Just got hit by a 4wd on a pedestrian crossing!!!
Yes you did Don, and yes definitely got carried away 🙂 I have muscles I didn't know I had after the session and am going very slowly today as my body recovers. Lucky today was free of appointment s so can just stay home and recuperate. But I shall be back next week with a better understanding and not work quite so hard.:)
Hi all, I need some advice please.
As a result of my session in the pool yesterday I have had slowly increasing pain in my tail bone. I know I would have probably hurt I it by landing the way I did on the road in a seated position, but the pain has only began after the pool and not before.
Now It has escalated to the point I have cried with it and I am unable to sit on it.
Know years ago I landed heavily when I slipped in the dairy and landed on the concrete,and that took some time for the bruising to go away.
But I am stumped as to why it has only just started and it am having sharp stabbing pains up through the area. I have ended up taking an endone to try and stop the stabbing and spasming pains as nurofen has had no effect.
I now have created a hole where I sit and lay on the couch but it doesn't seem to have helped much even without pressure on it.
Hi Mrs. S.
I suspect that you are suffering as a result of overdoing it at the pool. It is SO easy to do the first time you get into water. It feels so good. You probably should have spent only 5-10 minutes doing some gentle walking or peddling and then just floated on a noodle and enjoyed the pain free feeling.
If it gets worse or doesn't improve by tomorrow then perhaps just ring your Dr. to double check that all is ok. I would be surprised if you have done any damage in water. That is the way chronic pain works; it always finds a way to get back at you if you overdo things!
Not every day is a good day, but there is good in every day.
"“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I agree Mrs Shingles, I would say it is from overdoing the pool exercises, first time I started I did the exact same thing and paid for it with 4 days of extra pain. It all seem so easy in the water that we don't allow for the resistance water gives and the amount of physical exercise you are actually doing, 5-10 minutes max and slowly build up, the rest of the time just float and take the weight off all the aching joints and muscles.
Next week I shall not be quite so excited about the freedom , and will do as you both advise.
Hubby told me the same thing and said that even half hour in the pool would have been enough given my lack of mobility over the past month. And to be honest I was doing exercises and stretches for most of the two hours, so its my own fault for going too hard too fast. No wonder my body retaliated like it did.
Thanks for the advice 🙂
My psychologist rang this morning to remind me that we had an appointment today. Thank goodness he did co I had lost track of the days and would have turned up tomorrow. He had realized at my last visit that this was a problem for me as my days don't have any structure to guide me as they would if I was working. I told him I was grateful for the reminder ,so he will continue to do that for me which is lovely.
We spent most of the time dealing with WC and he was happy th and then to contact my case manager to get permission for them to be invoiced.
I was very uncomfortable during our session today ,found myself having to get up and down quite frequently as I was having a bad day with ever increasing neuralgic pain in my back .hip and leg in addition to radiating lower back pain He made the observation that my entire body was very crooked in addition to the pain he could read on my face. I told him that I had missed my weekly "straighten me up a little" osteo appointment as I had given it to my daughter who was experiencing extremely painful back spasms which had her in tears.
It must have been bad because I had others mention how crooked I was so am looking forward to my osteo appt on Thursday.
He has given me relaxation exercises to work on....and I gave him a laugh when I told him about the cat putting a stop to my attempt last night. And we are trying to make a list of steps I can work through at my own pace to desensitize me to the particular crossing where it happened, so that I will be able to use the pedestrian crossing and get safely across the road.
I have major trust issues with the little green man..
My homework involved writing down in order ,the sequences of events that occurred that day. I really struggled with this as I was only to put down facts without mentioning feelings. Luckily I remembered that I spoken about that day on here, so was able to find my initial post and use it as a framework which was a great help. But I found it incredibly difficult as I was writing it down as I was inundated and overwhelmed at times by intense feelings and memories as I did. But perhaps by writing it down repeatedly i will be able to desensitze and distance myself from the events enough to think logically about it ....wonder if that is true or am I kidding myself???
Another piece of the disjointed puzzle as to how and where I was actually hit by the vehicle came to light today. I ran into the girlfriend who had witnessed my accident and she was able to tell me that I had only taken a few steps before the vehicle came through, swerved to avoid me but hit me on my left hip with the drivers side panel.
And because the vehicle had had its suspension raised higher, it validated my perception that my entire field of vision was filled with white....as I am only 164cm tall
She said the impact had spun me around and off my feet, and that my handbag went the opposite direction.
