Down I go, again….

I fell. Not sure how I did it, or why it happened, but I fell down two steps and crashed into the cement sidewalk at the bottom. I saw stars. I wasn’t sure if I hurt myself or not, but all I could think about was Georgia needs her insulin.  I need to be okay.  Two women helped me.  I shook myself off and said, “I’m fine.”  I honestly thought that I was ok.  Maybe I was in shock or just denial but I got on the highway and headed home.  Traffic was awful and my 30 minute commute turned in to about 60 minutes.  By the time I got home, I knew I was not okay.  My ankle was so swollen that the shoe was practically cutting off circulation. I parked my car, got Georgia her insulin, and had my neighbor take me to the hospital.

Turns out, I fractured my 5th metatarsal in my left foot and also sprained that same ankle. OUCH.  The treatment is 6 weeks in a cam walking boot WITHOUT bearing weight.  (Such a tease!!!)  I’m glad I am not in a plaster cast BUT I have to wear this contraption 23 hours and 40 minutes a day (I guess I only get 20 minutes to shower). It’s far from fun…..but Georgia seems to enjoy resting on it.

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The ironic thing is that as I was walking out of work that day, I remember thinking, “Hey, I feel pretty good today.” Two second later and SPLAT I’m on the ground. No joke, the thought popped in my head and it was like karma slapped me down for getting cocky! So for the next 6 weeks my life will include a knee scooter and crutches. My joints are completely rebelling, I’m exhausted, and feel so run down. To be honest, I am fighting tremendous sadness over my situation.

To make matters worse, two days later, my dad has a medical emergency including choking on food, a mild heart attack and resulting aspiration pneumonia. As much as I hate what is going on with me, I hate what happened to him even more. The warrior he is, left the hospital after three days and headed straight to the polls. He is home now and feeling well. I wish I could have been with my parents to help out, but I had to focus on what was best for me physically when I found out he was going to be ok. I hate when I am not able to physically do things. I hate it so much.

So that is my sad story. It’s been a rough couple of days. Hoping for a positive change soon. I hope all of you are doing well.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

One thought on “Down I go, again….

  1. Kelly, I am so sorry this happened. I have been in a boot / shoe / knee cart etc all but 2 months this year. I am currently in a special walking boot sort of thing, for three breaks in my foot. Grrr, I feel for you. Hey, get a knee pad, those things kill your knee.

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