As you may already know Tim “Masiguy” Jackson the maestro of bike-blogging took a pretty bad spill at the San Diego Velodrome last night. He hit the boards at about 30 mph trying to avoid another rider. He was on a brand new bike, 24 laps into a 25 lap race… He sustained a concussion, a broken rib and nearly severed his right thumb clean off. At the moment he has a blood clot behind his left eye and three cracked vertebrae in his neck – hence the neck brace – which they say he’ll have to live with for the next six weeks. We are waiting for the results of a cat scan to determine the condition of his right knee…
Unbelievable as it sounds they expect to have him standing upright, at least a little bit, later this evening. I got to meet Masisister, Masimom and Masistepdad all at his bedside. Jill from Haro was there as well when I left. Tim is in remarkably good spirits though hurting more he said than he’s ever hurt in his life. Not surprising. He has his very own morphine drip control which makes him smile. The thumb has been successfully reattached. I saw him eat food, with lots of assistance from the nurse, with my very own eyes. He’s HUNGRY and that’s good. It is the beginning of a long road but our man is gonna make it I’m certain!
He’s at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego rm# 1024. Please see Blue Squirrel’s blog for more info on the actual crash.
Get well soon my dear friend. You are so loved. All the prayers, meditations and good vibrations are flowing your way.
Smile Tim! You’re on Morphine. (yes, that is a morphine drip smile)
Addition: Tim could go home as early as tomorrow or Friday, remarkably. We’ll know more in the morning.
Addition #2: Blue Squirrel is back from his trip to the hosp. with update #4. Please have a look.
Addition #3 A tremendous outpouring of love and support is coming in from all over the globe! Spoke to Tim this morning and he is doing well. His eye is much better. Still waiting to know more about the knee. His neck is stable and doctors are happy with his progress. He’s eating a little bit more and is surrounded by family and friends who are looking after him. He sends his thanks to everyone for the well wishes.
Addition #4 The brilliant Blue Squirrel is hosting a Tim Jackson Get Well Fund. Please click on the link and check it out. Lots of options for gift cards and such to help Tim with the peripherals during the down time. Thank you all.