Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What the...!?

So, I feel better this morning... less mopey.... I say as I sit here crying while I watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with the kids.  Oh hormones, how I loathe you. I really do feel better though.  =)

But, physically I feel run over.

I don't know why.  It's not like I rolled that hard last night.

We did a little self defense, and I got kneed in the shin a few times, so my shin is all purple and lumpy this morning... and I got a slightly crushed in one of my grapples, (okay, I got seriously crushed, my sternum popped, but that isn't as bad as it sounds.  It has done that from time to time since my second pregnancy, but still. Ouch. It was not on purpose, he just came down directly on top of me, and I was flat on my back when he landed.) but I didn't think it was all that bad.

This morning though, the whole left side of my rib cage aches and I have bruises on my stomach, chest and back.  I almost never get bruised on my stomach... Honestly, I don't see how it could have been related to what we did last night, but there is nothing else I do that would bruise me up like this.

I don't mind... bruises and soreness go hand in hand with Jiujitsu, but normally I can at least figure out where my bruises came from.  So, unless someone is beating me in my sleep, I have no idea what happened.


  1. Bet you also got smacked in the tummy when he landed on your ribs. Too distracted to notice the tummy hit when the sternum is popping.

    Hey, about the feeling crappy thing, seems it has been going around. Our coach told us about a week ago that there will be valleys where you feel like nothing is going right, etc. But if you keep working through it things will be better once you get out of the valley.

    I've got a question about the sternum popping. I hurt my ribs/sternum at the tournament, Doctor took some x-rays today, likely won't show anything. How long does it take to stop hurting? What does it feel like to you?

    It's not really painful just annoying, like bad heartburn, unless I twist and reach.

    Hope you start feeling better soon. Darn hormones.

  2. Steph: Sorry about your shins!! I am retarded at defending leg kicks!! :(

    Laura: Rib injuries are really annoying. Both Steph and I have had them and they can take a while to heal. Mine hurt for several months. Like you, I got an x-ray that came back showing nothing. The good news was that I could keep rolling because I wasn't in any immediate danger of breaking them. The bad news was it hurt bad anytime anyone put pressure on it. You might want to sit out for a week to give it some time to heal. But I have to admit, I didn't do that because I am stupid and obsessed! ;)

  3. Allie, thanks.

    I rolled 2 days after the tournament and realized it sucked when a shoulder came down into me.

    I am also obsessed, and trying hard not to be stupid. (But this is really, really hard)

  4. Haha! Allie, don't worry about my shin. I will live.. it is the least of my injury worries right now anyway. =) And it's not like I haven't done worse to you.

    Laura - Ditto to what Allie said. I struggled with an injured rib cage for 6 weeks before I forced myself to take a break. I didn't grapple an entire week, and it was torture.

    Do you pop your knuckles? Ever pop one funny and it hurts... That is what it feels like when my serum pops, but on a larger scale... then it aches for a while, and is more sensitive to pressure. And like I said, I injured the left side of my rib cage, and still, three months later is is more sensitive then my right side. I can roll with it just fine 90% of the time, but when someone rolls over me just right on that side it is really painful. The pain is just like a big spike during the pressure, then dull pain for a day or so after.

    Last night, I got a sternum pop, and a rib crushing and stomach bruising all in one...Woohoo... I was talking to Allie about it, and we think maybe when he came down on me, his arm was between our bodies.. so maybe an elbow or something is what did the bruising.

    Either way, if you sure it isn't broken I would roll light for a bit, and see how it feels. Let everyone you roll with know you are injured and to please take it easy on you... and then go easy too. I'm sure you know that though. hehe I don't like when people tell me they are hurt, and ask me to go easy, then go hard themselves. It's annoying.

    If it still doesn't get better going easy, then try to take a break for a few days.

    And ice it like crazy.

  5. Bear in mind this advice is coming from a person who is too sore to lift a light vacuum, and is planning to grapple tonight. LOL

  6. Thanks for the advice.

    The doctor didn't know the answers to the questions about how long I should sit out, etc.

    She did ask if it was worth it, then advised that I should look into Tai Chi.

    I am going to take a week off. I have a cold, the coughing and the rib pain are too much to work through.

  7. Oh, that sucks. Coughing + chest pain = badness. I would say enjoy your rest, but we both know you would rather be on the mat. =)

    My doctor didn't know either, but he suggested I do no strenuous activities for 10 days.

  8. Tai chi, ptah! (Save it and scrapbooking for when you're in your 80s, 'kay?)

    Long ago I tore some intracostals and they took about 4 months to feel better. I rolled pretty much straight through. We're all addicts :)

  9. I rolled tonight in spite of my soreness, and it was actually fine.

    I went with three white belts I can control pretty well, so there wasn't too much danger of my getting hurt especially since I was primarily defending. Those where my first grapples, my other three grapples were with blue belts who mostly let me work, and I only did what I knew I could safely do.

    I am pretty stiff right now, but I am in bed with my favorite ice pack, and not feeling too worse for the wear.