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    You know you're a SCI caregiver when ...

    .... inspired by the thread in the Life forum ....
    • when every third person you meet in public says to you, with a gentle pat on your arm and an ever so small tear glinting in their eye "you are so special to be with him"
    • when people ask if your sci'ed husband who is exactly the same age as you "Are you his mother"?
    • when people ask if you are your husband's nurse ... for who else would be out in public with a paralyzed guy?
    • when people speak to you instead of your perfectly articulate sci'ed mate
    • when you routinely dicuss the finer points of bowel movement management at dinner. in public. without noticing.
    • when you really miss not having hubby with you because you don't have anywhere to hang your purse or shopping bags
    I'm sure there are a 1000 more. So, who is next? Go check out the life one, its hilarious!
    Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

    #2
    Originally posted by zillazangel
    [*]when you really miss not having hubby with you because you don't have anywhere to hang your purse or shopping bags[/LIST]I'm sure there are a 1000 more. So, who is next? Go check out the life one, its hilarious!

    thats too damn funny, but my daughter said same thing when she saw what you wrote

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      #3
      Ami... I love this!

      - When he comes home early from work with an invol (the bowel movement explosion of the year!) that takes 2 hours to clean up from and take care of! (And I thought I would come home early and catch a nap... NOT!)
      - When your basement floods from 3 inches of rain in one day and YOU are the one getting the water out of the basement.

      Welcome to my world...

      Love, Sieg

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        #4
        when you can do the bowel program, answer your phone, and eat your breakfast all at the same time….

        when you visit some AB sickie at home or in a hospital and you start to hold a drink up to their mouth so they can take a sip or you check to make sure they’re properly padded in bed and their heels aren’t touching the mattress....oh crap, I forgot, they’re not even paralyzed

        when you’re flipping the TV channels and you see SCI-FI and your first thought is that it must be some show on spinal cord injury

        when you mop up a gallon of pee from the bedroom floor, bleach down the floor, and then run off to work because the urine bedside bag leaked all night long after the dog bumped it and the valve opened up. The scary part is that this seems normal to you.

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          #5
          when people look at and the first thing comes to their mind is , oh poor you, noone ever gonna ask you out...
          When people meet you and start telling story about not giving up hope cause someone they know got paralyzed and magically start walking!!!!
          when people see you with you locking the car and surprised you are driving
          when you go to hotel or any public restroom but your wheelchair cannt fit in since the definition of disabled washroom means it needs grabbing bar
          ps- Ami, you look really good in that picture

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            #6
            ...when you can pick up a pile of poop in your (thankfully gloved) hand without being grossed out. And joke about it.
            ...when you can seriously discuss it's consistency in detail.
            ...when an acquaintance asks if you've been soaking your wife's feet in warm water, because that will cure her.
            Taj - I can relate to the gallon of pee in the carpet (that area sticks out like a sore thumb now, it's now the cleanest spot on the floor)!
            - Richard

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              #7
              Originally posted by Wheelie_girl_
              when people look at and the first thing comes to their mind is , oh poor you, noone ever gonna ask you out...
              When people meet you and start telling story about not giving up hope cause someone they know got paralyzed and magically start walking!!!!
              when people see you with you locking the car and surprised you are driving
              when you go to hotel or any public restroom but your wheelchair cannt fit in since the definition of disabled washroom means it needs grabbing bar
              ps- Ami, you look really good in that picture
              oops, I'm an idiot... I thought the subject is you know YOU are sci when...rather than sci caregiver...soooooorryy Ami...

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                #8
                ..when you get confused whether it's you or the other one who is the carer/caree
                - Richard

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                  #9
                  - when you get up in the morning and after you visit the little girls (or boys) room and make the coffee you sit right down at the computer and login to CC !!

                  - you give your significant other a cup of coffee in bed and its not even their birthday, mother's day, father's day .....

                  - you can pretty much do an educational workshop on almost all aspects of living with sci ... and your students are usually docs, nurses etc. ........

                  Obieone
                  ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


                  " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
                  Jane Siberry

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                    #10
                    How about when you can have a descent conversation with your caregiver while you are getting dig stim.......?

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                      #11
                      - When your loading the van from your shopping trip, picking up the ramp that does not work and you turn around and there a guy there going I need one of those then I don't need to unload my cart. (Why would the offer to help you lift up the ramp as you try to keep the dog in the van, you just step back and bump in to them)

                      -When you go out to store and are parking and actually notice the this is a wheelchair van leave 8 feet of space.

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                        #12
                        These are soooo good.

                        And wheeliegirl, you are my newest bestest friend! SMOOCH!

                        Ami (by the way, you ain't so bad you-self!)
                        Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                          #13
                          Hilarious , Ami!

                          I can particularly relate to a couple. Debbie calls herself my pack mule and says I would be lost without her to haul my "schtuff" - and she's right!

                          And if one more person implies I"m a freaking saint, I might just apply for the position if it pays well.

                          And if one more person asks Debbie if she's my mother, she's gonna slap the snot out of them!

                          Lesseeeee.... what can I add?

                          How's about...

                          You know you're a SCI cg when you have to watch how you joke around with your mate in public lest someone look at you like the most abusive wench on the planet (OK so we have a warped sense of humor but it's just us!).

                          When your 6'2" tall tough guy bil thinks you're Amazon woman cause he just spent twenty minutes trying to wrestle the manual wheelchair in the trunk and you walk up and throw it in in two seconds.
                          Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
                          - Albert Einstein

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                            #14
                            Kendell and Ami....freakin' saints!

                            Mary the Nurse says Chad and Debbie are the saints...

                            Hey Ami I sat with Dan and we missed you over the weekend...sorry you could not come in. I told him sometime I will drag myself south for a party.
                            A gluten free party.

                            Here's to all the Caregivers of SCI....Bless you all.

                            M
                            1FineSpineRN

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                              #15
                              ......whan all the docs and nurse's refer to you as 'mom', because they've forgotten your name!
                              _____________

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