Scott Kelly’s Body Has Been Going Through Gruesome Hell Since He Got Back From A Year In Space
Astronaut Scott Kelly has once held a record of spending most number of days in the space. However, this achievement comes at a cost. Upon reaching the Earth a year back, Kelly has been suffering from various health problems. He has recorded all of it in his book named "Endurance". We are sharing some excerpts from the book.
#4 Swollen Ankles and "Aliens-Stump" Like Legs
Talking about the condition of his legs and ankles he said, "I can feel the tissue in my legs swelling. I shuffle my way to the bath room, moving my weight from one foot to the other with deliberate effort. Left. Right. Left. Right. I make it to the bathroom, flip on the light, and look down at my legs. They are swollen and alien stumps, not legs at all. 'Oh sh*t,' I say. 'Amiko, come look at this.' She kneels down and squeezes one ankle, and it squishes like a water balloon. She looks up at me with worried eyes. 'I can't even feel your ankle bones,' she says."
#3 Burning Rash On The Skin With High Risk Of Cancer
"'My skin is burning, too,' I tell her. Amiko frantically examines me. I have a strange rash all over my back, the backs of my legs, the back of my head and neck – everywhere I was in contact with the bed. I can feel her cool hands moving over my inflamed skin. 'It looks like an allergic rash,' she says. 'Like hives.'"
It is extremely difficult for us to understand his situation. Telling about how he was exposed to the harsh radiations, he writes, "I had been exposed to more than 30 times the radiation of a person on Earth, equivalent to about 10 chest X-rays every day. This exposure would increase my risk of a fatal cancer for the rest of my life."
#2 Terrifying Account Of Illness
The way he explained his physical condition is beyond terrifying. I have no words to explain the pain that he might be going through because of all that's been happening to him
Describing one incident, he writes"I struggle to get up. Find the edge of the bed. Feet down. Sit up. Stand up. At every stage, I feel like I'm fighting through quicksand. When I'm finally vertical, the pain in my legs is awful, and on top of that pain I feel a sensation that's even more alarming: it feels as though all the blood in my body is rushing to my legs, like the sensation of the blood rushing to your head when you do a handstand, but in reverse."
#1 It's not easy to be an astronaught
Certainly, reading his accounts make me believe it's not at all easy to live with all these physical discomforts once you're back on Earth.
He even explains how his vision is troubled, On my previous flight to the space station, a mission of 159 days, I lost bone mass, my muscles atrophied, and my blood redistributed itself in my body, which strained and shrank the walls of my heart. More troubling, I experienced problems with my vision, as many other astronauts had.
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