Posted by Jeff Klein to Barbara
on Saturday, October 17th 2020:
In Reply to: Re: Kindergarten teacher posted by Barbara on Friday, October 16th 2020:
I too contracted polio at a young age. It was the summer of 1952, I was seven years old. Most of the experience is a haze but there are a few memorable experiences, although not all are pleasant. I spent about six months in Willard Parker Hospital on East 14th street. The type of polio I had was called Bulbar. My left arm and shoulder were affected as well as my throat muscles. Unlike many of my fellow patients, I was able to walk around after a few months and to this day I will never forget the children in an Iron Lung. I missed most of second grade but somehow I was promoted to third grade although I really should have been left back. My dad worked with me for years afterward in order to achieve strength in my left arm even though I wore a brace for a few years. I have always had a slight tilt and my left arm still hangs low but it's nothing compared to all our fellow polio survivors who are permanently disabled. How about your experience if you feel you can talk about it.
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