Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Pain in the You Know What
While Gary and I were looking for a pickup, we saw a huge manatee sculpture on Highway 19 in Homosassa. I just had to show you a photo. The sculpture must have been 20 feet long and 10 feet high. Large public sculptures always amaze me.
You might recall previous posts about the pink elephant, or the road runner, or the horse sculptures in old town Ocala. If you really want to see a huge sculpture, check out my blogging buddy Cindy's very cool bicycle bloom sculpture in Anchorage, Alaska, now that's huge!
This time of year the manatees come into King's Bay in Crystal River to stay warm because there are springs which keep the water at 72 F. Manatees are gentle vegetarian creatures, related to elephants, and are rare with only three species in the world. There's a Florida, West Indian and Amazonian manatee.
The Florida manatee faces the greatest threat of extinction compared to other manatees, mainly due to boat propeller injuries. Please slow down, studies have shown even those sympathetic to the manatee, don't slow down in designated manatee habitat. I try to have my camera with me all of the time, always on the lookout for huge sculptures.
In other news, very early this morning, after a trip to the restroom, I was returning to bed and I tripped on the corner of the bedspread with my left foot. Just before falling down I thrust my right hand out instinctively and landed against the window glass. Just before my hand hit the glass with my full body weight behind it, I thought, oh no, I hope my hand doesn't go through the glass.
It was one of those moments where I wish I hadn't put out my hand but the alternative would have been hitting my head on the marble window sill. At the last moment I must have thought to brace myself from the full impact of hitting the glass and tensed up my torso and buttock muscles. This thankfully may have prevented my hand from going through the glass.
I forgot all about the incident till later today when the muscle deep in my right buttock started to hurt unbearably. It seems as if I have strained my right gluteal muscle severely and can barely walk or move without severe pain. In other words I have a pain in the you know what, a pain in the butt, which IS a pain in the butt. And now I know where the expression pain in the butt comes from. This type of injury is almost as bad as hurting your back, but not quite.
I now appreciate how much a person uses the muscles in their butt; this type of injury is very incapacitating. I hope I'm better tomorrow. Unfortunately, I read it could take from 48 hours to several weeks to recover, dependent upon how severe the muscle tear is. I hope the latter isn't the case for me. I did type most of this post and the next and make two pieces in clay before my butt muscle started hurting. I'll show you the pieces I made tomorrow.