Last night I ended up in casualty after an idiot motorist opened his car door straight into me. Apparently the bright flashing lights and fluorescent yellow jackets weren’t obvious enough…
After 3 worrying – and painful – hours, the doctor confirmed that my arm was not broken, and my bicep (which had immediately swollen up like a bright blue mango) was not torn, but just bruised.
I now sport an AWESOME bruise on my arm, which I’m hoping will be a great source of technicolour enterntainment over the next week. And I’m currently whacked out on codeine – I love the NHS and their free drugs 🙂
I’m also having fun playing “spot the bruise”, as I discover new ones on my body. Luckily I don’t have any gigs or rehearsals for a while so my arm can recover. And my bike’s OK, as far as I can tell.
I’m incredibly thankful that I wasn’t worse hurt. Apparently last year, 13 cyclists were killed in London – ten of them were women. Even being a careful cyclist (and a careful driver – theharp doesn’t move itself…), accidents do happen.
If you’re a cyclist, you can fill in this risk-taking survey, to help make the roads safer for all of us. And finally, please PLEASE always check behind before you open the car door.