I was riding my bicycle to work last year when I was hit by a pick-up truck/horse trailer.
The truck mirror struck my helmet and the fender on the trailer hit me in the thigh,tearing away part of my hamstring and breaking the femur. I was thrown about 20-25 feet with my left shoe landing about 40 ft. beyond that. I crawled back to my bike,collecting my fanny pack and glasses along the way.I am somewhat unsure as to the passage of time but the ambulance and fire trucks seem to arrive very quickly. Until I heard the helicopter approaching,I had not realized how badly hurt I was. I blacked out as the helicopter lifted off(though I found out later I was still awake in the ER) and woke up 2 1/2 weeks later.
I was in the hospital for 2 months, received 89 units of blood,had 7 surgeries and a skin graft. I came home late August and spent the next 6 weeks healing(the skin graft had a few stubborn spots) and trying to regain my strength. I lost 35 lbs. in the hospital and tired very easily. I started pushing myself around the mobile home park in my wheelchair for exercise and by mid December I was up to 3 miles. At that point we received part of the insurance and had a ramp built so I could come and go without my wife’s help. I also returned to the gym and started lifting and working on the rowing machine.
In March,I was regained a small amount of movement in my foot and had surgery on my Achilles tendon and was in a cast for three months. I started riding a handcycle in April and am doing 80-90 miles/week with my longest ride being 35 miles(at this point).
1 year post accident,there is still a great deal of nerve damage still to heal(if it does),I use a walker around the house and for(very) short walks,a wheelchair for longer or if I’m carrying something. I can bear a small amount of weight on the leg but have little real function,. I can move the leg and I have a limited range of motion in the knee but the muscles are very weak with a low level of nerve impulse conduction.