Author: S. M. Kelly
When S.M. Kelly suffers a freak accident near Central Park and shatters her femur, at first, she figures "It's early...we can still make dinner and Kinky Boots tonight," as an ambulance hurtles her toward the hospital. The complex, four-hour surgery results in a nine-inch titanium plate and seven pins embedded in Kelly's leg, and her humorless surgeon, Dr. Swarthy Unibrow, orders three months' recovery in a nursing home. Here's Your Pill, Kitten! is a true story of recovery, discovery, and survival. Kelly's vibrant, cheeky storytelling is reminiscent of the biting prose of Postcards from the Edge, Orange is the New Black and American Horror Story rolled into one. She has frightening, bittersweet, yet often hilarious interactions as the youngest patient amongst her eccentric neighbors that include the Capo, Sly Norman and Vito-One-Eye. The youthful staff that includes Nurse Margo from Fargo and Jill the Pill inadvertently fling aside the privacy curtain to expose nursing home conditions from both patients' and nurses' perspectives. It's generally not pretty. Kelly masterfully describes the mental and physical challenges of maintaining a full-time executive job while learning to walk again and live as a mobility-challenged person; all within the madhouse of staff in-fighting, rampant opioid availability, and unpredictable, potentially dangerous patient outbursts. Visit www.heresyourpillkitten.com for resources so you can learn about the state of nursing homes in America, the opioid crisis, and arm yourself with information that could save your life or that of a loved one.