The town that I live in today is a small town where everyone knows everyone and their business. The population is around 3,400 people, it may seem like a lot but I promise you it's not. There's only two people who have a spinal cord injury Sommer and myself. As with most small towns the physical therapist is not trained to deal with such a high injury level nor do they have the right type of equipment to be able to properly handle a quadriplegic such as myself. I go to physical therapy twice a week for an hour or so depending upon the schedule. The only thing they normally do is stretch me, put me on my elbows and do some minor arm exercises. It's okay for now because I really need to be stretched right now, everything is tight from no therapy for the about three years I lived in Missouri.
I have so much potential to regain control over my body compared to all of the other C3 quadriplegics I have seen. I have so much sensation through out my body, it may not be the same sensation as a person without a spinal cord injury but it's sensation. I know that the sensation that I have that my signals are getting through my spinal cord even the damaged parts. I know one day I will be able to stand up out of this wheelchair and say I defeated my paralysis. It may take years but I know one day I will succeed, with help from God.
I know that this therapy place cannot give me the kind of treatment that I truly need but with everything that's going on and going to happen it's a start. I know that when I get my hip fixed it will be a small setback because any surgery has setbacks but once everything bad healed and I'm ready to go again I can branch out to find the kind of therapy that I truly need. It's a start in the right direction anyway.
I have been through so much throughout the seven years with this paralysis and over came those things that I want to share them with everyone; the good, the bad, the ugly and my pain, my sorrows and my joy. I know that someone out there can relate to the things I'm going through and if I can help one person all this will be worth it.