Quadriplegia for Dummies

Quadriplegia (my life) For Dummies (yeah YOU).

It took me a long time to understand what it means to be a quadriplegic.  Most of you cannot begin to imagine what my life is like.  I’m assuming that many people would like to try to understand my condition because I am asked about it repeatedly.  So, I thought I would put together an easy-to-understand piece explaining everything to you.  I must just emphasize that each of us is unique and we experience our abilities – and disabilities – differently.  This is from my personal perspective.

Each of us has a backbone – except, of course, if you are too weak in character, apparently.  It is also called the spinal column which is a communication channel for the brain.  It is made up of vertebrae, discs and a spinal cord.

Vertebrae – 33 funny-little-roundish-bones with holes in the middle which are attached to one another to make a tunnel; the last four are fused, making up the tailbone.  Whether you believe in Evolution or not, it doesn’t matter.  Wag it, Baby!

Discs – each vertebrae is separated by this soft cushion.  Bend it, Baby!

Spinal cord – a bundle of nerve cells and fibers wrapped together like electrical-scooby-doo-wire going all the way from the brain, through the tunnel to the lower back.

The spinal cord enables your brain to communicate with your body.  The brain sends and receives electrical signals via the spinal cord, every second of your life, giving instructions to your arms, legs and other body parts to keep you on the move.  Come on, Baby, shock me!

When an injury to the spinal cord occurs, the flow of information from that point down is stopped.  Permanent damage to the spinal cord will prevent individuals from moving, leaving them paralysed.

Paralysis is the loss of control over voluntary movement and muscles of the body.  It is also the loss of sensation and reflex function below the point of injury, including autonomic activity such as breathing and other activities such as bowel and bladder control.  Other symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to stimuli, muscle spasms and sexual dysfunction may develop over time.  SCI patients are also prone to develop secondary medical problems such as bladder infections, lung infections and bed sores.

Disability is any restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity in a manner considered normal for a human being.  But, what is normal?

I had a car accident and broke my neck at the 4th Cervical vertebra.  My spinal cord was stretched, pulling many of those scooby-doo-wires apart, but not all. 

At this stage, God is the only electrician who knows how to put those wires back together again – and even He is obviously struggling or He would have done it by now.  Surely?

However, new research proves that spinal cord repair and regeneration is possible.  But, for now it’s: We are aware of the problem.  We are working on it.  Please be patient

So, for now, I am a C4 quadriplegic (incomplete). People often confuse paraplegic with quadriplegic.  There is a huge difference. 

Paraplegia – loss of sensation and movement in the legs and in part, or all, of the trunk usually resulting from an injury to the spinal cord below the neck (thoracic or lumbar area).  Basically, you are screwed!

Quadriplegia (or Tetraplegic) –  total or partial paralysis in all four limbs, including the trunk, usually resulting from an injury to the spinal cord in the neck (cervical area).  Basically, you are double screwed!

Complete – means total loss of function and sensation below the affected vertebrae.

Incomplete – means only partial loss of function or sensation below the affected vertebrae.  I can feel you, Baby!

I use a wheelchair to get around.  It is my source of freedom.  It gives me independence and power.  I’m most certainly not confined to it.  As, after all, I’m not some evil murderer or prisoner confined to a jail cell with handcuffs.  I leave those for the bedroom.  Mmmm, maybe that makes me just a little evil.

I am also not wheelchair-bound because I’m not stuck to it permanently with some sort of super glue.  I’m also not tied to it like some mad-rabid-woman-on-a-leash.  And, I sleep in a bed – just like you do.  Okay.  Okay.  Not only sleep.  The only difference is that I have a special-egg-shell-type mattress on my double-bed to help prevent pressure sores.

Pressure Sore (or Bed Sore) – a potentially dangerous breakdown of the skin due to pressure on an area of the skin resulting in infection and tissue death.  It can get really ugly, Baby!

Many quadriplegics die as a direct result of complications related to pressure sores.  Scary!

I have to practice a strict routine of pressure release which is relieving pressure from the butt every 15 minutes in order to prevent pressure sores.  Come on, Baby, bounce my butt!

I shower every day on a commode which is a shower-come-crapper-chair-on-wheels after my bowel program.  My bowel and bladder have to be manually emptied, by my carer, every day at a specific time to encourage a habit program so that regularity can be achieved.  So, basically my life is ruled by the clock.  No, Baby I don’t wear nappies – I’m not incontinent.

