As the 20th anniversary year of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Universal Access Program ends, we had to report the very significant impact its activities have had and continue to add to our lives.
Here’s a little background:
|Angie and Dan on Spectacle Island.|
On August 25, 2013, while swimming at Biddeford Pool, Maine, I (Angela) was swept by a rogue wave into a rock. The result was a soft tissue brain injury. That made it impossible for me to continue in my profession as a family nurse practitioner, a career I pursued since I was an early teen. That was followed by multi-organ failure in late February 2014 for which I was hospitalized at Baystate Medical Center for eight days. About eight weeks later, when the Baystate VNA was discharging me so I could attend rehabilitation classes at the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, I fell and fractured my left leg in three places. Honestly, I felt like I was living Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
Besides the physical health problems, the mental anguish, anxiety and depression were taking their toll on my husband Danny and me. Whenever Danny tried to get me out of bed and out of our apartment if only to take a drive in our car, I wasn’t interested. The fact that I could no longer care for patients was causing major depression.