Saturday, February 13, 2016

that was interesting

That was interesting!  I was bringing up a heavy load of groceries and coughed at the same time.  I threw out a rib on the right side.  Holy-moly! I couldn't breathe, couldn't sleep, couldn't raise my arms, stoop, walk, type...nothing.

After several trips to the Chiropractor I can now breathe...function.  I'm hooked up to my TENS unit so when the muscles feel like they are tightening up I can zap the nerves and keep the spasms from pulling the rib back out of place.  I'm still not back a 100% but being able to take a deep breath is so wonderful.  This has brought home the point quite forcefully, again, that breathing is optional not a given.

It is interesting that the lower back and neck are considered easy to get back into place and stay in place.  While the thoracic area isn't because of the complexity of the ribs, muscles and shoulder blades and their supporting muscles.  So, basically, I'm waiting for the muscles to give up or be retrained to leave the ribs where they belong.  And I am ready!

Which brings me Muse came to visit before all this started and I was so excited to be able to play and create with her.  Why is your Muse always feminine?  Could there be a masculine Muse?

Did you know that using a rotary cutter, ironing and sitting at a sewing machine all use muscles in your thoracic area?  I finally got the top together and I hope I get it quilted in the next week or two to show to you.

Got some other thing I want to show you too; so until I get some photos taken I hope everyone is having a good day.



  1. Oh Judy, that's terrible! So sorry you hurt yourself. Funny how we never notice about the muscles we use until we can't use them.

    1. I've thrown out a rib before from sneezing but this time...Wow! Chiropractor gave me a series of gentle exercises this week to start rebuilding the muscles, they are more like stretches, nothing rapid or jerky, gentle fluid movements. Felt pretty good after I was done this morning.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. You OK? Haven't heard from you for awhile.

    1. Uh-oh...I'm fine!

      Sister Suzy wanted to go to Wichita and I said why not. So I threw some clothes in a suitcase and we took off the 23rd. We just got back. When I'm in Wichita I don't have any electronic gadgets just my very basic cellphone.

      Thank-you for caring about my silence!


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