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
Through the experience of Peter’s Presentation
Written in collaboration with Katrine Pattern and Peter
Speaking in public is well understood to be one of the greatest fears that people have and many individuals will go to extreme measures to not be put in that circumstance. So firstly, it is normal to be scared. This is especially challenging for people who live with a communication impairment. Just the simple act of talking one-on-one in a discussion with an unfamiliar person can be very unsettling.
The Feel Of Safety
After I came home from the hospital and established myself emotionally and physically I was in a much better frame of mind to carry on with life with a purpose of improving to the best of my ability. Years after I came home, something was happening and I was not aware of it until someone said it to me.
Continued from: Days, Weeks, Months, Years After The Accident – Part 5
My New Beginning
Depression is always with you. If you do not get some help you wear it like a medallion around your neck. It travels everywhere with you. You can put on a brave face and pretend it is not there but something will trigger it to wake up like this fiery dragon that drags you back down into the depths of despair.
Continued from: Days, Weeks, Months, Years After The Accident – Part 4
Preparing For Going Home
Eventually the day came when I could leave “Institutional life” forever. I was brought home by taxi. When I came home it was the start of training Carer’s all over again. My wife was to meet me at the house. Continue reading