From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bicycle Accident


All In The Family...



(Charlotte, brace yourself. I tried to telephone you this evening, but I didn't reach you.)

Dennis had a bad bicycle accident this morning. He was hit from the back by a car while he was pedaling up a hill. He and his bicycle were knocked into the ditch and the driver of the car didn't even stop to see if Dennis was dead or alive.

Dennis crawled up to the side of the highway where a neighbor lady spotted him as she drove to work. She called 911 and then called me. I was just leaving to take Isaac to school when I got her call.

Both bones in his left forearm are broken in several places. He also has several fractured ribs on his left side. His spleen has two deep cracks in it.

The doctor said that most spleen injuries like this will heal, but sometimes there are complications. Tonight Dennis is in ICU so they can monitor his condition. He is hooked to IV's, catheter, heart and blood pressure monitor, and a morphine administrator.

Tomorrow morning, they will set the bones in his arm. Plates will be put in the broken places. The orthopedic surgeon said it is a procedure they do fairly often.

Dennis will heal because he's a tough old bird, but it's going to take a while.

He did not see the car that hit him. He heard it approaching from behind, and he moved over to the very edge of the road. There's no shoulder on the road in this area. Apparently, the car hit Dennis' left side, but did not hit the bike itself because it's not badly damaged.

We are very thankful that Dennis is alive, but can't help wondering who hit him and why they didn't stop. That's very cold.

7 comments:

Sarabeth said...

Oh, Genevieve! My thoughts are with you.

Wrkinprogress said...

The driver's karma will catch up with him or her. As for you, dear lady, we're just down the road a piece, so holler if you need help, ok? Healing thoughts being sent Dennis's way!

Anonymous said...

Tell Dennis he is in our prayers - and you as well, Hang in there. There is a certain irony in that now that we all thought he was home safe, or safely home, he is injured by friendly fire, shall we say. From the hills of Kansas

Neurotic Mom said...

I'll be praying for him, big hugs to all of you.

Trixie said...

God bless all of you! I missed seeing this last night. My prayers are with Dennis for healing and for the rest of you who have to sit and wait while he does so.

That indeed is very cold to hit someone and just keep going. Unbelievable!

Phil said...

I'm sorry to hear this. It's incredible how heartless some people can be.

Genevieve said...

Thanks for your kind thoughts. I think the driver of the vehicle that hit Dennis must have had some reason that he/she was avoiding the law -- expired or revoked license, no vehicle insurance, no license plates, driving under the influence, or maybe transporting drugs. I guess we'll never know.

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