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Recovery - ouch / thanks

Okt. 31., 2006 10:27 pm ouch / thanks

It's been 3 nights since my "incident" with a speeding car. Right now I look like I have a lion mask on, My face is super swollen especially around my eyes. The lids, my left cheek and under my eyes are stretching my skin to transparency. Both of my eyes have been partially closed all day. Lars and I thought that I might be having an allergic reaction to my medicine. We went to my doctor appointment 4 hours early. I'm not allergic the doctor said that it is natural swelling. Yea, I don't need to be allergic to anything else. I was able to open the door tonight, I pulled the light swich on, I poured myself water and took off my own skirt. They seems like such small feats but it sucks when you can't do them without help.

Lars has been such a doll. He is my hero and champion. He has been helping me with every little thing and he has a cold now probably from staying up so much lately worrying about me and from being in the scariest hospital, LA County Hospital, for 15 hours with me.
Today he launched an internet campaign that got a whole bunch of wonderful friends and concerned bicyclist/ wonderful people to call Eric Garcietti's office on the behalf of my unsolved case. EG pressured the police and now that the wheels of justice have been lubricated we'll see what happens. Prior to this the police had done nothing even though they knew it was a hit and run, had the licence plate #, make of the car and identification from 3 witnessess who chased them down after watching them hit me at full speed. We'll be watching the investigation closely.

I remember the loud noise from being hit. It was huge and fast, low and rumbled with a large bang.
The next thing I really clearly remember is being at the hospital and about 6 doctors picking plastic out of my forehead each of the asking me in sucession what I was doing out so late riding. What!!!? I remained as calm as I could through the entire painful process. I breathed deeply, I sang, I told jokes, I asked the doctors about themselves. The 2 or 3 doctors who were dressed in pink? were studying triage so they could be shipped to Iraq in 3 months. When I heard this I cried and told them how sorry I was that they had to go there. I thanked the doctors many times and broke into crying jags many times because it hurt so bad and I couldn't pass out.

I was told again today that I most likely will have cronic wrist pain and that it could take a long time to heal, possible surgery and insertion of a pin. Boo. I am so thankful that I am alive, walking and not more messed up than I am although I am quite a fright. I so want the police to catch whoever did this to me before they do kill someone.

Thank You deeply to everyone who helped by making phone calls and to all my sweet friends who are offering me comfort.
Love, Jen Diamond

P.S- As soon as I am physically capable I will be back on my bike. I can't wait to feel the wind on my skin and through my hair as I descend through gorgeous Griffith Park. Riding isn't that dangerous. I just happened to have a twist of fate that intersected me & a maniac. Ride as safely as you can, walk as safely as you can, drive as safely as you can. You can't stay inside hiding. In my home town a woman was actually run over by a truck in her own house. It drove right through and hit her.
Ride safe, ride strong.

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Von:trixiefirecat
Datum:November 1., 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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hey jen, it's heather from swap meet/betalevel. i'm glad you're already doing things by yourself and on your way to recovery. i can't believe this happened, it's so frightening, but as you say, i am glad you had a witness and that an investigation is underway. take care & email if you need anything, i can pick stuff up for you if you need it.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
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Hi Heather,

We don't really need anything concrete if you and Jason want to drop in for a visit that would be great we could have dinner together here and be mellow. I could even have a glass or two of wine because I am only on Ibuprophen because I'm allergic to every other good drug.

Jen
Von:mmaceda
Datum:November 1., 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you're here Jen. That weekend was the most emotionally grueling ordeal I've been through. I breathed a sigh of relief when you called Sunday night. You are an inspiration for me to keep riding.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
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Hi Matt,

I'm glad it didn't freak you out of riding. I'm still curious how exactly I fell ie: foward, onto the car, what hit the car?, me, my bike? The detective is interested too. If you remember anything let me know as soon as you can. Thanks for being so quick to call the police and Lars.

Jen
Von:teencraft
Datum:November 1., 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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My regards. Hope you get better, quickly.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
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I'm working on it. It's realy hard to just sit around and relax.
Von:ziactrice
Datum:November 1., 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)

Another bicyclist

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Best wishes for as much and as speedy a recovery as is possible for you! Not to mention, excellent use and function of your painkillers, an end to nasty swellings, and so on.

I admire you for dealing with this so well; crying when it hurts is just a reasonable response in my book. I collected a huge scrape when my foot locked in a clip in last Saturday's Moonlight Ramble ride - a minor injury comparitively. Still, I had to take 2 minutes on the sidewalk to cry before I could regain control - can't ride with eyes blinded by tears!