My bladder has to be emptied intermittently, usually 4 hourly, using a female catheter which is a short, flexible, plastic tube resembling a thin straw which is placed in the urethra, extending into the bladder in order to empty the urine into a clear urinal bottle.  It is important for me to see the colour of my urine for early detection of a urinary tract infection (UTI).  No more moaning about leaving the seat up, Baby!

By choice, I use an indwelling, Foley catheter, at nighttime, which is a long, thin, flexible, silicon tube inserted through the urethra into the bladder and held in place with a small, fluid-filled balloon, draining continuously into a plastic urine bag on a special stand.  No wetting the bed, Baby!

There are lots of other things I can’t do like coughing, blowing my nose, spitting and sneezing which puts me at risk of getting pneumonia.  But, if my carer applies external pressure on my diaphragm it helps to increase the force of air in order to clear the respiratory tract.  Oh, Baby, squeeze me tight!

Twice a week I am exercised, passively, by a physiotherapist while being strapped to a tilt table and elevated into a standing position.  Yeah, Baby we can do it standing!

The weight-bearing and prolonged stretch is important to delay the onset of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) which is common after a spinal cord injury.  She takes each of my joints through its full range of motion.  These exercises are designed to maintain this range and prevent contractures and spasticity.

Although it’s embarrassing, spasticity is not always a bad thing because it acts as a warning mechanism to identify pain or problems in areas with no sensation.  It also helps me spot bladder and bowel problems, maintain some circulation and work my muscles.  If my foot dances, turn up the music, Baby!

I’ve learned to listen to my body.  It has an amazing way of telling me things, especially, when something is not right – anything painful, uncomfortable or physically irritating.  Baby, I get goosebumps, and hot and sweaty!

Jokes aside – this is serious!

Autonomic Dysreflexia (Hyperreflexia) causes the blood pressure to rise to potentially dangerous levels.  And can develop suddenly.  I usually get a pounding headache, a sweaty upper lip and I’m extremely restless until I have identified the problem and sorted it out.  It’s most often my bladder which is too full or my bowel needs to be emptied.  Sometimes, it’s as a result of pain caused by an ingrown toenail or something similar.  If not treated promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, strokes and even death. 

I also feel a constant pins-and-needles-burning-type-of-pain over most my body which I have learned to live with.  Hmmm… I guess we all have our issues.  Baby, I have a whole magazine stand.

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About Tracy Todd

Although I need a wheelchair to get around, it is most certainly NOT what defines my essence as a woman. I am also a mother, teacher, wannabe writer and an inspirational speaker with a positive outlook on life.
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  4. Dr Christopher says:

    Tracy you are indeed an encouragement to other patients..i never expect patients can still come around and make that great impact on others.so my God’s grace i will be the doctor of my generation that God will impart understanding upon to be able to fix those electric wires(nerves)that forms communications between the brain and the body.

  5. Jill says:

    My dad’s has an incomplete spinal injury he’s a quadriplegic. He’s 82 he’s been this way for 47 years. He’s in a lot of pain on his mattress and we tried so many the mattress toppers made out of memory foam are too hard on him he wants something really soft right now. He also has asked for a very soft and flat pillow. We’ve tried expensive mattresses and toppers. Any ideas? Thanks Jill

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Jill , I read you have tried mattress toppers for your father. I’m a caregiver for a quadriplegic who recently purchase a Tempurdeic mattress and said it has changed his life! Very easy on transfering as well. They make pillows too! It’s quite an investment, but you should look into it! Good luck! Kimberly

  6. "Buddy Pergson says:

    Tracy,

    I feel like I’m competing with the “Comparing One Quads Trials and Tribulations To Another” And how long do we have to roll around in our Wheel Chairs Before we can’t drag our Asses out of our Chairs anymore- Life of a Quad is funny how different each of us are- and how and what we do everyday to keep up ourselves up and going everyday- At 17 years old- Right out of High School- I got hurt in a swimming accident in 1961- Diving- accident in Kern River Bakersfield CA- Although I’m an old Quad- Don’t ever think-I’m a quad that got hurt and 3 months later I got up and just started walking- on crutches- I spent one year Kern General Hospital Ca-completely Paralyzed- from the chest down- C-2 – C- 7 Compression- No movement at ALL” Transferred from Kern General to Casa Colina Hospital Pomona CA- where I spect another Year Rehabilitating- So, now anyone that believes thaey can put a time span on a Quad- THINK AGAIN-Today I’m 70 Years old Quad today- Incomplete- Seen more hospitals than most- but, still dragging my but out of bed everyday-to face another exciting adventure- Hang in there and never give in- Don’t spend your Quad life waiting on a Spinal cure- that might never come in our Lifetime, Live for today- and never take any moment for grantit- Tracey,keep up the writing-and Keep up the Faith God Bless!

