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You’re kidding! Right? December 2, 2012

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Last night in the wee hours of the morning, I decided, as I often do, to rollover from one side to the other; no big deal, no big newsribs here, we all probably do this countless times during the course of a normal night’s sleep.  This time about half way through, I paused on my elbows, feeling the need to stretch my back a bit, and as I was just beginning to push back, I was stopped by a sharp pain in my ribs and an audible “Crack”! I froze for a second and then sunk slowly back down onto the pillow with a very real awareness that I think I had just fractured my rib!!! What!?! Who fractures their rib – while doing a minimal stretch in bed? Me, I think the answer is unfortunately, me! Knowing there wasn’t much to be done, I drifted back off to sleep, only to be awoken each time I moved by a definite pain in my ribs. Ugh! You have got to be kidding…

This morning, as I got up to start my day, I was accompanied by the pain of this new “injury”, coughing, deep breathing and sneezing are all painful. It’s painful to the touch, and my movements feel compromised. Given that it’s a Sunday and I am not inclined to go to the emergency room for what is mostly a frustrating inconvenience and annoyance, I did would anyone does these days – I looked up “caring for a fractured rib” on the internet. In short, you rest, manage the pain and breathe deeply a lot in order to stave off lung issues, and that’s about it. So here I sit in bed, icepack on ribs, laptop on my lap typing away.

I am no doctor, so my diagnosis is of course, questionable. But nonetheless, I do think I am correct. Strange as it may be. And while this is most certainly uncomfortable, the pain is not too bad as long as I don’t cough – but mostly it is a frustrating inconvenience. I had a lot of things on my list of “to-do’s” today and resting wasn’t really one of them. But maybe it is the universe’s way of telling me to slow down. And while the concept that I could injure myself rolling over in bed confounds my mind – I suppose worse things could happen. So as the snow melts outside, and I surround myself with activities to pursue while resting (a bit of an oxymoron) I put it out there that next time – the universe wants me to slow down, I would prefer a non-injury related reminder. For now, I will practice my mindfulness, make the best of it and catch up on my sedentary pursuits.


Minding the Temple April 8, 2010

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When we are in good health, I don’t think many of us are aware of how significantly we are impacted by the functioning of our bodies. But when something is “out of whack” there is no denying how completely we are beholden to this little vessel we are moving around in. I had what I can easily call a “horrible” night’s sleep last night. I have been battling a case of tendonitis in my shoulder for about 7 months now and in the last week and a half it has been feeling significantly better thanks I believe to the physical therapy I have been in for the last month and a half or so. However, about two days ago, I seem to have re-awoken the beast doing something as simple as getting dressed and it now seems as fully inflamed as it has ever been. Ouch!

When my shoulder is painful, sleeping can be a real bear. Rolling over on my right side (apparently my preferred side for sleeping) is not a viable option nor is back or stomach for that matter. Left side only – and preferably with a pillow propped underneath my arm to keep my arm from hanging forward in any way. Even after all these months – my unconscious mind still prefers another sleeping position – so there is a constant awakening to readjust and try again. Last night the left side option was additionally compromised by a rash on my leg – that really preferred to not have me on that side. The result – one long and restless night – punctuated by an attempt to give my shoulder an “ice massage” (a clever and usually useful trick the PT taught me) at about 1:00 in the morning. But apparently last night, this just didn’t do the trick.

Now it is not my intention (despite the two previous paragraphs) to spend my entire blog – complaining about being over-tired and in pain – so let me get to the point here of what I have been thinking. This is one of those times when you realize how delicate and important your body really is to your proper and productive functioning. It’s not like this is a surprising or profound awareness but for me and for many of us, I think it is easy to take for granted how important it is to be in good health physically as well as mentally. Of course there is no extricating the one from the other but once again I have been reminded about the importance of taking care of this old vehicle ‘cause if it breaks down there is no bus you can take instead.

I do a lot of things to try to take care of myself, not as many as I would like to – but I am conscious of what I put in it and how I keep it in-shape and running smoothly. Sometimes you are sidelined by something completely out of your sphere of control, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about it. Last night my life gave me a little reality check – and since it is awfully hard to focus on anything else I thought I’d share it with you. Take care of yourself – all your bits (physical and otherwise) – because it is hard to be all that you can be when your eyes are half-closed and your shoulder is throbbing.