Get back on the bike when you can. You're totally right in that there is NO safety anywhere, and being at home won't keep a maniac from killing you. I dearly hope the police do find, and your AG prosecutes, the one that ran you down. If you have the chance to denounce him in a court of law, so much the better!
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 06:46 am (UTC)

Re: Another bicyclist

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Thanks. I cried plenty that night. Funny, I had just told a friend, Molly, while riding last week that I hadn't cried in a while. I guess I made up for that.

Any injury sucks in my book. A scraped foot can sure be painful. I hope it is feeling better.
Jen
Von:seine
Datum:November 1., 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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hi jen, this is stella, seth's wife.. we don't know each other very well but i just wanted to say how sorry i am that this happened and how much i admire your perspective and the way you're handling it. i'm glad you have lars with you, feel better soon and i look forward to hearing about your first ride back on the bike!
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much Stella. It's nice to hear from you. I hope that you and Seth are enjoying your new life. How is it to be back in school again. I think it might be cool. I concider it sometimes myself.
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 1., 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)

Hurray for Jen!

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I'm so glad you can turn the door handle now! I really couldn't bear the though of you unable to even open doors for yourself. You are a wonderful and courageous person and I wish I could be in LA to give you a big hug. I can't believe you and Lars have had to go to so much extra trouble because of the incompetence and hostility of the police. Well, I unfortunately can believe it, but it's shocking every time the LAPD behave so badly. But what's so inspiring is that they aren't going to get away with it this time thanks to so many people phoning and responding. You are an amazing person Jen! Xoxoxox, Catherine.
Von:redpatcher
Datum:November 1., 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Keep the updates! The bike pirate community is really interested.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
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Hi,
Thanks for the support. I hope you have a great time riding around here. There are so many insteresting things to see. I will look for you. Look for me, I'll be the one in a cast WALKING around. boo.
Jen Diamond
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 1., 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)

WTF?

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JEN!
I'm a bit shocked... Just got the news and it's already Wed- Boy have I been out of the loop! Can't believe a lady got run over in her own home, but I remember fondly the photograph of the asteroid injuring some other poor woman in her own bed which I used to look at all the time up at Griffith Observatory.
EEkS, i'm just glad yr OK. Another one for the story book. Let me know if you need anything!
Get well and lots of love
XOX
LAA
Von:becauseshewas
Datum:November 1., 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Thoughts and blessings.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
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Thank you.
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 1., 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)

Jen Is My Hero

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Can't wait to see you on the streets again. Your post-script is truly inspirational. The good people like you are what make it all worth while...

Get Well, Ride Strong...
-WALT!
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:05 am (UTC)

Re: Jen Is My Hero

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I am no hero but thank you. All I did was use up one of my nine lives.
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 1., 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)

pins

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Chapeau Jen, for pulling through. And another hat's off to the local cyclocommunity for picking up the phone and getting things done. I hope that your case is solved and that some good comes of this. After reading the initial post that caught my attention on WireDonkey, I did my daily ride with my head on a swivel, constantly turning around at the sound of each approaching car. FYI, and for what it's worth - pins, plates or screws are no big deal if you do the proper physio during recovery after surgery (yeah they ache in cold weather, no biggie). I've got a whole chunk of titanium and stainless parts in my foot and it works fine. Stay loose, stay strong and keep on keepin' on.

bafc23
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:08 am (UTC)

Re: pins

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Thanks. I have been thinking about you and your Titanium. I feel better about the possibility of that now even though I hope it doesn't have to happen and I just heal on my own. Thank you again.--- Jen
Von:squidley
Datum:November 2., 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
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Heard about your plight on the Fixed Gear Gallery.

I was hit earlier this spring myself and I can relate. I just wanted you to know that even strangers are wishing you well and I hope you have a speedy recovery and get the justice you deserve.

Take care. Peace.
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
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Thank you. What happened to you? I hope you have healed nicely and justice reaped.
Von:mayday_mayday
Datum:November 2., 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

lurk'd off bikepirates

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If I had my wreck only 2 months later, we totally coulda been twins on different coasts. Your face pretty much matches the gashes and bruising on mine. So, I feel ya.

Hope they gave you some killer percs. It was the only thing that got me to sleep for the first few nights.

Hope the case goes smoothly, at the very least to help with those hospital bills!

If yous guys ever come to the right coast, first rounds are on me.

