- I am a incomplete quadriplegic.
- I have no control of my bodily functions.
- I have sketchy sensation all over my body.
- I am like a cold blooded animal, unable to control my body temperature.
- I am capable of having sex and being intimate.
- I am wheelchair bound.
- I am unable to dress myself.
- I am able to feed myself.
- I have spasticity.
- I have a weakened immune system.
- I have to use bed chucks in my pants in case of accidents.
- I suffer with chronic UTIs.
- I have one metal bar, one plate, and six screws holding my neck together.
- I can wiggle my big toe on my right foot.
- I can brush my hair.
- I have breathing trouble due to how high my injury is.
- I have skin issues.
- I am stronger than this injury and this injury doesn’t define me.
- I cannot put my contacts in myself.
- I have severe nerve pain.
- I have a donor disk as my C4 vertebrae.
- I fatigue easier than an able bodied.
- I do my own makeup.
- I take prescription medication.
- I have to rely on others for basic tasks.
- I cannot use my triceps.
- I have to do a bowel routine.
- I have to stretch daily to maintain range of motion.
- I have to watch my weight.
- I have to be turned every two hours.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
September is spinal cord injury awareness month and I really haven’t said much about it. I wanted to list 30 things about my spinal cord injury.
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Paralyzed from the neck down after an ATV rollover at 14, April Otwell is beating the odds the doctors gave her. She's a blogger, fantasy writer, college student, sugar glider guardian and spinal cord injury survivor. She's even writing her first fiction novel!