I've experienced pain in my life, but there is pain that I'd thought I'd simply avoid. And I have for almost 60 years. I've heard of this kind of pain, I gather it's common, but I thought I'd skip through life uninjured. Until yesterday morning.
I was being led by my DVD from the Chair Aerobics for Everyone series called, Wheelchair Workout. I've done it for years now - sometimes more off than on. But yesterday, when reaching forward to set down a barbell (I've increased the weight of the barbell two times since beginning) I wasn't paying full attention. It fell silently and suddenly a pain shot up from my foot and echoed in my head. Yikes, I have a complicated relationship with pain in my feet to begin with. I feel too much, I don't feel enough, the signals are all mixed up - but this signal of a huge weight smashing into the top of my foot wasn't complicated at all.
I said: OOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCHHHHHHHH!
Spell check says that's not a word but then spell check doesn't have feet.
Immediately I called out for Joe, I exercise in the very early morning and I needed him to take a really good look at my foot. I also needed to get weight off the floor so I could finish the set of exercises. Joe, bleary eyed from having being woken up by a howl, checked and all he could see was a sizable dent in the swelling that is now a constant with my feet.
When I got up, as I can walk a bit, the pain was really bad. But, and idea was forming in my head. Now when someone asks, 'Why are you in a wheelchair?' I can say, truthfully for a couple of days ...