Last Tuesday while on my way to work, I fell off my bike at 11th and Market. It happened so fast, I’m not entirely sure why I fell, but I believe I was braking to avoid some bikes ahead of me when my front tire came in contact with the streetcar tracks, which caused my bike to slide out from under me.
I hit the pavement hard. The entire impact of the fall was concentrated on my left elbow—there wasn’t a scratch anywhere else on me. Thankfully no other bikes or cars were involved. My arm swelled up, but since I could still move my fingers I didn’t think anything was broken. Until I saw the x-ray.
On Friday evening I had surgery to fix the fracture, which involved fastening a metal plate to my elbow with a whopping 8 screws drilled into the bone. Check out my new bionic elbow.
Here’s a updated x-ray of my new elbow, taken ten days after my surgery: