Get Well Heedy
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Get Well Heedy
We always think everything is going to be okay. I mean, who goes to the racetrack thinking, “Hmm, today I’m going to ride for awhile and then break my arm.” Give me a break, right? (no pun intended) But it’s just one of those things that just happens; to some more than others. Reality checks are a part of life as two-wheeled junkies. And it always seems to happen just as our confidence is at an all-time high – at least for me it does.
Associate Editor Adam Waheed and I were just talking not more than a day ago about riding MX, him commenting about how much better he has gotten and how nice it is to be able to go to the local MX track and be able to jump everything with total ease, lessening or even eliminating his fear of getting hurt. And I have to give the kid props – where I used to easily have my way with him, "Heedy" as we call him has come a long way and now pretty much passes me a will (at least I still have him covered on the road race track).
I think he's faking it just to get attention from all the cute nurses!?
But, about midnight last night I get a text message that Adam is in the ER - wrist broken and a bruised kidney. And everything was going so well… From the sounds of things he went over the bars landing on one of the bigger jumps at Starwest MX Park, though no one really knows too much as he was knocked out.
After a full day of hanging out with him in the hospital (man, I hate hospitals – they give me the creeps!), I’m here to report he will be just fine. He’ll be at the hospital for a couple days and had two plates and several screws put in to hold is lower right arm bones together, while his bruised kidney is going to heal up quickly. Considering this is the first time Heed has broken anything other than his ego, the kid came out pretty well. Most of us motorcycle people have been down this road before, if not multiple times— I know I have…
After looking at the bike and the gear Adam was wearing, it looks as if he landed directly on his head, his Shoei VF-W helmet taking the brunt of the impact and doing one heck of a job soaking it up, not to mention his neck brace coming through like a champ and looking almost untouched. Adam was knocked out for a couple minutes, yet has nothing more than a headache to show for it; another example as to why wearing the best protective gear possible is paramount. Adam will be back riding in 4-6 weeks thanks to being well prepared, and the help of a few good doctors.
This is a dangerous sport we all love so much, so people, please do everything you can to be as safe possible. And to send Heedy Get Well wishes, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org