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    QUADS ONLY: What do you enjoy doing or what makes you happy?

    I know from experience there's not a whole lot of fun things we can actually do or participate in, but what are 3 things you enjoy doing that excite you, makes you feel good and/or happy?
    For me it's playing poker & fantasy football for real money, driving, and girls!

    How about you?

    #2
    Playing video poker, driving (independence), Saturday night date night with my wife.
    ^^(A)^^

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      #3
      Playing cards (sheepshead), traveling with family and friends, cooking, shopping. I guess I do more than I thought. Thanks for making me think about it.

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        #4
        Bird watching, reading, anything my wife and I do together. I used to enjoy watching the Browns play football.
        Tom

        "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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          #5
          Originally posted by kyle View Post
          I know from experience there's not a whole lot of fun things we can actually do or participate in.
          I think you will find that that is not true for many people on these forums. Do you participate in any sports (quad rugby, swimming, sailing, power soccer, etc. etc. etc.). What did you used to do that you can't do now (in a different way)??

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            #6
            My fianc?e and I have a Jeep Wrangler that we take off-road with friends. We enjoy concerts, a few movies, date nights and Packer football. We have season tickets. Once our local gun range is open, we will be back shooting. We love traveling!

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              #7
              Feeding/watching birds and other critters around my place. Hanging out in my shop repairing stuff.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                I think you will find that that is not true for many people on these forums. Do you participate in any sports (quad rugby, swimming, sailing, power soccer, etc. etc. etc.). What did you used to do that you can't do now (in a different way)??

                (KLD)
                I agree completely. Was injured in 94, started business in 97. As or more successful than others ran by able bodied individuals. Have enjoyed life for the most part. Follow your passions and challenge yourself.

                Certainly not not claiming any of this is easy or judging in any way. Just hope you don't limit yourself assuming that's the only option.
                Jason

                C5/6 Complete - water skiing accident 1994.

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                  #9
                  I have found that as a middle aged female my social life has dwindled to almost nothing. I am fortunate to be married, though my husband isn't into doing stuff like he used to be. Seems like a lot of you enjoy friends and family, some of us don't have that any longer. I am pretty good at entertaining myself though. I like photography, art, film, food, looking out the windows My hands work well enough that I can manipulate a camera and use tools but not with normal dexterity. I met a quad with almost no hand function who operated a camera with his knuckles and a remote switch in his mouth.
                  chair user since 2009 from a neurological disorder

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jeft View Post
                    I agree completely. Was injured in 94, started business in 97. As or more successful than others ran by able bodied individuals. Have enjoyed life for the most part. Follow your passions and challenge yourself.

                    Certainly not not claiming any of this is easy or judging in any way. Just hope you don't limit yourself assuming that's the only option.
                    All of my passions are no longer possible, boxing, kickboxing, powerlifting, explosive power training, fucking, fighting, joining the infantry etc. Sure I can put on a pair of boxing gloves, literally tap with all my might a punching bag and use wrist weights but in no way is that actually boxing or powerlifting I wouldn't even consider comparable to weightlifting the way that I enjoy, love actually. But it's the fact that I live for those things, and that I will not give up on my passions so easily because I bump my spinal cord and someone says "focus on what you can do not what you cant do" as if the options are numerous and comparable. Are why I continue to pursue, spread the word for A treatment and that I continue to prevent decay of my body as much as possible... Almost nobody seems to do that in our situation efficiently. If But if I have one more person tell me about quad rugby, mostly because for my level it's really the only sport that I could actually do semi-independently, thing is if I liked or even slightly enjoyed rugby I would've continue to do it when I was able bodied, obviously leading to me doing it after disability, but I don't... Also the fact that most other players are going to be better than me not because they work harder, train harder or are just naturally more gifted in the sport then me but because they have more bodily function than me, and no matter the amount of practice, dedication is going to change that, always be a one pointer basically a pylon for incompletes , and C6s and below Completely takes out the sport for me.

                    To Answer your question though drinking/ partying, watching movies (Specter was amazing), being lucky enough to live A time where I can see and read about experimental trials on humans that are actually showing slight promise. Keeps me away from that bullshit mentality it's impossible accept it (tbh like a few people I know that would never be me either way) Vegas is dope too, substantially better if you're healthy with good sexual function obviously (no I don't just have escorts in mind) but a gimp can still get to some damn good fun. Fact you'll see quite a few of them in the casinos, didn't see one in The strip clubs or nightclubs which is all I did haha. Highly recommend, if you do though seriously be careful in the crowded chair and I are almost went in the pool. Trust me you do not want to be the cripple that has to get up like a fish water in front of hundreds no no...

