In 1980, I was working at a warehouse job. I went out to the dock to receive a case of cash register tape. I was standing on the dock and a truck driver was handing it up to me from the ground level. I felt a twinge in my back, but continued working the rest of the day.
The next morning when I woke up, I could hardly get out of bed. The pain was great. I managed to get dressed and go to work, but I couldn’t lift anything. I was sent to see the company nurse in the next warehouse over. She sent me to a doctor who said I was not to return to work. That began three years of therapy with a chiropractor ending in surgery by a orthopedist. It also began three years of wrangling and fighting with the Workers Compensation system as administered by the private insurer of my employer.
At the end of that time, I was sent to Computer Career Institute for retraining as a computer programmer. It took awhile to land my first job, but I eventually began a long career of as a data processing professional.