Oh No! It Happened Overnight

As I sat on the examining table with a tennis injury to my left hamstring, the nurse practitioner diagnosed a list of other problems with my body. And then it hit me right between my headlights. After gaining a bit of mileage, I have become a high maintenance vehicle.

It was as if I had been transported to an auto repair shop for an oil change and was informed that I needed major overhaul!

Reason for service:

Blown tire – torn hamstring.

Recommended service – 4 weeks of physical therapy.

5 point inspection at physical therapy:

Rack and pinion assembly misaligned: My pelvis is twisted down on the left side and up on the right. I had noticed that I have no waistline on the left side. Now I know why.

Steering column pulls to one direction. My rib cage swings to the right. When wearing dresses or t-shirts, the neckline always gravitates to the right. I had made the assumption that one boob was bigger than the other. Not so! It is because of a lifetime of standing with my weight on my right leg.

Recommended service: Daily left core exercise along with putting weight on my left leg instead.

Length of repair: A few weeks to see improvement and a lifetime of daily exercise to prevent a recurrence.

Check up after service:

Worn ball joint: The nurse moved my good leg and angled it to the left and then to the right. “Doesn’t that hurt at all?” I shook my head. Then she said,That’s weird.” Weird is bad.

I was informed that my ball-joint is missing an important part: A muscle. My ligaments are tight around my knee, but a muscle seems to have fallen off my chassis after hitting a pothole somewhere along the way.

Recommended service: Back to the physical therapist to get another list of lifelong exercises to keep my knee from buckling.

Other diagnosis:

Timing belt is out of sync. Well, that has been obvious on more than several occasions.

Spark plugs need to be replaced. Duh!

Tires balanced. I have always been a little “unbalanced.” Ask anyone.

One wiper blade is malfunctioning. I sleep with one eye open. Need I say more?

Shocks and struts show wear. It could be from getting low on the dance floor. I need a lube job – stat!

Various body defects, pits, and cracks. Hey! Be nice!

The big difference between your car and your body is time and effort. It may be a pain to leave your car in the shop for a week, but hey, it comes back as good as new. Your body, well mine at least, will take a lifetime of exercise maintenance, so I can continue to be a wild rider. Yep, a lifetime.

My husband Danny said, “Next time you go in for a check-up, be sure to get a warranty.”

What kind of car are you?

All photos by Susie Lindau taken with a Droid Razr phone

105 thoughts on “Oh No! It Happened Overnight

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  1. I love this! Great way to post, and I would be a rusty old clunker that’s missing a muffler and has rusty sheet metal swinging in the breeze as I go down the road. Being from Wisconsin, you know what I mean about those rusty clunkers that ought not be on the road… Hope you get better Susie. 🙂


    1. I do know all about Wisconsin clunkers! They are the best! 🙂
      I love the visual I get with “metal swinging in the breeze!” Fantastic!
      Thanks so much John! I am back to tennis this week so I’ll soon find out…. 🙂


  2. I must admit I check in for regular pit stops in the hope I can continue to be a stand-in for the Energizer Bunny. I hope you add yoga to your Recommended Service and are back lapping everyone on the track before long!


    1. I love the Energizer Bunny! Regular pit stops! Hahaha! That’s exactly what they are. I will be back at it this week, but probably not full out. Yoga is the best and I need to start back in a routine. Thanks Patricia! I hope your road is smooth and free from potholes today! 🙂


  3. See? Now, that’s what I am talking about. Though, with me, I woke up after 10 days in the hospital and was thoroughly messed up. Two years to fix up and now stuff to do forever to keep it from happening again, but worse.


  4. I’ve had an experience like this. Hurt my leg running and at the Physical Therapist’s initial exam I got a laundry list of items too. Great merging of pictures and auto mechanic defects with your tale today!


  5. Dang. Sorry about the hamstring. The rest of it? Pshaw. OK, I’m not dissing the exercises or diagnoses, I’m no expert in that department — but we’re way beyond cars. How about self-evolving Wraith space ships? I think it was the Wraith ships that could self-evolve. Oh well, you get what I mean. Mere mortal PTs and MDs barely understand these chassis. They’re like a Stargate Atlantis crew wandering around the pulsating halls in their space suits and headlamps. “Don’t you see, this expedition is the biggest Hail Mary in history!” Best wishes and happy healing.


    1. LOVE IT! The biggest Hail Mary in history is right! Hahaha! It’s true about what they understand. I try to listen to my body! Self-evolving Wraith Space ships sound like a lot more fun too!
      Thanks so much JBW for your hilarious comment! 🙂


  6. Heh, the older one gets the more work it takes. I do a half hour on a stationary bike six nights a week, it helps. Of course, I read whilst working arms and legs. Leave it to me to find words in it.


    1. I’m NOT old! …yet….sheesh!
      Actually, this will be my first week back to playing tennis! Yeah! I do have to be careful since I’ve been running, but haven’t tried sprinting…. 🙂 Hey, I may end up in better shape than I have been in years since I will be getting the shimmy out of my front end alignment!


  7. It happens to the best of us: I have bad hip wear now with too much running in an earlier life. Perhaps we should ‘trade ourselves in’ for newer models!


    1. As long as my husband doesn’t, I am A-ok! Hahaha!
      I know what you mean, but am amazed at the results of the physical therapy.. I am really looking forward to skiing season this year!
      Hips pain can be the worst nagging pain. I hope you have a pain-free day Oyia! Thanks for stopping by!


