Agony and Ecstasy (Linda Rome)

I had a most frightening experience recently. I bent down to get something from my clothes dryer and my back snapped when I stood upright. While this was not a new experience for me, the severity of it  was. My back goes out perhaps once a year, usually when I’m performing some ordinary task like brushing my teeth. It hurts for a few days, then I’m back to normal. This time it was entirely different. I was practically immobile. Every movement was excruciating. I tried lying down on the floor so my back would be supported. When I tried to get up, I had to pull myself on my elbows until I could reach a stable surface to help me stand. My logical side knew that eventually I’d be OK, but my emotional side was scared. This was the first time that back pain forced me to take time off from work. I contacted Dr. Tim for advice and tried to follow it to the best of my ability. I was bedridden for two days. At the end of two days, I was remarkably improved. I was amazed at the speed with which I started to feel better. I truly went from agony to ectasy in a very short period of time. When I told a friend of mine what had happened, she kiddingly said, “See where all that exercise gets you!” In fact,  I do believe all the work I’ve done over the past couple of years is the reason that I recovered so quickly. It’s very easy to concentrate solely on the outward results of working out. This experience reminded me that some of the benefits of working out are invisible to the naked eye, but in the long run, they may be the most important.