He’s lucky he is so cute…

In another episode of “As my joints turn: my autoimmune soap opera”. I walked in from work on 1/3/2019. I was still on crutches and non-weight bearing due to my broken foot. I was hobbling into the living room with my coat on and two bags on my arm. My cat Milo decided to run between my leg and the crutch, causing me to go flying. Luckily, I flew onto my ottoman. Lucky save, right? Well unfortunately, as I went down, the lip of cast/boot caught under the pet steps near the ottoman. My boot stayed put while my toes went in another direction. I knew I hurt toes but hoped it was a sprain or a muscle strain. When I saw my orthopedic doctor this week, the X-Ray showed a fracture in my 5th toe. So my 5th metatarsal has healed but now I’m in a surgical shoe for a few more weeks until the toe heals. Only I could break a bone while wearing a cast to heal another bone already broken. Milo James is now officially renamed “Milo the toe breaker” James. He’s lucky he is so cute….

Be well friends!

Milo “the toe breaker” James aka “the devil’s spawn” (joking!)

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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 “He’s lucky he is so cute…

  1. Oh goodness Kelly. That hurt my fifth toe and I cannot even feel my feet. In February while I am getting my 1st, 3rd and 4th metatarsals fixed, I can have the surgeon check on my number 5 to see if that helps you out? I am sure my foot surgery cannot help you out much, but on the other hand it cannot hurt to much.


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