Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ugh! | Scary face!

Hey everyone! I'm super tired and still haven't had a chance to fiddle with my craptop, but rest assured I have a million things I need to post.

Eric and I were in Austin this weekend with a friend at her parent's ranch house. We decided to go for a leisurely ride on all our mountain bikes Saturday, late afternoon. We were going down a hill and our friend was a little ways ahead, and my husband was right behind me. (He was always nervous about me riding a mountain bike on the trails, and I only went once. Got hurt that one and only time). He told me to use the rear brakes and as I was I had an episode like blacking out bur not actually losing consciousness. The next thing I know I realize I'm in the shoulder running over loose gravel at 25 mph, and lose control of the bike.

I landed really hard on my left side, slide and roll. I'm pretty sure that is what happened as Eric still doesn't want to talk about what happened. He said if he can ever think about it without wanting to cry he'll tell me, and I understand since he saw the whole thing. I didn't black out but it happened so fast. I sat up and took my helmet off while he ran up to me and gave me his shirt to stop the bleeding laceration on my face.

Our friend had come back and was calling her mom to get some first aid ready. While her brother was coming to help gather all of us and the bikes in his truck, an air conditioning truck full of guys actually helped bring my husband and me back to the ranch house. (We were only about 1/2 a mile down the road). I told my husband the only thing that hurt was my shoulder, and I felt fine. He was too worried about my face. Our friend's family is so hospitable, and her mom was cleaning my face, and I let her know that my shoulder was hurting and it was swollen, while she told me I definitely needed sutures for the laceration by my jaw line.

Our friend got back to the house and drove me to the ER.
These are some photos of the number I did to myself. (I told Eric to take photos so I could remember this. I wonder what I looked like before cleanup)

Right after the scrub down. Now I'm all swollen, black, green, purple, yellow you name it that color is somewhere on the left side of my swollen body.

Six stitches along my jawline and one for the soul patch. I should have taken a photo on Monday and Tuesday because I looked horrific! The left side of my face got pretty fat.

This is what I look like right now. Beautiful aren't I? Sorry about that look on my face I needed the flash on my phone so I couldn't use the front facing camera. :oP
I got my stitches out today. Oh forgot to mention that I fractured my clavicle, and I found out yesterday that this is what it looks like under that lump:

Tada! Too displaced for a natural recovery. What was a 6 week full-recovery has now turned into 6 months after surgery. :-/

While we are at it here is the helmet I was wearing:
Front left:

Front right:

Back and my broken nails (My nails took a long time to stop bleeding):

Once my comp and my body are up and running I'll be sure to post some awesome winnings I've received, plus some reviews of items I've been using.

Take care and be careful out there! This could have been worse, about a mile from where I wrecked there was a bicycle memorial someone put on the side of the street. Someone died on that very same street. :'(

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va said...

Hope you get well soon and be careful !
That is some scary stuff , thank God you are safe and well .

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

Omg, :( You poor thing! To endure the fall and stitches and a fractured clavicle :/ I wish you a very speedy and comfortable healing. One of my good friends got into a mountain bike accident and broke her collar bone when she hit a rock. I hope you will be ok!

Claudia said...

Sawan! OMG... I am so glad that you are all in one piece (almost...) and I am very grateful that you were wearing a helmet! it looks like it saved your life!
I hope you get better quickly, and I am sending good energy your way!
Just remember I'm here for you!

Alisa said...

Thank god you were wearing your helmet. You poor thing, you're going to be so sore! Take care.

jbrobeck said...

wow! i think its awesome you were brave enough to show your pictures!!! i wish you a speedy recovery♥♥♥

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

Thanks so much for all your kind words! It really does make me feel so much better to be able to let you all know what is going on. I'm glad I have a high pain tolerance because pains meds don't work on me.

Mai said...

D: oh my god that looks awful! I really really hope you get better soon!

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

I'm rooting myself on! :oP
It's been almost a week now, and I'm counting down the days.

Skulda said...

