Out of Action

on March 31, 2010 in Misc

I got a smidgen of good news and some whopping bad news.

The good stuff:   My chiropractor made me feel better and I’m now in less pain.

The stinking bad stuff:   He discovered that I had a separated shoulder and torn cartilage in my ribs.



That’s how I feel right now both emotionally and physically. That’s also the very vigorous noise I kept making as he gently but oh, so very firmly squeezed and twisted and pulled at me to get my body parts reconnected and to loosen my muscles (seems they tighten up just about everywhere in a natural response to protect an injured area).

And bless him, he was pretty steamed when he found out how I’d been injured.   No stranger to the martial arts himself, he insisted that the sensei at my dojo (and yes, he used the proper terms) should ream out the black belt guy who injured me, and he should do so in front of the whole class.

Anyway, back to my poor ribs.

Seems that torn cartilage needs about eight weeks to heal.   MAYBE in about four weeks I can go back to fencing, if only because I’m a rightie and it’s my left ribcage that’s injured.   But for about eight weeks any weight lifting is verboten, and this after Robert wrote such inspiring comments here about how important weight lifting is and I really wanted to go for it.   Also no real stretching or more aggressive movements for my entire upper body.  

In fact, even basic yoga is too strenuous.   As for anything aerobic – fuggedaboudit.   Since my injury I get winded while merely walking, and apparently my lung capacity will be diminished for a while.   I’m determined to do what I can to keep my lower body in shape and loose, but only by using slow, controlled movements.   The last thing I need is to re-injure my ripped-up cartilage.   Besides, I REALLY want this pain to stop.  And I want to stop dreading coughs and sneezes because they make my rib cage feel like it’s being mangled by a T-Rex.   I’d also like to eventually sleep once again on my back and left side.

So there you have it.   Layla is physically on the sidelines until around the third week in May.   But does that mean she’s down and out?   Hell no!   I mean, my Layla plan also calls for more cerebral and forbidden skills.  


In all honesty I’ve again been slacking off with my lock picking efforts and studying Arabic and French.   Now these things will have to take the place of my workouts.   Then there are my novels to edit and get ready for publishing.

Who knows? Maybe while I’m studying and picking and editing away, I’ll find myself hatching some really big plot or planning a cool adventure. Something like… me as Layla finding the hidden treasure of the Incas!   Or – I know! – trekking into a desert in the Middle East in search of the Lost Ark!

You know, I really shouldn’t write this stuff while I’m on medication.

9 Responses to “Out of Action”

  1. Hart says:

    Oh, Helena, NOOOOOOOOO! I’m SO sorry you ended up injured and ABSOLUTELY that guy who did it needs a very public (and preferably naked) spanking!

    Follow EVERYTHING the doctor says on healing. reconnecting tissue is the FIRST important thing, THEN the range of motion (stretching) and only after that, the muscle strength. If you do it in the wrong order, reinjury is almost guaranteed.

    I hope it heals really quickly, and I’m really so sorry about the down time. You’ve been doing such great things!

  2. Hart says:

    Oh, and maybe use the downtime to learn a really good spy language… Arabic or russian or something… that is straight brain power, really hard, and ALL spies need to speak like 20 of them (I watch Alias)

  3. admin says:

    Hart — Thanks so much! You sound like you personally really know about nursing injured body parts back to health, so I’ll definitely follow your advice. But damn, it’s hard watching my body so quickly regress (in just days!) and knowing I can’t do nothin’ but sit and heal. And I am TRYING to learn basic Arabic, but it really is tough. Lounging on my sofa while watching French language tapes and munching on goodies is so much more tempting. And I can watch Alias dvds, too.

  4. Robert L. Read says:

    Dear Helena,
    I hope you recover soon. I had a Class III shoulder separation the day after Christmas, and I did my first really high-quality pushup—yesterday. I hope yours is not as severe as mine. You will have to be patient with the soft-tissue injury; it takes longer to heal than a broken bone.

  5. admin says:

    Robert — Wow, three months to recover? That was one serious injury! And besides the pain you must have been frustrated to be so physically restricted. I’m not even a full week into this injury and I’m already going nuts. But since it hurts simply to breathe I’m constantly reminded to take it easy. Thanks so much for your support — Helena

  6. Ben says:

    I would say “take it easy” but you know that already, and everyone has already said that. So, since I know you like pity…

    Oh my gosh! Are you alright?? That must be so hard for you to not do anything active for a while. That must take a lot of mental strength to be able to take it easy. At least you can conquer languages and lock-picking while you’re healing.

    Did the pity make you feel a little bit better? I hope so.

  7. admin says:

    Ben — Thank you! I feel better already now that I’m covered in a shower of pity. But “conquer” languages in the next eight weeks! I wish. I’m just gonna try to learn what I can while still working full-time and dealing with life in general. Helena

  8. Ben says:

    Well, conquering the language simply means to defeat what has been holding you back. So, in this case, if you learn anything of those languages in the next 8 weeks, you would have conquered it, one step at a time.

    I found Spanish hard to learn, so I honestly hold anyone in the highest regaurds if they can learn a strange language with completely different sounds and characters like Arabic.

  9. admin says:

    Shukran! (Thank you in Arabic)