So earlier today i was biking at the dunes/i street in salt lake city. for those of you who dont know, its a sick dirt jump park.
there is this dank 15 or 20 ft stepdown, and i was hitting it and got it super clean the first time. you would come down then go up super high on the other side, so we figured it would be perfect for a step up. so we started building the step up, and eventually it got to be hittable.
so i decided to guinea pig it. i was focusing on what i would do on the step up, not on the step down, so i ended up taking off on the step down a little bit off, and went too far right, landing on a gnarly bump i guess and i guess took the handlebars right to the stomach.
i couldnt breathe for 15 seconds or so, then finally gasped a breath in. i was very relieved, but still in tons of pain. my brother called my mom who came right away and walked down to me. i eventually got up and began stumbling up toward the car. i had to stop every 20 feet or so because a) my hip was in mad pain and b) i could only take half breaths.
eventually i get to the car by sitting on my bike and having my mom push me up, and we mobbed home (2 blocks) to grab some ibuprofen, then straight to the ER.
i got into the ER, and rated my pain at a 9 and a half out of 10. i was just miserable. they did some ct scans and whatnot and eventually told me i had a class 4 spleen rupture.
they then told me that i would not be able to do anything more physical than walk for the next 2 to 3 months, and this is where i lost it. i began to cry uncontrollably, realizing how much impact that one tiny miscalculation really had had.
Eventually, i got into the ICU (intensive care unit) and am now hangin here for the rest of today and probably tomorrow as well.
I cant eat or drink anything for a couple days, and it sucks....but......i have NS to keep me entertained.
After i get out of ICU, i will be in another part of the hospital for three or four days, then get to go home, but will still be basically bed ridden
It is ridiculous how much impact one tiny decision can have on your life... i now am losing a sick ass job, cant bike, skate, longboard, hike, run, dance, or anything the rest of the summer, and am losing a dank ass job because it involves biking and stuff.
Hopefully noone else on NS had an experience like this today!