Firstly thanks to all of you who sent me supportive messages, these are much appreciated.
So, back to the two questions I posed.
Firstly "what happened?".
Until I get the bike back I can't say for sure. When the cops heard that I had a head injury they impounded the bike for inspection. Turns out they are a lot better at the "impounding" part than the "inspecting" part. Friday hopefully.
The wheel locked up and I skidded for a considerable distance. Near the end the rear came round and I "highsided". This means I was thrown upwards and landed on my head & shoulder. I don't think I was going that fast by this time.
|The landing broke my collar bone.|
|I'm in a simple sling|
|My helmet split but note that there are no abrasion marks.|
|My old combat jacket was cut off (I have no recollection of this)|
Secondly "am I ok"?
I returned to the hospital on Monday for an MRI scan. I dozed in a waiting room for a couple of hours then they sent me home saying they'd contact me later. I think I'm ok head-wise and I'm sure they do too otherwise they'd have scanned me.
I went to the fracture clinic today and got an X ray. Ideally the treatment for a broken collar bone is just putting your arm in a sling until it heals. There was some talk of a surgical operation to plate the bone but since I had good movement and strength and no nerve damage I'm sticking with the sling which suits me.
I was treated in Hairmyres hospital in East Kilbride and I would like to thank the staff there who made my stay as pleasant as possible. I had been in Hairmyres before, in 1981, when I had a much more serious accident that required me to spent 3 months there. I am pleased to report that the hospital has been re-built and is much better than when I was there previously. It was old back then with still traces of the red crosses painted on the roof. They were there to try to persuade the Germans not to bomb it during WW2. The hospital's most famous patient was George Orwell who was treated for tuberculosis there while he was writing "Nineteen Eighty Four".
|I don't usually sit about in my garden but I suppose I'll have to get used to it|