The next day, I felt sore in my shoulder because I hit the ground with it first and then my head. I didn't start having a headache until Saturday, two days after the accident. I decided to go to urgent care and the doctors gave me a MRI or Cat Scan, I don't remember. Anyway, I was fine, no bleeding in the brain. The doctors told me I was fortunate because I had my helmet on. It could have been more serious.
I started biking in 1995 and never wore a helmet. My girlfriend would get on me all the time about that and I finally saw the light in 1996. I was biking with my girlfriend on the lakefront in Chicago and we came upon a bike accident. The bicyclist who was wearing a helmet was being taken away by ambulance after falling down on the bike path. A group of children ranging from mid teens and as young as six were watching by the side of the path. As we rode past, the six year old looked up and pointed to us and said, "She's smart and she's STUPID". Out of mouths of babes right, I was embarrassed and I told my girlfriend who was smirking, "I guess I should buy a helmet".
Years later, I told to story to my client who was support staff at a rehab clinic and she said the little boy told you right. She said, "Do you know how many people at the clinic have to learn how to walk and talk all over again because they weren't wearing a helmet". My eyes got big as saucers and that was so scary. I guess the little kid did save me life.
I am telling you this because if you ride a bike or any family member or friend rides without a helmet, please tell them my story. It might save your life or theirs.
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