LIMA — One slip changed Lucy’s life.
“I fell at my job as a waitress,” she said. “I slipped in the drink area and lost control of everything.”
Two years since, Lucy has been trying to get back up on her feet, literally, as she tries to return her life to what it had been prior to the fall. This Christmas, she’s hoping to at least provide presents for her three grandchildren.
“I was a very hard go-getter. There wasn’t nothing that could stop me from doing what I wanted to do and now I’m not able to do that anymore,” Lucy said as she fought back tears.
Since falling two years ago, Lucy has struggled with mobility issues. A surgery early in her treatment helped put her back together thanks to all the pins now embedded in her spine.
That surgery, however, failed to completely fix the problem. She still had to rely on a walker to get around.
A second surgery last February helped, but she still has a ways to go before she can walk and move like she used to. Just this past week, she began physical therapy and rehabilitation, and the first session had her barely able to move at all. She’s hoping pool therapy will make the process a little less painful as her muscles adjust to the renewed activity.
“I move very slowly. It’s hard for me to get around for real. I can only drive for a short period of time, or walk a little bit. I do my best to get my responsibilities done,” she said.
Currently, Lucy survives on disability. The payments are low, and she’s looked to other social aid programs to help her cover the bills. Even so, her budget is very tight this Christmas season, and her biggest concern is having presents under the tree for her three grandchildren.
The three girls — a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and 10-year-old — like arts and crafts she said, and she’s hoping they get something educational for Christmas. The 3-year-old girl, who wears size 5 and 6, also could use clothes.
“I’m okay. I’m just worried about the kids,” she said. “I appreciate whatever help I get.”
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