Goodbye, my old friend.
As I have been working out, trying to get into shape a little bit, working to make sure I lose some unwanted pounds and gain some much needed energy, there has always been a thought in the back of my mind…
If I can get back into shape and work on my core muscles to support my bad back, could I play basketball competitively again?
Well…I found out today. I always go to the gym a little bit early to warm up for my spinning class. My usual routine is to stretch a little, shoot around on the court a little, go do some sit-ups and then go to the class. Today, while I was shooting around, I tweaked my back. It’s not one of the “I can’t move at all because the pain is shooting down my leg!” types of tweaks. Actually it’s just a light aching in my back. Probably just a small pain that I will have to deal with for a couple of days. However it makes me nervous.
Everyone has pain of some sort. I know I’m not the only one. And I’m definitely not the only one with back pain. But the absolute worst pain I have ever felt in my life (and that includes having passed 2 kidney stones) happened to me last New Years in Jacksonville. My sciatica and a bulging disk in my back combined to force me to walk with a limp and, that evening in a hotel, I couldn’t lie on my bed. I had to sleep in a chair with several pillows propping me up. And the worst pain I have ever felt? I was trying to get comfortable and I sneezed. That sneeze hurt so bad (sending a searing pain down my entire right side of my body) that my whole body began to shake. I had to crawl to the shower and lean against the wall while letting hot water spray on me to calm my nerves. It was easily the most scared I have ever been.
So today I tweaked my back a little. I’m not scared of it, but it does make me rethink the whole idea of getting back on the basketball court and playing a pickup game with 9 guys I don’t know. I don’t think my well-being would be in their best interest and I know I would always be aware of the fact that I could hurt myself even worse if I was going in for a layup and got hit or if I was playing defense and someone set a pick and I ran into it. It’s just not worth it.
So now I know…my basketball days are officially over. Today I am feeling a little disappointed. However I’ll take disappointed over the pain that I had in January any day!