As I mentioned in my previous article, just over two weeks ago I believe I suffered a double slipped disc.
I’m now almost able to move around again like I could before I got injured, but for some reason I’m feeling different.
It’s kind of funny because, the last time this happened, I worked a 9 – 5 and so I was in no rush to get better because the sooner I got well, the sooner I’d have to go back to work. Ironically, because of that, I healed pretty quickly.
This time around, because I was so eager to get back on track, healing seemed to take forever and it was really frustrating.
When you’re totally incapacitated for two weeks, you have a lot of time to think. It really gave me a new perspective on many aspects of my life. None more so than the gratitude I now feel for the mundane things I can do without thinking about it.
Simple things were near impossible. The old chestnut about how you don’t really miss something until it’s gone couldn’t have been more true!
Because of this experience, it’s really given me a new found appreciation for the way in which the body is able to function without a second thought being offered. Once those simple functions are taken away, you just can but feel like hugging the crap out of them once they return.
Here’s some of simple movements I really missed but until recently I never really appreciated until now:
1. Standing – I could sit down with plenty of support but every time I stood up I screamed in agony. I even felt the fear of the pain I was about to feel before standing.
2. Getting out of bed – It became exceptionally difficult to get out of bed so I devised of way of using my arm and elbow as a lever. After a while my arm started to really hurt but the alternative was much worse.
3. Going to the loo – Just in case you’re eating right now I won’t go into too much detail…but when I did finally manage to go, the relief was just phenomenal!
4. Walking – I couldn’t walk more than a few yards without nearly collapsing. A couple of days ago I had to walk a long way and my back was still not 100%. By the time I finished I was so exhausted because of the extra effort I need to carry myself. When I got home I just collapsed into my bed.
5. Breathing – Yep, I even had to be careful because breathing too deeply caused me a lot of pain.
6. Sneezing – Firstly, let me just say, OH MY GOD! Sneezing became the most painful thing ever! I dreaded every time I could feel a sneeze creeping up on me. Sneezing whilst having a slipped disc is by far and away the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. It was like a infinitesimal moment of years of torture.
Despite all of this I did invent some strange ways of doing simple tasks like using a hanger to pick up a sock or the ol’ faithful – just getting my brother to do everything for me!
Now, every time I sneeze, or stand up without being in pain I feel like shouting a huge thank you to the universe! It will serve as an eternal reminder no to take this simple actions for granted. I hope I can impart some of this new found gratitude over to you.