Monday, April 27, 2009

Post-Race Trip to the Emergency Room



Last night hubby and I were just lounging on the couch, watching a movie and resting our legs after the morning's half marathon. My right hip was feeling pretty tender after a massage so I decided to ice it. In a moment of utter stupidity, I placed the ice pack directly against my skin.

(Do you know where this is going?)

Fast-forward 15 or 20 minutes: I remove the ice pack and my skin is hard, white and numb. I was pretty sure I had given myself frost bite. I warmed it up with some hot cloths and it gradually became pink and also flaming hot.

I did a little reading online and managed to freak myself out enough (infection! amputation!) that we made a trip to the ER at 10:30PM. The place was jam packed, but we were processed through "Fast Track" - this was good news, but also worried me a little. Was it that bad?! We saw the doc after about an hour (no idea how long we would have waited had we not been rushed through) to confirm that my diagnosis had been correct but it was a mild case (phew).

Doc assured me not to worry and that it would heal like a typical first degree burn. He offered me pain meds, but I declined. It didn't hurt any more than a sunburn.

I now have a large pancaked-sized red welt on the outside of my hip and it stings like a *$#@&! It's still manageable with aloe vera and I'm just hoping it doesn't blister.

Ugh! This is one mistake I definitely won't make twice.

Race report with pics coming later today!

28 comments:

Marcy said...

OMG!!!! Wow chica! I'm glad you're ok! I can't believe you could stand the ice pack for that long! Dang!

lindsay said...

whew! i am so glad it wasn't more serious!! how crazy that the ice packs and then warm cloths did that though - kind of scary. my mind would have been racing with terrible thoughts too (i mean hi, i was worried about popping a blister wrong and having to amputate) lol. glad it turned out OK for the most part and hope the burning/stinging goes away quickly!

RunningLaur said...

Wow, that's scary. Glad it's only a mind case! It makes me think back to all the times I could have done that. Thanks for the PSA - I'll be a lot safer now!

Feel better soon!

Brian said...

Whoa! Good to hear you arent missing a leg!

Denise said...

Oh my gosh! And here wer are getting into ice baths, etc. I'm going to be scared to ice anything from here on out!

Lily on the Road said...

OMG, lesson (no lessons) learned, always use a towel between leg and ice pack, and never apply heat to frost bite!

Gah, girl, I feel your pain..........YIKES...

tfh said...

Sounds PAINFUL! Hope the aloe helps and you recover quickly. And I'm glad nothing had to be amputated. ;)

Run Sarah said...

Ouch that sounds brutal- hope you feel better today!

Tatiana said...

I did that once...to my knee. Not fun!

I'm impressed you were fast tracked. I was hit by a car and I waited for 4 hours.

Melanie said...

tried your site again, no malware message this time... but glad you're ok!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Geez, glad you are okay. This is a good lesson for all of us.

Chic Runner said...

OMG glad you are okay! You are one crazy girl and that's a good reminder. :) Hope you feel better soon

Fair Weather Runner said...

Oh my goodness! It's good you went to the ER. Hope it heals up soon!

unathleticrunner said...

oh girl! that is terrible. :( Hope it gets better soon! Glad you're in a good mood (yes, I will remember my running shoes not the dancing one...lol)

I Run for Fun said...

Oh no! That is scary. So glad you went to ER and took care of it asap! Hope it heals soon.

Jess said...

Oh no! I've heard of many people making the same mistake. Hope it heals soon!

Road Warrior said...

Wow, I had no idea that was possible. Glad to hear that it'll heal. Until then, you should definitely say you ran into a burning building when you heard a baby cry.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ouch! Note to self, no nude icing....

Marci said...

Gosh, when I read your title my heart sank... glad you are OK!! Who knew icing could be so dangerous!?

M*J*C said...

That's CRAZY!!!! Glad you're ok!!! I would have freaked out!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

glad you are okay. lesson learned (and shared with the rest of us)!

J said...

I totally have had the same experience! I iced my ankles alot in high school soccer and one day I had these weird patches on my ankles! I called it frost bite too!

teacherwoman said...

OMG! How scary! Hey, it could happen to any one of is! :)

yumke said...

Wow, can't believe that happened! I can't bare the feeling of ice directly on my skin for more than a minute or so.. you have high tolerance!

Runner Leana said...

Holy smokes! Glad to hear it wasn't that bad... Careful with that ice pack!

joyRuN said...

YIKES! Glad you're okay & didn't to any major damage :)

Vickie said...

Oooh, that's gotta hurt. I wonder if it will turn a weird pink color in the sun like scars do or when you have a burn scar?

Vava said...

Man, I did that to my ankle a couple of years ago. That feeling when you see a part of your body frozen completely solid is not much fun, nor is the itchy rash that lasts forever. I think it took almost three months for mine to go away. Hope you heal up fast!