It happened in Heathrow airport in November of 2012. I had just landed in London, excited to meet friends and colleagues at the ICF Conference. I was walking fast, pulling my two bags behind me when somebody, rushing to their flight, cut directly in front of me and I went down, hard!
The journey from then until now, 9 months later, has taught me more about systemic interdependence than I ever knew before. Interdependence within my own body system, interdependence within the medical system and health care, interdependence between all of that and day-to-day living.
See, interdependence just IS. Whether we know about it, care about it or believe in it, it impacts our lives. Injure one knee, and the rest of the system is impacted. The other knee will need to take up some of the work load. When that happens the back and the rest of body automatically compensate for the redistributed workload. And when that happens over a prolonged period of time, overall mobility begins to suffer since certain muscle groups atrophy while others become overdeveloped and strained.
I won't ask you to accompany me on my whole rehabilitation journey. Just know that I am lucky to have access to a great medical care system that has been amazing in their patience with me. And, it would be useful to look at this experience to evaluate the non-local cost of a very localized event.