exercises for the injured
Thursday, February 07, 2013
You may have noticed a status update the other day - I know some people gave me some great responses and some great goodies...um, so snowboarding rocks my freaking socks off. But apparently it also rocked my ribs a bit too much - I have a small fracture in a rib on the lower right side of my chest.
The first couple of days were pretty painful - couldn't sleep, traveling was difficult (thank heavens Southwest let me just check my bag for free. I wouldn't have made it lugging my carryon all over America), deep breathing wasn't fun. By yesterday though, it was down to just feeling like I have a stitch in my side most of the time. Today, it's actually even better - I only feel the stitch when I move in certain ways or stretch or take deep breaths (or sneeze or laugh or yawn). If I didn't have xray proof, I would think maybe it wasn't really a break, but the doc felt it and you can just barely see it on the films (they say - I haven't actually seen the film).
Doc said I actually SHOULD be moving though. No taping or anything. I am required to NOT participate in contact sports (including snowboarding) and am supposed to avoid my big weight lifting activities. Not so much because it will hurt my rib, but because the pain will probably make me drop the barbell and hurt myself worse. And he said pull ups and dips will be astronomically painful, so just don't worry about them. But to stay in shape and keep my lungs healthy, I DO need to workout.
So today, I'm going to try to do some recumbent bike riding to see how it goes, then strength work tomorrow. I'm trying not to let this get me down, but yesterday and today were a struggle. I NEED exercise or I go a little depressed-anxious-crazy. I'm committed to getting to the gym in an hour, after I watch some more of an online lecture in infectious diseases. There, I've written it to you, so it must be true.
ALSO - I'm still clinging to the idea that my only workout-preventing injury of 2012 was from rock climbing and my workout-preventing injury of 2013 is from snowboarding....so that makes me cool, right?