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

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    1. I know what you mean but, I think this is the beginning of a stronger me! 🙂 I have always had one of those bodies that gets pulled muscles and I have had a lot of injuries, so finally I am doing something about it! It is amazing how little habits can be our undoing.
      Thanks so much Terri!


        1. Definitely! Hahaha! And isn’t that strange when you think about it? I was in terrible shape in my mid-twenties!

          Strength of character goes a long ways!

          The cool thing is that doctors are able to get us back on the road again much more quickly as they gain a better understanding of our bodies. My PT is a miracle worker!


  1. Sorry about your injury, hope you are on the mend soon. I must say I love the photos…big laugh from me. Somedays I feel like I just rolled off the lot, other days I’m begging for the wrecking ball to come my way. All part of the process I guess…


    1. Big wrecking ball is right! It happened 6 weeks ago so I really babied it and am ready to go back to tennis. We’ll see how it goes… I’ll take it easy, but it is hard not to sprint!
      Thanks so much! It is funny how I was just talking about the idea of this post and I found these junkers in Breckenridge near a recycle center. Then I spotted the fancy car on the highway!
      I love your “rolled off the lot” comment! I am going to visualize that this week!
      Thanks again!


  2. The problem is birthdays. You need to stop having birthdays.

    Oh, and stop going to the doctor. That’s where everything starts to go wrong. They want to fix you. They’re weird like that. If you never go to the doctor, you never have to fix anything. Saves time. Saves money.

    It’s interesting that you post this today. I just traded in my 2003 Subaru with over 214,000 miles on it for a brand new 2012 Nissan Rogue with 14 miles on it. That’s how I fix my car problems. Wish my body was as simple.

    Chin up, Susie! You’re alive and still kicking. You have options. Those are GOOD things. So you’re a little under lubricated and have less horse power than before. So what! Your blog is still one of the best and that’s all that matters!

    Hang in there.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. Hahaha! Thank you so much!
      I am doing great after 6 weeks of rehab. I plan to hit the courts on Thursday. The irony is that getting that list of exercise should prevent my left side injuries, so I don’t have to go in again for a while. But I didn’t get a warranty. Dang!


  3. Susie- I’m a lot like my flat bed truck. I take a pounding and never mind it year after year. Until I get that “Oh Shit” bill from my mechanic.
    Seriously, hoping all is well on your end (pun kinda intended).
    PS- I guess this means our prize fight will have to be rescheduled.


    1. This injury is 6 weeks old so I think I am ready to chase balls again. I am going to try on Thursday! That mechanic can be pricey!

      Prize fight??? You crack me up Cayman! It wouldn’t be fair to you,


  4. This post made me feel all my aches and pains! Poor you. I think I’m in about as rough shape, though, if it’s any consolation. I’m definitely the rusting car squeaking along hoping for a miracle.


    1. Ohhh no! Just keep exercising. That is the key, especially core strength. I had sort of relaxed on it. pun intended…I hope you are back on the road soon!
      Thanks so much for reading!


  5. I feel your pain…and any aches, twinges, soreness, and as-of-yet unidentified ‘issues’ you may have. But glad to read that you’re on the mend…btw, if you paid for your sessions with a visa you should get at least a bit of an extended warranty on your body…that’s the way it works, right?


  6. You might be feeling a little dented at the moment, Susie, but you can still bust a move like nobody’s business! (I’d like to be one of those sleek little audi convertible two seaters – red, of course – but I’ve got more minivan in me than I’d care to admit!)


    1. Hahaha! Thanks so much. Well at least I get out there! A for effort anyway. 🙂
      Minivan I love it! An Audi two-seater sounds fantastic…I think I may be more of a Toyota 4-Runner!


  7. Oh … My … God. This was hilarious. You had me cracking up! Cracking up! This was such a funny analogy. And yes I agree with you when you’re at the doctor’s office you really don’t want to hear … hmph weird. Weird is not a good sign. But so glad that things will be getting better. Me? I’m a classic car … like a 67 Mustang. I’m cherry, badass, and my engine rocks. But heaven forbid I get into an accident … then I’m just a big eye sore. 🙂


    1. So funny! (I somehow missed these comments earlier…)
      She did say “weird,” and I have heard it before after my lasik surgery.
      I love the classic car idea! Danny says I am a little sports car, but I think more on the lines of a small sports utility vehicle. Maybe a Range Rover.
      Thanks Guat!


  8. OMG, that was hilarious! (Not the injuries, sorry about those) My ‘vehicle’ is seeking replacement parts … it would have been sent to car heaven years ago, but my mechanic said the computer system in it was working so well it would be a shame to see the body on a junk heap – so now I just get it towed every time I need to go someplace … at least until the computer system malfunctions! LOL! Loved this post, it cracked me up! 😀


    1. Thanks Julie! I think everyone can relate on some level! As long as my joints don’t wear out, I am good to go. It is the normal wear and tear on the body that becomes a little more apparent as I put on the miles! 🙂


    1. It just gets better and better! Hahaha! I’m pretty hard on my body. Use it or lose it! Wait…..Is that right?
      I remember an episode of Eerie, Indiana where twin boys never aged because the slept in Tupperware containers!


    1. I had always stayed away from chiropractors until I went to a massage therapist and asked about a rib that hurt. She told me it had popped out of place and I should go right into a chiropractor. I did and he popped it back! I only went 2 more times. I am doing my physical therapy and that has really strengthened my core. I just need to keep on top of the maintenance to stay on the road!


  9. You make me laugh. 2 yrs ago, I started going to a chiropractor to help relieve a herniated disc in my neck 2 yrs ago (THAT happened carrying a crew shell on my head when I started rowing and he did save me from surgery). He also keeps my hips straight (apparently favoring my right side does not fare well with the hip bones.) I need that when my right foot starts to flop on the pavement as I run. Now, I am getting into SUP-boarding and trying a month of Pure Barre and, of course, my shoulder (which I hurt trying karate years ago) and my knee (which I hurt skiing in 7th grade and still gives me occasional reminders) both are in Aleve mode.
    Although, I see myself as a a sports car, I think I may be an older model SUV with too many miles, a weird clicking sound in the engine that can’t be pinpointed, and a right passenger side window that no longer goes up and down BUT, somehow, keeps running in spite!


    1. Beth! It is so great to see you!
      I love the way you describe your “car!” Too funny! This is quite a list and yet I can’t help noticing there are probably some pretty good stories that go along with those injuries! I am going to look up SUP boarding. I hope it is closer to wake or skate boarding than water-boarding! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!


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