    1. It does make a difference! 🙂 I always exaggerate when laughing at myself, but I really have been happy with the exercises and their results. Now I am working on building the right knee. I have the incentive of ski season coming up!
      Thanks so much Denise!


  8. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this, but you’re not alone. I also have back problems and need to do certain exercises to keep my lower back strong. Yoga also helps. Sadly, we’re not getting any younger and then me, and you as well, being so active and lively, it’s not fair, not fair I say!!! *walks away screaming with fists up in the air in signs of protest*


    1. Thanks M! I am sorry to hear about your back.
      I have short muscles and tendons so even when I was in grade school and ran timed races, I died the next day with pulled muscles! Of course it never occurred to me to warm up before or after. It has taken me a lifetime to realize that I have to take the time!
      Luckily I am catching all of this in time before I have done any irreparable damage. But God knows how much I would get on a “trade-in.” Hahaha!


  9. Oh No!!! No dancing videos in our near future!

    Well, it’s good to find those things out. That was a good nurse… I too would have checked you out thoroughly. Now do what the PT tells you to.


    1. Of course there will be dancing! I wasn’t able to dance a couple of weeks ago. I should be in better shape than I was years ago after all the therapy. I am a good listener. 🙂
      I start tennis again this week! You can’t keep this Wild Rider down Ted! OooooOOO! OOoooOOO!


  10. I love your outlook on all of this! Normally this would be a big disappointment and setback but you find the funny in it and I know you’ll be working hard to keep maintain your “vehicle”. 🙂


  11. Susie, you are a dream! What a fun and positive way to view your physical, um, diagnosis. With your spirit I’m sure these repairs won’t be much of an issue. Thanks for the giggle (as I sit in the waiting room of my dermatologist getting prepped for laser treatment). It seems appropriate, somehow!


    1. Thanks so much Tameri!
      I am working hard and have finally committed to exercising every day! Sheesh! It was really so simple once I learned what I needed to do to straighten out my bumper and front end alignment! Hahaha!
      I am so envious! I would love to try laser! Let me know how it goes!


      1. I wish I could say it was a laser treatment to make me gorgeous, but alas it was for a tattoo removal. VERY painful. That’s the only thing that’s kept me from doing a vanity session, if it hurts this bad with anesthesia, how bad would it be without? I’ll keep my laugh lines and age spots. For now. 😉


  12. There it is again. The invitation for wild thoughts. Other than the torn pork hamstring that took you to the flat, hard bed of bad news, I have no doubt you’ll continue to rock the wild side and the dance floor.

    Sleeping with one eye open, tho’? That’s just plain weird, Susie.


    1. Hahaha! You are right about the dance floor! In fact I hope to really be able to hit it hard in the bumps this year when skiing too! I am back to tennis this Thursday.
      Sleeping with one eye open is a weird one! I had to write about that doctor’s visit! It is absolutely true except for reading the patent on the bottom of the eye chart. – a little embellishment there… 🙂
      Thanks Gloria!


  13. Oh my gosh, Susie, so sorry to hear about all the things you need physical therapy on and the other stuff. Yep, it’s a gas getting old, isn’t it? You seem to be in excellent physical health to me. This is such a cool analogy, and I love those photos. Did you add those special effects yourself? Those are so cool. What kind of car am I? An old rusty, clunker. So why in the world is my insurance so dang high. I thought the rates were supposed to get lower, the older the car is.


    1. Thanks so much Lynn!
      I love it! The rates should go down along with the value of the car. I guess that our rates get higher because we are so valuable! 🙂
      I did the effects and took the picture of that wildly painted car on our way back from the CU game! I love that new trend!
      I am really in pretty good shape, thank you! I am going back to my wild life and will keep working at it so I can stay injury-free!


  14. Torn hamstring? Youch!! Hope you’re feeling better.

    I’m the kind of car that keeps going no matter what (sometimes when nreaks and tune ups are necessary) and gets dirty without my noticing. LOL


    1. I am better! Thanks! It was injured 6 weeks ago and I am going back to tennis this week. PT has become part of my routine, so I can keep going too! Now if I could just do something about these dents….. 🙂


  15. Love your body/car comparisons. Going by that, I should probably be in the junkyard. I look back at all the things I did when I was young and spry – jumping off buildings into an old mattress, falling off horses or out of trees, taking judo, the list goes on – and think that its probably a wonder my body parts aren’t in worse shape. I figure if I want to live as long as my grandmother who never spent a night in the hospital until she was 100 (she made it to 102) , I’m going to have to be more careful for the next 34 years or so. The original chassis is gradually being replaced (new knees, plate in my neck) or patched up (shoulder) and I’m on a first name basis with all the therapists at the therapy place. They like me because I do all my exercises there and at home. I guess a lot of people don’t. It’s not fun, but I figure my body is getting even with me now for all the fun I had earlier in life.


  16. Sorry about the wear and tear you’ve been experiencing. But I have no doubt you’ll be better than new in no time. Your wild-riding exuberance knows no bounds, Susie! Thanks for another uplifting post. 😀


    1. Thanks so much Mary! I am on the road to recovery! Hahaha!
      There are a million puns…
      I guess we all run into some obstacles along the way. It is just a matter of whether we let them side-line us or use it as a way to strengthen ourselves. Wild riding is right!
      Thanks again Mary!


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