I had assumed, wrongly it seems now, that the high level of pain in my hip which saw them xraying it before letting me leave the ED, was from the landing.
She was in a vehicle in the other lane stopped waiting with the red light. She said to her hubby , omg he just hit that woman.. And it was only when they were directed through the lights to clear the backlog that she realized it was me sitting on the road where I had landed.
She also told me that they too thought he was stopping to do a u turn and come back, and was horrified when he drove off. But she said he didn't put his foot down hard, but drove out of town slowly and they later caught up with him down the highway and notified police that he had gone into the Trwctor Pull Festival in Tooradin.
Have found today to be very emotionally draining , and physically difficult with extremely high pain levels .and the trip to the supermarket for something to cook tonight was hell and I was making full use of the trolley to lean on as a crutch.. I have had to resort to an Endone when I got home to get control of the pain , but even that has only reduced it a little. and nerve pain is shooting through both my buttocks .
But have a little more understanding about the events of that day,.
Hi all, today has been another very difficult day with severe pain levels which have made walking very painful.
Had an osteo appointment to try and straighten me out. It was hard work for both he and I , as everything was so tight and knotted from the top of my neck down to the base of my spine. I must admit to letting out a few naughty words when he would hit a tender spot. It didnt help that my nerve pain was also going crazy and making me move involuntarily when the electric shock pain hits.
I then took the first step in desensitizing myself to the particular pedestrian crossing where I was hit. It involved me sitting at a cafe table next to it , with a coffee and just observing the pedestrian lights. Sounded easy when my counsellor gave me the task...but it certainly wasn't. The lovely owner of the cafe who had helped me the day of the accident, kept popping outside to check on me, and see how I was going. It was nerve wracking as I found myself flinching as the traffic came down the hill to the crossing. And my heart rate was racing with each person who used the crossing , and I found myself holding my breath as they crossed . My high pain levels weren't helping, although I couldn't get up and run when the urge to do so came over me.. So I should be thankful for that. I found I kept fixating on the area of the crossing where I landed , and experiencing flashbacks that made me shake. But I manage to stay there for 45 mins.... I think I will need to do this a few times till I can get my feelings and flight response to lessen before taking the next step.
I had swimming today, but only spent an hour in the water, and only relaxing as everything was so sore. My walking gait was horrible and every step taken today was extremely painful and felt and looked awkward.. Put a casserole in the oven and have been stretched out on the couch since. Hubby finished of tea which was great before he headed off to his sport.
Back off to the dr tomorrow to get a script for Lyrica., and review my meds. Have to admit that this week there has been no improvement, if anything I have gone backwards. And the days of returning to work seems far away.
Sorry for the whinge, I am usually able to find a smile, but today they just didn't appear.
its not whining- i can imagine hw tough it was to sit there- thats where the fight or flight stff often starts to come into play and tries to get you to run as fast as you can and as far as you can from where you got hurt. MY late mother had an anxiety condition, she developed quite severe agoraphobia- she could not understand how an anxiety problem could cause such severe physical symptoms- it tok the help of a really supportive psychiatrist to help her understand, then my job was to take her out and do the desensitizing stuff by basically trying to find places that were less scarey for her and then talk her through the relaxation stuff to gradually extend how long she could stay there- So by you facing this now i think you are very wise- mum had not been hit by a couple of tonnes of steel and that need to escape was strong, so i can imagine how that first time back must have felt- would your psych have any complaints if you took someone with you if you do the excercise again- someone who can help reinforce that you are safe- just a thought. i remember my mum describing being asked to go to some of the places that had been major issue for her as being like being asked to jump from a tall building with no parachute- she said i was like that parachute unitl she could rescue her anxiety levels alone using the tehniques she had been taught
you will get there!
Thank you so much Kebsa
, I really appreciate you sharing about your Mum. It was great that you could be her support person through the exercises, and your mums description of her feelings is definitely something i can relate .The psych had suggested that when I get to the point I feel I can stand there and push the button , even if I don't get any further , then it would be good to have a close friend with me to keep me focused on my breathing. And he told me that I take that friend and walk back and forth over the crossing when I am able to get to that stage so that they can can talk me through it and remind me to breathe. He also said to practice at other crossings in another town to build up my confidence. At this stage I have avoided them altogether.
Just the thought terrifies me , but as you said , I will get there.
My psych told me that there is pressure on him and me to achieve set goals which he disagrees with. As he put it , each person going through PTSD has to go at their own pace, and for some that can be weeks and others months or years. And he reassured me that he won't be pushing me out the door just to satisfy them, which is a huge relief.
