Spinal cord injuries (sci) are complex. No two injuries present in the same way. However, it can be helpful to compare symptoms and to try treatments that others have found useful. I believe that exercise and stretching are critical to successfully managing the nasty symptoms that I experience – pain and spasm. The older my … More Score: Exercise 4, Surgery nil
More than a week after returning from Europe I still feel as if I’ve lost something, but I’m not sure what. Perhaps it’s the stimulation of doing something new and interesting every day. Perhaps it’s the company 24/7 of someone who shares my new interests in art history and architecture, who enables me to explore … More Travel Is A Bug
This is an adventure, a pleasure. I can’t recommend the overnight train strongly enough. We have a sleeping compartment for two with bathroom, complete with tiny shower, a few metres down the corridor. We have a picnic dinner and settle in for the night after watching the sun set … Best hotel ever … Best … More Overnight Train Berlin To Vienna
There are advantages flying when your mobility is impaired: Most fun moment – hurtling through the concourse in a golf cart driven by a madman, weaving through the foot traffic who jump out of the way … But we hardly hear their apologies because we’re already a few hundred metres on, wind blowing through our … More Travel Log – Singapore Airport
The once in a lifetime snow in Wellington coincided with an early appointment I had at Wakefield Hospital. I live in Karori, one of the hill suburbs hard hit by snow, but my appointment was in Newtown, where the snow never settled. This morning the snow had turned into hills of ice and vallies of … More Icy Roads Conquered With The Help Of A Neighbour
I have been so consumed with resolving issues arising from sudden and unexpected health problems that I have had no time or head space to think about the glorious adventure that lies ahead for us – traveling through Europe! Sixteen sleeps and we’re on our way! This weekend is almost totally devoted to researching the … More Europe Ahoy!
Last week I had a quick and minor surgical procedure to drain an abscess. At the time it was simply a minor inconvenience, but now it’s a ticking time bomb with the potential to derail a much anticipated and longed for holiday. We have spent the last six months or more planning (and longer saving) … More Quick and Dirty … Implications and Complications
My son asked me on Monday evening if I was going to write about the day’s happenings. “Are you going going to write about today?” He asked. “I don’t think anybody wants to know,” I replied, surprised he’d even thought I might want to, and even more surprised that he thinks someone might want to … More Quick And Dirty
I have just taken delivery of the most marvellous domestic invention. I am not usually impressed by kitchen implements – or any home gadget – but this is a wonder to behold. I have acquired a rubbish bin that, when you wave your hand over it, it opens! Is it magic? Is it science fiction? … More Wierd Things I Have Around The Home. Wierd Thing #4: Intelligent Rubbish Bin
Edith Piaf sang “Non, je ne regrette rien” (No, I regret nothing at all, or No, I’m not sorry for anything) with passion, as a personal statement of courage and faith in her future. She sang it, not in desperation, but as an affirmation of hope, of courage and life. The final line she sang is: … More “Non, je ne regrette rien”
“Dream deep, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Reach high for every dream precedes the goal.” This is one of my favourite quotes. With passion, insight and resolve we can achieve whatever we want. How do we go beyond just knowing ourselves and our talents, and not limit ourselves to what we think we’re … More Dream Deep, Reach High
My physio came to the gym today to film me walking. First I walked with a dictus and then with FES (yep, bionic woman) to compare the difference in gait pattern. The dictus lifts my foot at the ankle then I swing my leg through while I go up on the toes of my other … More Life On A Treadmill Is Anything But Boring
The Dompost ran an extraordinary article in Saturday’s paper (Saturday 21 may 2011) “Paralysed man takes first faltering steps” The case was originally published in “the Lancet”, a reputable medical journal. The man had a spinal cord injury at chest level and had become paralyzed five years ago. It appears from the article that electrodes … More Electrical Implants Enable Paraplaegic To Walk
This afternoon I was wired in every sense of the word! This is a milestone, no doubt about it. With electrodes strategically placed on my left leg I was able to achieve a relatively normal gait … No hitching, no going up on my toes to lift my right leg up high to swing the … More Bionic Woman!
Warning: this post may be seen as lecturing … Furniture, furnishings, possibly art or decorative pieces usually provide focal points in living rooms. Not so in our home! Sure we have couches and a coffee table, paintings on the walls, piano, side tables and nic nacs, but in our living room everything is pushed back … More “Weird Things I Have Around Home To Help Me Mobilise. Weird Thing # 3: Tools and Toys Replace Furniture”