Nanny’s Story

Kennett, MO

Nanny’s Story

What’s your biggest health concern?

My grandkids getting hurt. I don’t have a car. And if one of them gets hurt, then what do I do? Their mom and dad walked off and left them three years ago. I have guardianship of them. I take care of them all. One of my granddaughters has a cleft foot. My grandson’s on ADD medication. And I’m not healthy either. The more I talk, the worse I am. I don’t get any oxygen. I take thyroid medication, seizure medication, and cholesterol medication. I also had a goiter, so they took out my thyroid about 20 years ago, but they clipped my vocal cords and my esophagus getting it out. I wasn’t supposed to talk again, ever. I wasn’t supposed to see out of my left eye, ever. They told me I wouldn’t be able to turn my head to the left, ever. Well, I talk funny. People say I talk like an old man, and they tease the kids. But I say, ‘Don’t worry about it. Because at least Nanny can talk.’

The only hospital here is shutting down completely. But we need it. There’s so much crime in this town – shootings and stabbings and fights. And there are babies being born. I’m speechless.

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