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  • #16
    Hi Sam, congrats on getting home soon!

    You'll be fine, just spend a little while preparing things and making sure everything you need is in reach before you transfer onto the bed or whatever. I ended up sleeping with my light on the first couple of nights because i forgot to turn it off and couldn't be arsed once i was in bed!

    Good luck!

    edit: get yourself a grabber or 'helping hand' if you havn't already... best thing i ever bought!
    T11 Asia A after near-fatal bike crash.. Just happy to still be here

    No, I didn't loose my mind... It got scared and ran away!!

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    • #17
      So much great advice! Sounds like everything is ready to go at home according to Ayden! He already installed a ramp in our garage and checked the doorways vs. my chair. Shower bench and toilet seat is checked off the list as is a list of supplies we need/have already. I am meeting with my doctor with the am for a exam but we already have p.t. and follow ups scheduled. Its weird to think tomorrow this time I could be relaxing on the deck (if the rain lets up) sitting on my cushion of course! Haha thank you so much everyone for taking the time and replying to me! You guys are awesome

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      • #18
        going home

        Hi Sam, besides what everyone else says. Please keep this in mind, and I am telling you becuase it might help prevent some frustrations before they start. First i am t-10 paraplegic post 19 years. I see that your going home to your husband and also some of his roommates. This of course is going to be a big change for you and for them. Your needs have changed, so hopefully you wont have difficulty getting in the bathroom and such. Things will take longer than usualy especially bathroom things. Be mindfull of how much time you take in those rooms, I dont' know his roommates, but after time peoples attitudes can change from i am sorry you had an accident your poor thing to dam, she takes to much time in the bathroom. Try not to let things get you down, like when you have an accident or things like that, it will happen. Just smile and do the best you can. I am so happy for you and please take this the right way. I am saying this becuase it has happened to me. If you need help with equipment or other stuff. dont hesitate to call I have my own medical supply store, and i dont charge full price to the disabled community to help a fellow brother or sister out. Most of my business comes from big orders universities, us govt and so on. Good luck Nick 480-704-3870 Independent Medical

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        • #19
          it won't be the same as you remember and you will feel "out of pace" for awhile so get ready for that. every little thing that you can improve whether it be your mobility or the accessibility of your house will make life better.

          take care of your skin and get out as much as you can (even when you don't feel like it).
          http://www.dsportsman.com

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          • #20
            This is very important. You should even try sleeping on your stomach if you can once in a while. Stretching your legs is something you should do every day.

            Good luck Sam.I.Am! CC will be here for any questions that you come up with along the way.
            Originally posted by november View Post
            Keep stretching your legs often, daily if you can. Lie on your stomach once a day to keep your hipflexors in the front from shortening too. You don't want muscles so tight that you're literally stuck in a sitting position!
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            • #21
              Hi Sam, congratulations on going home! It is scary, but only for a short time. My best advice is: try not to look too far ahead, instead look back at how far you have come since your injury. Best of luck to you!

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              • #22
                someone is always here for you/ we are all here for you , Sam-i -am remember that, it helps to have this network.
                cauda equina

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                • #23
                  Good evening everyone! Thanks again for the great advice Being home has been pretty awesome so far! Tiring, emotional, but awesome! Things are slow moving but i feel accomplished in the little things like helping cooking and not being served! My husband has been amazing getting this place ready for me and anything that I need help on he is right there trying to create a solution. Right now I am sitting out on my deck enjoying the sunshine I have an appointment Monday to see if the turtle shell can come off next week!

                  nmireles - We have our own bathroom that Ayden has made completely accessible for me and its off our bedroom so we don't have to worry We have a ranch style house and only one other roommate on the main floor. The other two live in the basement so they come up just to chill and cook. Thank you for the advice!

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                  • #24
                    There's no lace like home!It can always be modified with a good husband!
                    CWO
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                    • #25
                      He is truly amazing I don't know how he does it all! I'm having my mom set up something special for us to do just us. We haven't been alone in months!

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                      • #26
                        I just found out A.J. will be coming home Wednesday. Good advice here from everyone - particularly on bladder/bowel supplies. I'd completely forgotten about the bowel supplies! I want to thank everyone who responded, too!

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                        • #27
                          I hope AJ has a smooth transition! It really is a lot to take in, but after a couple of days it is just nice to be home! Def keep a journal, it is really helping me already You think you remember things but then something else happens and your mind may completely lose it!

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                          • #28
                            Think of this as the start of a great journey. The initial transition can be bumpy and tiring but as you build up your strength things will get easier.

                            My son was injured five years ago and it still amazing me how far he's come just by taking care of his body and making the most of every single muscle he can. You will accomplish great things just by learning different ways to get things done.

                            Best wishes!
                            Ugh, I've been kissed by a dog!
                            Get some hot water, get some iodine ...
                            -- Lucy VanPelt

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