Self Diagnosis

Remember how I tripped during my run the other day and landed on my face in the street?  At the time, my bloodied hands got all the attention and I laughed at the novelty of scraping up my chest.  Well, since then my hands have mostly healed, but my chest remains a problem. 

It hurts when I breathe deeply or cough (which I do because I’m still getting over a cold).  And it really hurts when I lie down or roll over or twist the wrong way.  At first I thought I was just stiff or maybe had a bruise, so I ignored it during the past week in Paris.  But then I went to the gym yesterday morning and did an upper-body workout and have pretty much been in pain and agony ever since. 

Now, after three Google searches and a quick perusal of WebMD, I think my rib might be broken.  I have all the symptoms, and when I press on my sternum (or cough or breathe or sneeze or pick up something heavy), I can point to a very specific point on the right side of my chest where the pain originates. 

How weird. 

I do think this increases my radness factor, though.  I mean, anyone can wear yellow pants in Paris.  But yellow pants AND a broken bone?  That’s something Chuck Norris would do.

3 comments

  1. You had a broken rib the entire time and didn't say anything?

    British!

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  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    Umm, I don't think Chuck Norris does yellow pants…nice try! Lady

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  3. Guaranteed radness factor increase when you break your ribs being buff. However, I'd like to address the statement “How weird”.

    If you run a standard 8 minute mile you're traveling at about 7.5 miles an hour… So whatever your weight is, plus the effect that speed has on your weight, plus gravity, etc… all coming to a screeching halt in a less than graceful public display of radness – and the concept of breaking a rib is “weird”?! Honestly!

    Now, had you been wearing your yellow pants at the time of your “I'll pretend I didn't see him biff it!” moment, we wouldn't be having this conversation

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