This is just a brief update to reassure everyone that I am on the mend. We are now in Austin, sitting out the time before we can fly home.
I was diagnosed with a broken collar bone, 7 broken ribs, a punctured lung and very extensive scarring and bruising. Certainly my worst injuries in over 50 years of cycling. They kept me in hospital for 6 days – mainly to drain the lung and make sure the puncture was mended. More complex than applying a sticky patch which is what we do for inner tubes.
The draining procedure involved giving me ketamine – so I had a multi-coloured psychedelic experience as part of the treatment. It was a pretty bad trip and I will not be seeking to repeat it in a nightclub. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Del Sol Medical Centre, Mission Valley. They could not have been more professional and were endlessly encouraging. I sought to keep my natural role as the curmudgeon under wraps.
The16 hour train journey to Austin on Amtrak was a Challenge but it is good to be here. IATA guidance says no flying within 14 days of a pneumothorax, so we will probably not get back to the UK until about 9 April. Meanwhile the pain is under control (most of the time) and the healing process has started.