Marc_April2012 4:06am Apr 24 2012
First of all, what a great site. 3 weeks following the accident I am left really down and frustrated by not being able to do much at all and reading about others' experiences has made me feel a lot less isolated.
I was on my bike riding home in London in rush hour traffic and had to take evasive action to avoid some idiot staggering around in the middle of the road. The bike crashed into a delivery van at 20mph but I managed to jump off to avoid going under the van, twisting in the air as I did so. My right foot hit the floor first resulting in a huge spiral fracture in my tibia together with 5 other tibia fractures and a clean fracture in my fibia. Lying flat on back beside the van, having tried to lift my leg, I knew both bones were no longer attached to the rest of my leg. There was no damage to ankle or knee. Luckily a doctor was on a motorbike behind me and took over. Lots of people stopped to help which I was greatly touched by.
My hospital experience at the Homerton in Hackney, UK was good - the nurses/staff were overworked but very good - it was the rudeness of the other patients to the staff that I was horrified by. I transferred to the London Bridge hospital and was operated on 2 days after the accident and have a 40 cm titanium rod through the tibia, secured by pins at the top and bottom. No cast was required.
Discharged a day later, I am now on crutches and have to keep the leg elevated for 6 weeks (3 weeks to go) before I go back to see if the bone has repaired itself. I went back to work 2 weeks after the accident which was premature. My wife drives me in and picks me up but inevitably colleagues expect me to operate at my normal level which is simply not possible. I have my office set up as well as it can be short of taking my sofa in but tried going to a meeting yesterday with my leg on a chair - this was agony. My leg swelled up in protest.
I am now at home on the sofa with my leg elevated. I feel tired all the time and having been very active (cycle racing, martial arts - exercise 5/6 times per week) am finding it difficult.
I am trying to cling on to the fact that this period will pass quickly - but it is not easy seeing my waistline increase and the leg wither. It's difficult but I keep telling myself that there are so many with more serious injuries and that I was lucky in order to try and keep perspective. I am concentrating on letting go for the time being and ignoring feelings of inadequacy at work - if colleagues feel I am not pulling my weight then fine - but stop and think for a second about why this may be! The focus has to be on getting healed.
So anyone reading this, let me know your experiences and we can help each other keep positive.
Updates to follow..........