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Meningococcal Mayhem: My Story. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, April 08, 2011

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Matilda Abrams is coping as best as she could after losing three of her limbs (both legs and an arm) to an especially virulent strain of bacterial meningitis.


Hello.  It's me, Matilda Abrams.  Up until now, you didn't know me by name.

I'm the lady who lost three of her limbs from a very nasty case of bacterial meningitis:  an arm and both legs.  They'd turned black from gangrene.  Doctors had no choice but to amputate.  They had to do this in order to save my life.  I was that close to death.

I have been having a very hard time trying to accept my situation.  At first I was extremely bitter, but I am slowly, but surely, getting my life back, one day at a time.  It isn't easy, but I am getting there, bit by little bit.

I am now at a rehab facility.  Here, the therapists have been working with me to teach me how to do things with just one limb: brushing my teeth (that's not too bad), brushing my hair (same), getting dressed, getting to and from my wheelchair (that is a joke!).  Most of the time I have Bryce carry me.  Getting to and from my bed is no picnic, either.

Now they're teaching me how to write (opposite hand, but I am now writing, nevertheless), and feeding myself.

I am usually too busy to feel sorry for myself, but when I am alone or in bed for the night, the pity party starts in earnest.  I don't know how the children are going to take seeing me like this. 

I feel like I'm only half of a person.  I don't see how they will accept me once they see me.  Bryce has been telling them about what's happened to me, their mother, but I don't think it has really sunk in yet until they see me.

What will they see?  A monster, or their mother?  That's what's scaring me the most.

I am trying to trust in G-d about this, but it's so damned hard!  There isn't a day where I don't cry; it is a wonder I have any tears left from all the crying sessions I've had ever since I woke up from my coma!

I really don't know when I will be leaving here, but one thing is for certain: I just want to get back home, to my family, and I want to have my arm and my legs back (though I know that's impossible)!

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/9/2011
Karen heartbreaking story but in the heartbreak I see hope
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 4/9/2011
This is such a touching story Karem. As always a great write.

With Love,
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/8/2011
Well done but heartbreaking story, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/8/2011
Again, can't imagine ... powerfully, poignantly penned, Karen. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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