Pikipiki Trauma

Saturday lunchtime, just done some yoga at home, riding towards the ferry to pick up a friend to go to the beach, doing about 60kph, helmet shorts tee shirt shades, some guy coming the other way decides to turn right into the gas station, no warning, no indicator, he just didn’t see me, just puts his car in front of me. I hit the brakes hard, lock up front wheel, bike skids off to one side, I go down, no recollection of the bouncing down the road bit, happens so fast the next thing I know I’m slid under the front of his car face down about up to my chest. Luckily I didn’t hit the car, and it didn’t hit me. Driver gets out, sees me, gets back in and reverses off me!!! I feel bits of the car scraping my back. Instant crowd forms, picked up / dragged to side of road, it starts to hurt, feel the hot sun beating down. Taken to village dispensary where they patch up the scrape wounds – knees elbows shoulders – by stuffing with cotton wool and dabbing with iodine. I scream. I ask the medic to check out my chest as I cant breathe properly, he says nah it would be swollen if there were any broken bones. I ask can you please check my knee because its not working, he says nah it would be swollen if there were any broken bones… He gives me painkillers and antibiotics. So I go home and go to bed, extremely uncomfortable, everything hurts, stay in bed Sunday, till monday morning when i can feel liquid sloshing around when i breathe, and can only breathe halfway, while my leg is not able to take any weight. Find AAR emergency number on the internet, they send an ambulance and take me to Aga Khan – one of the better private hospitals. X rays show several fractured ribs (5or6), fractured collar bone, and fractured knee, plus a collapsed lung. Apparently the other stuff can wait, but one of the broken ribs has scraped the lung spraying air and blood into the chest cavity. Local anaesthetic to cut, dissect and push a tube between ribs into my chest. Phhssshhhh as the air comes out, followed by blood/fluid, into a bottle that I am attached to for 5 days in a nice room with a sea view and pethidine on demand.


2 thoughts on “Pikipiki Trauma

  1. Christ Michael, you don’t do things by half. How are you recovering? Ribs are notoriously painful – take it easy and look after yourself. Lots of change back here in WRT – you wouldn’t recognise the place – but I guess I’ll tell you about that in a separate email.

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