- 1933 model.
- Lower vertebrae badly worn.
- All discs accounted for. Some damaged.
- Rest of spine in good condition – could be used for spare parts.
- Nerves present. Can feel them all the way down.
- High mileage.
- Low on fuel consumption.
- MRI, CT Scan and countless x-rays available for inspection.
- Works fine in combination with walker/wheelchair.
What is it with backs, or more accurately, spines? Was it the way my father tossed me around in 1934 when I was one year old? Was it the way I carried the kids around on my shoulders? Often I see a young grandchild doing some impossible maneuver and I think to myself that will lead to back trouble one day in the far future.
Here in the retirement home, back problems seem to be the scourge of the residents, judging by the number of canes, sticks, walkers, wheelchairs and motorized trikes. One man has a shiny red 4×4 that gets him around. Then there are the caregivers who support their employers.
Of all the parts of the human body, the back appears to be the one that we abuse the most, simply by not looking after it. I can remember periods in my life when I lifted heavy objects without thinking or taking precautions, carried and lifted children, played rugby and other rough sports. So now pay-back time has arrived.
Back pain is absolutely relentless and it overtakes one’s entire being, pushing everything else aside.
So back-victims of the world unite – let’s suffer together!