Thursday, June 21, 2012


Yesterday I woke up with a small pinch in my upper back. It was annoying, but not enough to stop me from taking a 2 mile run, showering, getting ready for the day, going grocery shopping, and running the rest of my errands. 

Around 3 in the afternoon, I could tell that the pain was a little more serious than a pinch. So I took a nice long hot shower, and tried to rub it out. No dice.  It was starting to seriously hurt. 

Around 6 I wasn't walking. Just sitting on my bed wincing. I took the maximum suggested dose of ibuprofen, and didn't notice a single difference in the level of pain I was experiencing. 

At 8 I called my awesome massage therapist friend (soon to be full time employed) and begged her to work on it. I had relief for about 1/2 an hour before the pain came back with a vengeance despite the second hot shower and additional heat I put on it. 

And around 10pm I was just silently crying myself to sleep because it just hurt so so so bad.

This morning I woke up around 9:45. Rough, rough night. Soo sore. I alternated packs of frozen fruit (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and peaches if you're curious) on my back just long enough before they'd come close to thawing. (Um- we don't have an ice pack.) It was when I began to alternate heat and ice that I finally felt some miniscule improvement. As I was in a hot bath I felt a soft shift in my shoulder and heard a distinct pop.

Sigh of relief. 

I'm still in pain, but its a cake walk compared to last night. Oh-And after Gid got home from a long day at work and caught me with a frozen ice cream sandwich (it was wrapped and Soy by the way- so its not like either of us was going to eat it) on my back, he immediately went to the store to buy me more powerful meds (instead of going to a cool work event like he'd planned), and brought back a proper ice pack, red-vines, extra strength tylenol, and a pint of mango sorbet.

There are 2 morals to this story:

- Having a rib come out of alignment sucks. Always has, always will. 
(Sometimes I really miss working for a chiropractor.)
- My husband is kind of the best. And when I say kind of, I mean absolutely. 

Wishing everyone (including me) a pain free evening,


  1. What are red-vines? Hope you feel better in the morning.

  2. #1. Cora, I am so sad to hear that you don't know what red vines are. It is the best licorice ever and I hope your life is changed once you have them.

    #2. How the heck did you pop your rib out of place?!

  3. Oh No! I was wondering what happened when you posted that you were in need of a chiropractor! Good luck, I hope you start getting back to normal soon!

  4. Um ouch for the rib & yay for the hubby... I'm with Carrie, how the heck did that happen?! And yes once one has been exposed to redlines life is so much better.... now my pregnant self is saying we may "need" some around here.

  5. Cora: Red Vines are the american version of nibbs. :)
    Carrie & Erin: I wish I had a better story, but I think I just slept on my back wrong and the rib slid out of place. Ever since I started the program, its happened more frequently and easily. Bummer, huh?


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