All the work has been enjoyable to a certain degree, and necessary and worthwhile. With the abundance of overgrowth we almost always fill two large, green, wheeled, yard-waste bins with tree trimmings and shrubbery-bits. In order to make (all) that stuff fit into the bins, I grab a pair of 1-3/4″ by-pass loping shears and attack the contents of the bins as a human chipper while my Beloved throws-in the airy branches. The result is a home-done chipping job with a densely packed can – the real trick is later pushing the now-heavy can up the steep driveway for pickup.
So my shoulder and arm muscles are getting a workout worthy of a gym, without having to share space with sweaty people and their messy secretions and contagions. Bending around the tree-branches and finding awkward positions to do work is another kind of stretching exercise, too. And so the other night after all the work was done, while shifting in my chair to watch TV, I suddenly felt like I had just pulled all the muscles in my right side from back to hip. My first thought was whether I had somehow dislocated a few ribs,and how? It felt exactly like the busted-ribs episode on the Motocross track fifteen years ago… Alternatively it was like a right-rear-rib total impingement syndrome. Yow! It hurt like hell and ibuprofen and ice was summoned. Sleep was a fidgety affair aided by a glass or two of wine.
Then this morning I awoke at 4:54 (Casull?) with a repeat occurrence. Also I had to go to the bathroom. Now I was a bit more worried since I had read somewhere that the liver is in that region and could be acting up. The glucosamine-chondroitin I’ve been taking has really had no discernible effects, so I had quit taking it – could this be a withdrawl symptom? Anyhow we will attempt a detoxifying regimen with green smoothies and assorted liver-placating fluids and diet, just to see how that works. Should also slough off a few unnecessary pounds in the process.
Also the winds have shifted and temperatures have dropped out of the 90’s – the atmospherics are indicating Summer is really now over, so it’s a chance to rest and recuperate after all the work. My shoulders are sore but my knee is much better – time to go riding in this mild Mid-80’s weather.
UPDATE: What mule kicked me in the ribs? Ow, this is not very fun. Pain is only the feeling of WORK leaving the body…
UPDATE-UPDATE: If this doesn’t start getting better I may have to do down to see the Doc, meanwhile more ice and ibuprofen and my kidney-belt for compression. Reminds me of the late 1990’s motocross incident. Ow.