This is not normal.
I’m not an old guy with rheumatoid arthritis or anything. I can’t make weather predictions by my bum knee or anything like that. I wish I could. Can you imagine never having to check the weather channel? Awesome.
But for the last year, I’ve been seeing my brother in law who’s a chiropractor. I’ve started having some weird problems with my back. The pain caused by jumbled neck vertebrae first brought me to his office.
Which brings us to the weird, tingly feeling in my foot. It seems that in my lower back, I pulled some muscles…and some bones…and some nerves, all of which is pretty uncomfortable. And now there’s a nerve that’s getting squeezed, which is causing my foot to tingle in a super annoying way.
I don’t say this for the “woe is me” effect. I’ve actually learned some really important life lessons while staring at the ceiling.
Hiding Vegetables in the Glass of Milk
Kids try a lot of tactics to get out of eating their vegetables. They hide them in their napkin, stir them around on the plate, drop them in their glass of milk. Whatever it takes to trick Mom and Dad. The only result they care about is the vegetables are gone, one way or another. They don’t care about the nutritional benefits of veggies.
The thing is, most of us grow up and keep doing the grown-up version of playing with our food. We know we’re supposed to do things that are good for us. The doctor tells us we have to take care of ourselves with exercise, and eating right. The pastor tells us we have to pray and come to church. On and on it goes…
…But we don’t do it.
We push our veggies around on the plate and when we go to the doctor’s office, we hope we can lie and say we were good boys and girls and the doctor will believe us and give us a sucker.
The problem is, when we’re faking it, we’re only hurting ourselves. I have to be serious about stretching every day, and if I’m not, I’m only hurting myself. It doesn’t hurt my doctor one bit.
Heart Attacks and Placebos
Adults do some pretty dumb things.
When you start feeling yourself coming down with a cold, what’s the first thing you do? You grab some cold medicine and some vitamin C. You reason that you’re going to really pump your immune system up to fight that cold.
By the time you’re sick, those vitamins are too late. Your immune system is already weakened. You’re pretty much taking a placebo. You should’ve been taking vitamins every day. Hey, it’s okay. I do the same thing. And I get sick, and I shake my fist at the heavens and call down curses on my head for not taking my Flintstones chewable everyday.
Adults do the same thing with everything in life. We wait until a problem becomes a crisis before we take action. We wait until we have a heart attack to get serious about our health. We wait until we’re separated from our spouses before going to counseling. We wait until our lives are in the toilet to go to church or pray. And many of those last ditch efforts are no more effective than a placebo.
Your Are Cordially Invited to My Pity Party
I told you, I didn’t write this as an invitation to a pity party. You know how many people will usually show up to your pity party? One, and that’s you. That’s because no one likes showing up to pity parties. No one wants to be around people who whine all the time about how much their life sucks.
Why? Because everyone else believes that they have it tougher than you. Everyone wants to believe that their problems are bigger, their pain is worse, their cross to bear is heavier than yours. Sometimes, they are right. Many times, they are wrong. Doesn’t matter. No one likes a complainer.
Well, while I’m headed out to get x-rayed, tell me what life lessons you’ve learned while laying on the couch or in the hospital…or just tell me your favorite thing to do when you’re not feeling well!