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.
Growing up with two brothers, and practical and pragmatic parents, I learned from an early age that I could do anything my brothers could. I built my own treehouse, made a go-kart, played with dolls, and got muddy along with the rest of them. I learned I was in charge of my own destiny, and … [Read more…]
Colin’s right arm started moving one week before Christmas last year. Since then, he has been working really hard on strengthening it. He is trying to write again with his right hand, but doesn’t have the wrist control. It is possible to write with gross movement, but we are hoping for return and control of … [Read more…]
It was the C5 vertebra that was dislocated almost to the point of complete separation in Colin’s neck as his car was hit from behind, spun over, flipped and landed on its roof. At that moment, he felt his entire body go limp and knew he wasn’t going to walk away from this. In the … [Read more…]
Just in the last week, Colin’s hand function is such that he was able to use his traditional Gilette razor instead of the electric one he has been using. Initially, he was not able to hold the electric one, and I used to shave him. Then he was able to hold it himself and shave … [Read more…]
We went to see Star Wars today. It is the first movie we have been to since Colin’s accident. My Dad came with us – since he is the person responsible for my proper education of seeing Star Wars in 1976 and every other time since. It was also in 3D which is cool. Jabu … [Read more…]
The traditional disabled-friendly parking logo like like this: This is the new one that is more popular with the community: These are the ones at our local shops: and Not sure what they are trying to say about the shape of those who live here… HA HA HA!
It is that time of year again – Christmas Eve, and we have had a long year. I look back with some sadness, lots of gratitude, and thanks for every person who has stood alongside us this year. Without the support structure I am privileged to have, this would have been a different year. In … [Read more…]