Monday – I woke up pretty stiff and the night before I had noticed some serious pain in my back, under my shoulder blade, around my ribs, every time I laughed, coughed, sneezed, or took a deep breath, and whenever I pretty much moved. I didn’t think much of it, except that of course I’m in pain, and my body just needs time. Later that day, I went over to Courtney and Mitch’s for them to change out my bandages, and put TEGADERM on for the first time! YAY! I was telling them my symptoms, and we started discussing how I should probably look into that a bit more. Mitch had mentioned similar symptoms when he cracked his ribs. So, I googled symptoms of fractured ribs, and literally the symptoms from mayo clinic are: pain when taking deep breaths, sneezing, coughing, laughing, bending or twisting. But, I also know there is nothing you can do for fractured ribs, even if that was the case. So, I kind of thought well what’s the point, BUT, I mostly wanted to know when it would be okay for me to get back to training.
So, I went home with tegaderm all over my wounds, and it felt A-mazing. My wounds seem to be healing fast, thank goodness! So, my only concern is all these aches and pains that I’m feeling. I decided to see how I felt in the morning.
This morning, I woke up early to take my friend, Jéne, to the airport, as she was heading to Kona. And, I still really hurt in the left part of my back. Because most people thought it was best to get checked out, and I thought so too, I called up, my friend Bryan Hill of Rehab United. He got me in right away today and he concluded that I have no broken bones! It is all superficial muscle stuff that needs to be stretched and worked and massaged. He said I could start spinning on the trainer, and swimming, and running would just be about pain tolerance. So, I’m just going to take it slow and ease myself back into things. Thanks to my coach, Beth Walsh, I know I’m in good hands, and she has already started adjusting my plan so that I can still be successful at Ironman Arizona!
I’m super stoked! What great news! I was pretty bummed just thinking about the possibility of not being able to do Ironman Arizona, so now I can wipe any doubts out of my mind, stay focused on healing, and easing my way back in to training! Thank you EVERYONE for all your kind words and support. Here’s to 6 weeks before Ironman Arizona!
I need to count my lucky stars, because this could have been A LOT worse!
So for now I need to work on mobility in my left shoulder and around my rib cage. But, I get to hop on the trainer tomorrow and maybe try out a short run too! I look forward to a good night’s rest, and feeling a little bit better tomorrow.