    Leo “Buddy” Pergson Willows CA-

  7. Andrea Jane says:

    Thank you Tracy for a bright and positive article. You certainly should author the book “Quadriplegia for Dummies”! It was a bright and interesting read and you have certainly written the first chapter already! I am the sister of a C2 quadriplegic (my brother) and I too learnt about the emotional side of things from what you have written as my brother will always say “I’m alright” whenever I ask how he is! Yes really..and he tells the carers not to worry me when he is unwell but I usually have a knack of finding out! He is adorable and I love him dearly. Please do follow your heart’s desire and continue being a Writer for in every aspect from what I have read you already are! God knows quads and their families all need a little light relief from the medical terms which are clearly designed to make us feel dumb! Take care. p.s. I know you know you could use dragon software to dictate your book or ask your career to put the recorder on and tape it and have someone type it for you. (Your book!). Your lifestory. Anything you wish to write! I wrote a poem or two about my brother at the beginning of his accident 6 years ago..he regained normal speech after 6 months and could eat again despite the ventilator. Some people call this life support but my bro is really the life and soul of the “party” that is himself. A nurse once said a true inspiration. And so are you Tracy. Keep writing!

  8. midtoad says:

    I am curious about your catheterization protocol. I am also a C4 tetraplegic. I use an indwelling catheter and change it once a month. it has been suggested to me that changing it more often would be too traumatic. But I see in your post that you use a new one every night. Is this a problem? Perhaps it’s easier for women because your urethra is not so long and curvy.

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  12. Irlbeck Nicole says:

    I am deeply interested in body image, and I wonder if most paraplegics and quadriplegics are able to still connect with their body? I find the mind body connection fascinating, and although I realize there has been a physical disconnect from the body due to the spinal injury, I am wondering if it is common to still connect with the body via phantom sensation or mental/spiritual meditation? I hope this isn’t a silly question or offensive in any way. I simply want to understand a little more about how to support the courageous people who live this life.

    • Tracy Todd says:

      I don’t mind the question at all, I just find it quite difficult to answer. Each person’s relationship with their body is so personal. My experience with my body may not necessarily be the same as everybody else. I don’t think one can generalise. I also think that paralysis is an extreme condition to deal with after being 100% able-bodied so there will be times, especially during the first few years, that one might feel disengaged from one’s body. I don’t feel disconnected from my body at all. Sometimes I might not like it very much. Sometimes I find it frustrating not being able to do what I used to be able to do. I’ve learnt to listen to my body, which continues to give me signals in a different way that it used to before my accident. But, this is the only body I have which will carry me through this journey in life so I had to make a conscious decision to care for it and therefore stay connected.

  13. iamtam says:

    Well to shine more light on my situation she is fairly new to this so the change is still happening and adjustments are still going on. I worked with people with limited function and I kind went on their Que and I apply as much love and positive light when needed but I also try to give a listening ear. And understanding but I don’t understand should I talk to my lady about this ?? Or should I just continue being me and ask the other aid not to tell me negatives that if my lady wants me to know she would share ?? Or should I stand up for my lady and demand her husband to change?? Or be her voice? Cause we are all adults and my lady is a adult and she is capable I just feel bad for I did not know how the situation was until I was told by the other aid. I seriously did not know how to deal with all this info.. can u help?

  14. iamtam says:

    Hello Tracy, i am a care giver to C1 or C4 quadriplegic I’m not sure what spine # is injured but she can’t move her fingers but can move her shoulders. My point is I have never been so up close and personal with people my whole life unless I am welcomed in like I understand getting in and doing my thing but I like to think I’m respectful well I try to be and I like to see myself as a extension of her arms. I don’t pry cause my theory is that she has had a major alterations to her life why should I come along and try to change her life I feel I will help her change if she wants and I will be here for her too but I don’t want to be that negative energy. Anyways I ain’t the only care giver and I am the new sheep but my lady I help is awesome I love her and I hear news from the other aids about the negatives in my lady’s life and I don’t understand ??? She only has 30% of her lungs N her husband smokes in his ventilated room n I don’t say anything and never thought anything of it until the other aid mentioned it saying he should not smoke around her well I understand what she is saying and we are all adults here but my lady does not mind her husband smoking well she understands his needs and she seems content. Well I just don’t know where to stand in this circle, the other aid shown light on how the husband won’t do anything for his wife unless he is paid but what she says to me about him has not been my experience with them. And I told her this and she said that I don’t experience the negatives cause I do not do mornings when the husband is hungover and grumpy. She said there were times when the husband did not feed our lady and she was soaked from bypassing and he did not clean up the mess. He has a bad back and is physically impaired himself but he does help at times. So now I got told about this I don’t know how to keep positive and be of help instead of picking at the negatives I feel lost now. I do not want to be passive but I do not want to be that force of change I want to help but I do not know how to. What should I do any advice??

