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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, 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 that makes me cool, right?
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    Those are definitely utterly cool injuries!
    1903 days ago
    It does make you cool! And so does the fact that you're watching a lecture on infectious diseases (I'm a nerd, I know, but damn proud if it!) was it super awesome? (=
    1903 days ago
    Very cool! Hope you feel better and glad you had such a great time. On a selfish note, I am glad to have you back so that I can read your blogs. emoticon
    1904 days ago
    BTW, It IS pretty cool that your injuries came from rock climbing and snowboarding! (not that you are not already awesome!) Lets face it, half my injuries are from dumb things like house chores or tripping over my own shadow! LOL
    1904 days ago
    Absoutely cool. emoticon
    1904 days ago
  • STODD251
    emoticon and if you're going to be injured, it's definitely cool that it happened rock climbing and snowboarding....
    1904 days ago
    indeed, it's been written down so now it must happen - I like that logic :)
    1904 days ago
    I too get "depressed-anxious-crazy" if I skip too many workouts. I find that almost amusing since I still really do not like working out that much. However my body and mind have become accustomed to it's benefits and they both let me know they do not appreciate the lack of it!
    Do be careful though! I really hope you feel better soon!
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    1904 days ago
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