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Power-Assist Diaries, Saga 3: e-motion

I have been enamored with e-motion power assist wheelchair rims the moment I laid eyes on them. That was years ago. They never seemed like a real possibility with all of my massive power wheelchair use, but now that I’m a demoing power assist wheelchairs I knew I’d finally get a shot to try them. And that is exactly what happened yesterday. Read more

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

Power-Assist Virgin Diaries Saga 1: Tailwind Power Assist

For any quadriplegics out there wondering what it’s like to finally try a power assist tech on a manual wheelchair after years of using a power wheelchair, this blog post is for you. I have been using a power chair for over 20 years and am looking into getting a power assist manual wheelchair. The time is nigh to finally add better mobility to my life. Read more

Wheelchair Driving Dangers: When the Floor Lock Breaks

Wheelchair Driving Dangers: When the Floor Lock Breaks

Whenever I stop at the gas station and call for assistance with pumping my gas, explaining of course that I’m a wheelchair-user, I often get a barrage of questions from the gas station attendant when they come out. When they see that I’m driving my van while still in my powerchair, they can’t help but ask away. Read more

I Can’t Compete with the ‘Super-Quads’

I Can’t Compete with the ‘Super-Quads’

It all started with Tom. He was the recreation therapist at the rehabilitation facility I was living at. He was also a complete C5-6 quadriplegic and roughly 20 years older than me. I was 19 when I knew him, which put him around 39 years old, and despite nearing 40, Tom by far was the most independent and strongest quadriplegic I had ever met. Read more

4 Ways to Chop Veggies When You Can’t Move Your Fingers

4 Ways to Chop Veggies When You Can’t Move Your Fingers

“But but…what about the chopping part?” I asked my OT nervously as I sat in the rehab kitchen while an inpatient at rehab 18 years ago. She didn’t have a ton of options to give me back then, except to use a quad cuff (a sturdy piece of plastic that Velcros to the hand) to insert a “normal” knife or, or to use my tenodesis splint (see here for more). Ug. Read more

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Here Come the Hand Exoskeletons

Tenodesis splints – the clunky metal splints that help quadriplegics use their fingers. I remember when I was fitted for mine in 1993. It went up to my elbow and wrapped around my first two fingers and thumb; a smart little device that moved my three digits open and closed whenever I pulled up my wrist. Read more

Why Not Me Before You

Why Not Me Before You?

So I might be a little late to the game (which is par for course in true Katy fashion), but I have been dying to talk about this for a while now, so entertain me for a minute, listen to what I have to say, and please tell me what you think. I will keep it short, I promise; AND I will do my best to not include any spoilers.. but I can’t make any promises in the comments section. Consider that your disclaimer. Read more

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Where in the World is Katy Blake?

Let me blow the cobwebs off of here and see if I can remember how to properly blog. It is hard to believe that in addition to writing just one single article for EasyStand, I only posted two real updates on my personal blog for the entire year of 2015. Heck, even my Help Katy back to rehab Facebook page has taken a backseat, along with my personal blog and the EasyStand articles. Beginning in January 2015, I have encountered many struggles and setbacks that have unfortunately taken precedence in my life over other obligations, such as writing or painting or anything that required making adult decisions. It was all just too much to handle that part of me just completely shut down. I was beyond overwhelmed by my life and the never-ending obstacles. Spinal cord injuries are exhausting: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Read more

Why We Transfer Out

Why We Transfer Out

I’ve done it at movie theaters, in restaurant booths, on park benches, onto couches at a party, definitely on a beach chair…wait? What do you think I was talking about here? Eh-hem…I’m referring to a certain transfer many people with spinal cord injuries do. It’s a thing and I’m here to talk about it. Read more

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

New Stay-Cool Tricks for SCI: 2016 Edition

The heat is finally on again this year, and oh Lordy does it seem to be getting hotter every year I’ve been paralyzed. With icecaps melting and record highs already happening across the US, I couldn’t think of a better time for a brand new list of items to help you stay cool. Read more