Short story: I went to the International Clinic to get my headache checked out. Two hours later I left with a headache and a fractured toe.
Long story: Last Saturday, while doing push-ups during Body Pump at the Corniche, a sudden & excruciating headache started above my right eye. It continued for the duration of my lifting session. With some water and meds it dissipated throughout the day. Megan (friend, colleague & Body Pump instructor) wasn’t sure what it was but thought maybe I wasn’t breathing correctly during my workout. I took a couple days off lifting, ran and it mostly went away (except when I touched the spot).
Tuesday morning (graduation day – we aren’t allowed in the school) I tried Body Pump again. My headache started almost immediately. I made it through the hour and asked the instructor what she thought. She’d never heard of anything and suggested I get it checked out since I was flying in the next week. While lying by the pool, I decided to head to the International Clinic with Megan (who already had an appointment). I don’t go to the doctor often because it seems like they usually tell me something I already know or can’t find anything. I decided not to risk it this time and go.
The doctor thought maybe it was my sinuses (umm…no). So I went downstairs for a head x-ray and blood work. After my x-ray, I went into the adjoining bathroom to put my hair back into a ponytail. And smashed my pinky toe against the door. I immediately fell to the ground. Then hobbled to the other side of the building to get my blood drawn. By the time I left the small room, I was balling. My toe freakin’ HURT! Luckily Megan was there to console me. She helped me walk back over to x-ray and ask for a foot x-ray. Sure enough – I had fractured my pinky toe WHILE GETTING AN X-RAY OF MY HEAD. WTF. Who does that?! The doctor helped me get to the ortho department (outside & across the parking lot – what a cruel joke) for a consult. They wanted to tape it up and cast it. Thanks but no thanks. He predicted my fracture would take about three weeks to heal. No running, no working out and minimal walking. ARG. I have already registered for a 5k and 10k in the next month 😦
After getting it taped and the supplies to do it myself, I (finally) headed back up to my original doctor to get the results of my x-ray and blood work. Clear (of course). After a 2-hour visit, I left the International Clinic with a headache and a fractured toe. THIS is why I don’t go to doctors. You never realize how much you want to work out until someone tells you that you can’t. Times like these are when I want to ask “Why?” But these are also the times when there really isn’t a good answer for that question.