Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'd Laugh, But It Hurts

I woke up this morning like any other normal day....I pressed snooze at least 5 times until I realized I was now running late. I jumped out of bed and headed for the shower. My chest felt a little funny but I didn't notice anything was seriously wrong until I tried to shampoo my hair... lifting my arms above my head (in particular my right arm) resulted in excruciating pain in my chest that felt like a knife was being jammed in between my front ribs to my back ribs. Worst chest/back pain I have ever felt in my life! What the heck is this? I didn't really believe I was in pain at first because A) I just woke up and B) I hadn't done anything physical that would result in injury. Why would I be in pain? I didn't know why, but I was. Just to calm all you worry warts.... it was definitely not any chest pain related to my heart. The pain was up on the right side and it definitely only hurt when I moved in a certain direction. Leaning my head back to try to rinse the little amount of shampoo I was able to reach in my hair was equally as excruciatingly painful. I got out of the shower and laid down immediately. Something was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I couldn't even get up out of bed on my own, Trevor had to pretty much pick me up and set me straight.

I called my chiropractor doctor friend and described my pain to see what her immediate reaction was... Should I be concerned? She took a look at my back, and sternum, and ribs and came up with a pretty accurate diagnosis...slipping rib syndrome or the good ol' rib-out-of-place phenomenon. Sounds pretty awful, huh? Well, let me assure you it is as uncomfortable as it sounds.

The worst part is I saw it coming. I didn't know it would come today or that it would be this painful...but for the past year or so I have been carrying around an enormous purse stuff full of junk that I rarely need but for some reason feel the need to bring everywhere! My shoulder and back have hurt before because of carrying around such baggage but Trevor was always there to ease the load. For the past 3 months though my poor right side has been lopsidedly toting around an extra 15 pounds by itself. I knew I was doing my right side a disservice....and my ribs finally slipped....

I'm sure the last straw was dragging my 200lbs of clothes and souvenirs home from Denmark, but I am fairly certain this injury has been a long time coming.

As a warning to all the big-bag fans out there...beware!...pack lite...

BRING BACK THE FANNY PACK

2 comments:

Evan said...

Julie, so much stuff happens to you. You should have been blogging a long time ago. Feel better, pal.

Trevor said...

so much for jolly blogging...

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