I’ve had a fairly rough last couple of weeks, to say the least.
Sunday, April 3rd
It was a simple pick-up game – six friends battling it out on the hardwood. Nothing was easy. Every basket had to be earned. Competitive juices were flowing.
Everything that made the game of basketball so fun for me was in full force.
I got the ball, made a swift move to the basket, spun around a defender and laid the ball up with my left hand.
I got the ball back. I started left, quickly crossed to the right and pulled up for a mid-range jump shot.
This time something was different. Something happened.
I felt it coming strong – a shearing pain in my lower back. It felt as if a thousand knives had just pierced my skin and ricocheted to my spine. All I could do was succumb to the pain as I fell to my knees.
A completely unexpected turn of events.
Since then I’ve experienced unbearable pain. I was forced to take time off work, miss social events and lie down in the most awkward positions (because they were the only ones I could endure).
It kind of makes sense when you’re talking about a slipped disc.
Various therapies have been in the works – all of them thanks to my dad. He’s had his share of battles with the lower back so he’s familiar with what works.
Anti-inflammatory and pain-killing creams, electric pulsors, ultrasounds, homeopathic medicines, ice packs, heating pads, light massages and regular doses of advil and tylenol have been the norm for the past 2 weeks.
And lots of rest.
All this has given me time to think. Time to reflect.
It’s not until you go through a situation like this that you realize truly how important your health is. Everything that I love to do has had to be put on hold.
Our days so often go by without a single reflection on our health – a single thought of how we take care of our body. We rush through our days with no concern with what we’re eating or what we’re drinking. There is little thought of the stresses we’re imposing ourselves to, the amount of sleep we’re getting, the amount of time we’re setting aside for exercise, and even the lack of healthy relationships we’re establishing.
We simply take our health for granted. It’s just THERE.
But what happens when your health is at jeopardy? When it’s no longer there to keep you going?
It’s amazing how quickly things change when your health is simply not there anymore. Your mindset is completely flipped upside down. You begin to realize how absolutely nothing else in the world matters when your health is gone.
You really begin to put things into perspective.
I recently asked fans on my Facebook fanpage what they found to be more important – money or health? Visit my fanpage to see what people had to say. The results might surprise you.
We only live once. There are some things in this world we can’t control – some things we leave up to fate. But for the things we can control, we need to start being more accountable. We need to start making better decisions and being more conscious of how we are treating our bodies.
And always be grateful for the health you’ve been given. Somewhere out there, there is someone far less fortunate.
As I write this, almost two weeks from the incident, I’ve noticed some improvement withmy back. I still can’t do a lot of the things I love to do but I must admit it feels good to be able to sit down and stand up with no pain. It feels good to be able to venture outside again and go out with friends. It’s the simple things that make life so beautiful.
My health will always be my number one priority and I challen
ge you to make it yours as well. Always keep tabs on your health because without it truly nothing else matters.
Have you ever faced a difficult health situation? Do you have a similar story to tell? Please share in the comments below.