My Daughter + Bicycle Fall + Asphalt Face Plant, Written w/ Her Permission & Approval…
This past Saturday my husband and I were exhausted. Despite the beautiful weather outside, we needed to get some extra sleep and try to recharge. We felt HORRIBLE for our daughter though. To make it up to her, we decided to take advantage of whatever sunlight was left and go for a family bike ride. We dusted off the bicycles, pumped up the tires, and even prepped Speckles (our dog) to come along. It was such a nice outing!
Since Speckles pooped out after just a few blocks, we had to go back to the house to drop her off. After grabbing a few bottles of water, we set off for another ride. Soon after we got back on the road, my daughter got super shaky and fell off her bike. I wasn’t far behind her and saw it happening in slow motion. It was a nasty fall with her landing on her hand, elbow, and face. She also got a nosebleed at the same time. The only thing we had to catch the blood was a sweatshirt I had in my bag. My poor Munchkin!
As you can imagine, it was quite shocking and painful for her. Not only did she have several cuts and scrapes but the asphalt left a good amount of dirt in her wounds. It was fortunate that we were right outside our place but it still took a good hour to clean her up. The bathroom counter was full of antiseptic spray, iodine, gauze pads, cotton swabs, and antibiotic ointment. As I covered my daughter in adhesive bandages, my husband went to treat and wash all the bloodied clothes. Munchkin ended up going to bed early that night as the whole ordeal wore her out (us too).
The only thing that really made her upset was that her helmet didn’t prevent her face from being hurt. She said, “This helmet doesn’t do anything!” I told her that she’s not supposed to use her face to stop a fall but next time we’ll probably have to give her a full-face motorcycle helmet.
It’s been a few days since ‘the fall’ and she’s healing surprisingly fast. She still complains of some neck pain so we’re watching her closely in case it’s bad whiplash. The wounds have closed up but still look pretty nasty. We keep trying to assure her that everyone has had some kind of bad fall or injury and for her not be embarrassed. She’s such a trooper!
What was your major accident / injury when you were younger?