Just Got Hit By A Car

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    Jul 28, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    I was on my bike doing some errands an hour ago, when a car hit me. A hit and run. It hit me from behind, I was thrown to the ground, never saw who did it.

    What kinda dismayed me was I was lying on the roadway, stunned for a few moments, and no one stopped to help me. I guess this is the US in which we live today.

    I got some scrapes on my right elbow and knee, but nothing major, nothing requiring medical care that I can't handle myself. The bike is in good shape, as far as I can see.

    I was wearing a helmet, and it struck the ground, too. Now I have to determine if it's gotta be replaced, like they tell you. My head didn't hit the ground very hard, hardly a mark on the helmet, so I dunno. Better it than my head, why I always wear a helmet.

    So OK, my misdaventure for the day. Now I have to decide whether to tell my partner about it or not. He's due home in minutes. And he may see my scarred right knee and elbow. I hate to upset him, and he may forbid me to ride the bike anymore, or at least be too nervous when I do. I had a big crash shortly after we first met, another hit & run, requiring an ambulance, medical treatment & all. Bicycling in south Florida sucks.
  • rnch

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    Jul 28, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    SO glad that you are all right...my heart thudded in my chest when i saw the forum thread title.




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    Jul 28, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Glad you seem to be OK.
    I'd suggest you go to the hospital anyway to see what they have to say about a CAT Scan or MRI, and preventing/monitoring a possible resultant seizure etc.
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    rnch saidSO glad that you are all right...my heart thudded in my chest when i saw the forum thread title.
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    I apologize for the shock. Never worry about your Bob. If I can still type something, nothing is seriously wrong with me.

    And I did tell C just moments ago when he came home. I have to be honest with my partner. and I couldn't disguise a bleeding elbow and knee. Like he wouldn't notice?

    But I hate to stress him. He had a heart attack last October, so shocking him is not high on my list. I'm not the drama queen some here may suppose. I conceal more than I reveal, to make his life easier. But this was something I couldn't visibly hide.

    Well, he took it pretty well. I'm more concerned about him that me. A bump, a scrape, what is that? When we were kids we had them almost daily.

    I'm just sorry I wasn't able to identify the car that hit me. Could have been a real cash jackpot. And maybe keep this driver from hitting other people. Ah, well....
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidGlad you seem to be OK.
    I'd suggest you go to the hospital anyway to see what they have to say about a CAT Scan or MRI, and preventing/monitoring a possible resultant seizure etc.

    Not bad advice, but I sense no broken bones, the bleeding under control. My tetanus shot is current. As I said above, no worse than scrapes I had as a kid. I have seizures all the time, diagnosed with epilepsy. Maybe this incident will cause one, or maybe I'll just have a seizure because I simply have them.

    The real issue isn't me, but the hit & run driver. I have nothing to report to the police, because I got no ID. And I doubt any other drivers filed a report.

    I've gone on memorial bike rides for bicyclists killed on our roads. The perpetrator usually gets nothing more than probation, if even caught.

    So I know my risks when I go out on the roads. I wear a hot orange helmet, and a bright-colored T-shirt. And I still get hit. Welcome to Florida.
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    Jul 28, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    OK, starting to get kinda dizzy, can't really focus on the screen, and I'm starting to vomit. It's after hours here, not sure what to do. I don't wanna alarm my partner, and going to the the ER is so drama queen. But I think i'm starting to fade. What is tomorrow? Friday? His day off. If I', not better je cam take me to our doctor I think nabe i,m not doing do well
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    Jul 28, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, starting to get kinda dizzy, can't really focus on the screen, and I'm starting to vomit. It's after hours here, not sure what to do. I don't wanna alarm my partner, and going to the the ER is so drama queen. But I think i'm starting to fade. What is tomorrow? Friday? His day off. If I', not better je cam take me to our doctor I think nabe i,m not doing do well


    Go to the ER NOW. Your symptoms are bad and your typing is getting worse. Go now and do NOT drive yourself. Get your partner to take you or call and ambulance.
  • DrewT

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    Jul 29, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    Glad that you are alright. icon_smile.gif Best to buy a new helmet, you never know how damaged it got. I should probably get a new one. Mine's old...
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    washingtonian said
    Art_Deco saidOK, starting to get kinda dizzy, can't really focus on the screen, and I'm starting to vomit. It's after hours here, not sure what to do. I don't wanna alarm my partner, and going to the the ER is so drama queen. But I think i'm starting to fade. What is tomorrow? Friday? His day off. If I', not better je cam take me to our doctor I think nabe i,m not doing do well


    Go to the ER NOW. Your symptoms are bad and your typing is getting worse. Go now and do NOT drive yourself. Get your partner to take you or call and ambulance.


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    Jul 29, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    damn! If I even stop on the side of the road biking every person driving/riding by will ask if you're alright. That's the midwest for ya though.
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    Not cool hope that your okay icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:08 AM GMT
    DrewT said
    washingtonian said
    Art_Deco saidOK, starting to get kinda dizzy, can't really focus on the screen, and I'm starting to vomit. It's after hours here, not sure what to do. I don't wanna alarm my partner, and going to the the ER is so drama queen. But I think i'm starting to fade. What is tomorrow? Friday? His day off. If I', not better je cam take me to our doctor I think nabe i,m not doing do well


    Go to the ER NOW. Your symptoms are bad and your typing is getting worse. Go now and do NOT drive yourself. Get your partner to take you or call and ambulance.


