By Jessica LoPiccolo
The elderly are not the only ones who fall and break their bones. Last April, I fell down stairs and broke my left ankle in three places and severely sprained my right ankle. I was bedridden for what seemed like an eternity. I had to teach myself to walk again at the age of 25. I went from being completely independent to being completely dependent on my family and friends. I had to be waited on hand and foot for everything. It is a terrible feeling to be dependent, to rely on loved ones for even your most basic needs. It is not something that young people think about, but, in a way, it has given me a new understanding and appreciation for the trials and frustrations of our clients.
As you age, you may not be able to do all the things you once did independently. It is a hard thing to accept. Most of our clients do not want to be a burden to their children. I can better relate now because I really did not want to be a burden to my family and friends. I can tell you that I try even harder to make it easier for our clients these days after my experience.
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