I am feeling worried today. I should have taken heed of the threatening-looking but beautiful mountain view this morning.
Shyla has been waking up and moving around restlessly at her "seizure time" (3-5AM) almost every night recently. The neurologist told me that this is probably a sign of pre-seizure brain activity so I am awaiting his response to see what we can do next.
Aside from all of us being tired the next day, Shyla has seemed good during the day. We have been out for the early morning sunrise rays recently.
And, she's always ready to romp, no matter what happened the night before.
Today, after I rode with Shyla, I went out for a bit more riding on my own. I had a major mishap. As I pedaled as hard as I could to churn up a short steep section of trail, my chain snapped. My bike immediately started rolling backward, gaining speed rapidly. I got my feet out of the pedals and tried to stop the bike by putting my feet on the ground but it didn't work. I ended up rolling backwards off the trail into the forest on the downhill side of the trail.
At first, I thought that I wasn't hurt. I landed on a combination of shrubs and forest debris with my bike on top of me about 10 yards below the trail. The hardest part was getting my bike off of me so that I could start extricating myself. I managed but it was slow work. When my bike and I were finally back on the trail about 20 minutes later, my bike was unrideable except downhill. So, I started the walk home, hopping on the bike to glide the downhills.
As I walked home, the adrenaline started to clear from my system, and I realized that the part of my back that gave me such terrible pain for about 5 months a year ago was hurting. At first, it was a minor pain, and it gradually got worse as the adrenaline cleared out of my system. It's not as bad as last year but it's very worrisome.
I am thankful that I wasn't hurt more badly - I was terrified during those moments when my bike careened backwards down the trail. However, I am also mad that I got hurt due to a mechanical failure. I've tried so hard to be careful with my spine that it's frustrating to having something that I couldn't control hurt it.
Now, I'm just hoping that it's a spine tweak that doesn't last long. That happens sometimes - and I'm hoping that this is one of those times!
In the meantime, I'll get outside with Shyla somehow tomorrow morning!