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  • #46
    I don't know everyone's age but I wonder if there is any correlation between the amount of time in the chair and whether or not the person is able-bodied or disabled in his or her dream...

    I hypothesize that the longer an individual is in a chair, the more likely he or she is to be disabled in his or her dream. Of course, this assumes that dreams don't mean anything. And that dreams are a function of past events. Not sure where I stand on this point of view.

    -Lewis
    C5 injury with partial C6 function on left.

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    • #47
      Lewis, seems from these posts, that length of injury doesn't impact on whether a person dreams they are disabled or not. The most common theme is awareness of being somewhat not fully 'normal', but not really physically disabled; like being cognizant of it but not really internalized it. This it seems, has little, if anything to do with 'acceptance' or not.

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      • #48
        ab always, but the chair is always intertwined w/ my dreams, i can see it, im just not in it

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        • #49
          SCI'd due to Transverse Myelitis

          Always dreamt in chair .. until I found this site. Only had two where I walked - usually I'm flying???
          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
            when I dream I'm always SCI, never completely AB OR SCI though, I either use the chair and walk out of it from time to time during the dream, or I don't have the chair at all in the dream and walk with a sevre limp. Its strange how I walk worse in my dreams when the chairs not around, but in the dreams where I'm in the chair its almost like I dont even need it, I just jump out of it and walk normal. Good thread though.
            T6/T7 Incomplete Since June 7th 2008
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            • #51
              43 years post-injury next month and I have never once had a dream of myself in the chair. On the other hand I am not running or walking either, or at least not that I remember. I just seem to be able to get to where I am going with no effort on legs that get me there but of which I am unaware.

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              • #52
                I know this is an old thread but it is interesting. I have been thinking about this lately. I never dream that I am able bodied. In my dreams I am usually just a blob with two arms and people pull me around. I don't have legs either. I am never in a wheelchair. I rarely remember my dreams but this is what I remember. It would probably better that I didn't remember them.
                "Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you?"

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                • #53
                  I often dream in this weird combination of paralyzed but somehow mobile and I often notice some recovery in my legs only to wake up disappointed.
                  T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Mize View Post
                    I often dream in this weird combination of paralyzed but somehow mobile and I often notice some recovery in my legs only to wake up disappointed.
                    This is me. Always AB but the chair is sometimes with me, and I just get out of it whenever I want to, or carry it with me. Mostly just AB dreams though. I've wondered this about foreign languages, too; at what point do dreams switch languages, if ever?
                    "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                    "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

                    "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

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                    • #55
                      I do not recall ever having a dream with me in my wc. Recently, however, I have gone sci fi. I have had a number of dreams in which I flew. I can think myself up like a helicopter and fly off. Still no sign of a wc.
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                      • #56
                        Now that I smoke weed everyday I don't dream at all. What the hell does that mean?
                        "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Rook98006 View Post
                          Now that I smoke weed everyday I don't dream at all. What the hell does that mean?
                          A VERY common side effect of regular cannabis use. Well researched and documented. It affects your sleep cycles, moving in and out of REM, and can even entirely suppress R.E.M. Sleep, leading to further physiological effects.
                          "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                          "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

                          "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Oddity View Post
                            A VERY common side effect of regular cannabis use. Well researched and documented. It affects your sleep cycles, moving in and out of REM, and can even entirely suppress R.E.M. Sleep, leading to further physiological effects.
                            Eerily similar to how alcohol degrades sleep. Although cannabis at least does wonders for nerve pain (dissociation effects mainly, but still makes coping with nerve pain level 11 much easier).
                            T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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                            • #59
                              I have always dreamed as if I was still able bodied even 33 years after my injury. Three things that bother me about my dreams are if there's any type of confrontation I immediately wake up. I can never remember all the details about my dreams and if they are really vivid I usually wake up with a headache.
                              Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. .(John Wayne)

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                              • #60
                                I have dreams that I'm walking and I'm so excited that I got better but I keep thinking I'm going to fall!

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