Last Sunday (9/19) I went back to Long Beach with a friend for a ride on the boardwalk. We had a wonderful time, with the waves crashing nearby, beautiful weather, and good company! I used my new Trek bike for the first time. I love how light and nimble it is (about 34 pounds) and
We went again this Sunday, and unfortunately, it did not end up as wonderful. Somehow, I ended flying over the handlebars and rocketing face first on to the boardwalk. Passer bys called the police and an ambulance before I even got up. The EMTs were fabulous, and took excellent care of my swollen bruised face. My brakes were now somehow locked up, my front wheel was bent and a few more things were damaged on the bike.
On the way home I dropped the bike off at my local bike store where I purchased it. Both the manager and service man were so caring and helpful! They have called me several times to update me on the bike, and check on me! They truly went above and beyond!
I’ve seen my doctor, gone for x-rays, and a CAT scan. My eye socket is fractured, and I have an appointment with an ophthalmologist later today – but realize how fortunate I am that I didn’t damage anything else.
So lessons I’ve learned: Accidents can happen anywhere – not just on paved streets! And I have been blessed in my life with wonderful, caring people – a lesson I was already aware of, but still reinforced by this. My students made me a card (as I did go to school) and on it wrote: We notice you still find a way to smile at us! How unbelievably sweet!