Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: Christopher’s encounter with the aliens

It was a dark and stormy night. The whole of Greentown was covered by dark clouds. Christopher was returning home. It started raining cats and dogs.






Suddenly he saw a U.F.O. appearing from the clouds above. In no time it landed on the road. Three aliens came out. Chris was astonished as he could understand their language. Their plan was to take all the trees away from earth. Not wasting a moment, Chris called his friends. Those aliens pointed out to a tree. An eerie blue light shot out from their hands making a tree vanish. Soon, Chris’s friends arrived. They tried to scare those aliens by throwing stones, but in vain.

Luckily, Mr. Goon, the fat inspector of the area arrived. With a frightened look on his face, he shot at those aliens. One of them pointed his finger at Mr. Goon. To everyone’s amazement, Mr. Goon became as thin as a stick. Everybody laughed. Suddenly, Anna, Chris’s friend, ran towards them, shouting at the top of her shrill voice. Those aliens got the fright of their lives and vanished along with their spaceship. The kids were delighted. They had saved their planet. Mr. Goon was left fiddling with his pants.



What is a stress fracture?

A stress fracture is a tiny crack in a bone.

What causes stress fractures?

Stress fractures usually happen from repeating the same movement over and over (such as when someone trains for a sport). They also can happen from everyday activities in people whose bones are weak due to poor nutrition or a medical condition.

What are the signs & symptoms of a stress fracture?

If you have a stress fracture, you might notice: pain when exercising that may or may not go away after rest, tenderness mild swelling and redness.

The lower leg and the foot are the most common areas to get a stress fracture. But they also can happen in other areas, such as the arm, spine, or ribs.

How are stress fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose a stress fracture, your health care provider will first ask about your general health and activities (such as sports). Then he or she will do an exam to check for tenderness, swelling, or redness. X-rays are usually done.

Some stress fractures don't show up on an X-ray until a few weeks after the bone starts hurting. Sometimes an MRI scan or a bone scan is needed.


How are stress fractures treated?

The most important parts of recovering from a stress fracture are: resting the injured area taking a break from sports.

Sometimes a stress fracture will need a cast, splint, or brace. Rarely, surgery is needed.

If you have pain from a stress fracture, you can: Place a cold compress or ice wrapped in a towel on the area for about 15 minutes three times a day. Take pain medicine as recommended by the health care provider.

Nutritional or psychological counseling can help if a stress fracture happens because of poor nutrition or an eating disorder.

To be continued...



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