So here is a small video of Colin using the modified tap to fill the plastic drinking rock for our animals. Apologies that he is not wearing trousers, I did buy him a new pair of camo pants yesterday but we can’t seem to find them 😉 Thanks for popping in, and have a lovely … [Read more…]
Colin’s accident caused damage to his C5 vertebra, but it was an incomplete injury. This means that there is some nerve transmission between the brain and lower than C5. Although this is still quite high, and he has lost a huge amount of ability, he does have some limited hand function. Since his right arm … [Read more…]
Our renovations are completed. We had a minor change to the bathroom, the braai / entertainment area, and the pool hoist. It was just too difficult to shower Colin in the commode as I am just not capable of washing him effectively while ensuring that he doesn’t slip out of the chair. I struggle to … [Read more…]
Today, we went to the optometrist. Colin was overdue by about 3 years, and I was overdue since 2013. We both need new glasses, and it is official: I am old. My arms are now too short to be able to read a book or even see my phone properly without glasses, and our new … [Read more…]
Colin’s shoulders are stronger, but they still need a lot of work. Yesterday, we got to try a different manual chair. This one seems like it may be the one that works for him. Here you can see him pushing himself. A major achievement considering he could hardly move his right arm AT ALL just … [Read more…]
There is another “level” (see what I did there?) to spinal cord injury. No matter what level the spinal injury occurs, the injury can either be complete, or incomplete. A complete injury means the nerves are no longer connected above and below the injury. In an incomplete injury, some or all of the nerves are … [Read more…]
Differences between being a quadriplegic or a paraplegic People are not always aware of the differences between the terms paraplegic, quadriplegic, and tetraplegic. Sometimes, even medical professions who are not directly involved with spinal cord injury are not always clear. Here is a great article that explains the difference very well: Spinal Cord dot com … [Read more…]
This is an article I came across written by Dana Brown Ritter, for The Mobility Resource that really gives some insight. huffingtonpost article For me, 3, 5, 6, and 8 are the big ones.