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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.