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Monday, December 31, 2007

New Cast

Had a trip to the doctor today. He took off the old plaster open cast, cleaned my leg and put on a nice lighter weight fiberglass cast.

The wound was a bit more graphic than I had imagined. I was expecting some nice tidy sutures and instead got frankenfoot. I also got another 20 days worth of blood thinners. I have to inject myself every morning (not fun), it's kinda painful and each injection leaves a bruise on my belly. I'm trying to make a pleasing pattern of bruises.



At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Looks nasty! :-0
I'm very curious to see the recovery pics in the next few weeks.

I was there in Hofstade, it happened right in front of me. Didn't thought the injury would be so severe, although I did understand that is was quite serious when you went sitting down.

I wish you a fast recovery!

Greetings from Belgium.

At 8:30 AM, Blogger velogirl said...

ouch! shots of lovenox are no fun......but this will all be over soon, Barb! I'm glad you got a new lighter dancin' cast for the new year.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger cyclocrossboy said...

Hope you have fast recovery...

On a more humorous note, my wife and I can relate to your most recent diary entry on Cycling News. We were traveling from Brugge to Amsterdam via a transfer at Anterwerp. We jumped on the first car across the platform but didn't realize that blue cars with vinyl seats were coach while burgundy cars with burlap seats were 1st class. The conductor was very accommodating and wasn't angry (maybe because she was Dutch), but your story definitely brought back some memories...

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

Hi Anonymous,

I was hoping the injury wouldn't be so severe but I could feel that my right foot had no achilles tendon. I'm still here in Belgium enjoying the painkilling effects of good beer and truffles ;) .
I'll be back next year to actually race Hofstade!

Check out my cyclingnews.com diary, there will be a full report on that bad day.

take care.


At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I'll be back to see you cross the finish line, hopefully 'with' a bike :-)

I'm living nearby Hofstade, so I attend that cross every year. It's a pity that fate stroke, cause in my opinion, Hofstade is one of the nicest races of the season.

Have a nice stay here in Belgium.

And a happy new year to you all!

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous hernandez said...

barb -

you is the craziest damn chick, i ever done saw.

best wishes to you from Sabine, me, and the cats.

the recovery must be daunting. you let us know when we can help!

At 6:08 PM, Blogger twowheeldork said...

Oh lordy!

That looks crazy Barb. Sorry for the bad luck. There's velo bellas going down all over the place. Take care of that and drink some Belgium beers for me. I hope to go over next winter with everyone.


At 9:23 PM, Blogger bikesgonewild said...

...sheesh, looks like the doc finished up w/ a desk stapler...never mind, chicks w/ long scars are hot!...
...whoops, sorry josh...

...for amusements sake, i just measured the three scars i picked up when i had my major operation 5 years ago...total of 42 linear inches...conservative estimate cuz that metal tape measure was cold, yikes !!!...

...anyway, stay on it...you n' josh are real positive cycling presence...

At 8:00 PM, Blogger PROMANgirl said...

OWCH! Queen of the Universe, me and the team wish you a speedy healing and we will see you at Whole athlete, sat (remind josh to bring a cord!!) Look forward to seeing you. i will save you a chair :(
Let me know if you need rides anywhere!
best wishes ~ Niki

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Miss Mary said...

Wishing you the speediest recovery Brab, and best wishes always!

let me know if you need anything and I'll be more to send baked goods your way:-)

At 7:09 AM, Blogger dynamicduo said...

Hey Barb,
That is quite the scar.
Natasha has a cast, tuns out she had cracked the head of the radius. The ligaments are a little messed up and she may need to have it corrected, we'll know Monday. She also has the flu. We are hoping it is not the plague.
We wish you a speedy recovery and send out a massive big mac mac daddy shout out, props, you are super cool. Aweome. Nice.
Nat and D

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


A few weeks ago, you wrote "Check out my cyclingnews.com diary, there will be a full report on that bad day."

If I'm not mistaken, last entry there is "A foggy recollection of my first days in Belgium" ... is the rest still to come, or did I miss something?

Regards from Belgium.


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