Last month I suffered a reaction to the COVID booster, fell and broke the fifth metatarsal in my right foot. Unable to walk the doctor instructed me to call an ambulance to take me to the emergency room. Horrified at the thought and presumed ambulance are for extremely sick people, I reluctantly called and within five minutes six EMT/firemen arrived. I apologized and they told me not to this is their job.
This is typical for me not reacting well to most vaccines. The recovery will be three months – no driving, no skating, and for now no weight on the foot. I am lucky I did not hit my head or break a hip.
I am grateful for my family who stepped in to take care showing unconditional love and devotion. I am used to being the strong one, taking care of everyone and this is not the case. I will need to be patient and ask others for help, something I am not comfortable doing. In addition to crutches, I have a scooter which is a game changer allowing me to cook, do laundry, and bustle around.
My three year old grandson was very curious about the details of the accident and listened carefully and responded, “accidents happened.” He decorated my boot by drawing with crayons and selected two of his truck stickers. I now have a distinct stunning boot!
With all that I have lost, as my late father used to say, “this too shall pass.” I am grateful I skated my final performance in Celebration of Sisters to honor my beloved sisters Margie and Jane the week prior to my fall. I am grateful I am good shape to be rocking on the crutches. I am grateful to be surrounded by people who love and care about me to assist me during this brief blimp in the road. I am grateful to be strong and resilient to handle a little adversity. I am grateful for my writing as a means to keep my mind active. I am grateful because this will make me stronger.
I hope to embrace this time to catch up on some reading, work on my second book, plan marketing and events for year two of my memoir, and will be forced to take a break. For someone who is used to high energy and always on the go, for the next few months I have no choice but to slow down.
The prize is the arrival of a new grandchild in January. I need to be patient. That, and my desire to me on the ice with my skating pals. I know my return to skating will be slow and need to kind and forgiving. I will get there!
I wish you and yours Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!
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Judy Lipson, is the Founder of Celebration of Sisters, an ice skating fundraiser established in 2011 to commemorate the memories of her beloved sisters to benefit Massachusetts General Hospital. Judy has published articles for The Open to Hope Foundation and The Centering Organization. Massachusetts General Hospital and SKATING Magazine featured numerous pieces on Judy’s philanthropic work. Judy appeared as a guest on The Open To Hope and The Morning Glory Podcasts. Her passion for figure skating secured the recipient of U.S. Figure Skating Association 2020 Get Up Award. Judy’s memoir, Celebration of Sisters: It Is Never Too Late To Grieve, released December 2021 by WriteLife Publishing.