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Who said running is good for me...?

Set myself the goal of running 14km this morning and got out the door bright and early and full of enthusiasm. After an initial problem with a gremlin sabotaging my playlist, by the end of my 5 minute walk I had got it sorted and was off.

I was quite excited to try a new branch to a previous route, and ran steadily to get to the guided busway.

I usually run along it with my running buddy 🏃🏿‍♂️,and always been tempted by the Blows Downs Running alongside. He won’t do hills, so we stay on the pathway. But today, being alone, I was soon running across the meadow, through the gate, and up a rocky pathway towards the top.

And then the sun came out... ☀️I know this wouldn’t cause most people a problem, but my vestibular problems, means sudden changes in lighting cause room spinning dizziness. This combined with a rogue tree stump embedded in the path (those gremlins were out to get me) caused me not just to stumble but to take a full blown fall onto the ground. Attempting to break my fall with my right hand, I hit the deck, then bounced into a softer landing.

Unfortunately the soft landing was a dense bush of nettles.

I was completely winded, unable to breath, lying in the nettles with my hand starting to throb. It took me a while to get my breath back, and eventually got myself off the ground. I was 7km from home and over a km from the nearest road. The skin on my arm and legs was starting to swell with the nettle stings, so it was a rather tearful Razouski who left an incomprehensible message on hubby’s voicemail. Thankfully he was still at home, phoned me back and soon setoff with the car to try and find me.

I managed to drag my sorry self down the path and back to the road to await my knight in shining armour.

At home he helped me into the shower and was so concerned by the expanse of the stinging Googled a home made remedy which involved painting me with a solution of bicarbonate of soda. It worked wonders on the swelling, made no difference to the pain and looked ridiculously white against my mixed race skin tone!!!

And then I realised that the base of my thumb was painful and about twice it’s normal size - moving it was, not great.

So to cut a long story short - 2 hours in A&E, x-rays, probable fracture, hand/thumb splinted, skin feels like it’s burning and I’m still feeling sorry for myself. Mostly because the doctor questioned if running was a suitable pastime for someone with my dizziness and balance problems. And I know my running buddy will enjoy an “I told you so “ moment when he finds out.

Who said running is good for you? 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Oh Razouski , so sorry to hear this. You truly had a bad morning. I hope that, on review, you won't have a fracture after all. Heal quickly! Have you tried an antihistamine tablet for the nettle stings? x

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I've taken an antihistamine tablet and got some Eurax cream from Boots, but it's still burning, probably because it's so extensive.

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Calamine lotion? (probably too late in the day to get some though). Cooling thoughts coming your way x

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I found a tube of calomine in the cupboard, so I’ve tried that on my leg. Also found a tube of antihistamine cream while I was looking and slapped that on my arm. If one works I will then slather it generously over the rest of the sting areas. Thanks for the sugge. 😀

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I've always said running 14k is no good for anyone. And impossible for me!

Get well soon Mrs R

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Thanks Marvo. A friend of mine (possibly soon to be ex friend) suggested I should give up running and find something safer to do.

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😏 no way...

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Omg how horrendous! I worry about going away from civilisation incase I get injured too! Lucky hubby was home for you! I hope you get well soon!

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Thanks Tasha. I hope I don’t put you off running in the country. It’s so lovely to be “far from the madding crowd” usually.

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No don’t worry! As long as I have my phone, I’m safe 😂 Or rescuable anyway 😳

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That’s how. I feel too. Now just worried that Mr Razouski will want to disuade me from running off road.

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Ooh no he just needs to make sure he has his phone on him at all times!

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Oh dear. What a shame :(

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I will conquer Blows Down another time. It’s beautiful up there. But for the moment just trying to work out how long I need to be on the IC before I can get out and run again.

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Oh no! How awful for you! Hope you recover very soon! 😀

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Thanks Sarakc. Have spent the last couple of hours reacquainting myself with the sofa.

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I might be joining you as I have a very sore back!! Although I probably should keep moving!!!😀

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Ouch! And then more ouch! Sounds grim. Get back on your feet soon!!

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Thanks sallenson. Definitely is still ouch!

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Why did three people like your post. What have you done to upset them?

Hope you feel better soon.

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🤔 . I hope I haven’t upset anyone. 😀

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Ouch! But on the bright side - hurting your thumb won’t stop you running! Well not in the long run. Foot or leg would be another matter.

