Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I think I spoke too soon

I thought I was going to make it through these holidays injury-free. I hoped, I even blogged about it.
I wasn't quite so lucky.
Sunday, I was scheduled to work from noon until 5, and my boss asked me to stay until 8 to close the department.
Around 4 pm, I was unloading stock in a cooler (I work in a grocery store), came out and went to page the store manager, and felt a sharp stabbing pain my my left chest area. It was hard to breathe, and I couldn't quite see straight.
I sat down on the counter for a bit, trying to relax and take a few deep breaths. That hurt even more. I tried to wait it out, but the pain just got worse.
I eventually called the manager over, saying I needed to go home or something.
I took a cab to the hospital, and waited in emergency for about 3 hours. When I finally saw the doctor, he diagnosed me with what I assumed I had: a pulled/sprained muscle in my chest wall. He suggested just Advil, and ice, and to take it easy. I haven't been able to knit much, which has just made everything boring. I am used to sitting around and knitting, and this whole not doing anything with my hands is an entirely foreign feeling.
It has started to feel better, which is nice. Still not 100%, but I didn't expect to bounce right back.
All this to say, better safe than sorry. Because it was the left side of my chest, and the recent occurence of heart problems among some of my parents friends, I didn't want to take a chance.


  1. Found you blog on my forum post. I hope you feel better!!

    Courtney (NonpareilSoleil)

  2. Oh dear! I would have a hard time just sitting and doing nothing too - unless I'm in front of a computer :)
    Glad it's just a pulled muscle, but sorry that it's painful!
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  3. wow...I hope you feel better! not a great way to end the year, but you WILL bounce back 100%:0)

  4. Saw you in the Etsy forums and I must say, OW! I don't know what would be more catastrophic for me - the injury or the unrelenting boredom that follows.

    Here's to a very expedient recovery (get well soon). :)

    Simply Inviting Cards

  5. It was that ealier blog writing that did it! Hope your feeling better soon.

  6. I hope you feel better soon and good for you for going to a doctor instead of taking a wait and see attitude.

  7. Oh no! At least it wasn't a heart attack. I know how hard it is to sit with idle hands! It won't be much longer, I'm sure!

  8. just found you through etsy, wow how scary that must have been! Glad you took precautions and went to the ER! Sorry you cannot knit, I am not sure what I would do! Hope your feeling better soon!
    AmyJ from etsy.com

  9. I found you through etsy, so glad I did! Glad to hear you took the precaution and went to the ER, that is scary indeed. I am not too sure what I would do if not knitting, I guess at least I could still read and be happy! Hope you feel better soon!

  10. I came here from the forum post. Man, that sounds a little scary though! Glad to know you're alright. I know what you mean though. It stinks not being able to use your hands when injured!

  11. I visit your blog through Adgitize so thought I would say hi and wish you a Happy New Year. I live in Ontario as well :) Sorry to hear of your injury. It sounds rather painful. I hope you heal quickly!