Just before the New Year , I took the garbage out and slipped and fell on the ice. Both my feet shot out from under me and I fell straight down . There was a dull pain but , initially , I was more embarrassed than hurt . I scrambled to my feet gingerly and tried to right the garbage can, but without success. Finally , after several tries , I left it lying on its side and went back in . The rest of the day I was in some pain but nothing too much . Next morning was a different story as I couldn’t move without a sharp pain in my side .
For the next week, just moving was agony . Never having experienced back pain before , I was quite unprepared on dealing with it . Getting out of bed in the mornings was the worst and it took me 5 minutes of careful manoeuvering before I could get on my feet . Sleeping at night too was a problem as I could not change position without sharp twinges of pain . The first week was spent mostly seated with frequent short periods walking around so that I didn’t stiffen up.With frequent applications of Rite-Aid Ultra strength Muscle Rub ( better than Icy Hot) , I found myself getting slowly better and a month later I’m almost back to normal. I saw the doctor last week and he told me I’d bruised the floating ribs in the bottom of my back and said that time was the only healer.
Most people , when something like this happens , think ” Why did this have to happen to me ? Why I am so unlucky ?” I won’t deny those thoughts crossed my mind at times but , on the whole , I had the feeling that I got off comparatively lightly. Had I broken some thing , the consequences would have been much worse. Just how lucky I had been was borne home to me when I read about the unfortunate woman in Connecticut who’d gone out to get something from her car during last week’s snowstorm . She slipped and fell down in her driveway and must have broken something because she was unable to get up . Nobody saw her fall down; it was only next morning that her frozen body was discovered in her driveway.
Yes , ( in my case) , it could have been worse … much worse.