ouch

It was kind of a strange thing.
I left K in the driveway, he on his way to work and me off to run errands...and I was at the drug store (did you know that deodorant is no longer unisex? it's not - there is deodorant for men and deodorant for women, BUT ANYWAY) and I got a phone call from Oldest (who was an hour north of here at work).

Where's dad?
he asked, pretty calmly - for him.

I don't know - on the train by now, I guess, why?
I said slightly less calmly.

When did he leave?
he wanted to know.

I don't know, a few minutes ago, WHY?
I blurted with my nerves starting to rattle.

Because my friend just saw him on Tiny-Crazy Road and there was an ambulance and his hands were bleeding...

And so it unfolded.
He's okay, mostly. Banged up, but okay.

I dashed to where I know he travels Tiny-Crazy Road on his scooter and there he was. I got there just as the ambulance left, empty. He was getting information from a policeman.

On his way to work, he was turning left on to Tiny Crazy and, as people tend to drive in the MIDDLE of Tiny Crazy, he was surprised to see someone heading straight for him and he "laid the bike down" which is motorcycle talk for sliding the side of the scooter along the pavement whilst tearing yourself and your clothing up. He was pretty well protected by his lined heavy duty shell and his helmet, though the road tore through three layers of coat and his shirt sleeve. And WOOT for the brand-new heavy duty, real old fashioned Levis 550's - they are so thick and strong that, even though his knee is scraped and swollen, his pants never tore. And he was wearing boots which protected his feet pretty well.

Even so, he was concerned about the top of his left foot and his knuckles and his left knee so we went to the hospital for x-rays, which I could go on and on about but I'm too tired. Suffice to say: SOME nurses sure do like to talk on the phone and gab with doctor friends while SOME people's husband's have nasty road rash which should be cleaned with some ANTISEPTIC and an ICE BAG ON SWOLLEN INJURIES wouldn't be a bad idea either. OKAY? Sheesh.

With nothing broken, the too-soft-talking-foreign-accented-difficult-to-understand doctor wrapped his injured foot in an ace bandage, gave him a sexy House cane, and sent us home.

knuckles

His rings are scraped rough, his watch is ruined and I think I'll patch the coat.
His scooter is one huge scrape from front to back -
BUT HE'S OKAY.
And for that we are grateful.

knuckles2 copy

Comments

kilowatthour said…
i'm so glad he's okay!!

but... ouch.
Schmutzie said…
That's a close one! I fear all motorized vehicles without exterior shells.
Mary said…
Ooh, horrible. Glad he is OK.
tut-tut said…
Goodness; my heart was in my throat reading this; poor K, poor you, poor Oldest, especially!!

But now you can play House . . .
MsCellania said…
I have goose bumps the size of silver dollars here.
And no Breath Left.

I'm so sorry this has happened. First thing when I saw his hand was OH HIS RING IS SCRAPED TO SHIT.
And thought a second later, how lucky it's his ring and not his middle knuckles.
Lordy this coulda been horrible.

HUGS all around to the Family Blackbird.
paula said…
Oh bb...

I can't think what else to say.

Thank goodness and whew.
Jan said…
A gigantic *PHEW* to all of you. So scary.
jo said…
Oh man! I'm so pleased to hear he's okay. I think patching his jacket would be a cool thing to do, the whole 'i survived thing'.
Dad had to drop the bike a few years ago when a giant Cadillac churned him into the sand on a shoulder, a plate and a few screws later and he's just fine. But geez people. It's not all about you!

People really need to pay attention to bikes and scooters. It's not all about the SUV folks.

But the cane...way cool...I'm guessing some reenactments might be taking place *cough*
Anonymous said…
Oh my goodness. Hugs to K.
Surfing Free said…
How scary!! I'm so glad he's ok.

I had a friend with a scooter who had to 'lay his bike down' when he saw a huge truck was not going to fit on the same section of road as him. He bounced off a wall though and was in hospital for two weeks :( Seems like some drivers would rather see someone die than give way.
Anonymous said…
What nice hands K has. Seriously.

Thank goodness it wasn't worse, because we all know it could have been. Lucky you is right.

