Friday, November 30, 2012

Wrenched

This morning I woke up totally renewed after yesterday's exhaustion. I felt that old jones for coffee as I happily went about morning chores with Gibson at my side. Every single morning it is he and I, on the mountain, checking on the stock and making creatures comfortable. I felt good. I felt really good. The sleep did wonders, and I was in a brand new flannel shirt with my dog. That marks mentioning because buying new clothes is rare, and nothing beats the softness of a new, never washed, flannel shirt off the rack. It was under my black wool sweater, the one I learned to ride Merlin on. It's a combination now of border collie and horse hair, if you look close enough. I mean that in the most endearing way possible.

So I was out there, carrying hay and water buckets, singing to my dog and could instinctually smell the coffee brewing on the kitchen stove. The fires were lit and no matter where I was on the farm I could see and smell that woodsmoke, the undeniable certainty of warmth ahead. Homesteaders are a race that devours deprivation with great joy for the promise of the simplest hand-crafted comfort. Coffee by a wood stove after morning chores with farm animals is pretty much homesteader cannon for satisfaction. As indisputable as the temperature.

So I go inside, and I pour a mug of coffee, and I start writing you guys love letters about the healthy turn-around with the sick sheep, and the concert and workshop tomorrow, and I am in the kitchen listening to Jay play Ashokan Farewell when I can't stand it anymore. I need to make some music. You start playing the fiddle and you'll understand. You can't help yourself.

So I go get my Silver Creek fiddle, and I realize from the drop in temperatures that it is sadly out of tune. So I clip in my Snark tuner (best tuner ever) and sit hunched over my devil box in front of the fire for about seven minutes of plucks and adjustments. Happy with the GDAE tuning, I snap my head up to play and…

WWRRREEENNNNNCCCCCHHH

I holler in pain! I had a cramp in my next going down to my shoulder. It was there since yesterday evening I bet, lying in wait for the perfect moment to spring. Hauling a 150 pound ewe up a hillside after being awake 40+ hours is what tore up the muscle, but that moment of stillness and hunching over is what did me in. I took some ibuprofen, and attached a heating pad to me like a parrot on my shoulder, and decided I was officially middle-aged. Not a bad thing at all.

So my body has officially told me to slow down for the day. I hope to heal up fast, I always do, but right now I am just grateful this happened before morning chores and not during or after. I can sit out for the next few rounds and be right as rain for evening work, perhaps done with a little less gusto. Now, if you would please excuse me. I am going to fill up a syringe within Pro Pen G for a date with a lady on the hill.

18 Comments:

OpenID roseandphoenix said...

Oh no! I hope you recover soon. I once wrenched my neck on a much-anticipated trip that made it so miserable I just went home early -- it's really not at all fun. Take care of yourself!

November 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Also ice! Might be better than heat right now..... Have any chiropractor friends you can trade with?

November 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I had a terrible neck wrench like that last year, and the heat made it worse. The Dr. recommended icing it like a sports injury--20 mins on, 20 mins off. It worked much better than the heat. (He also recommended ibuprofen.)

November 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
OpenID vintageandhandcraftedinnovascotia said...

Hope you've had a nice slow day - you need one now and then! I'm so glad to hear your ewe is looking and feeling better. Looking forward to hearing all about your workshop tomorrow - that's the top one I'd like to have attended - ticked all my boxes from knitting to marketing - hope you all have a great day of it and that the weather holds off - same stuff here - a skim of snow overnight and rudely cold! Take care of yourself!!

November 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Paul Molnar said...

Take good care! You are far from middle-aged, dear lady, but I understand FEELING like you are after the last couple of days.

November 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I empathize as I have done this numerous times. i use ice as well. Under clothing and at night I use a salve called Bio Freeze (similar to Icy Hot) which does wonders. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for me. Good luck.

November 30, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
OpenID flamingodancer.net said...

Our bodies have a way of making us listen to them, and if we don't they hit back hard. A day or two of slow, though annoying, may bring its own rewards of allowing you to live in the moment a little more.

November 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Or castor oil. If you can get over the ick factor, it works wonders. Thoroughly drizzle an old washcloth (or rag, it'll never be right again) with castor oil, apply to the wrong spot and slap a heating pad over it. It really helps. Bonus, if you put it right on your skin it'll moisturize the daylights out of that patch. I hope you feel better soon. That rots.

November 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

If you end up with a knot, use a tennis or something similar to roll on top of the muscle. I tweaked something under one of my shoulder blades and the tennis ball is a lot of help when it decides to knot up.

November 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

If you end up with a knot, use a tennis or something similar to roll on top of the muscle. I tweaked something under one of my shoulder blades and the tennis ball is a lot of help when it decides to knot up.

November 30, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Chautauqua said...

Yes to your words about making music. If I'm 'away from my fiddle' for more than 2 days, I start pining for it! I just want to get home, pull out the devil stick and 'work it' ..... Hope you are feeling better; don't forget the magical "Arnica Gel" .... best ever for sprains and muscle aches. Sending love ....

November 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Normal Mom said...

Jenna - as an exercise physiologist and rehab specialist (as in injuries), ice IS the way to go. Heat might feel good for the moment but it can actually make matters worse. In our practice - ice for 20 mins, every 2-4 hours. Especially for the first 24 hrs. If the ice pack seems too cold to stand when you first put on, a trick we use is to take a thin towel (tea towel works best), run it under hot water, wring it out good, wrap around ice/cold pack then apply to area. You feel warmth first but then the cold seeps in. Easier to tolerate sometimes. Good luck and I hope you heal up soon.

November 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Normal Mom said...

Jenna - as an exercise physiologist and rehab specialist (as in injuries), ice IS the way to go. Heat might feel good for the moment but it can actually make matters worse. In our practice - ice for 20 mins, every 2-4 hours. Especially for the first 24 hrs. If the ice pack seems too cold to stand when you first put on, a trick we use is to take a thin towel (tea towel works best), run it under hot water, wring it out good, wrap around ice/cold pack then apply to area. You feel warmth first but then the cold seeps in. Easier to tolerate sometimes. Good luck and I hope you heal up soon.

November 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Normal Mom said...

Jenna - as an exercise physiologist and rehab specialist (as in injuries), ice IS the way to go. Heat might feel good for the moment but it can actually make matters worse. In our practice - ice for 20 mins, every 2-4 hours. Especially for the first 24 hrs. If the ice pack seems too cold to stand when you first put on, a trick we use is to take a thin towel (tea towel works best), run it under hot water, wring it out good, wrap around ice/cold pack then apply to area. You feel warmth first but then the cold seeps in. Easier to tolerate sometimes. Good luck and I hope you heal up soon.

November 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

too bad I don't live close enough to help, otherwise I'd lend you my TENS unit. I did something similar earlier this year and unfortunately nothing I did seemed to help. After living with it for a couple of weeks, I was getting ready to go to the doctor and my FIL offered to let me try his, and within 30 minutes I was pain free. My hubby and I now have one of our own and it is wonderful! Sure hope you feel better soon!

November 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger ican said...

Massage therapy! So fabulous if you find a therapist you really connect with...in fact, I have an appointment coming up myself in another week :)

Please take care of yourself and listen to your body; you work hard, but that doesn't mean you have to "get old before your time"! ;)

November 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

That's not good girlie! Take care of yourself...and get a massage. You are in need of one. As if you didn't know...

December 1, 2012 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Four words: Weleda Arnica Massage Oil. Best stuff ever at getting angry bodyparts to relax. Feel better soon!

December 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM  

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