So, I know this is not a craft item, but I wanted to give you all a bit more information about Spinal Cord Injuries or SCIs. I have an SCI, following an accident in 2007, and it is more common than you might think.
As well as affecting your ability to walk, depending on how high on your spine you’re injured, you can be affected in the body’s trunk, arms and even up to the head too. But what many people don’t realise is that it’s not just your movement that’s affected by an SCI – you’re also affected in the bladder and bowels, you can be affected in the genitals (particularly males), and can even need a respirator to breath if you’re a high-level of injury. You cannot regulate your body’s temperature properly, and your skin is much more thin and sensitive, which leads to lots of skin ulcers etc. All in all, life becomes so much more fun(!)
Personally, I am lucky – I am injured at level L1-4, which stands for Lumber Spine Disks 1-4, and is in the lower back. I’m paralysed and have no feeling from the waist down, making me a paraplegic, and am a full-time wheelchair user. I also have the joy of having hyper-sensitive feet though (which is weird as I can’t technically feel them – kind of like when people have their legs cut off), and cannot wear proper shoes, so I live in baggy fleece bedsocks and knitted slippers in a rainbow of colours!
Anyway, if you want to find out more about Spinal Cord Injuries, including reading more stories from others affected by the condition and finding sources of support, check out this website: SCI Info
Thanks for reading, and will speak to you all soon!