A little accident

You might have noticed (someone? anyone?…Haha!) that I haven’t posted anything in the past month. The reason I’ve been keeping low is because of a bicycle accident I got into on April 1st (yep, that was a lousy joke!). Here’s the story:

The ‘little accident’

At ER in the hospital – pulling a ‘sad’ face.

I was on my way back from a friend’s birthday party when I got into my first bike accident in Amsterdam. A police van swerved into my path and the cyclist in front of me braked. My front wheel caught his bike and I quite literally flew off my bike. I landed on the road on my left arm/shoulder. Two girls who were standing on the pavement rushed to me and as it turned out, they were med students! They were brilliant in helping me off the road, speaking so calmly to me and calling an ambulance. I was pretty much in shock at this point and the pain was excruciating.
The ambulance arrived and getting me into the vehicle was a nightmare. I almost passed out from the pain but the fun soon began! I was given a ketamine sedative which calmed me down but I soon started hallucinating! Images that reminded me of The Matrix and Alice in Wonderland flooded my brain! Imagine you’re zooming through a spinning kaleidscope and you’ll get an idea. That sure was an… erm… ‘otherworldly’ trip!

I arrived at the hospital (still wildly hallucinating) and tests revealed that my left shoulder was dislocated. Nothing broken. Phew!! The nurse expertly massaged my arm back into place and I slept as the ketamine wore off. When I awoke, I was amazed by how crystal clear everything looked – it was like watching life pass in HD! – and I felt incredibly chirpy! Haha!

At the time, I had the impression that a dislocated shoulder was pretty benign. Considering the nasty fall, the damage could’ve been much worse. Besides, images of tough guys in the movies simply banging their dislocated shoulders back into place against a wall were somehow reassuring. I had no idea what was in store for me…

Five odd weeks later, I still can’t lift my left arm to my shoulder level and I haven’t had a single night of good sleep due to the pain. What I initially thought was a benign accident has had a pretty massive impact on my day-to-day activities where even doing something as simple as putting on my clothes is a challenge. I’ve drastically reduced my working hours to rest my shoulder. Physiotherapy and painkillers are helping but the healing process is proving to be long and slow – as the doctor says, it takes quite a bit longer for people over forty. Gee, thanks!

Anyway, I thought I’d let you know in case you were starting to miss me. 🙂

Despite the accident, I’ve still been travelling, to Spain and South Africa in the past month and more trips are just around the corner. I’ll publish my posts about these trips when my shoulder feels better, and in the meantime, you’ll find me on my social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

A word of thanks

A big thank you goes to the two girls who helped me, the medics who were terrific, and my family who’s been amazing! THANK YOU!!! And I’m also thankful for that new trippy experience! What a ride! Haha!

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21 Responses to “A little accident”

  1. Keith Jenkins 16/06/2017 11:28 am
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    Thanks Richard!

  2. Richard Ketter 05/06/2017 11:01 pm
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    Having an accident abroad is never fun. Hope you get well so you can hit the road at full speed again. Keep up the good work!

  3. Keith Jenkins 31/05/2017 12:44 pm
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    Thank you Ursula!

  4. Ursula 30/05/2017 5:13 pm
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    So sorry to hear that. Get well soon.
    All the best

  5. Keith Jenkins 30/05/2017 12:43 pm
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    Thanks Bev! 🙂

  6. Keith Jenkins 30/05/2017 12:42 pm
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    Thanks! Yep, staying home can be dangerous too! 😉

  7. Keith Jenkins 30/05/2017 12:40 pm
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    Thanks Jade!

  8. Keith Jenkins 30/05/2017 12:39 pm
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    Thanks Victoria! Not quite there yet (after 8 weeks!) but the acupuncture treatment seems to be helping, at least to ease the pain.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  9. Victoria @The British Berliner 29/05/2017 9:29 am
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    So sorry to hear about your accident Keith. It must have been awfully painful. So glad that you’re (excuse the pun), on the mend!

    Get better soon! xx

  10. Jade D'sa 28/05/2017 8:50 am
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    Hope you’re feeling better!

  11. Navigatio 26/05/2017 10:38 pm
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    So sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you have made a full recovery by now! I am amazed you can still travel like that! It takes real dedication to perform a feat that large, and you still continue blogging. Wow! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you and your life!

    Yours truly,
    Navigatio

  12. Tikva 16/05/2017 6:07 am
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    Sorry to hear about your accident and hopefuly you are better soon. At least it will give you a new perspective about how dangerous staying at home can be compared to travel 🙂

  13. travelmaestro 15/05/2017 3:17 pm
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    Feel better soon, Keith!

  14. Keith Jenkins 12/05/2017 4:21 pm
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    Thanks Nancy! xo

  15. Nancy 12/05/2017 3:39 am
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    Sending healing vibes! And know you are missed.

  16. Keith Jenkins 11/05/2017 12:02 pm
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    Thank you! 🙂

  17. LM 10/05/2017 1:18 pm
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    So sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you will be feeling much better soon. I am amazed you are still traveling in spite of the pain! I look forward to reading more of your blogs.

  18. Keith Jenkins 10/05/2017 9:14 am
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    Apparently, it is! Hahaha! xo

  19. Keith Jenkins 10/05/2017 9:14 am
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    Thanks so much for your kind comment! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes smoothly. Not out of the woods yet.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  20. VeeCee 10/05/2017 8:22 am
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    So sorry to hear about accident. I enjoy reading your tweets, etc., and hope your recovery goes smoothly.

  21. Rob Hermans 10/05/2017 5:40 am
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    Although I know it’s painfull, had to laugh at this article. Ketamine oops..isn.t tgat a horse-traquilizer?

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