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Curses! Foiled again!


Well, it seemed a few weeks ago that I might be getting a little more skating time in. I signed up for a weekly “Skatercise” class that seemed perfect: a small group, socially-distanced, everyone is wearing a mask. And we were working on lots of different edges, a few turns, and some general conditioning. Perfect, given the circumstances.

Well, a little over two weeks ago my husband and I went out for our morning tandem bike ride. After hearing our warning bell, a group of runners moved off the bike path to let us pass. But at the last moment one of them jumped in our way.

I didn’t see her; I am the power generator on the back seat of the tandem. So all I remember is my husband yelling and then I hit the ground hard. As it turns out, I broke three ribs and my right collarbone. Ouch!

So the good news is that the surgery on my collarbone seems to have gone well. A titanium plate and screws is holding everything together, and I didn’t have to have soft-tissue repair done. I am gradually getting back to work and am able to hold things together under the early semester onslaught of preparing for the fall semester (starts next week).

Everything will be online this fall for me, and hopefully will go smoothly. At least I don’t have to commute, and can take frequent breaks in my comfy rocking chair nearby.

I am sad that I won’t be skating (at least for a little while longer). But the good news is that everything seems to be healing up just fine, and hopefully there will be more happy skating (and other) news to come. Fingers crossed!

Here’s pictures from earlier in the summer, with some happy skating and gardening times.

Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

14 thoughts on “Curses! Foiled again!

  1. Jo! I’m so sorry to learn of your cycling accident. It seems that a broken collarbone is one of the more common injuries suffered by Tour de France riders–so you’re in good company. I hope that you mend well and quickly so as to not miss too much time on the ice.


  2. So great to hear from you, George. Thanks for your good wishes and the comparison to the pros on the Tour de France. Alas, I am not in line for la maillot jaune, but apparently at risk for the same injuries! Hope you are well. Are you skating again?


  3. I am so sorry to hear about your mishap Jo. I am glad that you came through the surgery well and that you are managing to get around. And just when you were getting back to skating on a regular basis. Shall we do a Zoom call when you have time? Ja n


  4. Thanks, Jan! A bummer, but I’m hoping it’s just a matter of time before everything starts to be possible again. Yes, let’s get together after the dust settles a bit! Hope you are keeping well.


  5. Jo! You forgot to mention your fractured vertebrae!
    I’m impressed with your awesome attitude!! 🙏🏿 For speedy healing! Love you!!


  6. So sorry that your skating is foiled again. I hope your healing goes smoothly and quickly. Hang in there!


  7. Thanks, Anne! I appreciate your good wishes! Hope the packing is going smoothly–thinking of you. 🙂


  8. Oh no, Jo!! I am so sad to hear about your biking accident. I hope that you heal up quickly and are able to return to all the things you love. Sending virtual hugs and healing vibes.


  9. Virtual hug you back, Eva! Thanks for your good wishes. I’m happy to report that I no longer have to wear a sling (a.k.a. torture device) to bed, and the doctor thinks it will only be about 6 weeks more of recovery time!!! Those healing vibes are working!


  10. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this! I just started skating again at SLP’s open skate, and I was hoping I’d see you soon. I hope it all heals quickly!


  11. Love the cat. Don’t love any news that involves ‘plate and screws.’ How are you feeling now? How is online teaching going?


  12. Thanks, Mary. I am feeling much better! Everything seems to be healing up. I even did some fall gardening last weekend, though it took me a few days to recover afterwards. Work has been really busy, so I probably will be off the ice for a while yet. I hope you’re doing okay–miss seeing your updates!


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