Friday, January 2, 2009

Dumbest. Injury. Ever.

So I haven't really mentioned this what with all the gushing and cooing about my super-fabulous road trip across the rockies....but I have a bit of an injury. An injury that I managed to acquire on DAY ONE of this fourteen day trip. Yes, you read that right. Day one. Well, I guess technically it was day three...but it was the first day in the mountains and not in a car, so for all intents and purposes it was day one.

So do you want to hear the incredibly dumb story that goes along with the dumbest injury ever?

Well, lucky for you I wish for others to be as entertained by my mishaps as I am, so I'm more than willing to share. But I'm warning you, its the dumbest injury story ever.

So I managed to survive the 1000 mile trek across the middle of America, including the worst ice storm I have ever driven through. I even made some new friends along the way (this is a totally random yet entertaining story for another time). So as is custom when one makes new friends in Colorado, one goes skiing with said new friends. So there I am standing in my first lift line of the day, having skied one run down to a mid-mountain lift. I queue up with the mob of humanity that is also skiing over the holiday week and decide that I've got plenty of time to mess with my boots.

Now a little about my boots, for those not in the know....I have MAJOR boot issues. And by major I mean I have been known to stop mid run and demand assistance with the adjusting and re-buckling of my boots lest I find a chainsaw and cut off my leg because that seems like a better option than continuing to ski with the boots as they are.

Have you ever tried to mess with boots (yours or someone elses) in the middle of a fairly steep run? Its not easy kids. And I have "a guy" that had become quite good at dealing with my mid-mountain boot issues....but he wasn't on this I decided that there in that lift line would be a much better place to get my boot fit dealt with than somewhere mid-run with my new mountain-friend who would no doubt have little patience for such boot hi jinks.

So there I am in the lift in, standing still, on flat ground...bending and contorting and trying to snap down my boot buckle, when I feel a pop.

Ow. That hurt.

Then I pole forward in the line.

Ow. That really hurt.

I try to shake it off. There is no way I just got hurt buckling my boot. I mean really.

But four days later I was trying to hunt down a Chiropractor outside of Aspen that wasn't going to charge me a mortgage payment to shove my rib back into place.

Turns out I managed to displace the little guy while doing the oh-so-strenuous task of boot bucking. How's that for an extreme mountain girl injury? Oh, but bonus, I may have also torn some of the rib's little ligament friends so it could stay irritated for even longer. Oh the joy.

Have you ever injured a rib? Let me tell you its shockingly painful in the most annoying way. I mean, its a rib for cryin' out loud, not a femur. WHY DOES IT HURT SO BAD? And when I say hurt, I mean like if I breathe too deep its like someone is stabbing me in the heart through my armpit. A sneeze? OMG like the whole side of me is exploding.

So I went and got all adjusted and guess still hurts. And will probably still hurt for another week. And I paid $95 for that to happen?! So consider me back on the ibuprofen. Well, tomorrow that is. Right now I'm testing the effectiveness of a nice bottle of California Zinfandel.

Hey....its vacation.


ssjd411 said...

Ouch! Hope that isn't keeping you from having lots of fun! I was so stressed out from school that my muscles were all tight and I was walking funny so I decided to go for a run...and pulled my calf muscle so bad that I had to hop home on one foot...with a dog pulling me! So that put my training off for a week or so! My neighbors probably think I am crazy....hopping down the street crying and cussing because I was so mad that I had to stop running...I was on track to get a really good time!
Did you figure out if you are heading to Portland anytime soon?

Anonymous said...

nice h.p.