Some kind of queuing effect (including at least one broken rib)


There are some amazing queuing effects. This one, not the worst, but not a funny one also, I encountered myself. Since then I know that breaking a rib means not only counting off the time until the rib is healed.

And the story goes like this. Once upon a day I rode my bike home from work - through a nice forest as usual. Then I received a call on my cell phone. Nice, friendly, communicative and outgoing guy I am, I - of course - answered the call, riding on. Then there was this log lying around and I went - whoops - over it, landed on the right side of my rip cage. I was immediately breathless and felt something's wrong - but after getting myself together for a few minutes I could just ride home. So, I thought to myself "you just broke a rib" and started thinking about how long I couldn't run (which was important to me at the time), and for how long I'd be handicapped somehow.

And here comes the fallacy. I thought of being handicapped for about two weeks, which I would be a decent time for the rips to heal off at least a little and the pain to go away. What I didn't think off was that due to the pain I couldn't breath very well. That led to me not breathing deeply. Which again led to the air not flowing well through the deeper areas of the lungs, which again led to bacteria residing in the lower bronchia. Which of course led to me getting a solid cough. Which led to more pain, which ...

It took quite a while for me to get over this.   And the general state of health of my body went down for some time. Even after getting better my immune system was down and I was getting colds quite often. So, overall I couldn't run for about 4 weeks at all due to the cold and a general weakness and I felt quite bad for at least two months, but my whole system was handicapped form something like more than a quarter of a year. And if you think I am a one off with that queuing effect or a quitter or ... (and you could go on and on describing what leads to what) - you're plain wrong. This was a very normal pattern for the consequences of breaking a rib. Old people even die often from these consequences, acquiring a pneumonia from the reduced breathing caused by the fracture.

If you don't believe me, try for yourself ;)
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