I’ve been wanting to write sooner, but unfortunately, I was injured a month ago and am only recently recovered enough to write. What happened?
Marcos and I were outside taking a lunch break at a lovely little park in Brookline on a beautiful day. Energized, I wanted to show Marcos a dance-like exercise move. I took off running like a child, grapevining my legs as I moved up and down the steps gliding toward my final destination, a two-foot-high ledge I would access with an easy 90-degree twist and jump.
Full of joy I looked over my shoulder at Marcos, my dashing husband, and instead of sticking the landing I misjudged the last step and flew high speed into the ledge face first, fracturing a bone in my face, injuring my teeth, banging up my legs a bit, scraping my arm ineffectively thrown forward in an attempt to catch my fall, and sustaining a serious concussion.
I received quality dental care and stitches in the ER, and my face and teeth are healing well. Despite having the best health insurance available, it took over a week to get concussion care and treatment for some other complications. After aggressively advocating I got the follow-up care I needed. While my brain recovery has been quite debilitating, but I am well on the mend.
I’ve learned a lot from these weeks. Unable to read, write, use screens or TV, work, play, speak, or eat normally, I’ve had to rest. At first mostly in dark and quiet rooms. I used the darkness to renew spiritually and emotionally. I hope I’m growing from it. Since March, it seems daily I am reminded why we do this work. My struggles of the last month, so small in comparison to the suffering of so many and yet so difficult for me, brought the importance of our work into sharp focus.
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These times have been dark and stressful. Your love and courage has sustained me and I’m sure many others. I’ll send you a policy update soon. Be encouraged tomorrow as the results come in. No matter what happens we are in this together, and together we will win.