    • Andrea Jane says:

      Hi, it’s wonderful that you actually care about your lady’s best interests. I am not a carer but the sister of a quadreplegic who is looked after very nicely in a nursing home. Smoking is never allowed because of oxygen tanks (which is dangerous). Does your lady breathe independently or is she on a ventillator in which case health and safety should mean no smoking (tanks are liable to explode near flame). I think you could talk to your lady about your approaching the husband not to smoke in her presence due to health and safety. Also what if his cigarette ash causes a fire? I am seriously concerned. He sounds selfish to me. I think you should also discuss this with your employers because he may complain about you if you tell him about his smoking habits. However you could just be polite with another carer being present and tell him directly. I hope this helps.

  15. Sherril says:

    Tracy, what a powerful blog! Thank you for writing with such honesty and humor. I am a nurse who is in a fresher program, and presently we are studying spinal cord injuries. Gratefully, I stumbled across your site–what great information. I wish you God’s blessings as you continue to share your story with others. Your wicked sense of humor is awesome!

  16. Sam says:

    I’m a new nursing student and have been taking care of what I have been repeatedly told is a quad. The only thing is she is hypersensitive to sensation, especially pain. It even hurts her to put my steth on her chest. Has anyone heard of this because I’ve found no answers

    • Dave says:

      Hello,

      Certainly she is living in near “hell.” I’ve been a 4/5 level, incomplete quad for 27 years. Hours after fusion surgery in 1985, the skin on my left shoulder, neck and chest turned superhypersensitive.

      Superhypersensitive skin has ruled my life since. I’m male. I go shirtless at home all day, even when company’s over. Only do I wear shirts during errands and outings. Shirts come off seconds after returning home. The friction from the softest things feels like rubbing a hair brush on a bad sunburn. Water drops cause bad pain. Long hair touching during hugs causes pain. Anything touching my skin causes me to cringe in agony. THEE lightest touch hurts — as if you’ve been shocked.

      I feel for any quad or para who has superhypersensitive skin. I believe its nerve ending that have nowhere to go… message not getting through. Pain meds do zip. I try remaining happy and choose a lifestyle that allows me to go shirtless daily. Family and friends understand. I’m blessed to have them in my life.

      My hope is for those also suffering w/ hypersensitive skin find ways to cope.

  17. Laura says:

    I’m an incomplete quad from transverse myelitis and, on top of that, have MS (as rare as it is, they are two separate conditions in my case). Anyhow…when people around me wonder what it’s like to be paralysed, I tell them (if they are women) to lift their breasts in the air without touching them. with anything. “Go ahead and try while I wait.”

    I makes for a VERY quick change of mindset and gives them a tiny idea of how one can be powerless over their own bodies..

  18. Angela says:

    I read through your blogs and can relate to some of your difficulties. In Aug. 2009, after having two weeks to decide on surgery, to release the pressure off my spinal cord I did it. The comments from my doctors were that I shouldn’t have been able to move at all. My comment to them was number one I am a mother of three and a nurse and God has brought me through a lot. My injury is from c3 to c7 my cord is flat, which makes me an incomplete quad. I have for the most part not lost function of anything yet. I have had to care for my children on my own, they are ages 4,6, and 8. We find it pretty interesting, when I get weak and can’t get up how my kids are picking me up. I had another illness, which put a stop to exercise for a while. With God’s help I look forward to continuing to get stronger, so that I can go back to work one day. And may God Bless you, so that you may improve.

    Angela

  19. Just read your post, but i’m also a quadriplegic so i know how you feel… i’m starting my own blog too.. and i hope i can learn from you.. thank you..

  20. juanita says:

    I’m not a dummie…..Iv’e taken care of my husband for 19years. yes I was young. I’ve been through hell. I thought staying with him; because we had a son 3 years and I was 5 months preganant was the best thing to do. I wanted to keep our family together. All I did was create a monster! he’s selfish and controlling and spoiled. He’s now using our kids to take care of him.
    My advice……walk away!