Hope the pain dies down soon - don’t let yourself get put off by your GP or your husband - you know what is good for you!

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It was the doc at the hospital who questioned my choice if running. I won’t let him put me off. And yes, thank goodness my hips and knees are only bruised and stung and. It injured so hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m running again.

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I think sometimes HPs talk for the sake of talking... the content is irrelevant!

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Ouch that sounds so painful! On all counts 😩 but I'm a great fan of B of soda for all sorts of things. It's not so good when it starts to flake off though. You leave a snowy trail everywhere you go.

I hope you heal up soon and don't tell the running buddy ANYTHING.

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Yes,I’m leaving a snowy trail wherever I go!

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Really feel for you . Don’t give up running : it is good for us 😊

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Thanks. I won’t give up, just need to have a day or two on the injury couch.

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You have said it’s good for you, now keep continuing to believe it.

Having read one of your previous posts and what you have overcome and your kindness and inspiritation, your a Wonder Woman.💫🏃‍♀️💫

Sorry for your episode today, but because of your running and your superb fitness you will heal quickly.

Not for anyone else to wrap you up in cotton wool, unless it’s yourself of course.

Take good care and best wishes for your speedy recovery.

Thanks 🏃‍♀️👏👏

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Thanks Tbae, I won’t let this stop me running. Might have a few days on the injury couch though. 😉

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So pleased to hear that.

You are courageous and courage is contagious.

I once had an inner ear infection episode, worst experience of my life,uncontrollable, so I cannot imagine what you went through and more as per your post.

Thank you for your inspiritation and take care of you.💫🏃‍♀️💫

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Oh no .. glad hubbie was still around for you. Doesn't sound like a pleasant experience at all. Fingers crossed the thumb calms down quickly and the stinging. Don't let this put you off - sounds like a rotten dose of bad luck.

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I’m not put off, just wondering how long I will need to leave it until I’m up to conquering that hill.

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Good for you. I bet you are mentally ready tomorrow but I reckon you might want to leave it a bit longer 😉

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You know me so well. But I think Mr Razouski will have something to say if I go running tomorrow, so I’ll probably stick with the gym. 😀

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Running is dangerous? I fell over in a playground yesterday, smack onto my left knee and right hand. I can’t tell you how ridiculously painful it is, let’s hope it all holds out for my run tomorrow. It must be 40 odd yrs since I last had a grazed knee scab. I doubt if my granddaughter will tell me it is too dangerous to go again, but she did kiss it better. I hope you feel better soon and get up that hill.

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At least there was no one to see me fall. I used to fall over at school when I first had my ear damage and the parents thought I was drunk. Not good when you’re the Deputy Head. 😀

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Oh my God, sounds like a nightmare, poor you :( I got pushed into a nettle patch when I was young and my mum put me in a Dettol bath but I wouldn't recommend this! I hope that you feel better very soon, I bet you are a tough cookie but I can imagine that this is all a lot to deal with! A cold wet towel might help soothe the burning (together with a large G & T) and plenty of TLC.

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Thanks. I’m hoping my skin will feel a lot better in the morning. I can’t believe I even got stung through my clothing.

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Oh dear.. what a horrid chain of events. Hope your finger gets better soon and the whole episode doesn't put you off too much.

I swear by a dock leaf for nettle stings, even though some claim it's a placebo :) But I doubt it fixes broken thumbs .. ouch.

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Thanks, I don't think it will put me off too much.

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Oh no poor you! Sounds awful hope you feel better soon

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Thanks AndG , the stinging has turned to itching so more bearable now.

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You’re gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion 🎶🎵🙂

Running is good for you. Anyone can tumble. It’s not exclusive to runners

I hope you feel better now 🙂

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I know it's good for me, and I often fall because of the problem with my inner ear, it's just not normally so spectacular. I just want to be ready to slink off and prove that I can do this hill again. :-)

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I have a dratted ear problem too ☹️

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Sorry to hear that. Is it affecting your balance? When my damage first happened I couldn’t even walk or crawl, so I shouldn’t really grumble. Most of the time I’m used to managing it, but just occasionally it takes me by surprise.

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It’s an ongoing problem but it drives me mad at times

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Mine’s ongoing too and I know what you mean about it driving you mad at times.

