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Life After Paralysis is a blog that represents a variety of paralysis community members. It is a place for open conversation about the issues and the interests of people living with paralysis, their family, friends, caregivers, and the professionals that serve them.
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Category: Technology Category
As I explained in my previous blog, the titles of the blogs in this two-part series refer to the act of flipping something upside down. Thanks to some childhood experiments with real turtles, the phrase "turning turtle" has since had a clear meaning to me and my friends. While most turtles appear able to flip themselves back upright, many of us who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices do not have that ability. That is why it is extremely important to remain upright and stay securely seated at all times. Read More
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Those who follow my blogs know that I am very free in expressing opinions and spreading the word about different issues involving health and paralysis. However, there are situations where that is not possible. One of those is when writing about Cancer, as I have never been diagnosed with that disease and any information I relayed to my readers would be secondhand at best. However, a good friend of mine from Virginia, Sheri Denkensohn, has had Cancer and is very proactive in her efforts to get medical offices and hospitals equipped with accessible diagnostic devices for those of us who use wheelchairs. Read More
I attended the Dallas Cowboys
vs Kansas City Chiefs
game at Aarowhead Stadium
on September 15th as an early birthday present. My friend Carrie (also in a wheelchair), her friend Maria, and my dad attended the game with me. We had great seats in the club level near the end zone. We could see everything on the field and everything around it. The seats were some of the best I have had when it came to seeing a football game. However, I was a little ticked off at how many able bodied people were in this section. Now, I understand that there is a rule out there that the stadium and/or venues can sell those tickets if the game is sold out and those are the only seats available. That’s all fine and good, but Carrie and I went through hell to get the accessible tickets a couple of months ago. Read More
There was a time, shortly after I finished my initial rehab and was released from the hospital, that I thought it might be possible to recover my pre-injury strength and stamina so that I might compete in athletic endeavors again. Even though such competitions would be done from a wheelchair this time around, I was (relatively) young and healthy enough to assume that anything was possible if I put my mind to it. Unfortunately, my mind did not do a great job of sharing that message with my body. Read More
September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. As I write, Christopher Reeve's wheelchair is in transit for a special exhibition to help raise awareness of paralysis. Such a powerful icon, Superman's empty wheelchair.
The first time I rolled into the offices of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, I was struck by a couple of things. First, the Foundation is housed in such modest space. It's not a posh, flashy (expensive) suite designed to awe visitors and potential donors. It's simply working offices.
Next I was awestruck by Christopher's chair ensconced in the lobby, silent and insistent.Read More
I got to do something I haven’t done since before I got hurt 18 years ago on my recent trip to Rochester, MN for a family reunion and my annual trip to the Mayo Clinic, I got to go in a HOT TUB. Yes, a hot tub!! I packed my swim suit for the first time because we were going to have some down time between the reunion and clinic so I figured with the help of my dad and family members we could probably get me in and out of the pool. Except, I didn’t need their help. The Comfort Inn we have been staying at for the last 5-7 years installed a pool lift, not only did they install a pool lift they also installed a hot tub lift as well. How cool is that? Read More
We live in a world surrounded by danger, which is obvious to anyone who watches the news. That has been especially evident during the past few months, beginning with the shootings at the theater in Aurora, Colorado, continuing through the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, the police standoff at Big Bear Lake in California, and might best be epitomized by the Boston Marathon bombings and the shootouts that followed. Read More
Okay, I admit it: I telecommute. I also know many telecommuters, and even have another family member who participates in that practice at least four days a week. Read More