Ouch!!! IT HURTS!!!! I CAN’T MOVE!!!!!
This is what I said when my left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) was torn while playing basketball at a family reunion. A relative had come down on my knee while playing ball, and I heard a popping sound in my knee and I went to the ground squirming like a worm. That was the worst pain that I have ever felt in my entire life. My aunt immediately rushed me to the hospital, and the doctor stated that I sprained my knee. I was happy to know that because I had driven a standard to the family reunion, and I wasn’t going to make it back home with a broken knee. Little did I know that there was more to this so called sprained knee than I realized.
In life we have some sprains and twists that can be worse than what we see on the surface. Sometimes life can deal us a hard blow that makes us want to reach for the pain killers to make the pain go away. I had many episodes of my knee going out, but because the doctor stated that I kept spraining the same knee, I was given an exceptional amount of pain killers to numb the pain. Though the pain killers numbed the pain, and it made me feel good, I was doing more damage to my knee than I realized.
When a person has been dealt a tremendous blow to his/her life, we can become depressed or suicidal. When we begin to feel this way, sometimes, our counselor or doctor will prescribe medication to help numb the trauma that we have faced. Though the pain of the situation has been temporarily relieved, the problem is still there. Sometimes medication is only a stumbling block to the real issue. It is not a means to an end.
It took 6 months before anyone found out that something was wrong with me. I was in the military at the time, so you can’t have a bum knee and be effective. My knee was giving out on a regular basis just with simple movements. I couldn’t play basketball anymore. Stepping off my bed while attempting to clean would cause my knee to give out. Running would cause it to swell and give out. I had reached the point where I had enough of pain killers giving me a temporary fix, and not getting to the root of the problem. I NEEDED SOME HELP!!!!!
When a person is depressed and suicidal, medication can only give a temporary fix because when the medication wears off, the problem that is inside the person will arise and take over. I am not saying that depression is the only thing, but there are many psychotropic drugs on the market that alter the mood of the individual taking it. These drugs will numb the situation, and cause us to be sleep walkers, or the walking dead. Though these pills have altered our mood, the problem is still there. These problems are just like my torn ACL. The more I numbed it, the more damage I was doing to it. This went on for so long that when I did get the problem fixed, my ACL was completely gone, and the meniscus (which is the cushion between the femur and the tibia/ upper and lower leg) was starting to wear away.
When we numb our problems, and never get to the root of it, we are causing more damage to our lives than we could ever imagine. We have to be mindful of prescription medication because their root goes back to the Greek word pharmakeia, in which we call pharmacy today. The word also meant, to administer a drug, spell, or sorcery. Make sure that whatever you do, you pray about it because the Lord desire for us to be made whole from all manner of sickness and disease. The Lord is a present help in the time of trouble, and though it may be tough to face the pain of life, we can conquer all with the help of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the balm that is in Gilead, and the healing medicine that HE prescribes will never have a side effect.
These links will give further information about the history on the word pharmacy