Feel Like Whining

I went to the association meeting this morning and as I was walking out, I pulled my calf muscle in the back part of my lower right leg.  You know you are getting old when you can hurt yourself by just walking.  It doesn’t sound like a real big deal, but when a person is walking, running, or jumping, their calf muscle pulls their heel up to allow them to move forward.  Somehow, I strained it and ended up tearing some of my calf muscle fibers, which is commonly called a pulled calf muscle.  The worst thing is that it is affecting my mental faculties and that bone song keeps running through my head, preventing me from getting any writing done.

I took 2 extra strength Tylenol and climbed in my bed for a nap with my leg resting on the heating pad, and when I woke up, it felt better, but it still hurts.  I read that the best way to heal this type of injury is to get a leg wrap, so I went out to Publix to get one.  I also picked up some ointment.  It seemed odd to me that the pharmacist said that I could apply hot or cold to my injury and I asked him which one was best and he said that this is a personal preference, so I have to make up my own mind, when I would rather have somebody that knows about this stuff make that decision for me.  I almost parked in the handicapped spot, as there were 4 open ones close to the store, but I didn’t do that because I feel that too many people are taking advantage of the system.  The checkout lady said that I should take some magnesium pills to help it feel better.  Anyway, tomorrow will be another day for writing and I hope that my leg feels better then.

Written for Paula’s Monday Peeve.

28 thoughts on “Feel Like Whining

  1. Wow, so many people I know have hurt themselves lately! Including me. I fell 10 days ago and am still in a lot of pain from it. I’ve also heard good things about magnesium & it isn’t in my multi vitamin so maybe I’ll get some. Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Sorry about your calf muscle, but at least you won’t have to have surgery to heal. I tore an Achilles’ tendon and ended up in a cast and on crutches for a couple of months. Anyway, I hope you’re doing better.

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  3. Feel better real soon Jim! We need your dose of acerbic wit to keep us on our toes! 😉 (j/k in case you think I was being harsh). Seriously for such a thing, in my opinion, having had both types of ‘therapy’ applied to my legs with my various surgeries, heat is the best. If the area is swollen, then the ice option works better, and after my knee surgery I couldn’t abide having something hot on my leg anyway, so it was the ice option. The heat helps the muscle relax (as far as I know), and is soothing to the trauma site. I hope it doesn’t prove to be a lingering sort of injury. Wrapping it for a while with an ace bandage won’t do any harm all the same. Just make the wrap loose, as you don’t want to restrict circulation either.

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    1. Thanks for your concern Melanie. I guess I have been pretty lucky so far as I only had two surgeries and I have all of my body parts, except one wisdom tooth that was removed. My led seems to be much better today, so the wrap was the way to go. I got one of those slide on wraps that tightens with Velcro, so I can do this myself. My problem today is the side effects from my booster shot which made me want to sleep all day and I have all of these body aches.

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      1. Yes…I get that…I’ve come close to that…in bed…no not what you think….sleeping the wrong way and wretched my back…several times.

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