Yesterday at work I had some very deep lung coughing fits. Just some extra mucus from the cold, rainy weather into the warmth of my office.
When I got home, same situation. Coughing. And then one of my coughs finally HURT so I touched my chest and felt the shooting pain. I whined at Dawg that my chest hurt from coughing. He offered to rub it in with Icy Hot. As he did he felt a particular spot where it hurt very badly and told me I pulled a muscle. I felt that same spot and could feel the difference. It felt torn and stretched and alien and not mine. And when I pressed in the stretched valley I felt white-hot pain. “I’ve been shot!” I said that several times as I stupidly continued to press on the muscle.
By bedtime I couldn’t do anything liftingwise, although Ripley managed to jump into my arms, so very agile for 12 pounds of fluff. When I laid down for what I had hoped was Hi Time the pain in my chest was so great I was breathing quick, shallow breaths to work through the pain. Dawg asked me to take a deep breath, which I did but it was excruciating. I held the breath and told him how much it hurt without actually exhaling. He told me to exhale, just wanted to make sure I *could* breathe deeply.
I tried rolling over on my side to face him but when he put his arm around me I was instantly thrown into breathless terrifying pain and could not move or speak loudly enough for Dawg to know this. Finally, after the third time of him telling me that he couldn’t hear me I looked into his eyes, pushed air out through my lungs, and squeaked out “I need you to get off me.” That he heard. Thank goodness.
He rubbed more Icy Hot on my chest and it took a lot of self control to do no more than chant “ow ow ow ow” through the pain.
No Hi Time. Boo.
The Icy Hot at least helped me to be able to lie on my side so I could hug Dawg while we fell into slumber.
And that’s the last I remember of the pain. Today I feel no pain. Dawg is a miracle worker. Magic hands. And too bad his reward will have to now wait until the weekend: my Happy Period has struck! Stupid Happy Period.