I’ve just realised why you gave you screen name. I hadn’t thought about it before. 😂

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Well that and I was fat 😁

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Sorry to hear this !😕 I had a friend who took a tumble into nettles at the end of a HM over here last yr and I remember her saying how painful it was but along with the thumb too-ouch!

Hope you heal quickly, take care of yourself xx

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Thanks aliboo70 I don't usually mind a few nettle stings, but this was a complete covering which is why I think it was so painful. I've got some lovely colours on my hand a wrist this morning :-)

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Oh, no, you poor thing! So sorry about the break. i get the spinning thing too, but it comes and goes and hasn't affected my running yet. As for the stinging nettles, they are very potent at present; I brushed my bare shin against one recently on a run and it felt literally like a bad burn. Your story is why I never run without my phone. Will you be able to still run with the thumb? Fingers and toes crossed all is healed soon. Hugs xxx

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Thanks FlickM3, I will be able to run with the thumb but just need to convince hubby who has gone all overprotective. 😉

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Ah, but then Mr I dont snore is merciless- he thinks you should keep running if your leg is hanging off - so it must be nice to have a protctive partner x

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I prescribe a nice big pot of nettle soup by way of revenge (also, tasty and good for you)

That sounds like a really rotten fall, I hope you recover everything, including confidence, very soon. When I came off my bike and planted my face in nettles I think it 'buzzed' for 48 hours.

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Of all the remedies I’ve tried I just had a bath with lavender oil and it seems to have done the trick.

Now to plan my next run... 😀

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Ooh, interesting. I am a big fan of Tincture of Time on the whole but lavender oil on burns is astonishing.

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I don't think I'd use it for burns, but it worked well on my nettle rash.

I've not come across Tincture of Thyme - I might have to look that one up. Thanks.

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I would imagine that thyme oil is very much 'handle with extreme care'

But Tincture of Time sounds so much nicer than patience doesn't it?

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I’m with you now. You had me confused for a while there.

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Oh poor you Razouski, what a horrible day you had. Hope you’re on the mend now.🤕

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Feeling much better now thank you. But hubby has banned me from going to the gym today - and as my car is in for an MOT I can’t even sneak off without him knowing. 😁

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🙈 oh no. Take care.

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Thanks 😀

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Only just read your post. It’s one of those where you start with ‘oh no’ then ‘Oh No’ followed by OH NO. Hope you’re recovering. I’m told it does your body good to have some down time so try and see this as a positive rest which will only make you stronger when you get back to it. And when you do, avoid running close to nettles.

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I will enjoy a couple of rest days, but I don't think it will be too long before I'm out running again.

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Awwww Raz, your post made me wince . That must be so painful !!!! Arggh its bringing me out in a cold sweat just thinking about it !!!

You dont do things by halves do you ? :-D

I really hope that the stinginess and itchiness calms soon and your poor thumb !!! Oh dear .

You are a strong, sassy lady, and I really hope you feel better soon .

A big thumbs up from me ( Sorry, couldnt resist it ! ) :-D :-D xxx

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😂😂😂 👍🏽

Thanks Poppypug, I’ll soon be back to myself. In fact I’m feeling like a caged animal today as I’m supposed to be taking it easy. 🤦🏽‍♀️

Mr R has promised me we can go to the gym tomorrow. 😃

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Ha ha , you cant keep a good woman down ! :-) xxx

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Blimey R!! Very sorry to read that. I hope everything sorts itself out soon. Best wishes lovely lady ☺

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Thanks Irish-John, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself yesterday but feeling a lot better now. I just don’t want to be on the IC for too long. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to run in a few days (if I can sneak out when hubby’s not looking).

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A case of "softly, softly creep out for runnee' ;)

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I am convinced running isn’t good for me, and tomorrow running Wk 6 r 3 I will be sure it is not a good idea

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Oh I didn’t want to put anyone off, which is why I didn’t post in C25K. I am sure you will be fine. I have an ongoing problem with my inner ear which means I get room spinning dizziness, loss of balance etc when I encounter changes in the ground texture and changes in lighting. So I am prone to falling regardless of what I’m doing, so please don’t let this deter you. I am also completely deaf in one ear with partial deafness in the other, but it’s not stopped me from running so far.

