Diary of an Injury: How I was able to stay connected with a herniated disk

by in Cloud, CustomerCase Study, Healthcare, Lifesize, People

A little over two years ago, I experienced a life-altering change in my health.  I was working at home late one night when I got up to get a glass of water.  As soon as I stood up, a flash of pain shot down one of my legs, causing a horrifically painful cramp in my leg.  I’d had similar problems with leg cramps over the years, and usually a few minutes of stretching was enough to relieve the pain.  But this time, the pain was more severe than it had ever been before, and it was still unbearable even after several minutes of stretching.  The cramp just wouldn’t go away, and I was starting to get really concerned.


The X-rays that my doctor took showed that I had a herniated disc in my lower back, an injury that confined me to a bed for nine long weeks.  I couldn’t get up and walk around my own house, let alone pull myself together and drive in to an office for eight hours a day.  That’s why I consider myself very lucky to work for Lifesize, the company that developed a unique video conferencing platform that allowed me to work effectively from home.  Thanks to this video conferencing system, I was able to collaborate with my coworkers back at the office, even through nine weeks of doctor’s appointments, diagnoses, surgery and recuperation.  Despite being confined to bed for two months, I was able to consistently do my work and visually communicate with my team on a day-to-day basis.  And even though I was more or less bedridden the entire time, I was able to get my projects delivered to my team and stakeholders.

Without Lifesize, I don’t know what I would have done.  Not only did they provide the technology that allowed me to continue working when I couldn’t make it in to the office, they proved that their commitment to workplace flexibility wasn’t just something they said to clients. Lifesize knew I could complete my projects even if I couldn’t physically be at the office, and for that, I am very grateful.