Reflections on a Sunday morning ride

So... now that I can use my crutch to walk around, its about time to tell my story. Last week, on April 5th, a group of us that included Harris, Ian M, Mike N, Charles and Bruce D, went for a Sunday morning ride. The plan was to take a the relatively easy trail at the Humber river trail and ride north to Kleinburg and back through various paths to the Don and Toronto. About 10 kms onto the Humber river trail I hit a patch of ice and sled on my left side. I felt a terrible pain in my left left leg to the point that I could not move it at all. The others called an ambulance and suggested to meet it where there is an access to the bike path and drive up to the point of the crush. I can’t say how long I waited, for me it looked like an eternity, but I think it was about 20 minutes. The ambulance took me to the Humber river hospital where the findings were that I have a fractured hip bone and collarbone. The orthopedist suggested to operate the hip and the collarbone would heal by itself. I went into surgery on the same day and the doctor told me that now I have a large screw and a plate that holding back together the fractured bones and that theoretically I can walk on my leg. Ok, so not everything that is good in theory actually works in practice and it will take sometime until I’ll be able to walk properly, let alone ride. I left the “regular” hospital last Thursday and moved to Toronto rehab and if everything will go according to the plan I will be back at home next Friday, April 24th. I will likely miss most of the cycling season, but maybe able catch its tail around August this year (not group 1)

 

Lesson learned: Be really careful when you ride on ice or skip that pleasure all together (I will likely chose the later)

 Yossi

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Comment by Christophe Friedli on April 16, 2015 at 6:44pm
Dear Yossi,

I felt terrible when I heard the news of the accident and reading your post brings back that feeling of helplessness. I'm sorry that this happened to you but I'm thankful and happy to hear that despite the long road to recovery you'll be able to walk, ride your bike and hopefully join us again for a spin soon.

All the best on your recovery.
Comment by chris andrews on April 16, 2015 at 9:26pm

very sorry to hear about your accident Yossi and hope your recovery goes well - expect to see you back in group 1 by Sept at the latest. good advice to be really careful when biking period - a biking friend was on the bike path one day and just riding slowly - went over a stick which flipped up into his spokes and threw him off the bike - broke both his elbow and his front forks - you can never be too careful!

Comment by Vladimir V on April 17, 2015 at 9:54am

Yossi, get well. have a safe and speedy recovery.

best wishes.

Comment by Andre Wasniewski on April 17, 2015 at 10:22am

Yossi,

I am very very sorry that it happened to you. I did a similar thing on wet leaves few years ago, that's how I got my plate and screws  in my left femur. I wish you the best with recovery and sincerely hope that everything will go according to the plan. I was actually able to ride on a trainer way before I started walking properly. At least it was good for my morale . But it takes time.

Comment by David Raponi-Monk on April 17, 2015 at 12:33pm

I was so saddened to learn of your accident Yossi.

Your smiling face and strong pulls will be sorely missed, but I look forward to seeing you later this season and wish you a speedy recovery.

Comment by Albert Nigro on April 17, 2015 at 2:28pm

Very sorry to hear about your accident, Yossi.  I will miss riding with you in the early season.  I hope you have a speedy and uncomplicated recovery, and that you can get back on your bike in August.  All the best.

Comment by Howard Calvert on April 18, 2015 at 11:37am

So sorry to hear this Yossi!!!  I wish you a speedy and full recovery. I'm still getting used to a plate and screws in my clavicle from a similar incident (but without ice) in Oct. Look forward to seeing you back on your bike as soon as you're ready. 

Comment by Yossi Cadan on April 18, 2015 at 12:38pm

Thank you all for your wishes. Howard, I truly wondered when you disappeared last year after you mentioned that you would like to join a few mid week rides. I hope that you feel much better and enjoy the beginning of the season.  

Comment by Howard Calvert on April 18, 2015 at 1:18pm

Thanks Yossi. Still interested in those mid week rides. Let me know when you're ready.

Comment by Simon Kelley on April 18, 2015 at 11:44pm

Get well soon Yossi. I will miss your company on the Sunday rides, until later in the season of course, when we hope you will be back in action

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