Dodging tornadoes along the way, I made it back to St. Louis safely. I went to see an Orthopedic Surgeon who said I don’t need surgery on my shoulder and that everything should heal in 6-12 weeks. My arm will be in a sling for 3 weeks and then I’ll start physical therapy. Walking is getting a little easier each day but my left leg is still pretty sore due to the deep contusions. The road rash on the left side of my body is healing quickly. The deep gash in my elbow is causing me the most pain. Thankfully, after having taken our children through four bone marrow transplants, my wife is a wonderful nurse.
I was supposed to be riding my bicycle into St. Louis tomorrow. As some of you are aware, I was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals vs. Giants baseball game tomorrow night. Unfortunately, that opportunity is being postponed. I’m just not healed enough to get that done right now. I’m sorry for those of you who bought tickets to the game just to come see me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it rescheduled with the Cardinals. Thank you so much to everyone who was coming out to support me.
This crash has messed up so many planned events. I hadn’t crashed on this bike before and the possibility of it happening during this trip truly hadn’t crossed my mind. As Matthew would say, “I betcha didn’t see that one coming.” No son, I didn’t. Thank you to everyone who had worked to set up media opportunities along the way and who had planned to come out and see me on the route. Also, multiple people offered to finish the ride for me. Thank you so much but this is my ride I have to do it for my sons and all the other children out there battling HLH.
The first step is to get healed and then to get back into riding shape.
Once again, thank you so much for the support!