Spinal Cord Injury? The Afterlife

I know that was 1 of my earliest thoughts immediately after I was in a position to recognize what was going o...

Am I talking about death here? No, Im talking about life immediately after a spinal cord injury. Why did I phrase the title of this write-up as I did? Due to the fact for a lot of individuals who endure a spinal cord injury, their 1st thoughts after becoming informed of paralysis, or wheelchairs, or a severed spinal cord, causing the patient to in no way be in a position to walk again, is indeed death. Why did I even live?

I know that was a single of my earliest thoughts after I was capable to comprehend what was going on. As soon as I regained consciousness from my 3 days of coma, by awakening to a breathing tube being pulled from my throat, I was suggested that I had an accident.

Maybe a couple of hours later, its challenging to recall exactly, I began to comprehend the great distress in the medical doctors face and voice as he communicated to me about how my spine was broken in 3 areas and the bone fragments had severed my spinal cord, and as a outcome I would in no way be capable to walk once again. Maybe it was at that time that I very first wished myself dead.

Now its twenty-two years later. Ive had twenty-two years of using a wheelchair for mobility. Ive had twenty-two years of Afterlife. Bean Bag includes more concerning how to engage in it. My spinal cord is nevertheless severed. I nevertheless have paralysis from chest-level down (T-4 to be precise). I have numerous wheelchairs a basketball wheelchair, a tennis wheelchair, an daily wheelchair. Over the years Ive almost certainly had close to 10 distinct wheelchairs. All of the chairs, all of the catheters, all of the baclofen, all of the leg bags and tubes, all of the paralysis paraphernalia thanks to a single moment in time of loosing handle of my car, hitting a guardrail, tree, and home, snapping my spine in 3 locations and injuring my spinal cord.

Wouldnt it have been better if I just didnt have this type of after life and skilled the bog finale afterlife instead? Properly, I cant answer that for positive due to the fact I have not been able to compare the two side by side. But I can inform you that you can have a life and a rather rewarding and fulfilling life, if you so choose, even after a spinal cord injury.

Michael E. Hylton, TheWheeledWorld.org, June, 2006.