Getting injured leads to a rollercoaster of emotions, from depression to grief to hope to worry to disappointment to relief. If you ever get injured, you can expect to experience some form of The 8 Stages of Injury outlined below.
Bewilderment: What do I have?
- Incessant Googling of symptoms
- Describing your symptoms repeatedly to your husband
- Twisting and turning, poking and prodding your body to see what really hurts
Recognition: Could I have that?
- Google search terms become more specific
- Discovery of “tests” you can do at home to see what it is
- Trying those tests and hurting yourself
- Weighing the cost of medical care against the chances of successful self-diagnosis and self-treatment
Denial: There’s no way I have that.
- Reading further into the Google search results in hopes of finding someone with your symptoms who doesn’t have the injury you think you have
- Trying to run one more time and failing miserably
- Taking pain medication and pretending nothing hurts
- Telling your husband about how rare the injury is and hoping that means you don’t have it
Anger: Thanks Obama.
- Swear words
- Throwing things
- Angry phone dialing to make an appointment with the doctor
- Blaming your shoes, the cats, your chair at work, and your upbringing
- Giving your husband the silent treatment for going to the gym without you
Bargaining: Please, let it be anything but that.
- Promises to run less, rest more, stretch more, and lift more weights if your body lets you run again
- Telling your injured body part how nice and pretty it is and if it will just feel better you’ll take it out for a nice jog or swim or cycle or whatever it wants
Depression: That is the worst thing that could ever happen.
- Shopping for motorized scooters online for when they amputate your leg because you’ll never get better
- Ice cream
- Making your husband watch chick flicks with you
Diagnosis: That’s what it is.
- Saying, “I told you so,” to all the skeptics who doubted your self-diagnosis
- Cool bone pictures
- Dusting off the crutches from when you broke your ankle in 10th grade
- A crush on your cute doctor
Acceptance: That will heal. Eventually.
- “Will you take the trash out?”
- “Will you hold the door for me?”
- “Will you get me a beer?”
- “Will you cook dinner?”
- “Will you go to the grocery store?”
- “Will you get up early and drop me off at the train station?”
- “Do I have to wait till you’re done with all the chores before I watch Game of Thrones?”