Robin
Anonymous said…
so the brother the paramedic gets to find out via the blog.....um hmm...

glad he's okay. he will ( sorry! ) probably hurt worse tomorrow.

ice on a wound in an ER ( in my experience ) doesn't happen. they would much rather give you an anti-inflamatory at $75 a pill ( which by the way does less !)

while i am sorry he got banged up, he ( and you ) are very lucky. every, read that as EVERY! motorcycle accident ( or PIAA as we say in the biz!) has ended ( for me at least ) putting a patient in a helicopter. and that....is .....never.....good.......

b

did I use enough quotes?
Badger said…
ACK! ACK ACK ACK! AND ACK SOME MORE!

SO GLAD he is okay.

Did he get some vicodin? Because to do that House thing up right, he's going to need some vicodin. And some stubble.
Badger said…
Oh and ARNICA. Hit the arnica in a heavy fashion. But you know that already.

And some Rescue Remedy for you.

And some gin.

I'm saying.
Heather said…
thank god he's ok (says she from the "it could always be worse" school of thought).
ljc said…
Ugggh... my husband has always wanted a motorcycle but they scare the bejeezus out of me so we compromised with a scooter. I figured it was less risky. I even ride with him! Brrrrr... now I am spooked.
Saoirse said…
So glad he's o.k.--It must have been such a scare for you, not knowing what you'd find on your way from the drugstore to "tiny crazy" road! Best wishes to you all==here's hoping he's not too sore tomorrow and thank goodness it wasn't as bad as it could have been. (love the "Cape Fear" handiwork on the 2nd picture!)--that's a Robert
Miz S said…
blackbird! Picture me gasping and clutching at my heart. I worry about the scooter accidents every damn day. Josh has been accident-free for more than a year now! I am very, very relieved to know that K is not too badly banged up.
Sinda said…
I am so glad he's OK - I hope you are all together.
Anonymous said…
Awwww...."LOVE".....Awwwww....
robiewankenobie said…
good grief. the panic must have been unbelievable.

in the long term though? what a sexy resourceful man you have there. now he gets to tell the story about the time he "dropped the bike."

hubba hubba.
mary d. said…
As you know, I'm all about the vegeance, so my question is: did the person who almost mowed him down stop to offer help, or do we need to organize a posse?
daysgoby said…
Oh, bb, how horrible!

Glad he's okay and mending (although I'd still be pissed about the fartin' around nurses)

and Oldest? Is he okay?

How scary for all of you!
Irene said…
you must have been so scared.
so glad that K is ok.
KT said…
So happy K is alright. Sheesh!!!!
islaygirl said…
yikes yikes yikes. so glad he's ok. hugs to all.
BabelBabe said…
Oh, poor K! Poor you! Poor Oldest who must have been having a thousand conniptions!

Very glad he's ok. Have a drink; take two, they're small : )
BabelBabe said…
I have to say that I admire K's attitude - if *I* were snapping pics in the ER and H knew I was going to BLOG about the incident, he'd be SO ANNOYED. so yay to K for being cool, too. Or at least resigned...
jenny said…
oh my. so, so glad that K is alright. wishing you a calm wednesday.
Alice said…
So glad that all is well and everyone is safe.


oh, and suggest to K that you make those LOVE tatoos permanent...
ann (fchen) said…
thank god he's okay and how weird is that chain of communication from oldest's friend, to oldest, to you? love the sexy house cane .. tell K to work it!! just maybe not gobble the vicodin like candy.
kmkat said…
Add my voice to the chorus singing, "I'm so glad K is okay!"
Two-wheelers are so vulnerable. He was lucky. Hug him, hug Oldest and the others, and have a little glass of wine -- and take care, y'all.
Kim said…
Good grief! Thank goodness he is OK. Chef did a very similar thing a few years back - except the car actually hit him (he rides a motorbike and it was late at night and the car didn't stop at a roundabout... which Chef was already riding through). He rang me from the gutter which was all very dramatic. He too was OK. But still has a massive scar on his leg from the ginormous heamatoma that developed. By some miracle he didn't break his leg. I reckon its the 2 litres of milk he seems to drink every other day.
Anyway, I hope K is Ok and your nerves recover quickly...

xxxK
Mel said…
Oh no... BB. I have been busy the last week and not reading...

I should know better! I always miss something important.

So glad to hear that K is okay.

Mel