me_want_dreads (me_want_dreads) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
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always wear your helmet, kids.

I was biking down a residential street about an hour after I finally got a helmet to fit over my giant head + dreads and (I think) hit a shoddily fixed pothole and probably some sand. All I know for sure is that my front wheel went out of control and was on the ground bleeding from somewhere on my head. I looked around to see if anyone was around, particularly kids, and yelled a hearty "FUCK." Then a mailman helped me and my father came and took me to a minor medical clinic or something.


See that puffy bloody bit above my eyelid? That be where by sunglasses were embedded into my face. The nurses apparently gave me shots of novacaine into my eyebrow area and took the hinge out, then glued me back together. (I couldn't feel any of it; I was in a bit of pain everywhere else). You have no idea how bummed I am that it wasn't an inch higher, leaving me with one of those cool eyebrow scars.
Anyway, I'm not concussed or broken, just bruised and scraped and punctured on various parts of my leftside body. Feeling pretty hardcore, though.

The moral of this story is to never, ever let the fact that it's slightly hard to find a helmet to fit over your dreads keep you from buying one. If I had crashed a day earlier, it's really possible that I would be dead or comatose right now; I hit my head pretty hard.
So, bicycling dreadies, go out and spend the $30 on a large helmet. And if you crash and land on it, buy a new one because it won't work as well. $30 is way cheaper than a funeral, y'know?
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