Karen Burkhardt with Sydney Burkhardt

“My daughter was the one who had to run to the neighbors. She was only four. They had to bring in a firetruck to lift me out.”

I was taking my daughter and our three dogs to the park to go for a walk, and we have a retaining wall that holds our driveway. I was getting in the car and fell backwards off of the wall and broke my ankle. I laid there for hours while the neighbors were trying to figure out what to do. My daughter was the one who had to run to the neighbors. She was only four. They had to bring in a firetruck to lift me out.

It was humbling. They took me to the hospital and a bunch of interns come in – all good-looking Grey’s Anatomy guys – come in and poke my leg. Then they get a guy and he’s like, “We’re going to have to snap it back in place.” So, they grab my big toe and keep pulling. He said the whole emergency room got quiet because I was screaming so loud. I had x-rays and surgery. I was in the hospital for about five days recovering. That was five years ago, and I still have to wear a brace to walk. It made me realize I enjoy walking and couldn’t wait to get back to walking and working.

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