Nurse Carolyn Answers your Questions

  Last Month, Nurse Carolyn shared her story about her struggle with a sudden disability. In this post, she will answer questions that many people including nurses ask when faced with a disability. What organizations help amputees return to work? AMPUTEE COALITION OF AMERICA The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) in a national non-profit organization that provides support, education, advocacy and a variety of events and programs to people with limb loss and their families. The ACA’s Limb Loss Resource Center is available online, by email or telephone and a place where patients and their families can obtain information specific […]

Finding My Place: Part Two

Guest Post by Carolyn Mckinzie A few months after that, I took a secretarial job at an anti-coagulation clinic that was only a few hours a week. But it was something, and I just couldn’t stand doing nothing. I worked there for a couple of years but then left following knee surgery. My battered body wasn’t keeping up with my mind! I took a few years off from working, but I had recovered quite well following the amputation and subsequent knee surgery. I had also started writing articles and being involved with the Amputee Coalition of America. Through their resources, […]

Finding My Place: The struggle a nurse faces after a sudden disability

A three-part series guest post; by Carolyn McKinzie I was working as a nurse at my local county jail when I crushed both legs in an auto accident in October 1998. I also sustained a skull fracture, facial fractures, multiple broken ribs and both lungs partially collapsed. I was lucky to be alive. I anticipated only being out of work for a few weeks, but the complexity of the fracture to my right tibia led me to resign from my job. I would undergo multiple surgeries over the next 2 and ½ years in attempts to repair the damage and […]