Archive for 15th June 2009

Skinplug!

Today was a very, very fortunate day to unexpectedly acquire a bottle of veterinarian-grade cyanoacrylate adhesive meant for tissue. While out at Addison Oaks riding the single track mountain bike trails with some friends, I had a rather slow speed fall, hit my knee on a screw hole on the side of the stem, and scooped a chunk of skin out the very front of my knee. After falling I was looking at my knee, and sliding the skin on it side to side showed something very light colored beneath that did not move with the skin. That photo up above is the chunk of skin in the screw hole.

It didn’t hurt very much, so after a minute or two I was able to stand up and ride the couple miles out of the park and back to the school we had all met up at. Thankfully there were a bunch of good people there, which would have been even better had I been more hurt.

By the time I drove home there were four distinct paths of dried blood down my leg, so I set to washing them off, cleaning the wound, and getting ready to glue it shut. After washing it I found that the hole seemed to have begun closing up, so I patted it dry, applied a drop of the clear blue adhesive to the surface, then worked the skin a bit to open and close the hole and let it stick shut. This worked, as it’s now now nicely stuck shut and no longer bleeding.

My knee is a bit swollen and still hurts a bit, but I think it just needs some time. The swollen area is the skin on top of my knee, and the pain doesn’t appear to be joint related. There’s the surface sting from the hole, and a bit of muscle-ish pain when I bend my leg into certain positions or go down stairs, but nothing that happens when I simply move my leg.

Here’s some photos from today, if you’re curious. Be forewarned, some of these might bother those who don’t like blood:

· Chunk of skin, still in a screw hole on the stem of my bike. This happened during a relatively low speed crash at Addison Oaks.
· Blood running down my leg after riding from Addison Oaks back to the nearby school.
· Greater detail of the blood coming out of my leg. The thickly scabbed, oozing part near the top is the injured part. Everything else was just dried / oozed blood.
· Chunk of skin which had been removed from my knee and then picked out of the stem.
· Detail of my knee after washing it and applying a veterinary-grade cyanoacrylate glue to close the wound.
· After a few minutes the cyanoacrylate glue did its job and closed up the wound.

(Oh, and if you’re wondering how I fell, here’s what happened: Right at an area that transitions from some wider trail to some narrow stuff, a branch was leaning down across the trail, covering everything above 5′ off the ground with leaves. I thought I could see well enough through it so I ducked and entered the leaves. However, right after getting through them I saw that the trail turned more than I’d expected, and my the very quick turn I made caused my front wheel to lose traction.

As most anyone who rides a bike regularly, a front wheel sliding in anything other than the direction it is pointing often means a rapid fall, which is what I did. The problem was that when going down I banged my knee on a screw hole on the stem, which acted as a melonballer and cut out this nice chunk.)

IKEA: Food and a Full Car

As my CD rack is now empty, Danielle and I headed out to the Detroit area (Canton) IKEA and poked around for quite a while looking at book cases for my office. After a bunch of research before and talking while in the store, we came to a conclusion on what would work well.

Unfortunately, it didn’t appear that the boxes would fit in my car, even after I went out to the parking lot and remeasured the inside of the vehicle with various seats repositioned. We first left without buying the book shelves, but decided that if Danielle were to sit in the back, and things were positioned diagonally, we just might be able to fit everything.

Well, it fit so long as Danielle sat in the back seat. That’s three of IKEA’s BILLY book cases (two narrow, one wide, both tall) and doors for them (three tall glass doors, and one short glass/wood door). It’s impressive what my car can hold, if pushed to its limits. (Here’s a rather not good photo of Danielle sitting in the back of the car along with the boxes.)

While at IKEA we also ate some lunch, which is seen above. My meal, as shown above, was a rather good pasta and garlic bread with elderflower drink. Later on, before leaving the store for the first time, we also split a cinnamon roll.

I’ll post photos of the bookshelves and stuff later. They aren’t completely done being assembled, as I still need some binding screws to hold the two side by side cabinets together. After that I’ll begin filling them.