Later days,

- Bagel
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:13 am (UTC)

Re: lurk'd off bikepirates

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I'm from the East Coast or "back East" as the West Coasters call it. Whereabouts are you? I'll be on the East Coast in a few weeks for a visit of corse I won't be riding around quite yet. And no good drugs for me, I'm either allergic or they don't work.
How are you healing? What happened?
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 2., 2006 04:18 am (UTC)

I don't know you.

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You are unfortunately famous amoungst us riders, world wide, now. I know you would rather not be, but we all hope you the highest, happiest, less angsty comfort in your healing. I can tell from your Post Script that you have a good 'tude (or good medications...). Stay happy and smile wide that your life is still yours.

Oh, and if you're ever in Boston, come ride with us.

John
Von:okterok
Datum:November 2., 2006 05:53 am (UTC)

get better!

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Hi there

You don't know me, I'm a friend of Randomdreams'. Anyhow, when I heard about your incident I was sooo mad at the police for their reaction and also wanted to pass along good wishes and healing vibes to you. I was in a *minor* car accident (our car was totalled but nothing of me was broken) and it was soooo painful and humbling. I remember crying hard because I couldn't lift my cat for months (I dislocated my sternum). I can somewhat imagine how you must feel but still ...

Anyhow you seem to have tons of people who care and want you to get better =). I'm sure I'll never end up getting to meet you but *very gentle hug* and good luck!!
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:20 am (UTC)

Re: I don't know you.

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I'm crying because I don't have a cat. Ouch, a dislocated sternum that sounds awful. Ho are you now? Thank you for your concern.
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 2., 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)

wtf

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jen,
i read about your "accident" on a board out here in boston. i can't believe we were reconnected over kirsten malone and now this is the latest news. so weird and horrible. i hope you are feeling better soon and heal quickly. and i hope the fucker who hit you gets caught.
best,
aliza
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 2., 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)

gald you are feeling better...

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I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on the road...

a35mmlife/yosi
Von:survivela
Datum:November 2., 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)

best wishes . . .

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Jen,

Your words are inspiring. When you are feeling better we need to do another 100k in your honor! I wish you a speedy recovery.

Erik
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:25 am (UTC)

Re: best wishes . . .

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Melissa and I have been talking about planning another 100K for a long time now, even a full century but that may be a ways off for me now. I guess I could always hand out Gatorade at a check point and I do have some pom-poms somewhere I think. Thanks for thinking of me.
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 2., 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

Love coming from Boston

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Jen Diamond,

It's been years, Jim Countryman here (from Usalos, now Lovewhip) So glad that it wasn't any worse. Glad you have such supportive friends. Take care.

Jim
Von:rubiacita
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:10 am (UTC)

best thoughts y respeto

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hey jen,
haven't yet met you - wish it'd be under different circumstances - so, so sorry to hear about this. beyond sorry.
what an outpouring of support for you, from all over the country....a testiment to how loved you are.
sending my best wishes, inspired by your strength, and look forward to meeting you out on the road someday.....
best thoughts and much love,
anna
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:28 am (UTC)

Re: best thoughts y respeto

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Thank you so much. I am resting and recovering. I like your fish kissing picture.--Jen Diamond
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 3., 2006 08:52 am (UTC)

Feel better, get riding as soon as you can

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Jen - It's lauren from bikesummer/berkeley. I just learned that you were hit by that car! Horrid! How can someone live with themselves after _intentionally_ hitting a bicyclist and then driving away. I'm so glad that you're recovering. I'm thinking of you and Lars.
much love,
lauren
Von:jendiamond
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Feel better, get riding as soon as you can

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They probably woke up with a bad headache and don't remember a thing. Thanks for writing. How are things going out there?
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 3., 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)

Get well soon

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I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. Oddly enough I read about it on a link on LAist.com, a site I occasionally contribute to. The accident sounds truly terrible. I wish you a speedy recovery. Take care!
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 3., 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)

Jen!

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Oh my god Jen...I just found out about this. Is there anything I can do? Can we go scour the streets for the car (which is the same make model and color as my own....creepy). I'm offering you anything that might make your life a little easier right now, errand-runner, entertainer (I have a terrible voice, but I could rent a karaoke machine?) Please let me know! I love you dearly!
Melissa
Von:(Anonymous)
Datum:November 6., 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
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-jen
'tis kelson. i hope you get a speedy recovery so i can spot you zooming around. i'm so glad that you're alright... there's been way too many accidents this year. wrong place, wrong time type of things. so get well. send my best to lars.

-kelson