Day 10: Palvajärvi Games and an injury

>> Tuesday, July 14, 2015

After our late return from Lahti the day before, we spent an easy-going day relaxing today by the lake in reasonable weather with some nice afternoon sun which allowed for some swimming and saunas.

Event 1: Darts; Anna starts us off.
Event 2: Trampolining, Sandy gives Olivia a run for her money!
Event 3: Welly-boot throwing, Keith was the outstanding winner here!
In the evening though the weather was colder and cloudy and so we decided to have some fun by taking part in the Palvajärvi Games, which involved playing darts, disc golf, welly boot throwing, trampolining sessions and "wife carrying". These activities were all great fun, but unfortunately right at the end of the contests, I hurt my left leg quite badly, when after carrying Anna, I then carried Olivia. It felt like someone had shot a bullet into my leg, with a very severe pain, and I had to lie down immediately and search the internet for what the cause might be. It seemed like a calf strain, possibly a tear of the calf muscle, and so I elevated the leg and took some sessions using ice to try to stop it swelling too much. It was a pity to end the day like this, and I was actually quite unsure even if I might be able to drive the car safely, so I spent a very difficult night trying to sleep afterwards.

Event 4: Wife-carrying. Moments before disaster struck for me!


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