On Thursday, I was involved in a very minor (I repeat, minor) motorbike incident… not accident, incident. You can also rephrase that as, “I was a klutz on the bike”:
I was pulling out from a gas station, making a sharp right turn, so I had to cross the road – Thai roads are opposite North America’s. I was following a friend on her motorbike, and when a car flashed us to let us go through, she went. I also made a sharp, quick right turn and blended into traffic behind a car (they were all waiting at a red light). My friend already weaved her way to the front of the lane, riding on the centre line, cars going in the opposite direction to our right. I also wanted to veer right to get onto the centre line but for some reason, I lost my grip on the bike and it fell underneath me as I was standing there (maybe I had just finished braking?). It was literally as if I just placed the bike down sloppily while I was standing over it. No one and nothing was hurt, except for maybe my pride. I laughed at myself, picked my bike back up and, shakily, drove along the centre line to meet my friend at the front of the car lane.
See? Nothing happened and the bike wasn’t even scratched. I went on with my day, but by the evening, my lower back started to hurt. On Friday, the pain was worse, but tolerable. By Sunday, I couldn’t stand up straight and I could totally see the appeal of using canes to walk around. I legitimately felt like I looked like this:
I was made aware of two things during this time:
1) It’s ok to ask for help when you need it.
Being the independent person that I am, I felt like I could do everything I normally do, despite a back injury. I’m sure I could manage it all, but with an extreme amount of pain. I’m the type of person who will do everything I can on my own and, until someone shoves me in a car to drive me home, I’ll go about my day wincing. But having friends around that offer help is a huge blessing. I’m still
struggling with learning to say yes when people offer.
Joy arranged an appointment for me with Brian Kendall, RMT, in Rawai (details/contact info below). She’s taken a few hours out of her day – and will do so again on Wednesday – to drive me to get my back fixed. Just because she cares.
For the record, my hips were out of alignment. I must have tweaked them when I dropped, or picked up, the heavy motorbike. I’ve had a few misalignments in the past, but never this bad. Brian showed me an exercise to help ensure this won’t be a problem in the future. He said if I repeat the exercise faithfully every day a few times per day for the rest of my life, I should never have this issue again. Now THAT would be amazing, so I’m definitely obeying.
2) I was protected through this whole ordeal, and I will remain thankful.
I’m not sure why my motorbike fell randomly like it did, but I’d like to think that God, or angels, played a part in it. Perhaps I would have fallen directly into oncoming traffic to my right had I got onto the centre line immediately; maybe my fall happened early to avoid a massive head injury. There may have been a spiritual battle happening over my soul that I’ll never understand. Which makes me think of how many times we don’t know we’re being saved or watched over. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “things could have been a lot worse”, doesn’t it?
Being a Christian, life isn’t going to work out perfectly, and there will be suffering. The Bible says so, many times (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, etc.). But “to accept a Biblical view of suffering means that we must live in faith, trusting that there is significantly more going on in our lives than what we can see. “God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful, and this we must proclaim right in the midst of the most awful circumstances and in the face of the most mysterious questions… We proclaim it not because we know exactly how God will work out his justice and mercy—for this he has steadfastly refused to reveal. What he has revealed to us is that he is perfectly just and perfectly merciful—as demonstrated in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (source) There’s always something to be thankful for, even in the midst of seemingly bad times, as I learned back when our car broke down on our road trip.
God’s hand is always protecting us. He did not “have my back” in the physical sense last week, but He had my back in the spiritual sense. God’s got your back, too, if you give him your heart (quote by Debra Roberts).
RMT/Physiotherapy in Phuket
Brian Kendall, RMT, Tranquility Rawai Clinic, 96/11 Soi Sai Yuan, Rawai, Phuket, 0862770795
I was told that, if Brian sees a patient and he can’t fix them within two appointments (condition depending), he won’t even see them. He told me he likes to see if he does a good job by the amount of patients that don’t come back to him after 2-3 appointments, ha. Genuine, friendly, Canadian… I certainly recommend him.