Survival, recovery and scars


“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Kahlil Gibran

It’s been four weeks since my bike accident in Bagac and maybe those who have read about my Challenge recon crash are wondering if I’m back to 1 piece or if I’m still in one piece.

The body is not a machine that recovers immediately

Honestly, it has been frustrating during the first few days after the incident. Having been very active for several years and suddenly ordered to stay at home for two weeks for faster healing and recovery was initially crazy! But every part of my body was very painful so I had no choice actually. It was a penitence dealing with all the aches! Every time my wounds were dressed was a time for sacrifice. So for two weeks I was on very strong pain relievers.

I lost my appetite because of the numerous medications probably. So, there was some decrease in weight and sadly, loss of muscles too. Since I just stayed home, I had proper meals which contributed I guess to the weight loss. But, since there had been no sun exposure, my skin cleared though my tan was lost.

As I mentioned on my precious post, my vision was affected. It had been very hard to use my laptop because of the glare, thus it took awhile to finish an article for this blog The only gadget I can use was my cellphone since it had the slightest glare! So, it was my best friend until I got tired liking a hundred status and photos in Facebook and Instagram. Eventually, after having to sit down almost like forever in our TV room with my 8 year old son and listen to Cartoon Network (I can’t watch TV cause my eyes couldn’t take the glare too) I got accustomed to the relaxed lifestyle and started to enjoy it!


2 Sundays after the crash, I was advised by my doctor (my husband) to start being active in moderation. So, still bruised and black eyed, I headed to Fitness First Fort Bonifacio to do my walk jog on the treadmill. It was my slowest and most painful 3k – 30 minutes. But I had to start somewhere. (A week after this was my slowest and most painful 4k.)

Baby I can drive my car

A few mornings after, I was able to drive under low sun and enjoyed bringing my kids and carpool girls to school! Night driving is still difficult because of the flashing of lights but I know soon I will be able to do it. I wear my sunglasses at night.

Present status: it’s complicated

There had been too many complications as a result of the crash
– lumbar spine issues, effects on the ulnar nerve, pt sessions, etc. Often, frustration would wander back and hit my scoured feelings. Luckily, since my doctor is just a tap and a whisper away, always on call for me, I get first aid immediately. I am on my way to recovery… Slowly…


Are you biking again? – this is the question I have been asked most frequently recently. Yes I will, even if the last few seconds of my crash would forever haunt me. My priorities might have changed since I was given a second life but my two dozen scars will not stop me from being active!

See you on the road … soon!

About pinayironmom

Pinay Ironmom is a typical mom who wakes up before 6 am to prepare my 3 children for school. After this, I make my husband coffee, similar to the Nescafe commercial on TV of a couple's typical morning. Work is normally a tour of Northern or Southern Luzon to inspect projects we are building, checking quality of designs or preparation of presentations to prospective clients. My schedule is flexible luckily, I can squeeze in hearty lunches with my favorite lunchmate and training early in the afternoon or right after business hours. Weekends are bike days on Saturdays at MOA or Daang Reyna and Sunday is my me time - my long run day. Oh warm ups and stretchings are trips to the grocery, cool down is hearing mass and giving thanks to God for a wonderful week. This is ME :)
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