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OUCH, or why you should back up when told to - RonO's Ramblings

May. 19th, 2006 10:54 am OUCH, or why you should back up when told to

For a bit less than a year, I've been taking Karate classes at National Karate in Bartlett. I've progressed to a purple belt (White, Gold, Green, Purple) and will probably test for my blue belt next Friday night.

On Wednesday I got my first major injury, which wasn't nearly as bad as it looked.

In my second class of the night, which was a class for all levels, we were working on a punch-kick combination. I was holding pads for another purple belt who is about my size and age. The combination was a jab-punch-round kick-round kick combination. In order to hold pads for this, the holder needs to back up a fair amount before first kick and even further for the second kick. I didn't back up quite far enough -- by six inches to a foot, and my partner kicked past the pad against my right forearm and kicked me hard in the side of my right elbow.

We continued the drill and then I took a look at the damage. Instead of a bruise I expected, my arm had a swelling about the size of an egg. I went into the office and iced for about 10 minutes with no reduction in the swelling. At that point, I left and went to the Convenient Care center at the other end of Bartlett. {I could have gone to the slightly closer Alexian Brother's facility, but I tend to be loyal to Tara's hospital when I can}.

After the usual paperwork and waiting, I saw a nurse who was surprised that I only rated the pain as a "1" on the 1 to 10 scale (and then mentioned that my slight sinus headache was a worse pain). The doctor ordered some x-rays -- I'm somewhat dreading the bill -- which showed no broken or chipped bones. So, all I have is a hematoma. For the next few days I've got to keep it wrapped to keep some pressure on it and I'm taking prescription NSAID. The doctor wants me to keep my arm in a sling, but I can only do that when I'm not doing anything else -- like driving, eating or working on the computer.

For some reason, Tara doesn't want me going to Karate Class tonight :-).

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