Sunday, June 17, 2018

All My Frenz Are Dead err Injured Reserve

2018 took a huge bite out of my riding friends especially the ones I do Ragbrai with or other long rides.  It all started with the Fun Haters Ride back in April....

Not an injury but soon after that ride Donnie lost his gallbladder.  But he is fine now.  That ride through my triglycerides through the roof since I had a blood work done  later that week or the week afterwards.  Doctors freaked when the saw the results of the lab work.  Convinced me to try a statin, different from the one I refused to take anymore.  This one was worse and nearly put me in a wheelchair.  I'm fine now, can run and ride centuries.  This is shit they need to teach kids in school about health.  Alcohol has huge effects on the body and takes time to clear those effects out.  Lesson learned--no binge drinking 2 months prior to blood work.  Just to be safe.  My last test was perfect and the doctor said it was miraculous.

Craig got hit by the driver of a SUV on 35th St.  Hit and run.  The driver stopped and watched Craig get up and then fled the scene.  Sunday Fun Day.  Sunday Bummed Day.  He suffered numerous abrasions, a chipped tooth and a sore shoulder. 

I would be remiss if I did not mention that Stephanie biffed in the same spot that Craig got hit.  Abraised arm and elbow.  I am happy she is riding again.  She does not need to crash but it was very minor thankfully.

Think that is bad?  It gets worse.  Jeff, an avid runner and cyclist.  I've ridden across South Dakota with him several times.  Not an once of fat on him.  Slender and stronger.  Heart attack in late May.  100% blockage on an artery or vein on his heart.  He joined the Club Stent.

Speaking of South Dakota, Joe, founding member of Mary's Heroes, broke two ribs during the latest RASDaK (Ride Across South Dakota).  Not even on his bicycle when it happened.  Packed up and getting ready to board a bus that would take them around road construction.  Someone literally bumped into him at 530 am and he fell against a brick building.  CRACK!  Fortunately, it was in Pierre, SD, and he was 5 blocks away from the hospital.  They laid him in back of a van and drove him there.  Ride over.  3 to 4 weeks off from work.  Ragbrai is questionable.  This may be the first Ragbrai without him in 5 years or so.

Nick.  The most serious.  Nick had a quadruple bypass 4 years ago or so and is still suffering.  Apparently a vein going into his heart is attacking up.  He's out of energy.  No surgery right away but he's out of the riding.

If I missed anyone, my sincerest apologies. Be careful out there.  Take care of yourselves.

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