As I mentioned in a previous post, I don't like going to doctors or taking medications for my injuries and ailments. I tend to side with the school of "suck it up." I only go see doctors or take medication if I know that waiting cannot cure me as well as medical intervention. Of course, this is not the wisest course in all or even most circumstances, and I'm lucky that I have yet to lose any appendage to gangrene.
I caught a cough over the holidays. During the first few days, I would cough on occasion and needed only to clear my throat to resolve it. By the third week, I was coughing in such deep-chested, uncontrollable fits that I'd have to stop walking and place my hand against the wall to brace myself.
It wasn't long before I coughed so hard that I actually hurt myself. One coughing fit had been so violent, that I thought my spastic lungs might have actually cracked my ribs. I felt a sudden and sharp pain at the broadest point on the right side of my rib cage, and I had trouble standing upright. I poked my ribs with my finger and nearly doubled over. To make things worse, I sneezed a few days later and -- though I know this is impossible -- thought I heard the sound of my ribs ripping apart. It certainly felt that way.
Since then, I have difficulty taking deep breaths and raising my arm past a 45 degree angle. Lying down is also problematic so going to bed now requires a slow approach, a heating pad, and whimpering. The worst problem, however, is that I cannot laugh without causing myself pain. Whenever someone makes a remotely funny joke, I reflexively grab my right side in an effort to physically restrain my ribs from laughing. Instead of my usual guffaws, I have to hiss out a pathetic "hee hee."
Next time, I swear I'll take some cough syrup. Or, I'll at least consider it.
I did the same thing!! When my rib popped from coughing, I almost fainted from the pain. It took a month before it stopped hurting.ReplyDelete
Angela, I'm starting to wonder if we're related...ReplyDelete