Abby Marsh is a C-5 quadriplegic and has a great blog over at In The Waiting. She is a talented artist (seriously, check out her work and order a custom portrait) and all-around awesome person. When she asked if I’d like to do a video with her, I jump (figuratively) at the opportunity. I hope this video is as informative as it was fun to make.
Several years ago I got to go to Colorado. When I told my friend Kerry I was coming to Boulder to speak, she said, “We’ve got to go skiing, Jen!”
Somehow I knew that was coming. Kerry had tried to get me to go downhill skiing for years.
With a deep exhale I said, “I’ll give anything a try once.”Continue reading “Conquering a Mountain in a Sit-Ski (Video)”
Each Christmas I wrap Christmas presents for my family. Watch how I do that in this video where I demonstrate what I can do with my tendon transfers and also test out the “nimble.” Read my reasons why I take the time to wrap presents in this article. However, I’m always looking for an easier way to do something when cutting is involved. I found this handy gadget for cutting wrapping paper and figured it was worth a try. Watch the video below to see how it worked.
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People often want to know how I drive. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I figured a video would be even better. My friend Leslie Ostrander – a quad who uses a different type of hand controls – shot this video while she was visiting town. Click on the photo below to watch this video at BardCard.
Each year Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosts the Bayada Regatta, an adaptive rowing – or para-rowing – event. Watch the video below for an introduction to para-rowing and to see video of me rowing at this year’s regatta. For more information on para-rowing, read this BardCare article.
Taking a dance lesson took more courage than any other physical activity I’ve attempted. Yes, I row and play tennis and wheelchair rugby. I’ve tried adaptive rock climbing, sled hockey and downhill skiing. But dancing from my wheelchair has always been off-limits.Continue reading “The Courage to Dance (video)”
The thought of traveling after a spinal cord injury can be daunting. One of the biggest questions is, “How will I get on an airplane?” Watch my BardCare video at the link below. And what do I pack? Read my suggestions in Wheelchair Must-Haves for Traveling.
“How do you get in and out of bed?” It’s a common question children ask. And if kids are asking, I know adults are wondering! Below is a video demonstration of a sliding board transfer. It’s entirely balance, physics and strength. I have no function below my level of injury, so this transfer is done completely with my arms and shoulders.
The E-Wand is a device that attaches to your mini-blinds. It allows you to open and close mini-blinds, as well Venecian and horizontal blinds, with the touch of a button. It’s officially on My Favorite Things list! No more living in a cave on sunny days or fumbling with difficult-to-turn wands! Watch my video below to see how they work.
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Why do I take the time to wrap gifts each Christmas? It gives me time to be thankful for the gift of Dr. John C. Shaw, who gave me increased hand function and independence through tendon transfers after my spinal cord injury. (Video) (Watch this video for my review of an easy wrapping paper cutter.)
Click on the picture below to watch my video at Bard Care about wrapping presents and tendon transfers.