Thursday, September 28, 2006

Beth gets boo-boo, but is too embarrassed to go to hospital

I had planned some long blogging posts but on Tuesday night, I went fencing, I did my training with Mr. Ho and then trained some more. Instead of deciding that having an arm shaking so badly I couldn't hold a blade steady was a sign of over exhausted muscles and should indicate I might want to STOP, I thought it would be an interesting time to find out how much more I could fence. Beth, as it turns out, contains no bionic parts, nor has special glowing powers that enable her to fight endlessly. Also, I found that “pushing yourself to the breaking point” isn’t necessarily a metaphor as after another 40 minutes of fencing an unbelievably painful ripping sensation behind my right shoulder blade caused me to drop my sword.

Of course, being me, I decided that I would only now fence only ONE MORE BOUT before stopping. Because, hey, how often am I going to find out how well I can fencing once I have severly pulled and damaged some shoulder muscles. I really hope you aren’t getting that slightly sick and horrified look on your face both William and my father did when I tried to explain the reasons I kept fencing. Anyway, so you don’t have to replicate the experience, you CAN continue to hold a sword if you brace your elbow against your body so the weight doesn’t travel up to the shoulder. But, your chances of getting another point are about as good as an 8 year olds as while you MIGHT be able to extend your arm, having anyone hit your sword laterally will likely cause it to fall out of your hand while you try to stop from screaming.

So, by Tuesday night I had lost function of most of my upper right side including my arm, plus it had swollen alarmingly. Thanks to Codine, opiates and few other pharmaceutical friends as well as lots of bed rest, and my super-human recuperative powers I can use my right arm again (sparingly). I AM planning on going fencing on Friday night, assuming I can tape a sword to my arm. I think I saw them do this on “The Princess Bride” when a person needs to fence after coming back from the dead (or was it that you just keep muttering “you killed my father, prepare to die”?). Linda has different ideas. She feels that besides I coach I need a “keeper”, someone who lurks in the shadows with a tranquilizer gun for when I am about to do something exceeding stupid to myself. She urges all interested parties to apply immediately, before I am fully ambulatory.

12 comments:

kathz said...

Beth, this time pleaze go to the doctor. Be prepared to rest. Torn muscles need time to rest and you're too good a fencer to risk the sort of permanent damage that might stop you fencing. I know you're Wonderwoman and Superwoman and lots of heroes rolled into one, but even they sometimes need time and help to recuperate - after which they return even stronger!

good luck - and take care!

Wendryn said...

Please take Friday off. Your arm/shoulder needs time to heal, and if you don't give it time it will get much, much worse before it gets better.

Thus speaks the voice of (stubborn, pigheaded) experience.

Anonymous said...

Beth-

see email. Application enclosed.

kathy wc

Sober @ Sundown said...

Personally, I hope Linda has that gun cocked and ready, but I would like to add that you will be no competition for the world epeeist title if you are immobilized with injuries...... I don't think that is not how a champion trains.

Wiccachicky said...

haha...are you trying to kill yourself? Seriously. Rest. Man, I'm such a cry baby when it comes to stuff like that, I would have been wailing for an ambulance!

William said...

I'm still horrified.

elizabeth said...

You have all the luck! Go to the hospital *hypno eyes*

Yoga Korunta said...

Elizabeth, please go to the hospital. Then please heal and fence as you can without self injury.

I used to overtrain. Over several years I began to understand that to stay healthful I'd have to work smarter, not necessarily harder.

kathz said...

Please, when you have a chance, post a brief comment about how you are. I don't suppose I'm the only person who's worried. Best wishes

william said...

I wish I could tell you more, but all I know is that she did not come to fencing on Friday as threatened.

Elizabeth McClung said...

I am FF (which ranges from "feeling fine" to "fairly functional") - And I should (read WILL) be there on Monday. The muscle itself is still sore but I think it can handle itself.

kathz said...

thank you, william, for the information. And I hope the muscle starts blogging its opinion on how it feels. Please take care, Beth - we all want you to keep fencing which means not being invalided out.

(and i have to admit that I seem to have succumbed to a horrible throat bug and high temperature but plan to fence on Wednesday if i can pick up my kit-bag! - but i shall sit out when there if necessary)