Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"If It Hurts, Don't Do It"

If it hurts, don't do it.
If it doesn't hurt, you're ok.

That was the orthopedic advice I received when I asked what, if any, activities I should do/not do while waiting for my leg to heal. No brace, no cast, no supercharged pain meds (damn!). Crutches were offered, but c'mon, you know and I know that I probably wouldn't use them. Besides I have this pimped out walking stick I borrowed from M's dad. So, you might think instead of a limp I'm just rollin' real slow with my gangster lean...

Yes, it's a stress fracture and there's really nothing to be done about it until it heals on its own, which should take a couple of months (!). So long, running experiment, at least for now...In the meantime, I have the cane, some tylenol, an appointment for more x-rays in two weeks and the doctor's sage advice.

Which, I think, could be wisely applied to other fractured parts of my life.


annacyclopedia said...

Good advice for life in general, it seems to me.

Amy said...

I heard this today. A woman goes to her doctor and says, "Everytime I touch my arm, it hurts. Everytime I touch my side, it hurts. If I touch my calf, it hurts," and her doctor said, "Well, I think you have a broken finger and should stop touching everything."


Take it easy. And maybe no more running?