Why Prescription Drug Compliance is Essential

Why Prescription Drug Compliance is Essential

Life hands every person on this planet illnesses and they come in an assortment of types. You have bacterial infections, viruses, autoimmune diseases, cancers, STDs, and blood disorders are only to name a few types. They range in severity from terminally ill brain tumors down to a harmless toe fungi. One key fact remains consistent throughout every single case from HIV to athlete’s foot. That fact is that the degree to which the patient is complying with their therapeutic plan has a direct correlation to their recovery, quality of life, overall health and stability in maintaining it. This applies to not only long and short term illnesses, but to injuries and physical disabilities as well. Read more

Evidence Based Medicine: Yes, No, Maybe?

Evidence Based Medicine: Yes, No, Maybe?

As a therapist, I try hard to practice evidence based medicine. I spend time reading articles, going to conferences, and discussing best practices with colleagues in the field. But what should I do or recommend when there is no consensus? Read more

The Mind and Types of Sexual Predators

The Mind and Types of Sexual Predators

Warning: This post contains detailed information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months. Read more

Military Diet Results – Yes It Works for a Quadriplegic Too!

Military Diet Results – Yes It Works for a Quadriplegic Too!

If you’ve been following the my blog, you know that last week I started a short diet called the military diet in an effort to lose 10 pounds. It’s an interesting diet as you can read about in my previous blog, and I am here to report that it was an interesting week as well. Read more

Let’s Do This: A Quad’s Quest to Drop 10lbs in Seven Days

Let’s Do This: A Quad’s Quest to Drop 10lbs in Seven Days

Everyone seems to be trying to lose weight these days, and that includes yours truly, the average wheelchair-using 30-something lady. Even though I’m not obese, I’ve noticed a bit of softness creeping up on my body as I’ve progressed through my thirties, including a roll on my stomach, and I’m not very happy with this. They tell you your body changes as you get older. They weren’t lying. Read more

5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

5 Ways to Get Cool FAST with a Spinal Cord Injury

The human body is a marvel. Somehow it ended up with the ability to cool itself via sweat, but when you have a spinal cord injury this ability is turned off. Many are shocked to hear this, but when you have a spinal cord injury, you really can no longer sweat. Not surprisingly, this can cause some pretty gnarly health scares. Read more

Overheating After an SCI

Overheating After an SCI

Before my accident I knew almost nothing about spinal cord injuries. I definitely did not know that you lost the ability to sweat below your level of injury. While it’s weird at least my wife can’t complain that my feet stink. This was definitely an issue before my accident. Boots are not breathable and the funk was strong in this one. Read more

A Wheelchair-User’s Self-Esteem Maintenance Guide

A Wheelchair-User’s Self-Esteem Maintenance Guide

Body positive messaging is more popular than ever, and it’s about time. For too long wheelchair-users have only felt like they were less than. It’s not easy rolling around this world looking up. As a wheelchair-user for many many years, I know that maintaining a decent self esteem is difficult. Read more

Uncertainty in These Times

Uncertainty in These Times

I’ve been through a lot these past couple of months. Everything from personal matters such as losing my childhood friend and going on my first business trip to matters concerning my CADI waiver and disability services, new PCA services and ILS services hanging in limbo and then adjusting to new and hopeful changes.  Read more

This Change

This Change

I have been through many dramatic changes in the last decade of my life both extremely happy and heartbreaking. I made it through each one, but I’ll be honest and say I have no idea what I am supposed to do with this news that I have dementia. Read more