HAHA!! YOU ARE SO BADASS! I love the pictures of you with you giving the thumbs up with virtually perfect thumb nails. I'm sorry you took such a tumble though! You are soooo lucky that you only sustained the injuries you did. Now you have kick-ass scars to show how cool you are. ;)
I'm keeping you in my thoughts and send some mental healing your way.

shortnails said...

i'm glad you are alright =)
we blogger will have you in our thoughts.

Natalia said...

Oh Gosh, that hurts, I hope you recover soon and your healing will be very fast. All my best wishes for you girl!

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

Oh my! That surely must have hurt! You were really lucky you were wearing a helmet.
I hope you get fine soon!

smALtY said...

Scary experience!! I hope you recover soon :-) Hugs

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

Haha! I did feel pretty badass in there.

I am healing up pretty well.

There are always first times for everything, and I managed to roll quite a bit altogether.

I got my first laceration complete with stitches. :o)
My first broken bone complete with my first surgery.(Other than removing my wisdom teeth)
This was also my first black eye.

Rena said...

Ahhh! Pretty creepy that it could had been worse..but I'm glad you're alright. I do hope everything heals well...I cannot think of bleeding nails without getting grossed out though..and ugh, that clavicle is making me cringe! Get better soon!

<33 Rena

Arrianne said...

Cool that you were in Austin. How could my city be so mean to you! :P I'm glad you're okay though.

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

My bleeding nails hurt the worst, but you can kind of see in the photo that they are already trying to get back in shape. :o)

I'll be back in Austin soon to show it who is boss. :oP
It has such beautiful hilly roads.

Red said...

Thank goodness you are ok! I'm glad you were wearing a helmet - so many people don't! I hope everything heals quickly and that you're back to 100% soon!

paintedladyfingers said...

I am so sorry you went through all that! I had a pretty bad fall years ago. I landed face down on the concrete. I had to get 7 stitches in my forehead. Your pictures look familiar. I have an idea what you are going through.

Here are a couple things that helped:

Mederma is pretty amazing. I used it for about a year after the wound healed. I have only a small scar where there would have otherwise been a nasty one. Try to be vigilant about sunscreen. The doctor I had told me that the sunbathing would intensify scarring. I am pretty careful anyway, but was even more so at that time.

From the health food store, Arnica Gel applied topically will help with bruising. It offers mild pain relief too. I like the brand Boiron.

You will heal up in time and no one will even suspect what you went through. I am so glad you are safe and healing. xoxo!

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

I never wore a helmet when I was little, but I wore one since I knew we were going out for some biking cardio. I'm glad it stayed put.

Thanks for the product recommendations! I'm sure I'll be going through all sorts of stuff.

Berry T said...

OMG. That's really scary.
Don't even wanna mention pain
Thank god you had your helmet.
Speedy recovery.

With Love, Elle said...

wishing u a speedy recovery!
i had a bike fall when i was 16 and i hit chin first to the gravel road UGH i had surtures under me chin, and for a week, i felt like i had goatee lol the marks are still there but only visible if i tilt my head really back hehe

all da best to getting back in shape, dont strain too much and take care gal!

xoxo elle

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

OH EM GEE!! I am so glad you are ok!!! I love my bike, but what is this "blacking out" going on? Were you holding your breath? I am just so glad you're going to be ok, and I hope you heal well and soon and that this is all a memory soon.

Rebecca said...

Oh wow. I hope you are feeling better now. I don't think I have ever been hurt that badly. I break a single nail and cry. I can't even imagine what you were going through. I think you are an extremely tough cookie and I am glad that although the fall was bad, it was no where near as bad as it could have been.


AntiCrisix said...

Get well soon;).

Jackie S. said...

Oh no! Get well soon, you are a tough cookie! ;)

Laura @ Sawan-Heaven said...

Thanks for all your well wishes! :o)
I'll be up and running in no time.

auroragyps said...

Falling off a bike and doing a face plant on a road is never fun... I know, I did it when I was eleven. I'm lucky I didn't hit my head, since nobody wore helmets back then, but I did break 3 teeth (eating pizza that night, after the hospital, was fun ;-) ). Look like you kept your wits and your sense of humor a bit during this whole thing and I think that really helps a lot. Here's to a smooth & speedy recovery.

Beauty Addict said...

oh my god! you poor thing. I saw that you had to have surgery too...