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We Are NOT Broken

Broken Heart

Image by Gabriela Camerotti via Flickr

The other day while teaching a piano lesson – I fell out of my chair in my office.  I’m not kidding.  I have a new office chair with a really high center of gravity – and I was innocently leaning over to my right to pick something up off the floor – when all of a sudden – my chair slipped on the hardwood slippery floor – right from underneath me.  My natural instinct was to put out my hand to stop my fall – unfortunately it was my THUMB that took all the impact.  I heard a nasty ‘popping’ sound like a knuckle cracking – and thought to myself, “That can’t be good”  – but I was really in no pain so I kept on teaching the rest of the afternoon – even playing the piano for a few more voice students.

My 19-year-old son LAUGHED AND LAUGHED when he heard about it later that day.  And it would’ve been really funny to me too – if I did not have to use my thumb to play the piano.  But like any injury – it creates great drama – and a wonderful story for later.  My daughter Ashlee used to love  the saying, “It’s not funny until someone gets hurt – and then it’s HILARIOUS!”

Because there was no real pain – but was quite swollen – even turning black and blue yesterday – I kept icing it and then Greg fashioned a bandage to keep it immobile while I was teaching.  Last night it looked worse – so we called our 24 hour nurse hot line and explained the injury to a nurse.  She was very thorough and asked me a lot of questions about my thumb – the type of swelling – where it was sore – if any place.  By the time I was off the phone with her – I was confident that I had just sprained it.  I slept with a bandage on it last night – and this morning there is hardly any swelling at all!  So relieved!  The things we do to ourselves, right?  Nothing like self-induced injuries!

I also tried Acupuncture on my back for the first time yesterday and really liked it!  I’m going to go again – as well as keep my regular chiropractic  and massage appointments.  Getting older is not very fun.  And tomorrow I enter into a new decade.

Injured but NOT broken. Kind of like – life.

God Bless

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Comments on: "We Are NOT Broken" (6)

  1. I’m glad you’re not seriously hurt. A thumb injury doesn’t sound like much but for a piano player it IS much! I dread finger injuries as I’m always on the keyboard. I still do legal transcription and it really cuts down your speed and effectiveness when there’s something wrong with a finger.

    It’s your big birthday in about 10 minutes here on the East Coast. Enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Carla – I am enjoying it so far! Yes I am glad my thumb wasn’t hurt any more than it was – I never realized how much I do with my thumb – until I hurt it!

  2. My dd used to laugh whenever anyone was working hard. My son loves it when my dh pretends to bump into stuff.

  3. Great post, Cindy! 🙂 And I’m glad the swelling came down; a thumb might not be on our thoughts a lot, but the moment you injure something like that you realize how much you need it!!!

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