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Molly's foot folly

By Molly Knapper
On March 6, 2012

About a month and a half ago, I was walking from the Warde Academic Center back to Regina Hall after my night class and I was hurrying because I wanted to get back in time to watch Grey's Anatomy. Unfortunately, I wasn't being careful and I stepped on my foot wrong and I fell. I ended up having to go to the emergency room that night and got some x-rays taken. I was there until 3am. The next day I went to a foot surgeon and I found out that I had a severe mid-foot sprain.

The doctor told me that I would have to wear a soft cast and use crutches for at least a week. I also had to wear a boot until my next appointment. The crutches may have been the worst thing I have ever had the misfortune to need to use. It was terrible! I couldn't do anything for myself and, I kid you not, a squirrel WALKED faster than me. I learned a couple things during this time. One thing is that there is an unsaid connection between other people on crutches. When the elevator door opened and I saw another person on crutches hobble out, we just looked at each other and said a "hey" that was loaded with a mutual sympathy and understanding for what one another was going through.

Also, it was during this time I realized that there are two different kinds of people in the world: those kind people who will hold the door open for you and those ignorant people that look right at you and then walk right on by. Some of the doors don't have the buttons for handicapped people to push so the door will open for them. I had to go into one of those doors one day and somebody saw me and kept walking. I am the person that holds doors open for people who aren't even injured and to see someone who could clearly see that I could not open the door walk right on by made me very upset. Another person followed and this guy had at least five computer monitors in his arms.

This kind person balanced the computers and opened the door for me. It was very nice of him. It is people like this that make me confident that the world is not completely filled with selfish people. Luckily, after a LONG week of having people help me do everything (which I don't like because I'm the person who wants to help others, not the other way around) I finally got off the crutches! I went to the doctor again two weeks ago. I found out that my foot isn't much better. I am still wearing the boot and I am going to have to continue to wear the boot for at least two more weeks. Yes, that is terrible and I wish I didn't have to, but I'm just grateful that I don't have to use the dang crutches anymore! Thanks to all who helped!


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