    • Donna db says:

      I’ve been a C-5 quad for almost 10 years now. A motorcycle wreck did this. I’ve been married for 31 years and my husband is still with me. He gets depressed and say’s this is all he has to look forward to for the rest of his life. He and my family and caregivers spoiled me too. I stay in trouble all the time for saying things that tick them off. I’m a Christian and I love Jesus and I pray a lot about everything. I’m trying to change my bad habits I have developed. I’m blessed to have him. Maybe your husband can try to change too. God can help. God Bless you and your family.

      • Kathleen says:

        My husband (32 years as a quad just recently passed away). He was the best man ever and I loved him with all my life…. he loved to live and said being a quad was a piece of cake…. (other than the pain)…. we met and fell in love 24 years ago… 1/2 of my life.. He loved life….. and he loved God!

    • Rachel says:

      And here I thought i was the only one. I am the daughter of a C3 C4 complete quad. My mother, who has stood by his side for 36 years now, was pregnant with me when he had the accident. She has not left though many times should have. my dad is a monster as well at the best of times, but he is my dad. It is a tough position to be in. We all live together – my husband and 3 boys, mom and dad, because i can not dream of leaving her alone with him. She has given her life to him and he just takes it for granted. I could never imagine being in his position, yet I do not believe that just because one is crippled, and hurt emotionally as a result, that they should they take it out the the ones that care for them night and day. It has been a fine, painful line for our family for years. I always knew that I couldn’t be the only one, and now I know that I am not the only one. Thank you for sharing.

    • DEANNA says:

      I have a cousin (female) that is a quadriplegic going on 11 years. Im not going to pretend that I could ever imagine what she has or is going thru. Its her journey. I found this site seeking an answere to a question that I was afraid to ask anyone else…ya know ,,,because i love her. I was immedieatly a bit offended by the reference to me being a dummie. im not. i am a healthy adult female and that doesnt make me stupid. I was lucky enough to come into some money and no longer have to work. well, it wasnt luck, i wrote a book. yay me. so, i volunteer to help my aunt care for my cousin..she is in her late 20s and my aunt in her 50s. I am at my wits end with the abuse that she (cousin) has directed toward me, not to mention how she treats my family. i have to sit halfway across the house when im there..with a monitor. which is fine. but, when she calls me its for little stuff which is great, but it seems like she will wait until the very second that i get back to the chair to call me again. her mom is convinced that she is doing this intentionally. i see it now. i am there for the overnight shift and she doesnt sleep…at all. i was wondering if this is normal. thats how i found this blog. i am not stupid…just interested.. i dont think its okay to insult anyone. its unkind comming from anyone. if you dont want to stand out and be treated different,.then understand UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS IT OKAY TO BE ABUSIVE. EVER THE PERSON YOUR CALLING A DUMMY MIGHT BE DYING OF CANCER.(sorry for you ordeal juanita..god bless you and your family.

      • Tracy Todd says:

        Deanna – I apologise if you took offence to my use of the word “dummy”. There was certainly no malice intended. It was used purely tongue-in-cheek. If you read more of my blog posts, you should hopefully see that I have a good sense of humour with the ability to laugh at myself with others.

        I merely tried to explain my circumstances in a humorous kind of way so that people can understand what it means to be a quadriplegic. I come across people, on a daily basis, who do not know the difference between a paraplegic and a quadriplegic, for example. This post was merely meant to educate in a positive manner. I’m sorry that it touched you so negatively.

        I know many quadriplegics who are really nice people and would never dream of treating the people that care for them badly. I’m sorry for the way that your cousin treats you. You certainly don’t deserve it. It sounds like there could be many more underlying issues going on in your cousin’s life. I hope that your family can find the love and peace that it deserves. God bless you all.

  21. Andy church says:

    Thanks for offering up all these details. A great resource for those wanting to know more about our friends, colleagues or families that are facing what you are dealing with. Keep up with your posts and your hard work towards your goal(s)!

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  28. Bill Watson says:

    Tracy – I will include in my talks with the Great I Am – that the brains in the ones working to make the vital connections work again do so – sooner than later and that you will be one of the one to benefit from such a surgery.

