I watched a documentary, To Err is Human, with my mom and dad last weekend. Like Cal Sheridan, who is featured in the film, I also have kernicterus because of a medical error. Did you know that medical errors are the 3rd largest leading cause of death in our country? There are as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year. Far more than that are living with the long-term impacts or injuries from medical errors. For me, it means severe cerebral palsy, auditory neuropathy, visual tracking difficulties, and some messed up toes. Had my newborn jaundice been tested and treated in time, I may have had a very different life. But, it wasn’t – and I don’t have that different life.
Watch this documentary and find out more about what we can do to improve the medical system so that it’s safer for all of us. We NEED to do this!
Speaking of medical stuff, my toes surgery is on April 29th with a night or two in the hospital. My mom is going to write a guest post after to let everyone know how I’m doing. I’ll have surgery on both big toes with a couple months’ recovery. Hoping for relief from the toe-pocalypse although I also know that surgery and recovery will mean it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Until then on to crazy fun April starting with Interrupters concert tomorrow night!!! Favorite songs: She’s Kerosene and Got Each Other (featuring Rancid)
We don’t have much but we’ve got each other!
Hey, how awesome was last night’s Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Inaugural Celebration? Super AWESOME! Fun music, dancers, and so much excitement!
Here are some of the picture highlights. Congratulations to Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan! I loved being a delegate for them in the caucus, organizing unit convention, and at the State DFL Convention. I loved volunteering however I could and writing blogposts in support of them and other political candidates and issues that I believe in.
Time for #OneMinnesota where we ALL, including those of us with disabilities, have seats at the table!
The big toe annoyance
Update on my foot. I wasn’t able to have botox last week because I had a little cold earlier in the week so now it’s rescheduled for the end of January. When I get botox, I get nitrous oxide to help with the pain – can’t have nitrous when you’ve had a recent cold. I do have a dislocated-ish big toe and will need to figure out how to deal with that. First, we have to see if we can calm down the muscle tone with botox and then decide what’s next to fix the toe.
My red Acorn socks rock and look great with buffalo plaid for inaugural celebrations!