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    #46
    Welcome to CareCure, and thanks for sharing your story. I love the line "Nothing about SCI has been easy, but I look back and I think you didn't do too badly, you old goat." There's a lot of love in your story, too.

    If you don't mind my asking, would you be Mark's uncle?
    Originally posted by Brian Brat View Post
    Very interesting topic for me. I am new to Care Cure, but not to SCI. I was hit by a car on my birthday, July 4, 1969. It was my first ride on my brand new Schwinn bike. Bright red, with a bell and multi-colored fringe on the handles. First brand new bike for any of us kids, and I was on a cruise. No training wheels either. I wish I could remember some of that ride.

    The woman who lived across the street backed out of her driveway just as I rounded the corner, and the rest , as they say, is history.

    We lived in a small town, financially depressed after an 8 month strike in the Mines. No neurosurgeons, but my doc was used to patching miners up who had been caught in rockslides.

    I spent weeks on a rotating bed with tongs holding my head straight. I remember being so hot, and asking for them to put ice on my head. I can never forget how sad my parents were, and how nice my sisters and brother were being to me. I had a lot of internal injuries that needed surgeries so I was in the hospital about 9 months. I was spoiled rotten by the nurses and nurses aides (hence the nick name)

    When I went home they gave me an E&J wheelchair that had the big wheel in the front because they didn't think I would be leaving the house. I couldn't go back to school because the classroom was on the third floor, and there was the problem of accidents. My mom , God love her, went to the school board and they rigged up a speaker system so I could participate in classroom activities. To a point.

    I don't know exactly what the doctor told my parents, but after a few months of watching me like I was going to croak, they realized that I was probably going to stick around for a while, so they started making things that helped me do what I could. There was no rehab around here, but my Mom started writing to other mothers and they shared ideas with each other. She and her "pen pals" were their own support group. When I graduated from Law School, three of them came from all over the states to be with her.

    I have been very lucky in life. I am married to an exceptional woman, and we have 3 children. We are waiting to become grandparents. My beautiful sister and her husband passed away, and left 6 amazing children who have let us share in their lives.

    Nothing about SCI has been easy, but I look back and I think you didn't do too badly , you old goat.
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      #47
      Originally posted by wtf View Post
      Thanks for writing, I enjoyed reading your post!
      x2 - Welcome Brian.

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        #48
        "If you don't mind my asking, would you be Mark's uncle?"

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        That depends. Would that be a good thing? Or a bad thing?


        Yes Mark is my nephew, and he has been telling me for months that I should join up.

        Thank you all for the welcomes.

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          #49
          Originally posted by brucec View Post
          all i can tell everyone is, immediately head to your front door, open, go out, shut door, and take off for several hours, even if destination unknown!
          This was excellent advice ... I went out today and the sky was perfectly blue, the sun was full out, it was t-shirt and hoodie weather and I sat at the park with my cat after taking her to the vet, sipping on an iced cappucino while her ears perked at the sounds of seagulls overhead. Even saw a few 'mini-bergs' at the mouth of Lake St Clair (where it enters the Detroit River, near Belle Isle). And my first swans in the wild! Doesn't get much better than that!

          (And Welcome to CareCure, Brian).
          Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

          T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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            #50
            That depends. Would that be a good thing? Or a bad thing?
            That would be a good thing Brian Welcome, glad you signed up. I went to high school in Anaconda.
            Originally posted by Brian Brat View Post
            "If you don't mind my asking, would you be Mark's uncle?"

            ------------------------------------------------------------------

            That depends. Would that be a good thing? Or a bad thing?


            Yes Mark is my nephew, and he has been telling me for months that I should join up.

            Thank you all for the welcomes.
            Please donate a dollar a day at http://justadollarplease.org.
            Copy and paste this message to the bottom of your signature.

            Thanks!

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              #51
              Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
              This was excellent advice ... I went out today and the sky was perfectly blue, the sun was full out, it was t-shirt and hoodie weather and I sat at the park with my cat after taking her to the vet, sipping on an iced cappucino while her ears perked at the sounds of seagulls overhead. Even saw a few 'mini-bergs' at the mouth of Lake St Clair (where it enters the Detroit River, near Belle Isle). And my first swans in the wild! Doesn't get much better than that!

              (And Welcome to CareCure, Brian).
              thats a beautiful picture lynnifer, i hope you had a great day, seems we all get so busy and everyplace we go has to have a destination, sometimes it's great to just start out and go.
              I was stuck at work, but that picture looks great
              We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
              Ronald Reagan

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                #52
                Not to steal Bruce's glory re:his anniversary thread, but welcome Brian Brat.
                "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by brucec View Post
                  all i can tell everyone is, immediately head to your front door, open, go out, shut door, and take off for several hours, even if destination unknown!
                  Great advice. Everyone should do this at least once! Many moons ago, before I was a family man, I loaded up my S10 pickup with a backpack of cloths, sleeping bag, beef jerky, water, and a few hundred bucks and headed out of FT Worth, TX with no certain destination in mind. You see, I was just a couple of years post SCI, still depressed and struggling through the emotional roller coaster of dealing with my "new life" and had to get away from it all and clear my head.

                  Anyway, I ended up on a 15 day "life journey" through Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, while sleeping in the bed of the truck along river banks and state parks and eating meals at roadside stands. I met some nice people and saw beautiful country but more importantly I gained a lot of independence and perspective.

                  Little did I know then that I would venture out on many more "walkabouts" through Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, etc. but the first one had the most influence.

                  Oh, and congrats on 32 years of post SCI survival!!



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                    #54
                    hi brian. welcome too. i was pulled in by your story as well and felt the love you have in your life. you reminded me of myself. i had those damn tongs in my head and was on that rotating bed that they flipped you on every 4 hours. it was like the dark ages. did you by any chance have a pair of prism glases so you could see around the room and family and friends? god, am i going back in time. i guess i'm an old she goat

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                      #55
                      Originally posted by Claire View Post
                      hi brian. welcome too. i was pulled in by your story as well and felt the love you have in your life. you reminded me of myself. i had those damn tongs in my head and was on that rotating bed that they flipped you on every 4 hours. it was like the dark ages. did you by any chance have a pair of prism glases so you could see around the room and family and friends? god, am i going back in time. i guess i'm an old she goat
                      yep, the first week of my injury, they forgot to move all the iv's one time, so when they sandwiched me in, and went to flip the bed, it went about halfway before all the lines grabbed it and jerked me back hard, i let out a big scream, thought my mom was gonna kick the dudes ass right then and there
                      We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
                      Ronald Reagan

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                        #56
                        Ahhh nothing like a good set of Crutchfield Tongs and a Stryker frame. I endured them both at UVA Hospital in 1972. Funny thing is I now work for the son of Dr. Crutchfield, (the inventor of the infamous tongs).
                        "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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