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    Gautier man holds world record for longest living quadriplegic

    https://www.wlbt.com/2020/11/15/gaut...-quadriplegic/
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

    #2
    Our own SCI55 beats him by 5 years (1954). Still congrats to him but he's not the longest living quad.

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      #3
      Suggest SCI55 apply for the world record. Bob has been a member of our wheeling society half decade longer.
      You C.A.N.
      Conquer Adversity Now

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        #4
        This is a random story but when my wife was doing in-home therapy she went to an elderly couples home and she had collected salt and pepper shakers her entire life. Her husband built floor to ceiling cabinets throughout the entire house for them, every square inch of wall space. We did the math and it was closing in on 10,000. Something like 6,971 pairs is the world record so we looked into it. You have to pay their travel, meals, per diem, and another fee for them to certify "officially." It was not worth the cost for the title. I guess that's the same process these days.

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          #5
          One thing I wasn't clear on the article, is it suggesting that he has spent the most amount of years alive as a quadriplegic, or he's just the oldest guy alive that is a quad? The reason I ask is let's say someone else 57 with injured and makes it to 80. They spent 23 years dealing with SCI related health issues. However if they were injured at 12 and made it to 75, then obviously they spent 63 years with their body being subjected to SCI health issues. The latter might not be the oldest person to live with an SCI, but they did live for the longest period of time with the SCI.

          Personally I would be interested to hear a record kept on who is remained the live the longest in there SCI condition, and hopefully folks that are able to stay alive can provide data that helps establish further standards of care so we live long lives a good quality.
          .
          "If ya don't have it in the hips, ya better have it in the lips..." ~ Charlie - Villa Dulce

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            #6
            That's an interesting point.
            What about those guys that are living in third-world countries - are they making records about SCI? In some places on our planet, no one cares about this, as I know.

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            • SCI-Nurse
              SCI-Nurse commented
              Editing a comment
              With the poor medical care available for people with SCI in most 3rd World countries, it would be unlikely there are "hidden" long-lived people who are survivors of SCI. (KLD)

            #7
            Originally posted by Rrrrronnn View Post
            One thing I wasn't clear on the article, is it suggesting that he has spent the most amount of years alive as a quadriplegic, or he's just the oldest guy alive that is a quad? The reason I ask is let's say someone else 57 with injured and makes it to 80. They spent 23 years dealing with SCI related health issues. However if they were injured at 12 and made it to 75, then obviously they spent 63 years with their body being subjected to SCI health issues. The latter might not be the oldest person to live with an SCI, but they did live for the longest period of time with the SCI.

            Personally I would be interested to hear a record kept on who is remained the live the longest in there SCI condition, and hopefully folks that are able to stay alive can provide data that helps establish further standards of care so we live long lives a good quality.
            Not sure I understand what you're saying about the math part about all this. One thing I do know though. That guy has lived for 60 years as a full blown quad. I think in his condition he's going to have a lot more complications than someone who is an incomplete quad. Especially having zero movement spells heart disease.
            Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
            Bob Seger

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              #8
              I haven't been on in a while so may have missed him posting, but is Bob, SCI55, still around? I sure hope so.
              "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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                #9
                He last logged onto the site on Dec. 12, but didn't post anything. You can certainly PM him. He may still be struggling with finding a caregiver: https://www.carecure.net/forum/sci-c...oing-down-fast

                (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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                • SCIfor55+yrs
                  SCIfor55+yrs commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thanks for the kind support. For the record:

                  DOB 11/xx/1937 (84 yrs. old)
                  Date of injury: October 26, 1954
                  C6-7 complete quad

                  A few years back, Wally Dutcher was listed as the longest surviving quad in the Book of Records. His injury occurred about 6 months after mine. We tried to get that corrected but the $, paperwork, etc. resulted in abandonment of the effort. Wally and I did connect. We became friends. Regrettably, he died 3-4 years ago.

                  As you see, I am still hanging on ..... but barely.

                #10
                SCIfor55+, we are worried about you. Making any progress in finding caregivers? (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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                  #11
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                  SCIfor55+, we are worried about you. Making any progress in finding caregivers? (KLD)
                  Still surviving with a patchwork system of part time caregivers. I hope things pick up after the first of the year. The struggle and stress are wearing me down fast.

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                    #12
                    keep the faith. Thanks for checking in, it was worrisome with you missing!
                    Have the most serene and satisfying New Year possible.

                    69yo male T12 complete since 1995
                    NW NJ

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