Yesterday, I took my mom to lunch and we did a little Christmas shopping. We had a GREAT time! We opted for a little local eatery for lunch. The other patrons weren’t like us – they were young and hip, but that’s alright, we had a fantastic time and the food was unbelievable. My mom had a mushroom and rice soup along with a half of a tuna salad sandwich on grilled wheat bread complete with lettuce, tomatoes, and even cucumber slices. I opted to go with the server’s recommendation – a grilled cheese which was out.of.this.world! A fun, relaxing, and tasty lunch started off our girls’ day out. After lunch, we went to the grand-opening of the local running specialty store (they moved 240’ south into a larger location) – it was SO nice, but hectic. I took a quick loop around and left without talking to anyone.
We then hit a few other stand-alone stores in search of Christmas gifts and then went to the mall. After dealing with the CRAZY parking, we went to 2 stores and left. We had the Macy’s employee snap our pic before we left.
We then went to Granite City so I could get my husband’s growler filled (scoring me bonus points) and then onto Target.
We had so much fun UNTIL we got to Target. I bent down in the very back corner of the store to get a Christmas bag off the bottom shelf when suddenly I felt my left hamstring PULL. OMG it was one of the worst pains I have ever felt. I could not get up and I suddenly got very hot, the store got very dark, my ears heard only muffled sounds. I was going to pass out from the shock and pain. I sat down on the Christmas Tree display and used the bag I was reaching for to fan myself. My mom was awesome. I sat there getting sick – like I was going to throw up (we really were in the completely opposite corner of the store from the exit). After a few more minutes I was able to begin
walking gimping out of the store . . . and then to my car. That would be the end of our shopping as I couldn’t even get my leg in the car without tears.
I worried whether I had torn, pulled, or strained my quad. I texted my PT friend asking for her guidance. I called my ER nurse friend to see if I should be seen. I didn’t go to the ER, but I did follow my PT friend’s advice to the T – ice, compress and elevate then alternate it with gentle massage toward the body and light stretch and keep repeat. Here’s a picture of the ice pack (the blue thing) wrapped around my quad with my leg propped up on pillows (the white things).
Today? I’m 75% better. I can walk around the house nearly pain free. I cannot imagine running . . . and I have the 50K HUFF relay next Saturday – UMMMM, hope I can do it – not sure at this point.
Ever had an injury resulting from a freakishly stupid act?