Another silly `accident' happened to me - I sprained my left ankle yesterday evening. :(
A group of us went for a drink after a-capella practice and then as we were leaving Lotus, somehow I wasn't paying attention when walking down a few steps. And ahh..! i missed the last step and twisted my left foot! I thought I could hear `crunchy' sound of the tendon being twisted... And then I realised it was swollen a bit, quite painful and a bit hard to walk..
Thank God I was with a group of nice friends - someone got me a chair to sit on (in the middle of the passage way!) and another got me a packet of ice. I put ice on it for about 10 minutes and it felt much better. I managed to walk to the car which was driven to the door way..
When we reached church to get our own cars, I walked a short distance and the swelling came again! I was a bit lost as to how to nurse this sprain, and it was getting painful.. so my friend CH suggested that I should go and see a `tit tar'. Which I thought was a great idea as I had benefited from their skills in the past. Problem was I don't know any `tit tar' so she offered to accompany me to one which she knows of in PJ.
The first one we went to, which she had been to, had a waiting time of more than an hour! But luckily there was another nearby, which looks very professional too. So we tried `Oriental Tit Tar'. the `sifu' / physician, who mixes traditional Chinese medicine and Western chiropractic, was pretty impressive in his professionalism and skills. He assured me it was just a sprain and nothing was fractured (thank God) and went ahead to rub the sprained area in such a way that although it was painful, the whole foot felt much `lighter' and I could even walk quite normally!
Anyway, he went on to apply some smelly herbal medication and bandaged up the foot. The whole process took just minutes! Inside I thought he should spend a bit more time on it actually.. I was supposed to leave it for two days and then to come back for treatment again on Monday. He also gave me a bottle of alcohol to be applied to the area every four hours.
The total damage came up to be RM51. Definitely a lot more compared to the `tit tar' sifu I used to visit in my college days near my old home in Old Klang Road. But looking at the set up and the credential/experience of the physicians at `Oriental Tit Tar', I guess such prices are to be expected.
I can walk though with a slight limp and I know I would need to rest the foot more. But the annoying thing is I won't be able to workout for at least a month or two - well, not lower body anything that uses the foot!
Sigh.. just another of life's `little misfortunes'..