While I much prefer writing about all of the positives of mountain biking an unfortunate thing about riding is injury, it will happen. As a mountain biker, snowboarder, skateboarder, dirt biker, cinder block and scrap wood ramp Evel Knievel imitator and BMXer I have had my share of injuries. Now, I’m injured again! I wish had some cool story how I was racing Steve Peat down a World Cup race track but I was actually going pretty slow and just got off balance a bit. Going 1-2 miles an hour in a rocky downhill switchback after rolling through a snow patch my front wheel slid left and I chest planted to the right, (right on to a cinder block sized rock) breaking four ribs and fracturing a vertebrae. Scary to get hurt that bad going so slow! This is a mountain bike injury recovery kit, not to be confused with a first aid kit. This kit is for when you wounds have been treated and you get home from the emergency room. I unfortunately had none of the items in this kit and would of been much better off if I had had them when I got home. Traumatic injuries do a lot more than break bones and often the treatments are almost as painful as the injuries. The first thing I wanted after being in the most pain of my life for 3-4 hours was something to kill the pain! They finally gave me an IV of something they said was 7 times more powerful than Morphine. It took my pain from off the charts down to a manageable 4 or 5 (on a scale of 1-10) but unfortunately it had one big side effect, nausea! As with the last time I visited the emergency room the second I was released I was wishing for more pain and less nausea. I threw up five times on the way to Dante and Jackie’s house and four more times on the way to get my prescription filled. Not fun with four broken ribs and pretty messy in Jackie and Dante’s van! By the time I got back to my house the next day I was feeling surprisingly good for a guy who slept for only a few hours while sitting up the night before. After a few hours getting a fair amount of work done the pain came back and I took my first Percocet. This was a big mistake as it created both nausea and gas (I felt like I was going to explode! the worst stomach pain of my life). Thanks to the help of two loving friends I made it through a pretty terrible night but would not wish that pain on anyone. Now to the kit that could of saved a lot of pain. My new Mountain Bike Injury Recovery Kit contains: Gas-X (to keep the bloating down!) Laxatives and stool softeners, there are many great home remedies to but you still need the ingredients. (Pain killers block you up and many injuries make going poo even more painful.) A neck pillow (8 days later I am still sleeping sitting up, this really helps my neck!) Dramamine (I haven’t tried this yet but should help with the nausea) A Tens 3000 electro stem device (great pain relief) A Netflix subscription! Also, if you, like me often ride without your wallet it would be a good idea to at least have your id and insurance card on you when you ride, especially if you ride alone. Having my id would of saved me the final four bouts of barfing and would have gotten me to bed an hour earlier.
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