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    woah, wait...yeah definitely definitely go to the ER.
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    At your age, you should have went to the ER right away.
    If you still haven't gone, pls do go.
    Hope everything turns out OK for you.
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    does anyone have his number... someone should really call him or his partner to make sure he's ok and at a doctor... this sounds like a possible concussion/brain swelling
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    Jul 29, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    I hope everything is alright! Florida drivers are nuts and as a native I would know. I just got into an accident today while leaving the parking garage at work because the other driver admitted that she wasn't looking o_0. Last year I was hit by a driver in Tallahassee while in the crosswalk and he just smashed the gas. Never ID'd the guy. Please be safe while cycling/jogging, everyone...and if you drive (esp in Florida) remember to watch out for others on the road!
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    OK, I'm back. Passed out for a few hours, think I'm OK now. This road rash does sting like Hell now, though, especially my right knee. Wish I had gotten that bastard's plate, he/she ought to pay something for this. Aside from the fact it was criminal hit and run, which is fairly common in Florida. I was really more disturbed that no one stopped to help me, nor get that person's plate. I saw lots of cars passing me as I was lying there with my bike for several moments.

    I appreciate everyone's concern here, reading these posts. But I'm a tough old thing, don't go crying to the doctor or ER at every bump & bruise, they have more important things to do. Besides, I'm scheduled to see the doctor tomorrow at 11 AM to get the results of my prostate biopsy from the Monday before last, find out if I have cancer or not. So my plate's kinda full, I don't wanna be piling more onto it.

    But I'm quite alright now. I suspect the head impact induced a seizure (I'm diagnosed as epileptic). I'll get a few a month, and something like this can trigger one. But if I wake up looking cross-eyed tomorrow I may look into doing something more about it. LOL!
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    Just horrible nobody is helping you from this... horrible! ... in the islands... there'd be a million people around you straight away asking what had just happened ...
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Damn.

    I would still file a report with the police - you never know, they've found suspects by identifying damage to the vehicle when the person responsible brings it to a shop for repairs.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    Very glad to hear you are ok man. People are jerks these days and unfortunately it seems like it is getting worse.

    Stay safe man, we love ya!
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, I'm back. Passed out for a few hours, think I'm OK now. This road rash does sting like Hell now, though, especially my right knee. Wish I had gotten that bastard's plate, he/she ought to pay something for this. Aside from the fact it was criminal hit and run, which is fairly common in Florida. I was really more disturbed that no one stopped to help me, nor get that person's plate. I saw lots of cars passing me as I was lying there with my bike for several moments.

    I appreciate everyone's concern here, reading these posts. But I'm a tough old thing, don't go crying to the doctor or ER at every bump & bruise, they have more important things to do. Besides, I'm scheduled to see the doctor tomorrow at 11 AM to get the results of my prostate biopsy from the Monday before last, find out if I have cancer or not. So my plate's kinda full, I don't wanna be piling more onto it.

    But I'm quite alright now. I suspect the head impact induced a seizure (I'm diagnosed as epileptic). I'll get a few a month, and something like this can trigger one. But if I wake up looking cross-eyed tomorrow I may look into doing something more about it. LOL!


    You're not being a drama queen by accepting help for what could ne a serious issue. GO TO THE ER. It's better you go and have your loving partner drive you than have complications that would put your partner through such pain. What if you passed away from internal bleeding, what would he do to go on? Just GO.
  • car_crazy

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    Jul 29, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    Always replace a helmet after you crash. no matter what. It is now compromised. The foam etc has compressed some and has probably fractures. Get a new one which is easier than a new brain.

    Glad you are ok
  • mybud

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    Jul 29, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Dude..you should still go and get checked out....Sorry about the incident...
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidJust horrible nobody is helping you from this... horrible! ... in the islands... there'd be a million people around you straight away asking what had just happened ...

    Not in Florida. Nobody cares about anybody else. That's why during our annual 165-mile bicycle SMART Ride for HIV/AIDS we have over a dozen motorcycle escort vehicles, and 7 "sweep" SUVs constantly patrolling the course. When we've had incidents, do you think a single passing car stopped to render assistance, during our 7 previous rides? Never! So we do it ourselves.

    In fact, I was hit by a car at the top of Card Sound Bridge, for those who know it, the driver not stopping, another hit & run. But it was just a glancing blow, much like today's incident, and I merely had abrasions that our Ride Medical Director patched-up for me.

    So much for people in the US caring for others. Always carry a cell phone and have 911 on speed dial, because you'll get no help from anyone else along the road in the US.
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    Hope you're alright, Art. Let your doc know what happened, tomorrow when you go in. Just to be safe.
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    mybud saidDude..you should still go and get checked out....Sorry about the incident...


    I agree, you may seem fine but could have internal injuries...I'm really sorry that happened to you