I recently injured myself and I've been pretty down lately. I've been checking the boards and I only ever see posts related to minimalist shoes and I wanted to try to start a conversation around something else.
I was riding my bicycle to work on May 31 and I was struck by a car. I was riding on the right side of the road between the lane of traffic and the cars that were parked next to the curb (just to clarify - I'm from the US, so the right side is the proper side). There was no bicycle lane and as I was crossing an intersection (no traffic light or stop sign on my road), a car traveling the same direction as I was, turned right and hooked me. I flew off my bicycle and landed on my shoulder. The motorist had to back her car up as her tire was on top of my front bicycle wheel. The paramedics came and transported me to the emergency room of a local hospital. They took four x-rays and determined I had a stage II separated AC joint. I was told that it would take 3-6 weeks to heal. To add insult to injury, a cop came to visit me in the hospital and he "thoroughly investigated" the situation he was not there to witness. He wrote me a ticket for failing to yield the right-of-way. He and the motorist claim that I ran into the car, rather than what really happened. How could my bicycle wheel possibly end up under the front passenger side tire of the car if I hit it? I guess common sense isn't required to be a cop (sorry if anyone reading this is a cop). On top of that, the motorist's insurance company is denying the claim, saying that I was at fault. I've hired an attorney, but I'm not very optimistic.
I went for a follow-up visit with an orthopedic surgeon, who said it was healing fine and I could begin running again as soon as I could tolerate the pain. That was exactly one week after the accident. So naturally, I began running again that very day. And I ran for five consecutive days and I thought all was well until my shoulder started to bother me more than what had been normal only a few days prior. I backed off until Monday, when I went out for an easy 8-miler. Everything felt great until about seven miles in when my shoulder began to bother me quite a bit. I decided that I am just slowing progress and that I will abstain from running until I'm more-or-less pain-free.
This whole not running thing is killing me. I can't ride my bike because it was wrecked in the accident, so I'm taking the bus everywhere.
Anyone have any words to cheer me up? Or any comments?