My foot was elevated on a stool, cushioned by a pillow. The entire leg was swollen with the knee looking suspiciously like a substitute for a basketball. The ice pack was enclosed in a small towel resting on the knee. The pain was, well I have given birth so I will not say it is the worst I have experienced but it comes a close second.
Everyone says exercise is so very good for you. In my case exercise is hazardous to my health. My used to be dear friend chortled and proclaimed: “You are the only person I know who could bust up a knee slipping from a stationary exercise bike.” That is true. I did not fall off. One well shod, sneakered foot slipped out of the stirrup and all my voluptuous avoirdupois went onto one leg and landed me in painsville.
I iced the entire leg and took myself to the doctor. I was sent for X-ray and a number of ultrasound tests including DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). That one gave me pause as you are talking probable serious repercussions if there is a clot. My doctor called as soon as she had some results to say: “I am happy to tell you that there is no clot, however you have a Baker’s …ist (mumble) behind the knee.”
“Baker’s yeast?” I asked incredulously.
“No, no, it is called Baker’s CYST”.
I had never heard of this. She told me she would be referring me to an Orthopaedic surgeon and in the meantime I was to follow the RICE formula.
I was surprised how many people knew about Baker’s Cysts, how many had had it or knew people who had. I had read up on it and was praying that it would heal itself as can and does happen. One acquaintance gleefully informed me that she had had the needle aspiration and showed me the length of the needle that in my apprehensive state seemed to be at least a foot. Yikes!
As is always the case, my Lifers were among my best support. Outpourings of love and practical offerings and advice came from each one. I emailed my thanks, explaining that I was being good and that RICE was helping. Jay wrote to ask what RICE was. I explained it was an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, the method used in First aid to relieve pain and swelling and to promote healing and flexibility. Here are excerpts of messages which followed:
Jay: “I thought you were eating the rice…I don’t think my neighbours, knew that either … her doctor put her on a rice diet and she asked me if I had any rice, actually she was on rice and bananas and I wonder if her rice was the same as your rice haha. I gave her some rice and never gave it a second thought, but now I wonder
Me: “Now, that’s is hilarious! Given my experience with aches and pains – rolled ankle, banged up elbow, I am quite familiar with RICE. By the way I also like rice. Did your neighbour have any swelling, inflammation, or sore joints? If yes, then it is not the diet but the acronym. If no, then perhaps her doctor did mean her to eat rice. Will you ever know for sure? HaHaHa.”
Jay: “Might even be funnier than that … she had diarrhea in a bad way for nearly 6 weeks! Bananas and rice was prescribed.”
Me: “I am almost falling off the chair….definitely the diet…bananas and rice for diarrhea!”
Out of curiosity, I look up R.I.C. E. on the internet. I finished falling off my chair as in the middle of explaining the first aid procedure the next heading in the stream was varieties of rice; It informed me that in the US long grain rice is used for boiling, quick cook products and soup; short grain for cereals, baby food, beer and liquors.
This was followed immediately by ‘do not put ice directly on the skin’ then without skipping a beat or establishing a discernible logical connection the next heading was Inflammation fighting foods which did NOT include rice but had broccoli and wild caught salmon in the mix. I thought, here is a complete dinner and was feeling quite full and drunk too from the long grain liquor when I was suddenly brought back on topic by the next heading: what is rice used for in first aid and was back to athletic injuries and the formula.
You just cannot make up stuff like this.
The Meander: Our intrepid Jim has suggested Jay and I do a skit or work on a routine for You Tube. Jay is wondering if my rice formula is holistic. I want to know if the bananas and rice is served as a smoothie. We are all having fun with this….that’s GOOD!