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Recovery from Dust Bitten

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

So, last week (Thursday) I fell while I was on a walk with my dog. I wrote about it in my blog "Mesama Bites the Dust".... It was messy. It was painful. In a way, it was funny until I realized it was more traumatic to my body than I initially thought.

The morning after the fall I wrote that blog I mentioned above and I was just feeling sore and silly for actually biting the dust in front of so many on lookers. By that afternoon, my body was screaming and I was in pain. It even hurt to breathe. By the time my husband came home that night, I was in tears, could hardly move, my whole right side of my body was very very unhappy. My right arm was swollen, red and hot. I was pretty hysterically upset about how much I hurt.

I admit i was tempted to go to the emergency room because I just didn't feel right. My husband once again took good care of me... he helped me clean my scrapes again, helped me get to bed and wrapped my sore arm in a heating pad, which helped me greatly get some much needed sleep. Our heating pad has an auto-off function and turns off after a certain amount of time, my beloved hubby (yes, he gets kudos and huge brownie points for this) was up every single time it turned off. He said he could tell because I moaned or whimpered in my sleep and sure enough, it was cool. So he got up and turned it back on every single time. How wonderful is he for doing that? I personally think he was more worried about me than he wanted to let on. I haven't cried like that in pain in forever.

Anyhow, the next day, I was still extremely sore. My arm was still swollen but not so much so. That heating pack and my husbands efforts did miracles. However, moving was still difficult. I ended up taking several hot baths that day and ended up just laying on the couch. By that night, I still ached but I felt, as I told my family, 93.7% better. lol

So I took it easy for the next couple days and as of today, I am feeling almost completely better. My elbows are just about healed except for that irritating and incessant itching that comes with healing and scabbing. (Itch, itch, itch... just thinking about it makes them itch... lol). The swelling, heat and redness has gone away. If I try doing too much, I still get an ache here or there but over all i feel back to normal... YAY!!!!

Looking back, I said I felt like I was hit by a truck. In a way, that is a good metaphor. My body is big... i was walking quickly down a hill... I stumbled for a while and POW, hit the concrete. Mass+force+speed= ouch!!! for sure! I know I didn't break or seriously injured anything but my muscles and all that, under my, um... 'fluff', were probably in shock from slamming into the cement that hard. Well, it makes sense in my mind anyway.

I'm just thankful, I've mended pretty much successfully and am able to move again. I also have to say, I am surprised... why? Well today is weigh in day for the Biggest Loser fall challenge and as I climbed up on my scale, i discovered I hadn't lost any but the surprise was that I hadn't gained any weight this week during my immobility either.

Surprisingly too because.... Oh.... TMI ALERT....
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It's that lovely TOM. Yeah, all you ladies know what that is all about. Some hate that others talk about it. Others are "Oh, I know! Ugggghhhh!" Some are whatever. I personally don't care if you share or not. It's not a big deal to me, share your woes about aunt flo or keep them to yourself, I won't ridicule you one way or another... but as I often do, I digress...

I was surprised that I hadn't gained because of that little tidbit but also because I have eaten terribly this week. Being the cook in my household and being laid up, I have had to depend on my family to provide meals, not only for me but for themselves. We had boxed mac & cheese, hot dogs, cheese sandwiches, top ramen and even had take out a couple times. Sigh... Now, I admit, my taste buds were in heaven this last week because oh how I missed those kinds of foods. It was lovely but at the same time I was painfully aware that we weren't getting a whole of good wholesome foods or freggies. Being unable to do anything meant that I was unable to do my weekly walk and shop at our neighborhood fruit stand. We did depend on a little frozen and canned stuff but it just isn't the same or enough.

Anyhow, as I said, we didn't eat great this week and i was positive that my number wasn't going to be encouraging but hey, instead I was able to report the same weight as I did last week. It most definitely wasn't a loss, which I would have liked to have seen but in retrospect, I will take it. No gain, no loss.... with the last week that I have had, I say it isn't as bad as it could have been. Right?

So now, I am able to move again and I am thrilled about that. I have a plan for today. I am going to clean, because without mommy being able to pick up everything behind her house of boys, this place looks like a tornado ran through it. As I clean, I plan on dancing a bit too. I don't want to push it though in case, I'm not 100% but I plan on pushing it just enough. I won't give up and I'm still trudging along.

Happy Wednesday Sparkies.... Love ya! :) emoticon

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  • no profile photo CD12484326
    Some glad to hear you are getting better. Keep pushing!
    3149 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12292709
    glad you're okay after that nasty tumble! and maintaining is always a good thing ;) good to hear from you on my page, recently, too.

    no more tumbles young lady. wear shoes that let you feel and grip (i have had a problem with numerous tumbles in the wrong shoes...hence the advice to others) and use your beautiful eyes carefully :-p
    3151 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Wonderful how our body heals, isn't it?
    Hope you are back on a healthy menu by now and the weight continues to slide downhill.
    Do your exercise carefully!!!

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    3153 days ago
    I'm so glad you're feeling better! You're doing such a great job staying in positive spirits and maintaining your weight. emoticon
    3157 days ago
    Oh no!!! Well I am so glad you feel almost all better. It's crazy how we can feel ok one minute then really awful the next!! Awesome about not gaining :D
    3158 days ago
    Oh my goodness how scary was that for you. I am so happy your on the road to recovery. You my dear are truly blessed to have such a loving husband. I too am very blessed and thankful that my husband is always there when I need him
    Congrats on not gaining, you've been doing Awesome.
    3160 days ago
    I am so glad to hear Mr. Gnome Picasso took care of my Riss. I am glad you are feeling better. I was really worried about you. :(

    Look at you gettin yer dance back on.. yay!

    3160 days ago
    Good to hear your feeling better and that nothing is broken. You just never know with a fall.
    You are doing great! Keep up the great work Marisa.
    3161 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    Glad to hear you're feeling better. Reading your blogs always brings a smile to my face. Take it easy when dancing today ( I got almost an hour in of dance today emoticon ). Try not to over do it. Just take it 1 day at a time. Hey & congratulations on no gains this week (which is ALMOST the same as a loss) Way to go!! emoticon

    3161 days ago
    So glad to hear you are feeling better!!! emoticon Sounds like you had some scary moments! And congrats on maintaining your weight amidst all you've been going thru. emoticon
    3161 days ago
    I am so sorry that the fall racked you like that, but I should have been a better person and checked back in with you. I know how it feels to fall like that - I have the broken leg to prove it.

    Now, take things VERY easily as you dance around and clean today. Your joints are still reeling from that impact and it will be easy to slip right out of socket. But you do know your own body and I believe you will keep yourself in check. Just don't get lost in "Dancing Queen" and start spinning around and around... you'll get dizzy and fall!

    And your dear hubby sounds like a prince! You are so lucky to have him and I love that he kept turning your heating pad back on. What a darling! Definitely keep him! HAHA

    I hope you feel even better tomorrow and the day after, and the scale loves you right now! Mine, not so much, so I need to get a workout in and then shower and weigh in on my RA team. I am starting to hate Wednesdays more than Mondays!!
    3161 days ago
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