Wednesday, 24 March 2010

salt in the wound


three weeks off the bike for the mystery knee. disastrous interactions with the nhs. and still the knee's no better. i'll have to bite the bullet and see a doctor. then the tricky mri negotiation which means something along the lines off - i'll send you for an xray. no you won't i need an mri. i'll send you for an xray. but i need an mri. i'll send you for an xray. okay then how's about you refer me to this guy? why him? because he's the one recommending i need an mri. i need to xray you first. what about i go private. oh we won't cover any treatment if you do that. you won;t look at the result? you need to go for an xray. and on and on and on.....


so avoiding that particular hell i decide to get the bikes out of the shed, what with it being spring, do some maintenance, take my wheel down for a rebuild. all of which i do. then, for a treat i think, well i'm sick of this bear like body, i'm going back out on the bike. so i change the tyres and meet up with the tuesday boys. whereupon i make about a half mile before my front mech breaks.


but where you ask is the salt in the wound? and what is that white bad boy doing at the top of the post. because, dear reader, prior to the knee shenanigans i had a blether to the bike shop guy about bike to work. we skirt round a few price issues, i fill out a form. i go in today and he's all where's your form gone. and i'm oh you know i don't the hp-ness of it and i've got this knee thing going on at which point he goes - it's in a box in the back of the shop....


the box in which i see its white loveliness. so knee or no knee this is what i'll be having my touring fun on later in summer. oh yes....

10 comments:

sarah said...

very nice bikie indeed.

good luck with the knee. I've a feeling you're going to need it.

sunnydunny said...

going to work on my road bike this weekend. recently affected by what i'm pretty sure is the onset of frozen shoulder, so i need to get that checked out in case diabetes is lurking underneath.

Niamh B said...

Looks like something outta star wars

hope the knee gets better quick!

swiss said...

it would seem so. currently the betting is either stress fracture or some sort of newly appeared tendinitis. i'm unconvinced by either so any underlying causes then become worrisome.

you've more likely damaged your shoulder lugging boxes of books about colin!

and i definitely like the star wars reference!

swiss said...

even more grumpy inspiring is that the trans wales is open and currently there's zero chance i can do it.

Crafty Green Poet said...

sorry about your knee, hope it gets better soon

thanks for alerting me to my poem in the Herald, I enjoyed reading yours too!

swiss said...

no worries, i didn;t know if colin would be in touch before you might have a chance to buy a copy for your scrapbook!

Dominic Rivron said...

Everyone whose blog I read who has athletic pretensions of any kind (to my knowledge) has had injury problems in the last 6 months! (Me included).

It's nice to know one is not alone.

ps The Paul Foot essay is good. I keep meaning read his book "Red Shelley", but haven't got round to it yet.

:)

kate said...

rubbish! hope it's no too long before you get spinning. you have my full sympathy :)

swiss said...

back spinning on the trainer. some bike is better than ni bike!