Dazed and Contused

I fell off my bike while cycling to work yesterday, and spent the day in hospital. Bugger.

What I think happened is that I lost traction on my front wheel while turning left into a corner, and came to a halt with my cheek on the ground. What happened after that is very vague: I was concussed, and lost some of my memory. What I do remember is that I tried to walk to Guy’s Hospital, which I knew to be a few streets away, but I got lost on the way and was helped by a man named Mohammed, who walked me the rest of the way. I locked my bike up outside the hospital. I even remembered to take off my lights!

After that, I’m not sure what happened, but I ended up being transferred to Accident & Emergency at St Thomas’ Hospital. After several X-rays and CT scans, they determined that there was no permanent damage, and kept me in for observation. By late afternoon, I had perked up, and, since I had someone to accompany me, I was allowed to go home about 22:00.

We took a taxi, stopping off at Guy’s on the way to pick up my bike, which was all right, Jack!

I look pretty bad: my face is abraded and swollen, but I don’t think there’s any serious damage. And I feel fine. I have to take care over the next six weeks or so, avoid alcohol, and take it easy, but I think I’ll be OK.

My face after my cycling accident

My right little finger appeared to be fractured, but the X-rays suggest that it’s not, and is merely extravagantly bruised:

My hand after my cycling accident


  1. Mike

    Wrote at 2007-12-22 13:33 UTC using Firefox on Windows XP:

  2. chris

    Wrote at 2007-12-22 15:43 UTC using Internet Explorer 7.0 on Windows XP:

    I’m sure it’s just the camera angle but you look like you have lost your left ear!

    Good work delegating the Christmas shopping, I’d take a bruised finger for that any day…
  3. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2007-12-22 17:13 UTC using Firefox on Linux:

    Yeah, there’s some weird visual effect obscuring my ear. Don’t worry: it’s all still there, completely unharmed.
  4. Nina Jansen

    Wrote at 2007-12-22 19:15 UTC using Firefox on Windows XP:

    Feel better!
  5. Luke Redpath

    Wrote at 2007-12-23 14:56 UTC using Safari 523.10 on Mac OS X:

    And here we were thinking you’d just had a bit too much at the Xmas party the night before!

    Hope you feel better, have a good Christmas.
  6. Paul Battley

    Wrote at 2007-12-23 16:45 UTC using Firefox on Linux:

    Quite the opposite, actually: I was very abstemious at the party, and if I’d actually got as far as the office, I’d have been one of the few people with a clear head!
  7. Ben Griffiths

    Wrote at 2007-12-23 19:25 UTC using Safari 523.10.6 on Mac OS X:

    Ouch. That looks painful. Liz and me wishing you well.

    By the way, your thumb is weirder than your non-ear.
  8. Alice

    Wrote at 2010-03-23 23:04 UTC using Firefox 3.6.2 on Mac OS X:

    Urgh! That’s bad. I also helped the brake with my chin, but luckily managed to avoid much more than a bit of a scrape.

    Was hit by a car a bit over a year ago, and was lucky enough to avoid much more than wiplash. Which, I discovered is a good excuse to make peasoup (with frozen peas…).

    Very impressed you remembered to take off your lights.