This is NOT a post about domestic violence so you can all exhale and relax. I had a rather rough couple of days. You see I went to the doctor and he was insistent that I have a shingles vaccination. Sparky and I dutifully trooped into the office and got the first of 2 injections. I won’t lie – it was a little painful. A band-aid was applied and we went on our way. My arm started to ache. By dinner time it was sore to the touch and hurt to move my arm in certain directions. I took ibuprofen. Sparky wanted to go for a little walk around the block after dinner. I agreed. As I was pulling a sweater from my wardrobe I knocked a stack of clothes off the shelf. Instinctively I bent over and scooped them up. However the upper door swung to close just as I straightened up and I struck my back on the lower edge and corner. I yelped in pain. I dropped the clothes gasping for breath. My back felt broken. I did manage to make it downstairs and made Sparky look at my back. Surprise! I had a 4 inch long gash from my spine to my shoulder blade that was oozing blood. After a little first aid we went for a walk.
The next morning I was sore! My arm and back had stiffened up. It felt like I’d been beat up. To add insult to injury, we had a date to get flu vaccinations in the other arm! Yep. We stood in line for the free vaccines and are now immunized against the latest strains of influenza. The shot didn’t hurt at all. (Perhaps because I hurt so much in other places it didn’t register.) Well, that’s not entirely true. It didn’t hurt when it was administered but the next day it was plenty sore. I didn’t sleep well. I had bad dreams and woke up every hour and then struggled to fall back to sleep. This is not my usual routine but the ache in my arms and back made finding a comfortable position almost impossible!
Speaking of the next day, after going to the fitness center, we went hiking to place caches for the geocaching event. Sleep deprived and with my sore back and both arms aching I put on a brave face. By the end my arms were less sore but my feet were screaming. I managed to get snagged on a brier and sustained 2 punctures and scratches on my lower legs. I stepped into a mole hole and twisted my ankle. It hurt a bit but not enough to make me stop. We were tromping around from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We had a small snack lunch but were pretty hungry by the time we left. I was feeling a little light headed and Sparky was a little cranky. We did what we needed to do and as soon as we got home Sparky had to take a nap.
That night I slept better but that was mostly because I was exhausted. The hot shower and ibuprofen have helped. I told Sparky to remind me that next year I need to plan for the flu shot so it isn’t given when we have a hike planned!!
I think I’ve reached my quota on injuries for the month. Have you reached your quota?