The Missouri Republican slipped on some ice last week walking out of a Cape Girardeau, Mo., bakery and broke her left arm.
“The brownies survived perfectly; I didn’t,” Emerson says.
Now she is forced to do day-to-day tasks, such as getting dressed, with one arm. She gets her daughter and staff to help her with the things she can’t do on her own, and in some cases, she pays someone else to help.
“I can’t wash my hair,” she explains. “So it’s busted my budget because I have to go get my hair washed everyday.”
She adds that either her daughter or a staffer help her put her Member pin on each morning.
“I am the most independent person, and for me to have to ask anybody else to help me with anything is just so anathema,” she says.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.