Saturday, November 27, 2010
Let me start this post by saying that I have been moving patients for 25 years, on and off. I have NEVER injured myself moving a patient - until now. I was helping to move a patient yesterday and I pulled a muscle in my back. It hurt immediately - quick spasms that made me gasp and go sit down as soon as we had the patient positioned. And it's hurting still. Here's the stupid part - I was just moving the patient's head. To be sure, it was a rather large head, but still - just a head. &^#$@#! I'm so mad about this that I could scream!!!!
The pain now is localized between the 7th and 8th rib on the right side of my back. It's all muscle pain - there isn't any evidence (that I can feel) that I've done anything other than irritate the soft tissue in that area. I'm not a believer in lying flat on your back with back pain, so I've continued most of my normal activities for the last two days.
I hadn't planned a run on Friday, so that was a rest day anyway. I ran a slow three miles today - found that if I kept an 11:00 - 12:00 pace my back didn't bother me much, but when I increased the speed I could really feel it. So, that's a bummer, because I did want to get in some speedwork over the next couple of weeks.
On the other hand, I don't have a time goal for Disney - it is all about fun and character photos for me (and a trip with the hubs - ALONE!) - so I suppose it really doesn't matter. My goal for signing up for Disney was to force myself to continue training with reasonable intensity during a month when I'd really rather hibernate, and I can still do that even if I don't worry about speedwork.
If it doesn't ease off in the next week or so, I'll go ask my doc for a referral to a physical therapist and see if there's anything I can do to strengthen some of those muscles to keep this from happening again. In the meantime, if you see a short, stocky chick with too much gear on running VERY slowly, give me a wave, will ya? Enjoy the rest of your weekend!