Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Story of Ms. V's 2006 Bicycle Accident...aka...WHY YOU HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET EVERY TIME


Many dear readers have noticed that on my packing list is an "accident helmet". Here's the story: On Friday April 7, 2006 I woke up in a bad mood. And worse, I was going to get to school later than I wanted to arrive. So I got my biking clothes on, had a bite to eat, and got on the bike. As I got on the bike I realized that I didn't have my helmet on. I always wear my helmet, but this time I just didn't feel like putting it on.

Well there must have been some divine intervention because I convinced myself to put it on. In Seattle I live on the top of a very steep hill. The road flattens and then goes down again. So I took my bike and rolled down the hill. On the second slope, a car was coming up the hill. For some reason, when I tried to steer my bike away from the car I lost control of the bike and I ended up falling 20 feet away from the bike and landing directly on the curb.

I cried and I was really scared because my helmet was barely on my head and I was loosing a lot of blood out of my nose. My neck hurt a ton and I couldn't move. I 've never been so scared in my life. Then two wonderful, caring women named Anne and Jean stopped by in their truck and called 9-1-1. While they waited for the ambulance to come, they also asked me if I wanted them to call anyone. I asked if they could call my Mom in Maryland and my school to let them now I wouldn't be coming in after all.

The ambulance came and took me to Harborview Medical Center. My principal came to spend time with me that day and my friends came too. You can see the pictures and check out what I looked like that day. Whew. It was so awful! I broke my nose and had a very very sore neck and back. And it took a couple months before I really felt better. I'm so happy that I was wearing my helmet-- it saved my life! So now I have a really cool new and blue super safe helmet and I NEVER ride without it. In addition, I don't ride when I am in a bad mood, and neither should you, dear reader. Walk, run, take deep breaths, but don't ride until you're head catches up with your body.

11 comments:

K said...

Wow, Marcia, I guess I never did hear the story about your bike accident. That sounds so scary. I'm so glad you weren't hurt any worse then you were though. Good thing you decided to put your helmet on after all. You know sometimes I don't want to wear my helmet either because it feels so much more comfortable without it and I get tired of wearing it all day when I'm working as a bike messenger. But then I remind myself of how much more uncomfortable it would be to get a head injury if I were to crash. And that's good advice about not riding when you're in a bad mood. I get in a bad mood when I'm working and a car driver cuts me off or honks his or her horn at me just because they don't like me riding in the street and they think I'm in the way. When I let that get me mad I start to ride more recklessly, which can be dangerous. So I'm working on staying calm and being thankful they didn't hit me with their car.

--Keith

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