I fractured a rib too...
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Apparently when I fell on Wednesday, I cracked a rib. Honestly, it didn't hurt as bad as other bones I've broken. My lower chest felt tight when I breathed, and the muscles hurt kinda like when you overdo it on an abdominal workout. I really thought I was just "normal" sore from the fall.
But there's a cracked rib. I discovered this yesterday at work when I unloaded our delivery bins like I do on any other Saturday. None of the books I unloaded were particularly heavy, but their little tiny weight combined with a twisting motion brought on an agony I'd never before felt. I didn't want the staff to freak out so I took it slow and continued. Probably a bad idea. I also worked the desk and moved the canned food we collected for the Food 4 Fines program. Another bad idea.
By the time I got home last night I was gasping in pain and crying (which of course didn't help the pain). I laid down to put ice on my ribs and couldn't get up. I thought "Man I really overdid it today. Pulled that muscle real good." My poor husband didn't know what to do for me. We couldn't even snuggle when we went to bed.
When I woke up this morning, it still hurt real bad. Trying to breathe was an interesting experience. So I called the advice nurse. She gave me an appointment at the minor injury clinic. The doctor pushed on my abdomen and sternum, listened to me breathe, and then pushed on my lower ribcage. OMG! Such pain!
She explained that they don't really xray if there's a fractured (cracked) rib because they can't really do anything about it. She explained how it was different from a broken rib, and that I would have felt major pain immediately after falling if it was broken. So yeah... if your rib is fractured, they give you pain meds, tell you to use ice and heat, and tell you to take it easy.
I got a doctor's note: no lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling anything heavier than 5 pounds; no crawling under the desks to rewire things either.
That's going to make training difficult. *sigh* She said in two weeks I can start back in with light weights and see how that feels. I can also try jogging again at that time. If it hurts, give it another week. Damn. Damn, damn, double damn.
I hate waiting. Just means that I'll need to be extra vigilant with my diet right? Right. Wish me luck on that front.
Pretty much everything else is healing well. Still a little tenderness in my elbow when I lean on it. I'm down to 2 bandaids instead of 10 (yay!) and my forehead doesn't look like it slid across cement any more (unless you look closely).
So 2 weeks. I can take it easy for 2 weeks, right?