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.