BY: Taylor Carden (Gainesville, GA)
I would like to start by saying that what is being referred to, as “the ankle incident” is something that would really only happen to me. I do not know if I just have the worst luck in the world or what but I somehow managed to trip down one step and basically sprain both ankles. I still do not know how it happened. The first few days after the incident remain a blur to me. However, I do remember how understanding my professors were and how caring my sorority sisters were. I could not sleep in my bed because it was so high, so one of my sisters made me a temporary bed on our TV room couch. She had me set up with a basket of waters, snacks, my medicine, etc. I hope to repay them all because they went above and beyond the call of duty. They showed me what sisterhood truly is.
The hardest thing about being crippled for me – besides being rendered immobile for much of the last two weeks – was just how weak I felt. I could not get any work done because my pain medication made me feel so horrible and I always felt as if my arms were made of lead. I definitely did not anticipate that I would miss a week of classes. Having said that, I am glad I took the time I needed to recover because had I not done so, I know it would have taken me much longer to catch up in my classes.
I must say I have gained so much more respect for handicapped people. I never thought walking to the bathroom or getting dressed could be such a difficult and tiring task. I know my ankles will never quite be the same; they will always be sore and pain may hit me at inopportune moments. This whole situation has taught me a lot, such as: I have many wonderful people who would do anything for me; one can never plan for freak accidents and I should certainly be more careful. I just want to give a shout out to that last step by Owens Student Center for making me realize how blessed I am.