Updated: Jul 21, 2019
On January 23, 2010, Morgan broke her foot. It was her 14th birthday.
Morgan was an active child. She played competitive softball. And was, according to her mother, a veteran bone breaker.
The birthday injury occurred when Morgan decided to skip a few stairs on the way to the basement recreation room. She took a big jump from a top step to a concrete floor. Because broken bones were a yearly occurrence for Morgan, mom and daughter bypassed the ER and went directly to the orthopedic office.
Morgan ended up in her orthopedic surgeon's office where the birthday girl was placed in a short leg cast. Mom made sure to video all parts of the cast application process.
Although Morgan had broken her foot, the day ended on a happy note. Morgan was served her favorite dinner of hot dogs and was treated to a 14 candle studded birthday cake.
Morgan lived on a farm in West Virginia. The farm sported lots of farm animals and required that all members of Morgan's family perform daily chores.
According to Morgan's mother, The worst time to jump off the stairs and break your foot in the country is the winter. Two months of hiking up and down the driveway on snow and ice and mud on crutches is a hard lesson in using all the stairs, one at a time, instead of jumping over six of them to hit a concrete floor.
Morgan's recovery from the injury was normal. Eight weeks after the break, Morgan returned to the doctor's office to have the cast removed.
What really prompted me to write a blog about Morgan was the way she reacted after the cast was removed. According to her mother, Morgan was completely fascinated with her newfound foot sans cast. She was downright infatuated with it. It was examined from every conceivable angle.
Today, Morgan is in her early 20's. She still breaks bones on a regular basis. She is a Ph. D. candidate at West Virginia University. She teaches classes in western civilization and is a strong advocate for woman's rights.