After a spinal cord injury we become educators. Advocates. It is a role that’s thrust upon us – whether we like it or not. Click on the picture below to read 6 ways I try to educate others about life with a disability.
There many ways to manage bladder care with a spinal cord injury or disability. Foley catheters, suprapubic catheters, and intermittent catheterization are options. There are pros and cons to each method. This is my story of how I decided to undergo a major surgery to be able to independently catheterize through a stoma.Continue reading “From Foley to Freedom – My Experience with the Mitrofanoff Procedure”
“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.
My local grocery store has started carrying pre-cut vegetables like zucchini pasta, acorn squash pasta and sweet potato “rice.” The sweet potato rice is now a favorite of mine.Continue reading “Quadly Cooking: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Hash”
Over the years I have figured out how to stay warm. Without the ability to regulate my body temperature, dressing properly is very important.
Read my tips in this article for Bard Care by clicking on the picture below.
I did it. After several years of being restricted by a disobedient bowel program, I traveled solo for the first time after the BCIR procedure.Continue reading “Yes, I Traveled to Florida (But not for THAT Reason)”
It had been 10 long months since I’d had an occupational therapy session. And I was feeling the repercussions of it. Finally, I bit the bullet and purchased two sessions with a massage therapist.Continue reading “How and Why I Got a Professional Massage”
I’d like to punch the person who first used the phrase “confined to a wheelchair.” Or at least roll over their foot with my power chair.
Earlier this week I got riled up after reading a great article about my friend. Unfortunately, the phrase “confined to a wheelchair” stuck out to me and left a bad taste in my mouth (as my grandma would say).Continue reading “Do Not Tell Me I’m Confined to a Wheelchair”
It had been 9 years since my spinal cord injury. I had just graduated with my master’s degree in counseling psychology. Although I was uncertain of my future career, I was sure of one thing: I was taking a year off to have a series of surgeries called tendon transfers.Continue reading “How The Gift of Tendon Transfers Changed My Life”
I love soup. Warm. Easy. Comforting.
Watch the video to see how easy it is to make cheeseburger soup.
The recipe, as well as Tip and Tricks, are included. Continue reading “Quadly Cooking: Cheeseburger Soup”