I bought my zero gravity chair without having any idea what it was. I bought it because the woman who worked at the store (K-mart, in fact) told me it was awesome, I should try it and that the one she was having me sit in was 50 percent off because the strap of one of them was torn. It was only $35! I didn't bother trying it. It looked like a fun thing my kids would enjoy and man, do I love 50 percent off.
When I got home, my life changed. The kids were trying to figure it out and I realized what was going on, what it really was and what it might do for me. I sat in it, pushed my legs so the chair would go back and just like that, I knew there was a chance things might finally change.
I've had 12 surgeries on my back -- six diagnostic, six corrective, but nothing was ever corrected. I can't take painkillers because I weigh 100 pounds and am only 5'2" -- the least potent painkiller makes me so ill.
I had just been waiting for technology to catch up and hoped it would be soon as I was almost 40 and feeling pretty dismal at how much my entire family's life had been revolving around my back. I don't just mean my hubby and kids either. I'm talking going back to when I was living with my dear old parents and sibs. I broke my tailbone for the first time when I was seven, and was a very accident prone child. The muscles in my back never developed properly because I was always falling and inducing trauma to my back. My whole life was back pain and I when I was 39, I was feeling pretty bad thinking it might never get better for me and that it would probably only get worse. I was dreading the age when everyone's back started to hurt. If mine felt like that now, what kind of hell would I be in by the time I reached whatever age that was?
Anyway, I slept in the chair. I was scared when I woke up because normally, when I get out of bed, I have to turn to the side, hoist my butt over, push up with my arms, swivel my feet out, turn my body again so it looks like I'm about to start praying, I slide half way down, stretch my spine outwards then pull myself up. Crazy as that sounds, it was the least painful way. But now, I was in the chair, with nothing to so but sit up, nothing to it but to do it and I did it. And it didn't hurt.
I said out loud "get outta here." I couldn't believe it. People, I am not kidding. Relationships have been ruined because of my back pain, and this crappy 50 percent off chair from K-mart is going to change my entire life? You bet.
It didn't hurt. Better still, when I stood up, that only hurt a little. And then, I got through the day just fine. I slept on it again, this time with a pillow under my butt and it was even better the next morning.
I am sorry to see my husband go, but he knows what my life was like. If he can't be happy for me and the pain I no longer feel, then see ya, bucko!
I mean it, folks. This chair works so well and does such wonders for me that I most certainly will get divorced for it!