During dinner on Sunday night I took two Advil. At that point, I had reached the advised limit of six pills per day and it prompted me to do some quick math. I’d been on a steady diet of these pills for since the Friday after my bicycle mishap, and that meant six pills a day for ten days.
That is, to be honest, more Advil than I have taken in the past five years combined. I’ve never been a big fan of drugs for the sake of healing since my mindset has always existed that evolution/nature/the universe designed our bodies to repair themselves in standard situations. I mean, I understand that broken bones need more help than a bruise, but this is just bruised ribs – and I was actually starting to feel much better. Mission accomplished, right?
So I made the conscious decision to not take any Advil yesterday and, as a result, I got little-to-no sleep due to some unforeseen excruciating pain. The Advil did a great job of not only lessening the discomfort, but – more importantly – it was working as an anti-inflammatory to keep the swelling in the bruised area of my ribs in check. After a full day of removing the drugs that fought of the distension on my left side, the tenderness returned and there was no comfortable way to sleep. Finally, around 4:00 AM, I succumbed to it all and took two more pills.
I took two more just now, as I started writing this, with a late breakfast from Starbucks. (I finally woke up again at noon.) The pain is lessening and I am feeling better, but one thing’s for sure: I’m not as “healed” as I thought I was. The ibuprofen was just keeping my body in balance while it continued to recover from injuries. This may, unfortunately, impact plans I had this weekend. I’ll wait to see how I feel tomorrow.
Side note: every time I write a blog post like this, I feel one step less obligated to post something on the Bookface which served as the closest replacement to this medium. Twitter is more about short thoughts. Instagram is pretty pictures. I’m starting to learn more and more which social media outlets are a positive enhancement to my life and which ones are just a time drain. Hopefully more to come from this.