PORTLAND, Ore. – Henry Schmidt is recovering at home 10 days after he was hit by a car and left on the side of the road.
“I’m still trying to do as much of this as I can on my own. So figuring out how to do these things independently is difficult,” he said.
Schmidt was walking his bicycle on Southwest Barbur Boulevard on Aug. 16 when he was hit by a car.
As he heals at home, Schmidt is finding humor in what changed his life.
“I’ve got those awesome Frankenstein stitches,” he said. “There’s a big old metal rod that, running, or my understanding that it’s running the whole length of my knee to my heel. I’ve got two screws up top and two screws in the bottom.”
Both of Schmidt’s legs are broken. He said his doctors want him to use a walker to take baby steps.
“Taking occasional walks, you know, back and forth between the bed and the couch, from here to the bathroom, making sure I move around enough,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt will also work with a physical therapist at home.
“Physical therapists were adamant that I try to be as independent as possible,” he said. “Everything that I do is great exercise. Getting dressed, it’s really great physical therapy. Getting in the shower, great physical therapy.”
There’s little room in his thoughts for self-pity. He said he’s staying positive, and will certainly ride his bike again.
“There’s only so much I’m left able to do, and if I realized how sad that was, it would be so much worse,” he said.
His friend and roommate Devin Owen says Schmidt is an inspiration.
“The person that Henry is, is what makes it OK working with him the whole time,” Owen said.