Talking about death here? No, talking about life after a spinal cord injury. Why did I phrase the title of this article as I did? Because for many people who suffer a spinal cord injury, first thoughts after being informed of paralysis, or wheelchairs, or spinal cord broke, causing the patient not being able to walk again, is really death . "Why do I live?"
I know it was one of my first thoughts after I was able to understand what is happening. After I regained consciousness from the three days of coma, by awakening to a breathing tube being pulled by the neck, I was informed that I had an accident.
Maybe a few hours later, it is hard to recall exactly, I began to understand the great tribulation before the doctor's voice when she communicated with me about how my spine was broken in three places, and bone fragments were broken umbilical my cord, and therefore I will never be able to walk again. Perhaps it was at that moment that I wished I died first. Now
His twenty-two years later. I had twenty-two years using a wheelchair for mobility. I had twenty-two years of "afterlife." My spinal cord is still broken. I still have paralysis from the chest down level (T-4 to be exact). We have more wheelchairs; a wheelchair basketball, tennis wheelchair, a wheelchair daily. Over the years, I've probably had about 10 different wheelchairs. All seats, all catheters, all baclofen, the bags and tubing leg, all paralysis paraphernalia thanks to a moment in time to lose control of my car, hitting a guardrail, tree, house, broken spine in three places and injuring my cable cord.
There would have been better if I did not have this kind of after life and afterlife experienced swamp final instead? Well, I can not answer that for sure because I was not able to compare the two side by side. But I can tell you that you can have a life and a life quite rewarding and fulfilling, if you so choose, even after a spinal cord injury. Michael E. Hylton
, TheWheeledWorld. Org, June 2006
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