When I left the doctor's office last Thursday it was with a diagnosis of a dislocated tailbone. The doctor was hoping he was wrong and that the swelling was just pushing the bone out of place. He was was wrong. Unfortunately it was worse than he was hoping for. My tailbone is, in fact, broken. The part the doctor thought could be a dislocation is actually the break. The bones that should be fused (the tailbone is made up of five bones fused together) are now separated to a slight degree.
There is nothing anyone can do for a broken tailbone. Over the next several weeks the swelling will reduce and the pain will start subsiding. Until then I am living on ibuprohin and the pain killers the doctor prescribed. Fortunately the pain is going down quickly. I have been able to sit through training this week with minimal discomfort. At night, as long as I am done with my homework, I have been able to take pain killers to be comfortable. I'll be just fine to start teaching in two weeks when school starts as standing has already become much more comfortable than it was in the first couple days after I fell.