This article from the Toronto Star is not about bed bugs. It’s about Theresa Kelly, who miraculously survived a fall onto the subway tracks. She managed to roll off the tracks to safety moments before the train hit.
Well, that’s amazing, right? Thank Goodness.
Interestingly, there’s more to this article.
Kelly’s living with bed bugs. Her husband is staying in the Gateway Shelter to get away from them, but Kelly is staying in their bedbugged apartment, because she is afraid she’ll lose her home otherwise.
[Husband Randy] Isenberg is staying at Gateway Shelter because their building is infested with bedbugs. He’s got the bite marks on his arms to prove it.
The Toronto Community Housing Corp. building where they live in the Eglinton Ave. and Allen Rd. area was part of a television exposé on the shabby state of public housing in Toronto. His wife remains in the building.
“She doesn’t want to move out because she’ll lose her unit,” he said.
Though she doesn’t sleep at night, Isenberg doesn’t believe fatigue played a part, he said. But existing health issues with her leg have not been helped by the stress.
I suppose if anything will put bed bugs in perspective, it’s escaping death by only seconds.
Despite what she says, I would not be surprised if fatigue did play a part. She is not sleeping because of the bed bugs. Many of us have been there, and know what a toll lack of sleep can mean to our health, productivity, and mental and emotional wellbeing.
I am so glad that Theresa Kelly’s story of tripping and falling onto the subway tracks has a happy ending. I just hope she doesn’t have to go home to bed bugs — and without her husband — for much longer.