Today is my first anniversary since my life changing, neck-breaking accident. It happened to be on the beautiful date of the 17.07.17 at a lonely Paradise Beach on an exotic island during a vacation I planned half a year in advance. Continue reading Second Life and Second Birthday
Together with assistance, I set up a tecla-e Bluetooth switch control device so that I could independently use my phone when it was attached to my wheelchair.
What a challenge!
The purpose of my trip was a meeting with an auditor of the labour office that is responsible for overseeing the inclusion of employees with a handicap. Continue reading Power Wheelchair Drive to My Office in Berlin Kreuzberg
There are a lot of things that I feel I am doing for the first time in my new life since my accident. This time I had a really good reason to wear a white business shirt and a blue jacket: My grandma. Continue reading First Time Wearing a Suit
I always believed that I was unbreakable. Before the accident, I had actually never broken any of my bones.
Now I’ve broken my neck. Irreversible paralysis. All four limbs affected. It really couldn’t be much worse. Just three more vertebrae to go. No breathing on my own, no head control, neurological damage, stroke, coma, death.
However, I am a survivor and my brain still works. Still, it is a hard time to stay positive. This is why I started listing all of the things that have changed in a positive way after my spinal cord injury. Continue reading How to Stay Positive After Being Paralyzed by a Spinal Cord Injury
More than 100 years ago there were no antibiotics to treat tuberculosis. This is why the hospital city of Beelitz Heilstätten was founded in 1898, in the middle of nowhere with 60 buildings in Brandenburg. The deep forest setting is probably the best environment to offer conservative air, water and light therapies.
Tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. Paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms.
Sub C3 describes my level of the spinal cord injury. It means the last vertebrae that works is C3 and that the damage is immediately below. C4 and C5 are broken, as is the corresponding spinal cord.