                    I'm assuming you guys are talking about online poker, at least for those of us no hand function? Anyone actually make good money with that? People make damn good living with it.

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                      #11
                      I'm five years post injury. About 2 years ago I started working with students, first with PT students. I volunteer but to be a trial patient for them in their labs as part of their curriculum. I find it fun, possibly physically beneficial, but very rewarding with the feeling of helping them to become better PT's. They are extremely appreciative.
                      And last year I got involved with local university Engineering Department. I furnished a freshman design class with a project, something to benefit me, and gave them something to design and build. I ended up with a device that lets me, with very little hand grip, cook food on a grill. This school year I'm working with four different teams of engineering students on several different projects. I am a retired engineer and I think that helps me give them advice, but a non-engineer could do this.

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                        #12
                        Boating is an option (depending on many factors). Getting on a pontoon boat is fairly easy. Many now have plenty of power.

                        Also, I met a guy that takes quads skydiving. Haven't tried myself yet but still hope to.
                        Jason

                        C5/6 Complete - water skiing accident 1994.

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                          #13
                          I used to know two quad guys who bought a sailboat together. One didn't have much hand function, the other had a little. both used manual chairs. I don't think either of them is on this forum, they both seemed like happy people who were leading fulfilling lives. One was a naturalist and worked for the city open space, the other one was a photographer/videographer. They both had great family and friend support systems, and I admit I was quite envious. I think that is the key to this whole thing really.

                          I forgot that I ride horses (haven't done it much lately). I have enough hand function to hold the reins and control my horse. There is a quad guy in Georgia who doesn't have much hand function and he rides, I think he has some sort of loop over his wrist attached to the reins. Obviously riding is a thing most people don't do, but I wanted to mention it as a thing some quads do. Sorta extreme though I guess. Oh, one of those quad guys I knew had a Razor off road thing, he had very little hand function. From what I remember he had no hand function, but could knuckle things.

                          editing because I keep remembering things....

                          These same two guys were into waterskiing, and one of them snow skied as well. They both seemed well off financially and did a lot of traveling abroad. I think they are both into diving now, and one of them handcycles a lot. I'd love it if I knew someone where I live like these two so I could have a gimp buddy to do stuff with.
                          Last edited by Sarafino; 20 Nov 2015, 11:59 AM.
                          chair user since 2009 from a neurological disorder

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                            #14
                            Sarafino how do you guys especially the one without hand function keep yourself up right, in the saddle I don't understand possible unless you're both incomplete or something?? Jus Curious. Because my wheelchair on both sides stabilizes my rib cage and often times it's best if I wear a strap around my chest as if I even hit a slight angle with my chair and jump forward outof the stabilizers I flop right out of the chair. My hometown is a big sailing community, never been my thing but I understand that a lot of quadriplegics do it always wonder how they get themselves into the boat, and how they manage to stay up right when the boat does sharp turns there must be at least one able-bodied person to assist. I got into my friends boat just to watch and I had to Carried in and sit right on the actual floor of the boat not the seats because I would just fall out on any given turn, two people had to sit beside me to hold me. I actually did go dung buggying in the Nevada desert, I didn't drive but their seatbelts are full harnesses if they tied enough keep you right in place. Only thing was i would go dysreflexia every time we hit a bump I bet some of you you might know the Nevada desert is not all smooth sand, kept my mouth shut try to enjoy it and tough it out but honestly I was quite concerned about fractures lol... Honestly If I had a bad one in the lower spine, pelvic area no matter what treatment I get involved in id never walk properly again.
                            Last edited by JamesMcM; 21 Nov 2015, 1:02 AM.

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                              #15
                              I'm odd compared to most people. I enjoy doing things by myself. My co-workers are all ways asking me to go out with them. Rarely ever do. My favorite time are when I have a big commission day a work. Or have one of my investments, usually stock or option jump. I like when I have a good day at the track playing poker or the dogs. Watching sports and some times betting on them. Not that good at sport betting, so I don't bet that offend on sports. Love to spend some time fooling around with the ladies at the strip club. And I like doing the simple things like watching tv and sitting outside in the sun watching the birds and other wild critters. Oh, reading carecure!

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