The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my friend Kira while we were out getting lunch together. I asked her to recall one of her most vivid memories and she decided to tell this story. She remembers how scared she was this day and the relief she felt when she found out her wrists were going to be okay. Kira is one of my best friends and we both enjoyed recalling this memory and laughing about how worried she was that she would never be able to use her wrists again.

It was around 3:30 in the afternoon as Kira and her friends were getting off the bus from school. It seemed like any other day- they continued their daily routine of playing outside for an hour after school. However, for Kira, today’s activities took a turn for the worst.

There were a variety of games that they enjoyed playing and today they chose Tag. Kira’s friend Emily was “It” first, so Kira took off as fast as she could to avoid getting tagged. One second, Kira was running the speed of light to avoid Emily. The next second she was on the ground and all she could see was blackness. She lifted her head and was in shock of what just happened. Although it was accidental, Emily “tagged” Kira a little bit too hard, pushing her over and forcing her to fall to the ground. Kira stuck both of her hands out to soften her fall; a mistake she would later regret.

Upon standing back up, Kira looked down at both of her hands realizing that she couldn’t feel either of them. Confused of what was going on, Kira started to break down in tears. She tried to move her wrists around but felt nothing but pain.So many thoughts were running through Kira’s mind; “Am I going to need surgery? Am I ever going to be able to move my wrists again?”  She felt instant panic rush over her and started yelling towards Emily. Shocked and feeling guilty, Emily told Kira to stay right where she was while she ran to get her mom.

Once Kira’s mom arrived, she assured her that she probably just had fallen on her wrists the wrong way and that the doctors would make everything better. During the ride to the emergency room, all Kira could think about was all the things that she would never be able to do again without her hands. Her first thought being “I’m never going to be able to pet my dog again.” When she arrived to the emergency room, the waiting process was torture for her. All she wanted was to be able to move her wrists again.

Luckily, Kira wasn’t going to lose her wrists. The doctor informed her that soon enough she was going to be able to move them without pain. Unfortunately, she broke both wrists and was going to be stuck in casts for awhile. More unfortunately, this was going to be the last game of tag for Kira for awhile.

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Outside Kira's house, hospital

I interviewed my friend Kira while we were out getting lunch together. I asked her to recall one of her most vivid memories and she decided to tell this story. She remembers how scared she was this day and the relief she felt when she found out her wrists were going to be okay. Kira is one of my best friends and we both enjoyed recalling this memory and laughing about how worried she was that she would never be able to use her wrists again.

Decade: 2000s
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Recorded by Talia Carcarey on December 4, 2018
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