LIMA — Sharkisha deals with pain every day.
She’s been living with her hips really bothering her, making do.
“Never got myself checked,” she said. “I was just worried about the kids.”
But in the last year or so, she finally broke down and saw a doctor to try to get to the bottom of the problem. She is much too young to have received the news she did. She needs a double hip replacement.
“He said it was genetic,” said Sharkisha, whose name has been changed for this story. “My dad had the same problems. … My right is gone, no tissue. I’m bone on bone on the right, and it’s going over to the left side. I’m getting the pain shot left and right, going back and forth, every couple months. I’m not moving well.”
The single mother of twin boys, age 12, and a 4-year-old daughter works in a nursing home setting, where her hours were just reduced. Her physical job is related to cleaning, and there’s less to clean when residents eat in their rooms instead of the dining room and use hospital gowns instead of street clothes because there aren’t visitors.
“This is the first year that my hours got cut,” she said, lamenting COVID-19. She was planning on trying for another job, but her hip issues make her hesitate. “So I’m really not making enough. … That’s why I try to get to work, do what I can.”
Meanwhile, her sons had been going to school virtually.
“But they haven’t been doing right online, so they have to go back to school,” she said, explaining she suddenly had to figure out Lima schools’ uniforms and school supplies.
She admitted to being overwhelmed.
“My head is all kind of confused right now trying to figure out how I’m going to do this,” she said. She’s nervous about the surgery she needs, too. She helps care for people who have had hip replacements and sees how tough it can be.
As for Christmas, she doesn’t have much for the children. She feels strongly the boys deserve a consequence for not taking care of their schoolwork properly. The necessary clothing for school would be welcome, but she declined to say what types of toys they would enjoy. Her twins wear different sizes, with both in men’s. Henry wears XL shirts, 36-inch waist by 32-inch length pants and could use tennis shoes, size 10 1/2. Lavont wears L shirts, 32-inch waist by 30-inch length pants and could use boots, size 8. They need bookbags and school supplies.
Her daughter, Emily, enjoys anything “girly” like dolls, ballerinas and princesses.
“Thank you,” she said. “It was a blessing that you called because I sure was worried today.”
Reach Adrienne McGee Sterrett at 567-242-0510.