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  • #16
    Funny story about this. . .

    A kid recently asked me the same question. I started out by telling them that the spinal cord is like a telephone cable and your brain needs the cable to talk to the rest of your body. As I was explaining this, I noticed the kid was staring blankly at me. That's when I realized he'd never lived in a world where phones have cables on them!

    Sometimes you just get reminded of your age. Am I right or am I right?

    "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. . ."
    --J.P. Sartre

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    • #17
      Originally posted by t8burst View Post
      If they are above 18 I ask them if they have ever heard about auto-erotic asphyxiation.
      I like this one. I bet those conversations end quick.


      If a kid asks me I say I crashed a motorcycle and hurt my back. Little kids don't have good reasoning skills, so they are usually fine with that (plus at that point 80% of parents are telling their kids to shut up).

      If a grown ass adult asks me when I'm busy, like at work, they get a similar but more dismissive 3 word answer "crashed a motorcycle" and an immediate change of subject cuz the reason they came in to see me today ain't got nothing to do with my pathophysiology.

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      • #18
        I just use mine as a lesson that it's not good to drink and drive. (We were hit by a drunken driver)
        C5/C6

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        • #19
          Originally posted by t8burst View Post
          Depends on their age. If they are in the still believe in Santa Claus age I say "I was in a car accident and wasn't wearing a seat belt, so remember to always wear your seat belt like your parent's say". If they are above that age I tell them I was texting and driving and to never do that. That one usually elicits the kid(s) looking accusingly at their parents. If they are above 18 I ask them if they have ever heard about auto-erotic asphyxiation.
          You wood. lol
          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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          • #20
            Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
            You wood. lol
            LMAO ( wood )

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            • #21
              I have been asked that 1000 times at least. I find that people that are actually older ask a lot more dumb and private questions. I usually tell the adults some lie, especially if I have no clue who they are. If it is a young kid I try to tell them it was just an accident. Most of them don't even see the wheelchair. They asked me why I wear wrist splints. I find that hilarious. My favorite response that I have come up with is this, "I fell out of a sex swing, but don't worry she is all right."
              "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

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              • #22
                Mine was a MVA so I tell them it's because I didn't wear my seatbelt!
                ^^(A)^^

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by air ohs View Post
                  LMAO ( wood )
                  Uh huh huh, she said wood.

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                  • #24
                    My five year old granddaughter would love your "I don't want to!" leg response. When she asks me why I use the chair (which she's done from time to time as she gets older) I just say I hurt my back and now my legs won't work, so my chair is like my new legs. The latest picture she drew for me shows me with a large rectangular band-aid overlapping the sides of one of my stick legs. It's hilarious.

                    Children are so wonderfully curious and accepting. So sad we can't say the same for most of us adults (me included, at times, I suppose).

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                    • #25
                      Uh-uh!

                      When I lived in Lorain there was a small elementary school behind my home where I would go to vote. One day I went to vote and class must have just let out and all the boys and girls were in the hallway.

                      On my way to the library to vote a little 5 year old boy is walking next to me and says, "Mister! Why are you in a wheelchair?"

                      I had to think quick. Do I tell him the medical term way or simple words way? I went with the simple words so he'd understand.

                      I said to him, "I was in a car accident and I broke my neck."

                      He turned to me and said, "Uh-uh!" [Sounds: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uh-uh ]

                      I was left speechless!


                      Ti
                      "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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                      • #26
                        This question is not easy for me. My immediate trigger for the current situation is as I have stated, the prolonged bedrest due to the broken hip and the spinal block. But the underlying reason is my genetic disease. We won't know if it gets passed on to future generations until it shows up or not. What I almost always say to to adults about my paralysis is that I picked the wrong parents. I can't say that to my grand kids, and have yet to answer their questions. Why are you in a wheelchair? Why don't you walk?
                        Last edited by nonoise; 01-14-2017, 07:17 PM.
                        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                        • #27
                          Since my leg was amputated in the accident that caused my paralysis, I give the appearance of being in a wheelchair due to missing a leg. This isn't the case, of course. If I weren't paralyzed, I would be running up and down the street with a prosthetic. But one little girl who visited her relative at a nursing home (with her Mother) did ask me, "What happened to your leg?" Like everyone else here, I gave it my best to give an age-appropriate, yet satisfying, answer. (Car hit me.) The little girl must have enjoyed all the attention, because, to my chagrin, she asked the SAME question every single time she saw me for the next YEAR. (Sad face)
                          Female, T9 incomplete

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                          • #28
                            Sometimes. . . when it's an inappropriate person asking (read: an adult). . .I put on my best 1000 yard stare and say "ninjas *long pause* so many ninjas. . . we lot a lot of good men that day."

                            "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. . ."
                            --J.P. Sartre

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