It had been about 10 weeks since my last fracture and I was starting to feel pretty good. I was regaining interest in my herb and butterfly gardens and cooking. I was ready to try sewing since I finally got one eye fixed (cataracts). I was going to make an apron with fabric in my favorite color (orange). I felt like doing something all the time. Then two days ago I reached around in the car trying to get something from the back seat and there was that familiar “pop” and the stabbing pain as a rib broke. Now I am back to pacing myself. Go for a few minutes and then rest for a while as the pain subsides. I don’t have to try not to breath too deep because it hurts, like I could anyway. My lungs are being squished since I have had so many compression fractures that I have lost three inches of space in that part of my spine. The key is to stay positive, don’t let it get me down and remember that it only takes six weeks for a fracture to heal.