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37 years...

37 years I've lasted without breaking anything...

Then I had to go and break a ####ing rib Stare.

I'd love to say it happened whilst doing something terribly exciting, like kayaking, or abseiling, but no, all I did was lean over the arm of my office chair to pick something up that I'd dropped. The arm of the chair jabbed in to my ribs, I leant over that little bit too far, and *crack*. that was it :x (Mad). Now I live in fear of every time I need to sneeze :D. Oh well, a weeks rest will hopefully let the pain subside to the point where I can get back to work.

On a plus note though, following my good fortune in winning a Wicked Lasers Facebook competition, I've been unofficially employed by them as a product copywriter :). Since then I have been sent another laser and a prototype of their new super-torch which should be appearing on their site relatively soon (no, I'm not going to post any details of it yet, so don't ask ;) ).

Now if you'll excuse me, I need more tea and paracetamol...
  • Mood: Hurt
  • Watching: Daytime TV... God help me...
  • Drinking: Imitation-brand diet cherry cola... Good though.
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well it's confirmed, fractured rib & bruising. Doctor's instructions are that I'm OK to work, but no driving or lifting anything... I'm a field engineer for an IT company, that rules out pretty much everything I do! Looks like I'm going to be stuck at home for the next fortnight just arranging parts and visits for other engineers. At least it doesn't count as sick leave.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014

Laughing and coughing  aren't much fun either. It is actually a quicker heal to break than to bruise them believe it or not. 
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
When I can finally drive without yelping every time the car goes over a pebble I'll be much happier.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
takes a couple months. you might nee new shocks
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nah I should be OK after a while. My current car is brand new, I only took delivery of it a week ago, and thankfully it is very comfortable. I'll just have to stick to light duties for a while.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
What kind of car?
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A Vauxhall Insignia Techline, I don't think you have them in the US.




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BantamWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ouch! I hope that you have a speedy recovery!! I know it must really suck to be afraid to sneeze, take a deep breath, or even laugh! :/ My Dad had a cracked rib once I'm sure he'd sympathize with you! :hug:
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just a complete pain having family members that share my sense of humour, it's almost as if they're trying to make me laugh :o (Eek) .

If you do hug me though, not too tight please, there's no dignity in seeing a grown man cry :D.
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BantamWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll do my best to not make you laugh too hard and will try not to give you a :tighthug: kind of hug! :giggle:

I've broken my wrist and a few fingers myself, but I doubt they hurt as much as a rib! :/
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If I'm sitting still, or moving about carefully, there's virtually no pain, but it only takes a second to jar my chest, or bend the wrong way and Jesus, it smarts! Rules out working out in the field for the next week or so, so I'm stuck at home doing vet calls instead. Could be worse I suppose, at least I have my music, TV, and all the tea I can drink :D.
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BantamWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vet calls?

Mmm tea!! ^^
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah sorry, a vet call is when a client logs a fault with us, but before it goes to the engineers for a visit, we have to ring them and double-check what what the fault is, and with what equipment, so we know we're ordering the right parts for when we do attend.

I've been thinning out the tea collection recently, there were too many part-used boxes building up! I'm down to one box of Earl Grey, one Chai, and a few remaining bags of Assam. As soon as that stock is depleted I'll start trying other new ones :).
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BantamWolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Assam tea? I don't think I've ever had that kind...
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very strong, slightly malty flavour. Definitely a morning tea rather than a relaxing in the evening one.

Goes very well with bacon sandwiches too :D.
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Sylver-Nyx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow ouch! I feel ya, have so far made it 31 years without breaking anything. Hope you heal up quickly!
And congrats about the lasers :)
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Sylver :). I suppose that one advantage of working from home for the next week is that I'll get time to play with the new toys :D.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OUCH indeed! I didn't even know it was possible to do that.. though tbh I also never thought it was possible to break a toe, tear the tendons and almost rip it off by stubbing it on the bed lol

ooOOoo you are a lucky so and so when it comes to the lasers! I am more than a bit envious! Jealous Emoticon

Broken ribs are a PITA though - take forever to heal :(
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The slightly bizarre thing though is that a week ago my brother did the same thing! Although he did it by falling off his bike (he was using his husky to tow him, that was never going to end well :D). 
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yikes! there is no need to copy your brothers injuries! lol

It all depends how you let a dog tow you - I had a dog that was so full of beans at the beginning of a bike ride together that the only way to slow her down was not to pedal and let her pull me along for the first 500 meters or so after which she was prepared to go at a speed I could actually keep up with. I always held her lead in one hand though.
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SWAT-Strachan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
He had the lead tied to his handlebars, so when the dog stopped suddenly the bike ran over the lead and it got jammed in the brakes. Brother and bike parted company at this point :D. Apparently there is a proper harness that you can get for huskies and bikes, and I think he's seriously looking in to getting one now.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Opps that is not really clever. I had an extra long lead that I held short most of the time unless she suddenly stopped and then I dropped the extra length I had as a loop in my hand while I braked.

Yeah there probably is - they also have special springs for dogs to be fixed to the bike with but I never liked the looks of them tbh
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