Near the end of my freshman year, I injured my knee so badly that I wasn 't able to bend it for two months, and then I had to take physical therapy for another two months to recover my range of motion. This happened while I was trying to rush to class before the bell rang. While I was running down the hall, I saw a set of steps that I thought I could easily jump over to save time. But unfortunately, I was not able to clear the top step and slipped, hitting my knee left knee cap on the edge of the step. I then presumed to stand up like nothing happened, since I didn 't feel any pain, and immediately fell over. When I looked down at my knee, I found that my knee cap was shoved extremely high up my leg, sorta into my lower thigh. Thankfully, someone was near by at the time and called the nurse for me. After looking at my knee and discerning that I couldn 't move it, the nurse called the ambulance to take me to the hospital. After waiting what seemed like eternity, the paramedics arrived and helped me into a wheelchair. This turned out to be excruciatingly painful. As they picked me up and set me into the wheelchair, my knee moved s...
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... knee more and more to re-stretch the muscles that had been tight from weeks of not using them. It was during this time that I really started to see how valuable having both of my legs was, rather than before my injury when I never even thought about it. As I slowly regained my ability to bend my knee, it was then that I really appreciated being able to do the activities once again that I wasn’t able to do weeks ago. Normal things such as walking up the stairs and being able to sleep curled up like ball, but slightly less a ball then before, made me really happy. Things that I didn’t care about before because I thought that I should be able to do them now seemed like a blessing to me when the ability to do them had been taken away from me just weeks ago. This whole experience helped to open my eyes so that I could see that you shouldn’t take things for granted.
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