She Owes Me Restitution!

I sustained my very first dog agility-related injury this weekend. It’s a little sad maybe but I feel like I have finally experienced a rite of passage. True to nature, I didn’t hurt myself doing anything cool or impressive. In fact, I don’t even know exactly what caused my neck to twist. All I know is, it really hurts when I turn my head. Actually, it hurts when I don’t turn my head too. But it happened during an agility workshop so it totally counts.

I am just a wee bit proud.

I am not a person who very often receives sports injuries. Mostly because I am not a person who very often participates in sports.

You can get up off the floor now. I know you are stunned.

Honestly, though, it is a little surprising I haven’t hurt myself more often given how clumsy I am. A klutz like me who can trip over an errant blade of grass on the sidewalk should have ended up in the hospital at least a dozen times by now. While I bruise very easily and can often be heard muttering “ow ow ow ow” under my breath, I have only broken one bone in my entire life. It wasn’t doing anything cool that time either. I was five years old and I broke my collar-bone while jumping on a pogo ball. (Did anyone else have a difficult time playing on one of those horrible death traps? It took me forever to find a good link. Mostly because I got distracted by this video of Extreme Pogo Ball athletes. Seriously.)

The last time I remember hurting myself this badly – so that I was in pain for more than five minutes –  was in university when I pulled a muscle during my very first attempt at yoga. I couldn’t lift my left arm for weeks. Talk about embarrassing.  All that stretching and breathing is a lot more dangerous than it looks. I took that as a sign yoga and I were just not meant to be friends and I never tried it again.

Come to think of it, after the yoga incident, I never tried any sport or athletic activity ever again. Until now, I haven’t hurt myself either. If it wasn’t for Shiva, I probably would have lived the rest of my life pain-free.

This is apparently something else nobody warns you about before you adopt a dog. You will very likely feel pain in places you never expected, in ways you never expected. And oddly, you won’t even mind. As long as Shiva perfects those dang weaves I don’t care if I end up in traction.

What kind of person have I become?

36 thoughts on “She Owes Me Restitution!

  1. Congratulations! You are now a serious canine athlete and no longer just a canine athletic supporter. 🙂

    At least you got your injury doing something cool. I sprained my ankle yesterday coming home from a walk. Pathetic!

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  2. I participated in my one and only aerobics class when I was 19 (I am SO dating myself). I literally could not move for a week, and was in utter agony for 3 days. I never did THAT again.

    Yoga, on the other hand, saved my life in my third pregnancy. I’ve always wanted to get back to that….

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    • Aerobics are evil. I totally agree. I will never sign up for that again either. Even though I didn’t hurt myself, the knots I tied my legs into while trying to complete a simple side-step were too mortifying for words.

      A lot of people tell me I need to try yoga again. I do not know if these people are my friends.

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  3. I injured my Rhomboid muscle and my Trapezius really badly walking an 85lb dog with no leash manners a few years ago and i have never been in so much pain in my life…i’ve broken toes, broken fingers, ripped up the tendons in both of my ankles, and have rotator cuff injuries (micro tearing in both shoulders)….

    I’m no newb to pain and injuries but it was AWFUL… every single time i took a breath it felt like the muscles were ripping from my rib cage. i couldn’t breath, coudln’t turn, coudln’t lift my arm on the right side… i was a complete mess. When i went to my athletic trainer to see what the hell was going on, she was like “what the he** happened to you!?! ” … I told her it was walking a dog and she said i needed a better story… she was right… it was really lame to blame that on just walking a dog. (this same dog also broke my finger a year later LOL!).

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    • Jeepers! You have me totally beat. Is this what I have to look forward to if I continue down this deadly dog-loving path? I’d better not tell my insurance company…

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  4. LOL Kristine, I have thought (on separate ocassions of course) that Sampson broke my nose or my leg. I am always in pain from my dogs. They are beasts. 🙂

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    • They ARE beasts! They make look all cute when they are puppies, but they are deceptively strong! I am sorry you have had similarly painful experiences. Why do we put up with them anyway?

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    • LOL. Thanks! I was hoping it would be healed by this morning, but no dice. My fingers are now crossed for the end of the week.

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  5. Watch for numbness or tingling down your arms or across your shoulders; also any trouble with fine motor movement in your hands – if any of this happens, get to the ER FAST – and preferably by ambulance with a hard neck collar on. Obviously, it is a muscle strain but neck injuries can be devious. Sorry – I work in the ICU and formerly worked as a Rehab nurse….I personally have only broken bones when thrown by horses…so far.

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    • Thanks for the advice. I think I will be okay. So far the only symptoms is the dull muscle ache in the side of my neck. I iced it for a while last night and will probably do so again tonight.

      Horse injuries are far cooler than dog-neck-twisting, by the way. I am glad you recovered!

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  6. I guess you’ll have to warm up a bit next time but meantime, get that PH of yours to get out the Rub A-535 and gently massage that into your ache. Then have a glass of good wine and go to bed for some rest.

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  7. I never hurt myself with my Pogo Ball. you know what I did do though? Remember the Skip It? I skip’d myself right into 9 stitches when I tripped myself, fell, and whipped my own face with the still in motion Skip It. Sadly, I was 19 at the time. And it may or not have been alcohol related. Either way, classic 80s/90s toys are all a bunch of death traps. Where were the safety standards I ask you?!

    Congrats on the sports trelated injury. I used to tell my dance students that you are not truly an athlete until you have injured yourself for your craft…I stand by that.

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    • I do remember the Skip It! I was never coordinated enough to work one of those things. I can definitely see getting stiches. What were our parents thinking?

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  8. Reminds me of the first time I was bitten by a dog… “I’m a real dog person now!”

    Or when I got electrocuted in a fishtank… “I’m a real fish person now!”

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  9. I won’t even tell you how many times I have hurt myself doing various stupid things (and I AM athletic!). My husband says that we didn’t have kids because I am such a spaz 🙂 (it’s okay ..he is a spaz too!!!)

    I hope your neck is feeling better!!!

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  11. sometimes i think that you are the canadian me and shiva is the female desmond. this post is my life story. my three sports-related injuries all happened because i’m not at all athletic and should have been probably just reading a book instead.
    -i broke a pinky playing kickball, because i cannot catch.
    -i jammed a thumb playing softball, because i cannot catch.
    -i pulled my groin and got a labral tear in my hip, because i cannot properly use an elliptical machine while reading a magazine or do squats without the supervision of a trainer.

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