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Well I must be getting old because I somehow managed to hurt myself and I'm not real sure how. Like last year's stump diving incident, this one may qualify me for the gimp olympics again. Saturday I was doing Gwen a favor and taking photos for her son's Cub Scout Pack's Pinewood Derby. You know the thing where all the kids bring little wooden cars that they were supposed to build but in reality their fathers or uncles did in their wood shop. And they race them down this inclined track thing for trophies and such.

So I'm up on this stage with dozens of little hooligans running about with pre-race excitement. Getting their cars weighed in and making last minue modifications. The organizer figures out how he wants the photos done. He wants all the kids to come up individually with their cars and stand beside the American flag and below the Cub Scout flag. So I get the first one posed and I look through the lens and notice it looks like I'm looking off the top of a house at the kid. So to get more on eye level, I get down on one knee. Well I must have gone down to fast or at the wrong angle because i hear my knee pop which isn't that uncommon, but i also feel something pop higher up in my leg. Thinking it's just a joint popping, I ignore it...until i get back up. Then all of a sudden I've got this shooting pain in the big muscle that runs just above the knee to the upper thigh. In fact my leg almost buckles beneath me. It actually felt like a Charley Horse. So at first I thought it was a cramp and I just needed to move around. When it went numb for awhile I stopped thinking it was a cramp. Problem was I had to get down on one knee about 50 more time that day so whatever I did, I probably didn't make it any better repeating the motion that had injured it in the first place.

The biggest indicator that I'd really screwed something up was going back down the steep set of 26 steps in the old opera house where the event was held. Talk about pain. I could only manage to step down with the bad leg and then settle the good leg on the same step before going down with the bad leg again.

I was determined not to let this slow me down, sure that with some more walking it would work itself out. So Deb and I went to Macomb to the Gem Show with Gwen's son Evin in tow. Bad move. Sitting in the truck for 1/2 an hour on the ride up gave lactic acid time to build up in the muscle and make it downright stiff and painfully sore to move again. It didn't help that the Springlike temps of the morning had diminished to 20 degrees and started up a hard west wind. We stopped off at the hospital first to see Deb's new nephew and sister-in-law. Andrew is a cute little spud but what was up with those purple feet? Then it was on to the gemshow with me still in pain. When we got there the wind had picked up and was getting everyone cold so I told Deb and Evin to go ahead without while I gimped into the building at my own speed.

The gemshow was fun except for hauling the kid around with us. He really gets into it but he has to touch everything. When you are talking rocks, that's OK. When you are talking expensive jewelry, that's not so OK. So our enjoyment was cut short by having to watch out for what he was doing. I did get to see my friend the flintknapper though, an unexpected surprise since I didn't know he would be there. I even met a few relatives I didn't know I had. After seeing the flintknapper we resolved to come back Sunday and bring our beads and some stone slabs I'd gotten with him in mind and some various pieces of deer and elk antler I'd been saving for him for awhile.

We left ther and went ot El Rancerito for dinner. Dealing with the waiter who barely spoke English was fun because we got to test out our knowledge of conversational Spanish a bit. But apparently eh hasn't gotten to the point of understand what the words "NO CHOCOLATE" mean when ordering fried ice cream. I had to send it back and get caramel sauce instead. Then we had a fun time at the cash register when I gave him my credit card and instead of punching in $25.07, he enetered $52.07 and couldn't figure out how to undo the reciept. It finally took the manager who also barely spoke English to figure out the whole thing could be fixed by handing me $27 in cash. It screws up my checkbook balancing a bit but it works I guess.

After we got back, Deb settled in to watch TV and I settled in to nurse my leg and get some of the newely acquired trade beads strung to show to my friend on Sunday. Every once in awhile I would hold up a strand of old Venetian beads and say, "This is a make Tim jealous strand of beads. " Deb would giggle at me and roll her eyes.

Sunday we went back to the gem show and I was able get all the gems and minerals I was looking for including some very well priced Shiva Lingams I had been looking for, for awhile. I also picked up some sweet pieces of Kyanite and Emerald Calcite. The big prize was a 2 foot wand of Selenite I plan to use as the centerpiece for my medicine wheel when I complete it this spring. I can just imagine all the energy that will draw down and project out. Tim went nuts over the slabs and the antler pieces I gave him but I floored him with the beads. There is some trading in our future. He wants me to come to a PowWow in Iowa City in April to meet a lady he trades beads with all the time and show her some of my finds.

Sunday night was an interesting test to get my injured self into the truck and make the hour and a half drive back to the city but I managed.

