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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Over the cliff cyclist - an update

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiApr 12th 2011
My brother in law who cycled off a cliff a couple of weeks ago has generated a bit of interest, so I thought an update was called for. He spent just over a week in hospital and was then reluctantly released. He will need to go back in for an operation to pin his shattered shoulder and collar-bone, but the other injuries are healing well. Sleeping is a particular problem, the breaks and damage mean he can't get comfortable at all.

His short-term memory is still affected: he is being told the same things each day, but isn't able to remember details from one day to the next. He had to get the memory tests correct for 4 days in a row - he was shown 3 picture cards and 10 minutes later had to remember what they were. He was always able to get 2 correct, but kept forgetting the third. Finally, with a little prompting he was able to get there. He is still muddled at times, his best faux pas came shortly after being moved from intensive care into a room with someone who had survived an accident in which his friend had died. My brother-in-law told the patient's relatives, that he 'hoped the dead guy was going to be ok!'

He still sometimes thinks he was cycling on the other side of the country and has remained convinced that he is heading up to Auckland any day on business. He sounds completely coherent when in conversation, but then calmly drops the most bizarre comments in.

We have realised how lucky he was to be found so quickly after the accident and was very nearly not spotted at all. When his training partners reached the bottom of the hill and discovered he was missing, they retraced their steps looking for him. One caught sight of his new pale blue cycling jersey in the bush - a colour choice which had attracted some derision earlier in the day, now potentially saved his life as it was the only bit of him to stand out. A police-woman was part of the training group - she summoned an air-ambulance and he was quickly air-lifted to hospital. Had they not spotted his blue top when they did, it could have taken hours to find him.

His helmet suffered extraordinary damage. It stayed intact, but didn't break; it did however get completely compressed. None of us want to think what would have happened if he hadn't been wearing it.

To his disgust he's not allowed back to work for 3 weeks - he still feels he is good to go in the next day or so. He should make a full recovery, but it won't be quite as quick as he thinks.
PennyHby member: PennyH, Apr 12th 2011 21:57
I am sure he will continue to improve and my thoughts and best wishes to him and all the family.
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