So Sunday morning I broke my foot. It's been kind of a surreal experience. Not the least because this year has been just a tsunami of health problems, and I just thought I'd been working them out when, snap, I walked down the stairs, stepped wrong, and broke my foot.
But anyway, other than a terrible limp, and the fact that it hurts in a way you know instinctively it shouldn't hurt (vs. the hurt you train yourself every day to ignore, because it's not a sign of injury), it does not hurt worse than my sub-peak back pain.
That's right, my friends. On at least several occasions a week, I hurt as badly as a person who breaks their foot. It's a kind of a bizarre feeling. Most people who break bones are in pretty bad pain, aren't they? I hurt worse than that all the time. In fact, right now, my back hurts worse than my foot, by a good margin.
Has anyone else ever injured themselves and had this kind of philosophical musing? My GP was wondering yesterday whether she needed to offer me "extra" painkillers, but I said "well, wouldn't most people with a broken foot be pretty uncomfortable right now? I think I'm OK." And she kind of nodded. I didn't add... "but my back still hurts..."