Off to the dr today for review and more scripts...am so happy that Lyrica is now on the PBS....I would do a little happy dance if I could!! I am wanting to stay on the Targin which I have been trialling the past two weeks as it helping with the pain levels , but will ask if it is possible to increase dosage.
I am so glad to hear that there has progress in your fight for a bed and a recliner, The inept handling of your needs makes me so angry that you are denied the necessary aids .
I too , ,was a nurse years ago, but had to let my registration go as circumstances found me tied to a milking shed for 15 years, and it was impossible for me to find nursing hours that would fit in. But I have been incredibly fortunate to be able to get back to the field by becoming a PCA . My nursing experience meant that I was able to become a PCA without having to do the majority of the course which was wonderful. I had entertained the idea of going back to full time study for 18 months to be registered again, but it was too expensive Both money and time.
I later found out that had I spent the time and money, the benefits would have meant a ridiculous 0.50 cents per hour extra. So thank goodness I didn't bother. Our aged care facility has now decided not to employ any more Div 2 staff, so I guess it was meant to be.
I need to go into work as I found out that at the last meeting they are making my 6-9/10 pm shift obsolete. They are now going to have a 4:30- 9/10 shift which will mean they will have 3 staff on the floor over the meal time which will be better. But up until this time I have not been able to do.a 4:30 start shift as I have had kids to run to work after school. Our youngest will be getting her Ps in May and this change will not be implemented till April as there is a lot of reorganizing of job descriptions to be done.
So I need to get in to see the Boss and let her know that I shall be available. Considering 7 of my 13 shifts are the supper shift that will now be changed, I don't want to find myself not considered . Technically I think they need to offer them to me first, but I need to clarify that I am now available to start at the new time, before someone else jumps in and takes them.
Once again lovely lady, thank you so much for your understanding and support. Your mum was bery lucky to have your support through her battle with agraphobia .You amaze me how you are able to support others despite your own massive battles and pain.
Have had a rotten day with extreme pain levels, and nothing seems to be easing the pain 🙁
My groin area on both sides is putting out enough heat to bbq meat with inflammation. It has gradually got worse as the day went on :(.
I have gone back on the anti inflammatories in the hope that they will settle it down. The endone hasnt even dented the pain, and i am feeling like i am heading backwards fast. And the pain is tracking down both inner thighs.
Looks like a long night ahead. And i am feeling so down, as i am wondering how the heck i am going to be well enough to head back to work in a few weeks time.
Hoping swimming rehab tomorrow may help , but i hate the dragging feeling on your body as you go up the steps.
If i cant manage the steps in tomorrow, i will be able to use the hydraulic chair lift into the water.
Oh my I'm so sorry to hear this news I feel we are on the same boat ATM mrs S...I really wanted to return to work too though its impossible to do with the pain and the lack of mobility I'm in ATM...
Hmmm it's going to be very hard going back to work if your condition doesn't get any better. Hopefully that will change, just give it more time...Slow and steady it's still early days for you. And remember they can't medically terminate you for 6 months, well that's what it is here, best to find out your legal rights by making some calls. I feel sleepy but my body doesn't in all this pain.
Hugs And Good Night, don't stress too much it makes it all much worse. Take-care....
Hey mrs shingles, try a step up at a time, but try a sorta backwards drift if you know what I mean, and do some bicycycle style kicking on the last step, gently though, for a minute to help with that confounded dragging sensation to give you some more numb energy to stand up to get out.donno if that makes sense, the insomnia is gettin to me a bit lol.hugs lovely!Tom 🙂
Thanks Tom , i will try that this afternoon. If im not moving well i may even give the chair lift a go.
I am supposed to be starting to taper off the targin in a few weeks, but i am going to be a lot better than i am at the moment.
Hows your job going Tom, and how are you dealing with the move?
Hey mrs s thanks for asking :)i have booked the ticket and shall be going to arrive on the 9th of April.unfortunetly all the bills have also decided to arrive all at once so saving is proving difficult at the mo.still looking forward to it though, I have to bring everything with me including cutlery, pots and pans etc, so just working how much it's going to cost to get it all out there and what to pack and what I can do without.hope you're day is a relaxing one, Tom.
Tom if your moving cost is going to be too high, ring some long haul freight companies that service that area, you may be able to get what they call a back load to fill the truck at a much cheaper price, my niece has just moved to WA and she used this for her move as long as you can pack it for yourself and get it to the freight company.