My Senses As A Quadriplegic
Since becoming a quadriplegic I realise I am extremely fortunate to still retain my sense of touch, hearing, sight and taste.
Many other quadriplegic people lose most of their feeling below the middle of their chest. For all the feeling I have I am very grateful, as I know I could be a lot worse off such as having to deal with pressure sores and consequentially weakening the skin, creating a weak area of the skin of the buttocks. Continue reading
Scared Beyond Reason
I have come to realise something about myself after the recent storms in the South East corner of Queensland. As everybody should know tropical cyclone Debbie made herself know to North of Queensland and down to the southern corner before travelling on to northern NSW.
The weather changed in the southern tip of Queensland, so quickly that its sudden deluge of rain was totally unexpected. It was known the cyclone was coming but nobody anticipated its force and the amount of destruction it would leave in its path. Continue reading
What Makes Me Cranky
Ever since my accident and not being able to speak, one of the hardest things to get used to is having people anticipate what you’re thinking or about to spell out a comment on the communication board.
Not being able to speak has so many pitfalls people in general never think of. Just to convey in your own words a message has so much power. To take that away from you is something people never think about.
Phone, Fax, Internet, Social Media
These are my opinions of the major events to change communication. I remember as a youth having to walk to the corner approximately 200 yards or 183 meters from where I lived to use a public telephone box. In those years homes were not supplied with telephones.
If it is in regard to your own death, many say they don’t care about it but it’s the people left behind who feel the pain. Although you may be at ease with your own death, it doesn’t mean everybody else will feel the same way as you do.
This is a complex and difficult subject for people to speak openly about, especially to family and friends. Straight away a lot of people will say they don’t want to speak about it and shut this conversation down before it has a chance to be discussed.
You are right in thinking something must have happened for me to talk this way. I had a family member, who was extremely knowledgeable and realistic, die recently. Continue reading