  29. Robin says:

    Hi Tracy. Thanks so much for this blog post. I read through many of your previous posts during the December holidays, and tried to comment, but my words just seemed so lifeless and irrelevant. Thank you for your posts. Thanks for your honesty, and inspiration. From what I hear from my brother you inspire many around you. And now my words have deserted me again… I look forward to reading more.

    • Tracy Todd says:

      ah, Robin don’t believe everything your brother tells you. ;-)
      Glad you read my blogs and managed to get some inspiration from them. I appreciate you leaving a comment. It means a lot.

  30. souldipper says:

    Tracy, thank you for your incredible teaching skills. I love being teachable and today’s lesson made me feel brilliant because of your ability to put the info across so clearly and in such an interesting manner!

    You remind me of the gratitude I feel for having come out unscathed from an auto accident when I hit a stag on a highway – going 120 km (the speed limit). As I was flying through the air, tumbling over an embankment, I surrendered to dying. I thought, “Well…now I’ll know. I’m going to God.”

    A very clear message came just before I fainted (I was damned scared of the landing!) – You don’t go anywhere to be with God. God is everywhere, in everything. You’ve have always been in God’s presence.

    I came out of that situation with only a bruise on the back of my hand. The hospital staff (routine check-up) warned that I’d be covered in bruises, especially where my seat beat crossed my chest and stomach. I gave myself Therapeutic Touch visually that night, prayed that my body would be okay, and woke up the next day – not even stiff.

    The car? It wasn’t so lucky. It was a write-off. Flattened and no glass left in its windows.

    Do I believe I have a purpose? You bet. And, Tracy, I feel such a strong love for you, your incredible spirit and your impeccable attitude. You are indeed one very alive woman. Blessings.

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  32. Anton says:

    Thanks for a very informative blog, written in your own special style – and the wit makes it so much easier to read. One thing I realised today is that you live a much more active life than I do! I should start getting my butt off the chair more often than I do! Knowing more about how you live and what you have to cope with and go through makes me admire you even more.
    PS: Will send you a very good story involving handcuffs! ;)

  33. Sam says:

    It really makes it all so much clearer. As Chris said above, we’re still learning.

    Thanks for the post Tracy.

  34. Deborah says:

    “Each of us has a backbone – except, of course, if you are too weak in character, apparently.”

    In this sense, Tracy, you have enough backbone for at least three people and probably more. Your dignity in the face of indignities shines through in this post.x

    • Tracy Todd says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Deborah. I try to live my life with grace and dignity despite the completely undignified manner in which my life has to be managed sometimes. :-)

  35. Jillian says:

    Hi Tracy,
    One more better informed “dummie” here ! You are an amazing person…keep going “baby” :-)

    • Tracy Todd says:

      Yeah, Baby — I’m so proud of you for being better informed. Today, there is really no reason for any of us to be ignorant about anything, especially with the Internet. Thank you for learning with me, Jillian. :-)

  36. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Thanks for giving us a little glimpse into your life. You’re always so honest and forthright with a wicked sense of humour. I love it! :)

  37. Keep talking through the pipeline. All good soldiers have the right to complain. It certainly isn’t fair that you’ve been so brutally forced to extend your consciousness beyond the confines of your nervous system by this cave-in. Time (the avenger) is breaking down the rest of us too – at a slower pace but still, inevitably. We’ll all escape the mine at some point.

    Keep projecting that energy outward. We’ll keep tunneling in toward you.

  38. Dolores says:

    Well my darling, your “Magazine rack” is a whole lot tidier, cleaner and more organized than most people’s…….A truly great way to explain to others how you get through life with so many complications and we (the able-bodied apes) continue to maon and groan about how “difficult” our lives are.!! God Bless – Aunty Dolores

  39. I am still learning. Thanks Tracy.

  40. Helen Methley says:

    Tracy, I never knew or even imagined that this is how you live and cope with being a quadriplegic. Thank you for enlightening us. I feel that the world should know about you and how intelligently you cope with being a C4 Cervical vertebra victim caused by breaking your neck in a motor accident. Thank you again.
    (●̮̮̃•̃)
    /█\ ♥
    -|| ♥ With love Helen

    • Tracy Todd says:

      Thank you, Helen. To be honest, I don’t see myself as a victim because it can happen to anyone at anytime. Since I cannot take notes any more, it’s amazing how my memory has improved. So, it’s not all bad. :-)

  41. Jacs says:

    Very informative, Trace. Thank you :-)

  42. Wilma Knottenbelt says:

    Tracy you are a tonic. I love reading your blog and learning more about you and how we, so called normal people, can be such a pain sometimes. OK, most times!

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