Yesterday was spent gimping around at work and fielding home remedies from everyone. After work, I hit Walgreens for supplies for said home remedies. Remind me never again to tell the pharmacist I'm desperately in need of Castor Oil. You get some strange looks as a guy buying maxi pads and traditional laxatives (think poultice making here). Stir Fry for dinner and then a little reading before bed. The poultice worked in the short term but in the long term, the leg is only slightly less stiff and sore today and Deb is getting tired of the smell of Ben Gay.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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zahrah
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC)
i hope you feel better, *kisses your bruises*

you'll be okay. i said so.
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC)
Re:
Ok thanks. That makes it all better.

Wander
zahrah
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
good.

anything else you'll be needing this afternoon? i got five minutes left on here...
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
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Nope other than that life is pretty good right now.

W
zahrah
Mar. 11th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
excellent... my job is done here.

*flies off*

up up and away!!!
sueg
Mar. 11th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
Owwwwwwch. Get better, old man. Knees are so treacherous, aren't they?
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re:
You'd think evolution would have thought of a better device by now.

Wander
ryl
Mar. 11th, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
I may be placing right behind you in the gimp olympics. Sunday night I was half-running down the hill next to my house (not on the driveway side fortunately) and I somehow managed to trip on nothing, fall on my left shoulder and scrape both my legs. Now I have a huge scrape on my shoulder that will just now tolerate fabric over it, scrapes down both legs, and some nice bruises. When I was cleaning up, I could see them purple right before my eyes. Yesterday was fine, but today I was penguin-walking all over the school. Ben-Gay, he does not help.
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
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I think you may have me beat. My pain is a little more localized.

Wander
ryl
Mar. 11th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! My pain hurts more! I'd like to thank gravity and the hardness of red clay for this accomplishment. I couldn't do it without them. *bows lowly*
namaste21
Mar. 11th, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you've heard home remedies up to wazoo... but here's another anyway. :)

By the way, why use maxi pads and castor oil?

If heat helps it, use some of your red peppers in the poultice. The capicin in it is the same stuff in Ben Gay, and it might just smell better. Other than that, I can only recommend supporting your knee with a good wrap. From the sound of your pain, you strained a muscle, but it's been a while since I worked in the athletic training room... if it's not a strained muscle, it's a torn or stretched ligament (the "pop"), in which case it may take longer to heal. The heat will help relax the muscle to soothe the pain, and cold, of course, is only to reduce swelling.
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks,

I have some of the Capsaicin creme which works well. I avoid using the peppers themselves because some of the ones I grow will actually cause chemical burns to the skin.

The idea with the castor oil was to heat it in the microwave and then soak the maxi pad in it and apply to the affected area with an Ace bandage to hold it on. Like I say, It worked in the short term anyway.

Wander
twistedcat
Mar. 11th, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
jumping on the bandwagon
tried arnica yet?

also, blue calcite on the area (you could just tape or wrap it on) will promote faster healing

and knee issues (esp. combined with the front of the thigh) suggest that you may have blown out your adrenals. so anything youcan do to support your adrenals will probably help as well.
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: jumping on the bandwagon
I've had arthritis for some time which is the knee issue. Being about 30 lbs overweight isn't helping that either which is why I'm really looking forward to Spring so I can get out and hike and do farm work again. Rid myself of my winter bear fat. Damn, I'm thinking at the gemshow I got Emerald calcite and Red Calcite but not blue. Why didn't I get blue? I've got some great immune system tea I'll have to start drinking again too. Thanks for the tip.

Whereabouts are you now on your journey?

Wander
twistedcat
Mar. 11th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: jumping on the bandwagon
I'm in Austin.

I have a good piece I can probably spare. I'll try to get to the post office tomorrow. It's a chunky bead, suitable for a pendant, but I'm sure you can make it work.
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: jumping on the bandwagon
Thanks much gorgeous.I'll pay you back when Next I see you.

W
ex_dragonfly63
Mar. 11th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yow!

Let me know if I can send you some healing energy!
Hurt in the line of creative duty, no less!
wander
Mar. 11th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Feel free to send stuff. I hate limping around.

W

mrlapage
Mar. 11th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)
You're right, Scouts are hooligans.

(Has nothing to do with being unable to win anything in Pinewood)
mouthypoo
Mar. 13th, 2003 11:59 pm (UTC)
oh dear me.
i hope you get less gimped out soon =(

i wonder where the word gimped came from ...

gim...?
wander
Mar. 14th, 2003 07:15 am (UTC)
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No one seems to know the origin. It just means one who limps. I always thought it was old circus freak slang but the American Heritage Dictionary doesn't seem to know. Anyway, i'm better now. I can walk again without a limp. Still a little sore but I mend quickly from muscle stuff.

Wander
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