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Obligatory disclaimer: I'm fine.

So I got doored on my way back from a housewarming party on Friday night and spent about four hours in the ER on Saturday morning. "Doored" means that I was biking along and a guy opened his driver's side door in front of my bike. I don't remember what happened because I blacked out for a few seconds and regained consciousness on the ground amongst the shattered safety glass of the window: I hit on my head, I think (I was wearing a helmet, or I wouldn't be writing this entry now), and the left side of my face--my left nostril fountained blood for a while--and I had lacerations on my left hand and the right side of my stomach, as well as bruises and cuts on both arms/sides of my torso. But the bottle of wine in my bag didn't break, go figure.

The people who hit me with the door were very nice; after I was less in shock they drove me to the hospital and sat with me while I was triaged; while they went to go look for the wife's phone, I called my roommate N, who came and sat with me and then drove me home at 4:45. The nurses at the hospital were on strike, so we had scab nurses from Alabama who were very nice but didn't know where things were and didn't have badges to get in and out of the wards, so that slowed things down. I wound up getting 13 stitches, 10 in my stomach and three in my hand. The nurse who cleaned my wounds was like, "Biking at night is dangerous!" and I think I actually said, "Well dude, I had a helmet and lights, what do you want from me?"

When we finally left the hospital the parking garage bill was $15.75 for three hours and they didn't take credit cards and I only had $13 cash, which thankfully was enough for them to let us leave the parking garage. Afterward, this was pretty hilarious.

The guy who hit me with the door bought me a new helmet and got my bike fixed yesterday (Saturday afternoon). My stitches will come out in 10-14 days. I think I may start wearing bike gloves; I suspect the laceration on my hand (which was a lot deeper than the ones on my stomach, the doctor said I could actually have done without stitches in my stomach, but shouldn't) might not have happened or been much less bad if I had been wearing gloves. And definitely the cuts on my right knuckles would not have happened.

There are a lot of bloodstains on my messenger bag now (they complement the coffee stains), and as I was riding over on BART last night this dude sitting across from me was clearly checking out the bloodstains and my bandaged hand and cut knuckles and bruised face and judging me. Screw you, dude.

But last night I had dinner with a lovely crew of people ([personal profile] marina, [personal profile] epershand, [personal profile] kuwdora, [personal profile] nextian, and J who's not on DW) and then we gathered even more people unto us and watched XMFC and played the X-Men: First Glass drinking game and I cannot convey how much awesome it was, seriously. ♥
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Date: 2011-09-25 20:00 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nokiirat.livejournal.com
Ouch, I'm glad you are ok. I've seen this happen in downtown DC. Hard to imagine how to prevent those kinds of accidents. Hope you heal fast with minimal scars. :)

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Thanks.

And yeah, all it takes is not looking once.

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Date: 2011-09-25 20:59 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] outou.livejournal.com
I'm so glad that you were wearing a helmet! Thank goodness the people in the car were kind enough to take you to the hospital and fix up your bike, too. The parking garage fee thing does sound pretty hilarious, since the healthcare system always seem to get stuck on small hitches like that. It reminds me of how my father's insurance plan and my school's insurance plan bounced an ambulance fee between each other for months.

I hope your cuts and bruises heal soon!

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:26 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Yeah, seriously.

I'm mostly fine, I'll just be stiff for a few days. :)

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Date: 2011-09-25 21:06 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hisui-ryoshi.livejournal.com
I'm glad to hear you're ok. That doesn't sound like fun at all. It's good that the people who doored you were nice about it.

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:26 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Yeah, they were basically the ideal people to be hit by a car door by. And thanks. :)

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Date: 2011-09-25 23:34 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer
Ouch and eek. I've seen that happen to someone who was right in front of me -- not at ALL fun times. Glad to hear you are as good condition as you are.

---L.

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
I was lucky. And thanks. :)

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Date: 2011-09-26 01:19 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shveta-thakrar.livejournal.com
Oh, damn! *hug, hug, hug* I'm so sorry, love, but so glad it wasn't even worse.

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Me too! *hugs gingerly back!

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Date: 2011-09-26 02:27 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spaiku.livejournal.com
DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD: good to know you are ok <3

have you told dad yet?

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Date: 2011-09-26 05:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Yeah, I called Dad yesterday, I know I freaked him out a bit.

I'm glad to be okay too. <3

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Date: 2011-09-26 07:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spaiku.livejournal.com
I fear getting doored... I'm always looking in the cars to see if someone is sitting in the driver's seat :x

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Date: 2011-09-26 16:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm generally fairly paranoid about it, and trying to be proactive. But there's only so much you can do. :(

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Date: 2011-09-26 07:22 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swan-tower.livejournal.com
Holy shit! Man, I'm glad you're okay (relatively speaking), and that the guy involved seems to have been really good about his response. Hopefully everything heals quickly!

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Date: 2011-09-26 23:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
I take it the itching in my hand is a sign of healing, anyway. I'll have the stitches out by the time we see each other next. :)

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Date: 2011-09-26 08:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loanwords.livejournal.com
Geeze, Andrea! Glad you're OK!!

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Date: 2011-09-26 23:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Me too! If this had happened in Japan, oh geez…

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Date: 2011-09-26 14:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] socair.livejournal.com
So glad you're okay, and glad that the people who did it were responsible and not the sort of people who will try to insist that this was your fault and refuse to do anything for you. *hugs carefully*

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Date: 2011-09-26 23:29 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
Yes, they were really the best possible people to be hit by a door by, really.

*hugs back*

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Date: 2011-09-26 14:14 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merin-chan.livejournal.com
Oh man, sorry to hear it! I hope the parking was all you had to pay too much for. American health care in my mind is like a nightmare of thousand-dollar fees -or it was for so long that I still can't think of it any other way. Sounds like you made it through all right, though!

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Date: 2011-09-26 23:29 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlady38.livejournal.com
My insurance is pretty good; there may be a deductible that I'll have to pay, but I can deal with that. We'll see.

And yeah, still a nightmare of $1000 fees. This is why you should never call an ambulance in the States if you can help it…

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