This past week I experienced a slipped disc in my back. For those of you who have never had chronic pain, let me explain to you how it works: it sucks. No, that’s not quite right. It SUCKS. Imagine every single thought being shoved out of your head, at all times, only to be replaced with the single desire of being in less pain. Standing up is no longer a half-second activity, it’s a ten-second, deliberate, fairly uncomfortable ritual, followed by a pseudo-stretch and a grimace as your back adjusts from “sitting” to “standing”. Something as simple as putting on a sock goes from a mindless thing you do to a ten minute, exceedingly unpleasant, and honestly fairly pathetic endeavor. Every single motion—and for some people even being still—becomes an exercise in minimizing pain.