Thursday, December 5, 2013

The time I busted my rib

About a week and a half ago, I came down with a cold.
No surprise really. I have two little kids that don't wash hands often, I teach 28 little Kindergartens who hands are in everything (one even has them down his pants constantly) and just living life generally introduces a person to germs.
cough illustration
The left is what I see all day long despite having taught the right numerous times.
One thing about me though, is that once I get a cold, I almost always get a cough. The cough ultimately turns into a chest infection of some sort and I get placed onto antibiotics.
With my new found passion of running, my coughing is different since I also get it after running in the cold weather. Once I start coughing, I can barely catch my breathe and I cough for a good 10-15 minutes.
Well, instead of the typical chest infection I usually get, this time I have actually busted my rib from all my coughing. I'm amazed at how painful a bruised rib is. I'm also embarrassed it's just from coughing! I might have to change the story and say I was hit during a hockey game or something more 'noble'.
Now I'm not 100% positive this is what it is because I haven't been to the doctor (I can't afford a sick day for a treatment of rest) but there's a good deal of pain right around my ribs and it's very sore when I move, breathe or cough.
I'm hoping this clears up soon because it definitely sucks and I was just getting ready to start my half marathon training for the Nike Women's Half Marathon.
Anyone dealt with an injured rib? Any remedies?
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