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    #16
    I never learned how to swim before SCI, so I take lessons at the local YMCA with a lift and still use a chest floaty. There are plenty of people who swim without any aids, though. Pool lift don't seem near as high priced as everything else that goes with SCI. Youtube has all kinds of stuff, from people going in the pool from their chair to lifting themselves out over the side.

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      #17
      I will def look it up! Thanks for all the great advice!

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        #18
        sam I am

        I was fortunate enough 35 years ago the rehab center I was at had a pool. The brace was waterproofed, and the therapists literally dunked me in the water. I was amazed I did so well so quickly. I think you will do the same because of snowboarding and the like. I was 40 day a year skier (boarding was just getting started back then). Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

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          #19
          Hi Sam, thanks for posting your story. Coming out of inpatient rehab can be scary and a blessing all at the same time. My guess is that within two days of being home it'll feel like old hat and very, very welcomed. You'll love having your privacy again and the ability to decide your own schedule and care for yourself.

          Recovery from this sort of injury is a long road, so be patient and work as hard as you can to strengthen. In the early stages, it's impossible to know what the outcome might be, so give yourself the best possible chance and stay active. I'm sure you will, based on what you have written.

          I was injured when a tree fell on me during a tornado. It was in northern Wisconsin, 20 months ago. We were camping at the time. It was a bad injury and it was questionable whether I'd even survive. I'm back to working a normal schedule now and can walk with the assistance of hiking poles. I drive, shop, cook, hike, do all sorts of fitness routines, and have regained most of my life. I still have a ways to go and will never stop trying.

          I tell you this as a piece of encouragement. Everyone is different and your recovery will likely take a different route depending on the severity of your injury and a million other factors. Don't give up hope, though. A lot can be achieved and I wish the very best for you.

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            #20
            Hi Truly, Thanks for the words of encouragement! I'm really hoping I just fall into my own routine and not someone else's :P I'm not much of a rule follower as it is! I'm pretty close to Northern Wisconsin and have been camping all over there! Thank you for sharing your story, of course the situation stinks, but its amazing to see how much you are doing since then! I really hope I can get to the point eventually.

            My husband has already planned a few camping trips for us this summer, we aren't really indoor people. Now I just have to find a tent that I will be able to get into and move around in. He has found one that has four rooms (one being a screen tent) that open into each other. I can't really see myself getting up off the floor constantly so I'm thinking one of those raised air mattresses will work?

            I really want to work on driving first. We live on the outskirts of town, its a good 20 minutes to anything useful and I hate relying on others. But for now it will have to do! I'm ready for real world experiences and seeing how far I can get!

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              #21
              I wouldn't even attempt driving with nthe turtle shell on, it's too restrictive. You will need to let your core get strong so you don't fall over when turning. Everyone hates the exercise in rehab where the PT tries to push you over, but that is to test/strengthen your core, their not doing it just to laugh at you falling over.

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                #22
                Welcome to CareCure. My issue is MS, and when my symptoms became really noticeable to others I got a lot of well-intended advice from friends who had Googled MS and read about all manner of speculative, outmoded, and occasionally even dangerous "treatments" - but I know that those people meant well and genuinely (even desperately) wanted to help. I think you will find that advice of this type will taper off, with time. I know what you mean about needing privacy right now - there is only so much a person can stand without some personal time to integrate experience and information. Again, welcome to CareCure - and all best wishes to you.
                MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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                  #23
                  Yeah thats what one of the nurses told me about driving, but a girl can dream can't she We have four other roommates so between them I'm sure I will be able to get around town as needed for now. But eventually I would love to drive again!

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                    #24
                    Welcome to the site ! :-) what kind of vehicle are you looking at getting modified ?
                    www.adventuresofcolinandheather.blogspot.com !

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                      #25
                      As of now I have a 2001 Toyota Highlander. I haven't really looked into seeing if I can get in or out of it yet. Kinda been last on my mind. I need be I would like to sell it and get a small car, better on the gas mileage anyway and we have a truck for any hauling or towing.

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                        #26
                        There's all kinds of modifications for different vehicle out there. Search on YouTube 'Hawaii Mazda5'. That's what I just ended up getting. Just an example of the cool stuff out there.
                        www.adventuresofcolinandheather.blogspot.com !

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                          #27
                          Those mods are amazing! My husband is already scheming (he is a mechanical engineer), I have a feeling he will be on Youtube all night Like I said, its still of in the future, right now I just want to focus on getting out of here and home! But its still fun to keep a goal.

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                            #28
                            Lol yeah they're pretty cool. Try 'Scion XB Braun' and look for the clip with the white one ..... :-)
                            www.adventuresofcolinandheather.blogspot.com !

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                              #29
                              I'll def have to check it out and show it to Ayden! Once I start looking and get in the shopping mood i'm sure I'll find some sweet stuff

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Sam.I.Am View Post
                                As of now I have a 2001 Toyota Highlander. I haven't really looked into seeing if I can get in or out of it yet. Kinda been last on my mind. I need be I would like to sell it and get a small car, better on the gas mileage anyway and we have a truck for any hauling or towing.
                                At your level and given the time, getting in the highlander is do-able. I drive an Audi Q7 and a VW Touerag and have no problems. Last thing you need is a ramp vehicle, save that for getting old. If you get rid of the highlander, look for something where the transfer height is about the same as your chair. The Venza, subaru outback, and other cars are about perfect for that. Something too low is hard to get out, Again, YouTube has all kinds of stuff for SCI, it's just wording it right to find it.

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