs... thank goodness.) Anyway, hope you enjoy a miraculously speedy recovery so you have a chance to do it again soon.

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    Brad, you win story of the week. Hope it doesn't take long to recover from the crash-induced cautiousness.

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    is the bike ok?
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    damn dude, heal up quick!

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    "heal-good" sex is gonna be interesting.

    has enough time passed? can we make bad jokes that'll make you giggle yet? no?

    *sigh*
    I just told my wife what happened to you and she punched me in the arm for not sending you well wishes... I tried to explain that amongst wheelmen it's kind of assumed than when one wants to make fun of the other it's only because we know that everything's going to be ok, but here we are... heal quick man, glad the PO at least isn't bad!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Brad, you win story of the week. Hope it doesn't take long to recover from the crash-induced cautiousness.
    I will not rest until I clean that trail again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    "heal-good" sex is gonna be interesting.

    has enough time passed? can we make bad jokes that'll make you giggle yet? no?

    *sigh*
    I just told my wife what happened to you and she punched me in the arm for not sending you well wishes... I tried to explain that amongst wheelmen it's kind of assumed than when one wants to make fun of the other it's only because we know that everything's going to be ok, but here we are... heal quick man, glad the PO at least isn't bad!!
    Wow, most guys wouldn't tell their wives about this good a bike crash, I tip my hat. Yes, it has been long enough for heal good sex, oops, you meant for jokes..oh well TMI again
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    I will not rest until I clean that trail again!
    You must be itching to ride it.



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    only bad crashes I've had have been in the city and car-related so offroad she doesn't worry about very much, besides she wandered around with a broken collarbone for 2 weeks without checking in with a doctor so I've got "marriage leverage" there


    anywho, he's talking about a cast-involved leg-over, he's fine!!
    alright folks bring on the rib-tickling bad jokes!

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    no? limerick maybe?

    said the callgirl to the cardinal "the vicar is quicker and slicker and three times thicker than thou"
    (that one's from my "jokes for the john" book)


    no? something more conventionally humorous?
    "steel is real!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    only bad crashes I've had have been in the city and car-related so offroad she doesn't worry about very much, besides she wandered around with a broken collarbone for 2 weeks without checking in with a doctor so I've got "marriage leverage" there


    anywho, he's talking about a cast-involved leg-over, he's fine!!
    alright folks bring on the rib-tickling bad jokes!

    there once was a man from nantucket
    he cheated on my sister
    so I beat his face in with a brick!



    no? limerick maybe?

    said the callgirl to the cardinal "the vicar is quicker and slicker and three times thicker than thou"
    (that one's from my "jokes for the john" book)


    no? something more conventionally humorous?
    "steel is real!"
    Question: What do you do with an elephant who has three balls? Answer: He either gets a hit or you walk him or strike him out.
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    Senior Speed strikes again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    is the bike ok?
    I was surprised to find the rear wheel had a slight wobble as a result of the crash, but a little work with a nipple wrench and it's all good. Otherwise she's good to go!
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