Just go for Week 6 run 3. It will

be fabulous I’m sure. 👍🏽

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Tomorrow morning I will go for my run, I keep trying to rest my knee in between runs and tonight I will abstain from wine, well almost abstain

🍷🏃🏻‍♂️

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Just read your post Raz .i hope your feeling much better. So here’s a virtual hug and💐😀😀

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Thank you so much. I’m feeling a lot better today.

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Oh dear, poor thing, bloody nettles, at least you had your knight in shining armour to rescue you. Hope you are fixed !!! Soon and back out there x

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Thanks Oldmo, I intend to be back out there in a couple of days. Just wondering how hot my hand will be in this neoprene and steel splint. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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nettles are horrible, I hope the it itching goes soon

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Oh no Razouski...what a terrible experience for you??? I’m nearly in tears reading this!! Running 14km’s is not good for me I can tell you....without even trying it!!! Thank goodness Hubby was at home & able to rescue you, although I’m sure that wherever he was he would’ve rushed to help you....hopefully you won’t be on the IC for any time but you need to rest up & recover from your ordeal...cooling, anti-itching hug coming your way xxx

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Thanks Mummycav. Yes it was so good he was home, and he’s been really supportive. I’m just trying to persuade him that I don’t need to be on the IC for too long. 😀

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Poor you, so sorry to hear this, I am sure you will all mend soon and it won't be long before you put yourself out there again in this very dangerous sport! Take care x

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Thank you Oldladyruns. No I’ll not rest on my laurels for too long. Soon be running again I hope. 😀

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Oh, poor you! Your determination to keep on running is fantastic - balance problems of the ear are awful (and I have never suffered with like you have - had viral labyrintitis once and it was horrible!) Hope you are back out there soon.🙂

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I started off with labrynthritis but the damage was permanent. My brain has adapted in the main with lots of physio therapy and training, but sometimes it all goes to pot But it’s settled down again so I’m happy. 😀

Thanks for the encouragement Sandra.

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Taking a phone is a good idea when you are out in the countryside. . . I never used to but my partner now insists I do, I think she thinks I’m going to keel over or have a heart attack, but she is totally right of course, it is the sensible thing to do.

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I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't had my phone with me orangeguy as the place was deserted. Your partner is probably right to insist you take your phone, especially if running "off the beaten track".

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Oh my gosh! I've only just read your post! Hope you're feeling a bit better now. 💐

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Thanks, feeling a lot better now and look much less blotchy. :-)

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Sorry to hear your sad and stinging tale. Really hope you're feeling much more comfortable now. I'm a firm believer in doing what makes us feel happy, sane and good in life for as long as we can. And if that means having to adapt/modify how we do this in the long run, then that's fine. Keep running and beware of nettles! Big hugs.

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Thank you so much Slinkymalinki I agree with you. There is no way I'm going to let a fall into nettles put me off running - even if it means running with a splint or cast on for a while. I often fall when running or doing anything else in fact which was why I had to take early retirement from teaching as being on the floor in a busy classroom isn't the most effective way of teaching children. 😂😂😂

I shall try to avoid nettles in future, but I do want to complete the run that I'd planned as it's a lovely bit of country side right near to my urban environment.

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Oh goodness, how unlucky - big (gentle) hug and lots of sympathy. I hope your nettle stings are beginning to settle down and that you have good pain relief for your thumb. Take care xx

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Thank you so much for the hug and sympathy. I’m feeling so much better now. It must be all the positive vibes from this wonderful group. 🤗

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Ouchie! Ouchie!

So sorry to hear of your accident. A real double whammy with the injuries 😯

I wish I could offer a magic cure for the nettle stings as they must be horrible for you, the traditional brisk rub down with a dock leaf is just a placebo and bicafb of soda is the best tteatment

You're a brave lady and its good to read that you haven't lost your sense of humour despite whats happened.

Sending virtual (((hugs))) and best wishes for speedy healing across t'interweb to you. Hope you start to get a decent nights sllep and some relief from the discomfort soon x x

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Thanks for your kind words Christianne57, it didn't put me off running for long, in fact I went out three days later and did the same run just to prove I could I made it past the nettle clump and managed to get home again safely. I have had the splint/cast taken off my hand this week and although my wrist is still weak I'm pretty much back to my normal self.

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Great news! Blinking nettles are big, fierce and everywhere this summer and just brushing past them on a run is a risky manoeuvre so I really felt for your stings

Lovely that you are almost recovered and loving life again x x

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