Joe is right, Rich. It happens faster and in a more dramatic and limiting way for you and other quads. But as we get older the things we used to do become far less easy and painless. Add a chronic medical condition and you you have to adapt what your mind wants to what your body is able to produce. My mom told me when she was around 60, the age I am now, that she still had a 16 year old mind, but her body didn’t agree. Now with her spinal injury where she’s so dependent on someone for everything, life’s “just peachy”, as she puts it, in a totally sarcastic way.
This paralyzed thing isn’t fair or easy. There are times when every adversity we face seems to be too much to handle day after day after day with no end in sight, then days that seem filled with such joy and meaning that we have no doubt what we are on earth to do.
We know it sucks and is horribly difficult day after day. But your have so many ideas, so much good to share, give so much motivation for others who have similar issues. Keep blogging Rich, we need your voice.
“The times they are a changin’” so sings Bob Dylan. Normally, most people believe change is good, but in my case I’m not so sure. Earlier this year, I not only turned 72, celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, but also observed the 16th anniversary of the accident that left me with quadriplegia. These and other factors, I believe, are causing a very difficult change in me. I have alluded to it in a couple of my more recent blogs. I’m starting to feel limited as opposed to challenged.
Letting the rain take me away Today it’s raining, so I donned my poncho and sat outside as I have a number of times. In the past, the sound of the raindrops on the nylon transported me back to a rainy day in the Five Ponds Wilderness area when the weather forced me to hold up in my tent. Usually, I could…
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