Regulating Body Temperature With an SCI

Regulating Body Temperature With an SCI

Having an SCI and being on a ventilator can present challenges for maintaining body temperature through extreme temperature changes. Because of my injury, I’m unable to feel if I’m cold or hot. The only way I know is by using a thermometer, often when it’s too late. Also, the temperature in the air can be very hard on my lungs because I’m on a ventilator. Read more

Bathtub Accessibility

4 Cool Products to Improve Bathtub Accessibility

No longer should you leave your bathtub a dusty receptacle for dirty laundry and old memories of awesome baths of years past. I’m a girl, and even though I’ve been paralyzed for over 20 years I still have that gene that screams, “Oh man I need a soaking hot bath,” after a long and stressful day. But when you’re a quadriplegic, things get a little tricky in this department. Read more

every end has a new beginning

Every End Has a New Beginning

I’ll never forget the moment the accident happened. I was riding in the backseat of the truck, my boyfriend and his mom in the front. The truck began to swerve, and the last thing I remember is looking up to see my boyfriends’ reaction. The next thing I know I’m on the ground and a stranger is next to me telling me not to move. I was terrified. Fading in and out of consciousness, I looked around for my boyfriend. When I wake again I spot him pacing back and forth. I call to him to hold my hand and to stay with me but he responds, “Hold on my mom is still in the truck”. Darkness again. I open my eyes and realize I am in a helicopter. A man is telling me I’m going to be okay. All I remember saying to him is, “Can you hold my hand?” Read more


Diagnosing Cramped Arm Muscles

After 20 Years, Helloo Sassy and Cramped Arm Muscles

It’s been almost two decades since my spinal cord injury, and needless to say sitting down for 20 years does not do a body good. While the face may age much less when you’re not as active and out in the elements (one of the few benefits of using a wheelchair), everything else in your body does not hold up as well, especially your muscles.

When you’re paralyzed in your arms and you’re only using one muscle group to do multiple movements, the muscles get worn out a lot quicker. That’s just an undeniable fact. And when you do these motions over and over again, year after year, eventually your muscles will sass back. Read more

Hospital Bed

The Misguided Notion That Life with a Disability Isn’t Worth Living

I’ve always admired the lone individual who has the courage to say something when no one else can, and that certain someone is Richard Senelick, a writer whose article yesterday in The Atlantic, Reconciling Life and Quadriplegia, touched on a subject that’s been bugging me since it was the subject of much controversy in a hunting accident last month. Read more