So here's the funny thing: I can walk just fine (maybe ski?), but I can't put on my sock without ridiculous pain (maybe help buckling in the boots?). We're slated to ski Saturday (Homewood), Sunday (Alpine Meadows), and Monday (Squaw), so I have three days to get this fixed.
I'm attacking the situation from both directions:
Homeopathic: I've got the cream and these funny little tablets you dissolve under your tongue. This stuff contains arnica and lots of other stuff that's supposed to be good for treating (according to their list on the box) muscular pain (yep), inflammation (yep), sports injuries (don't know that commuting is considered a sport), and bruising (absolutely).
The good old traditional Vitamin I. I'm taking probably completely unreasonable amounts of this, but it does help. Or maybe that's the other stuff working. Who cares?? I want RESULTS. Right now.
In the meantime, it has not gone unnoticed that this all seems an eerie coincidence with a fall my mother-in-law took at our house on Sunday before dinner. She shuffles rather than walks and tripped on the runner in our front hallway. One minute she was walking into the kitchen, the next she was flat on her back in the hall (people her age tend not to break their falls with a leg or arm but rather go down like a ton of bricks). Getting her back on her feet was an ordeal. She didn't break anything either, but her KNEE is swollen and bruised. And whereas I felt badly about the rug (should have secured it better to the floor) and want to help keep her healthy as long as possible, the next day I was grousing that if she's not going to pick up her feet, she should at least watch where she's going. But of course she's walking around in sort of a fog through no fault of her own, making this an extremely uncharitable thought on my part. I have also been known to be frustrated with her going on constantly about this pain, that pain, focusing endlessly on her health. But of course when you're in pain, it's really hard to think about anything else, especially when there's not a whole lot going on in your life aside from managing that pain.
SO, my question is . . . is this a karmic injury, designed to bring to my attention that I should be more patient with and understanding of my MIL? I'm calling uncle on this one.