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Fragile

Sunday, November 10, 2013

There was once a major league umpire named Ron Luciano, who after retirement collected a bunch of his remembrances of life in the big leagues in a couple of books. Describing his athletic background, he recall his football days, when he had some success because he was “agile, mobile and hostile”. But, as he put it, “Unfortunately, I was also fra-gile” (I think that quote was from Luciano’s book “The Umpire Strikes Back”, that and “Strike Two” and “The Fall of the Roman Umpire” are worth looking up if you’re a baseball fan).

While I have some days where I can claim some of the first three attributes (though not in the service of any specific sport), lately, I’m finding myself to show more of the fragility. It started last month with a pulled butt muscle. Earlier this week, I managed to tweak the heck out of a rib muscle, which made for 4 days of not knowing when my chest would be screaming pain. And yesterday, while tailgating before the Michigan football game (the less said about that contest the better), I threw out my shoulder, and the range of motion is a bit limited right now.

Not mentioning this as a plea for pity, or to come across as hypochondriac, but more as a way of pointing out a major flaw in my quest to be healthy: the fact that I really don’t go in for exercise when I’m not feeling good. Ok, the rib muscle issue really was a limiting factor, in that I really couldn’t predict what sorts of motions would set that off. But when I had the lower body issue, I could have done some sort of upper body stuff, right? Some strength training? And today, instead of sitting around watching football, maybe a spin on the exercise bike?

A few new pounds have crept back on, and all of a sudden, I feel like recrossing that 200 pound barrier in the wrong direction is a more likely short term outcome than exiting the 190s in a positive direction.

Need to make it a point of working around the injury crap that’s been striking me these last few weeks, so as to try and avoid that fate.

Fave song from the Yes album, “fragile”, “South Side of the Sky”
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  • v PRIZM96
    Sucks gettin' old, huh??? ;-)

    I'm kinda with AZULVIOLETA6 up there, in that I rarely take any "time off" for any sort of injury or whatever. (Outside of anything major, of course. And fortunately, I've been lucky so far.) Because I know me, and if I do that, I am tempting fate. It takes so much more effort to get back to exercising after a "break" than it does to modify stuff and figure out what you can and can't do and keep on truckin'.

    Also...... pulled butt muscles ain't NO JOKE! lol I just did that a couple weeks ago!
    954 days ago
  • v AZULVIOLETA6
    Rib injuries are ridiculously painful. I had a rib broken during surgery a couple of years ago (which the surgeon forgot to tell me about...oops!) and it still bothers me from time to time.

    Have you ever tried an Epsom salt bath for dealing with aches and pains? It really does help.

    When I am injured, I rarely slow down, I just reduce the impact. I walk and swim more and do less high-impact dance and less weight lifting.

    Hope you feel more mobile and agile forthwith!
    956 days ago
  • v LETHA_
    Hang in there. Your body will heal itself and you can get back to it.
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    956 days ago
  • v KING_SLAYER
    It does suck trying to exercise when you're injured. You have to figure out what you can and can't do, then figure what you want to do (that's if you want to at all). I have found being injured, for me, always lead to some mild depression. "If I can't do what I want to be doing, why should I do anything?". But it is important to continue to do something, if nothing else, for the sake of continuity. When you break the cycle of hitting the gym (or whatever your favorite mode of exercise is) it is harder to get back into that rhythm after the injury has cleared up. I'm sure you're well aware of that.

    Bottom line: do something, even if it's just going for a nightly walk for 30 minutes or an hour.
    956 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Definitely 2nd getting that shoulder looked @ if it doesn't improve.


    956 days ago
  • v GARDENCHRIS
    what is the world were you doing for the shoulder to be thrown out?!?! If it does not feel better in a week or so..... get to the doctor! I had a torn rotator cuff and it requires surgery...... my boss also had one and he was going to tough it out and his surgery was repairing more because he waited so long... Don't wait so long!!!
    956 days ago
  • v SHELTIE2013
    Sometimes it feels like fate puts obstacles in the way- the trick it to wait it out and get on with it when they are gone and not to use it as an excuse to give up.
    Alternatively kick them down but that may lead to another injury!!
    957 days ago
  • v BLONDE2B
    Not so much 'fragile' as human I'm thinking. And part of being human is thinking we can shrug off our more minor injuries and push through it. Just keep remembering that you are a mere mortal and work around those injuries when necessary, and I'm sure you'll start to see those numbers on the scales move back down where they belong! emoticon
    957 days ago
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