Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ribs

You are probably thinking I am going to post a tasty recipe. I wish that was what this post was about! Yesterday, Jeff took 1/2 day off work, and we thought it would be fun to take Evie sledding. We went to a local park, and the hill was really steep with lots of huge bumps. It was also solid ice. Jeff went down with Evie first on our little snow pan, and Evie loved it. Then it was my turn. I sat cross legged on the sled and had Evie sit on my lap. We went sailing over the first bump, and I was completely airborne. One thing about me is that I am kinda boney. I don't have a lot of padding, which is good...except when you are sledding. I came crashing down (with Evie's weight added) onto my tailbone. Then we hit the next bump, and I was holding onto Evie so she wouldn't fall off, and I fell hard sideways and whacked my left rib cage against the ice. Then we both fell off the sled. Evie was fine, and was laughing her head off. I on the other hand wasn't so fine. I just laid there thinking I had broken my rib. I slowly got up, and with much pain walked up the hill. Jeff asked if I was okay, and then he saw that I was clearly in pain. I didn't want Evie to miss out on the fun of sledding, so I stayed and watched for awhile while Jeff took Evie down the hill. Then a bunch of other kids came, and Evie was having a blast. We ended up staying for another 2 hours. I went to the car and sat for about an hour of it. I didn't move much, so I didn't think I was hurt too bad. When we got home, and I tried to get out of the car, I then realized how much pain I was in. We went inside, and I was yelping in pain as I tried to take my boots off. We ended up calling the chiropractor, and I got in right away. He felt around and said he was pretty sure I cracked one of my ribs. I didn't want xrays because even if it showed a break or crack, they don't do anything for it anyways except wrap it. He said he wasn't about to manually adjust me, but he did use the Pro Adjuster (it is a new device chiropractors use). He didn't use it anywhere near the cracked rib, but he did use it down my spine. It actually helped me to feel less stiff, and really helped my lower back. Last night was bad though. I was in a lot of pain in the rib area. This morning my lower back and tailbone felt much better. My ribs still hurt like mad, but I am a little better today than I was yesterday. The doctor gave me a rib wrap that is elastic, and that helps it feel a bit more secure. I'm still feeling the pain whenever I take a deep breath, or whenever I move. So it was an eventful last few days! I was bummed that I didn't get to have any fun sledding. Nothing like wiping out on the very first run down the hill!!

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh wow Jen please take it easy for a few days, maybe a week ;-)

SchnauzerMom said...

How sad, wiped out on the first run. Take good care of yourself, get lots of rest.

Jules said...

Oh Jen, hope you feel better soon. That sounds painful.

RosyRose said...

Hey Jen....Hope you are okay...that settles it, you need me to come fatten you up:)! Cracked ribs are no fun! Hope those things heal up quickly!!!

Daisy said...

Ouch! That sounds nasty! I thought I was going to get a nice rib recipe! :oP
Take good care Jen, I hope even as I type this that you are healing nicely.