Episode 14, in which our protagonist takes an ambulance ride and misses the Iron Bowl

November 21st, 2006

Leigh Ann got the title almost right. I’m not going to write much about my latest misadventure in riding because I don’t want to sound like a broken record. Here are the facts:

We were riding outside on Saturday, and doing some jumping again. I had already made my way around the course once, jumping the smaller logs on Porsche, and I had done just fine. When I took my second turn, though, I got careless at the second log, lost my balance, and fell again.

This time it was worse than my previous falls from bikes and trees, because I hit my head and was out cold for a few seconds. As it turns out, I cracked my helmet too. When I came to, there were people all around telling me not to move. Long story short, the ambulance arrived, strapped me to a back board, and took me to the hospital. There they X-rayed me, did a CAT scan, decided it was just a concussion, and eventually let me go home. I’m perfectly fine now, and no my head doesn’t hurt, but I do have some soreness in my ribs.

The worst part of it all was that I missed the Auburn-Alabama game. Didn’t see a bit of it until I turned on the JTivo at around 7 PM. With the help of Wendy’s cell phone I was able to keep up with the game. I called Bryn first for a score, then called Leigh Ann to get some details. Eventually I figured out how to access the Internet and use ESPN’s mobile web site for some near-real-time play-by-play action. I have never been so relieved in my life to see the word FINAL appear next to a score.

22-15. How sweet it is.

Yes, I’m going to keep riding and yes I’m going to keep jumping. I will get back on the horse, figure out what I did wrong, and try it again. I might fall again and again, and I might get to know the ambulance drivers on a first-name basis, but I’m going to learn to be a better jumper. I’m now 28% of the way there.

Of these two things that happned Saturday, guess which one my sisters consider more important? Yep, you’ve got to have your priorities in order.

One Response to “Episode 14, in which our protagonist takes an ambulance ride and misses the Iron Bowl”

  1. Joy Says:

    Hey, glad your ol’ noggin’ is as tough as I thought it was. You gotta take care of yourself,
    my Body Guard. No woman is deserving of more than one Head Wound Harry in her life! BTW,
    Congrats on your new job. I am still here at the Five and Dime, awaiting your eventual, if not
    imminent, return to me. Hugs, Juaniter