I rarely feel sorry for celebrities -- after all, they have their fame and fortune, they definitely don't need my sympathy. But boy, do I feel sorry for Kelly Ripa, who's recently been ordered to use crutches thanks to a stress fracture in her right hip.
I'm sure a lot of people have had to deal with the unfortunate circumstance of having to use crutches. But the only thing worse than having to use crutches is having to use crutches in New York City.
After I moved here, being forced to use crutches became one of my worst fears. Lo and behold, I had to face those fears about three years in. So I can definitely feel Kelly's pain. Though she does have those new fancy types of crutches, while I had to use the old-school, rub-your-armpit-till-it's-raw kind. Color me jealous.
This city is probably one of the least handicapped-friendly cities. You have to rely on trains and buses to get everywhere, and even if you manage to successfully scramble up or down the stairs, you can only pray that someone will be nice enough to give up their seat once you've boarded. Sure some of the subway stations have elevators, but that usually requires crutching even farther to get to. No thanks, I'd rather take my chances with the stairs.
Then there are the crowds. Bumping into people is just a normal part of walking down the street, but when you're teetering on two poles, a single bump can knock you completely off-balance. And having to cross the street before the light turns green makes you feel like you're in a real-life version of Frogger. And you're the frog.
And to add insult to injury, it's impossible to carry an umbrella around when you're on crutches. So when it rains or snows, you either cough up the money for a cab, or opt to look like a drowned rat. And since it usually takes so long to hail a cab, there's a good chance you'll end up looking like crap either way.
Thank god for drivers and makeup/hair stylists, eh?
Have you ever had to use crutches before?
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