Physician, heal thyself!

A great story and pictures appeared on this week, telling of a nurse practitioner returning on an iWALK 2.0 to the front line to treat Covid-19 patients

Amid the coronavirus pandemic in March, Carolyn Storck tells PEOPLE she had to undergo surgery after developing a severe case of Achilles tendonitis and a Haglund’s deformity.

Less than two weeks later, Storck — who is in her 40s — was back on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients, while also managing to keep the weight off her injured leg during 12-hour shifts by using a hands-free crutch.

“I might just be crazy, but it really did not feel that out of the norm,” she says. “I felt an obligation to my colleagues, and when people started calling out sick and we started looking for back-ups and on-call lists, there still was a gap.”

“If there is a gap in the shift or something needs to be done, I think all of us have the mindset of you step up and you do it,” she adds. “You’ve got to take care of people. You’ve got to be here, you have to get things done.”

Prior to her surgery on March 6, Storck — who is a former military major — says she had been dealing with pain in her Achilles tendon for three years.

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