“Fish out of Water”

With a full week of rest and surviving time off from work, exercising and  . . .  and  . . . .and well besides water skiing  (which I am already taking time off from) I really don’t do anything else. Even though this week was a good rest period, it does not mean this is the end of my recovery phase. NO it is just the beginning. . . . .

This is how my car usually looks like when I am heading to the lake or a tournament, yet I did not drive to either one today.  Knowing my body needs to more time to completely heal, I have decided to not ski at all this season.  At first I thought I could get away with just skiing and not competing, but as the symptoms in my back started to increase verses decrease, I knew this would not be the case.

To make sure I won’t water ski this summer, I  drove my ski with all my gear to the only one person I would trust to take good care of the my equipment , Margie Metzger, a great friend and an amazing Physical Therapist.

Now you have to understand I am that type of skier who does not like other people touching my ski!  I cringed of the thought of people even asking if they can look at it.  I will go out of my way to make sure when entering and exiting the boat that I am the one holding my ski, no one else, not even my coach.  So letting Margie keep my ski and all my gear for the entire summer is a big deal, and a big step of faith.

Never thinking that I would need time off from this sport to improve, I know with this time it will  allow my body to fully heal.  From this recovery phase I hope to be a stronger and smarter skier for the next session.  So Summer 2013 Look Out I am coming for yah.

ANNA Crash

Injured = PRICE

With the recent discovery of my injury or should I dare say injuries: Bulging disk at T11-T12, hyper-mobile rib T5, and T4-T7 vertebras are stuck in the flexion position, I am putting into practice the PRICE principle.

P = protection  –  limit movement or activity

Protection will help from causing any more damaged to the injured joint, or area.

What protection really is, is not participating in the sport that caused the injuring in the first place.  As hard as this is for me, I have not gone out for a swerve since Feb the 3rd.  That has been almost three months since I lasted skied and can’t believe that I still don’t know when I will be out on the water.  But if this is what it takes for me to get 100% better, I am willing.

This is not me but I won't doubt it if this is what I look like when I do crash

R = rest – allows time for the body to heal

Rest is very important to protect the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or other tissue from further injury. Resting the injured part is important to promote effective healing.

Since it is my entire back that is injured, rest for me has been complete rest from everything, skiing, and working-out and now work itself.  With having the whole day to myself, I almost don’t know what to do, because of my pain being so great I can barely move, my days have been spent in bed with a good book or a movie.  Don’t know how long the rest period is going to be for me, any recommendations on good books or movies?

This is were I wish I could be resting

I = ice – decreased the inflammation

Cold provides short-term pain relief and also limits swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. Avoid leaving ice on an injury for more than 20 minutes at a time. Longer exposure can damage your skin and even result in frostbite.

Ever since I started to have back pain I have been icing daily.  First I just needed to ice my back. With the pain traveling to my chest this past week I been an ice sandwich, one ice pack for my back and another one for my chest.   I would ice for15 min once to twice a day.  However, with the pain still increasing I have resorted to ice bath.  See my next post on my adventures with my ice bath.

Oh the joys of being injured

C = compress – limits and reduce swelling

Usually injuries would require this to help with the healing process.  However my case is a little different.

With having a hyper- mobile rib, I have rapped my entire chest, (that is comfortable) but it has not helped with the symptoms.  The one thing that has helped me with my pain is tapping up my back and my chest. There is an art to tapping one’s back and chest.  I had my Physical Therapist do the art on my back and chest (that was an experience ) Right now I have hot pink tap, and the good new little pain.

So next time you are injured for Skiing, that PRICE into practice right away and you will be out on the water sooner than later.  Ski you Later