A wheelchair user since 1985, Bob Vogel is an adventurer at heart and has written about experiences ranging from scuba diving to hang gliding. He works from his Loomis, Calif., home where he is on his greatest and most rewarding adventure yet, being a dad to his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, with the help of Schatzie, his German Shepherd service dog.
In my ‘survey of one,’ innovations in adaptive sports equipment are perhaps the next best thing to an outright SCI cure. When I was injured (T10 complete para), never being able to ski again was a worse blow than never being able to walk again — this was 1985, two years before mono-skiing made the […]
Pushing a manual chair is a great calorie burner, but it isn’t always practical or even possible. Variables from injury level and sore shoulders to progression of a condition warrant a power chair and/or power assist. When a long-time manual chair user switches to power or power/assist, the pounds can quickly add up if you […]
Barriers are a matter of perception and when they are broken, the impossible — as if by magic — is forever possible. Chuck Yaeger did this when he broke the sound barrier, Roger Bannister did it when he ran the first sub-4-minute mile. On Sunday, Dec. 8, Pieter du Preez made the list of barrier-breakers […]
During our daily lives we wheelchair users sit on a variety of surfaces that we may not think of in terms of cushioning, but should. Here are some “skin danger culprits” and options to cushion them and protect your skin.
In NEW MOBILITY’S September cover story, “E-Stim for Wellness,” Richard Holicky reported that the daily activities of the average person with SCI are not enough to maintain cardiovascular fitness, which results in high rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, adult onset diabetes and high cholesterol among the SCI population. One of the benefits of FES is […]
Last Saturday Tim Bowers was paralyzed from the shoulders down when he fell out of a tree and crushed his C3-5 vertebrae. The next day, when his paralysis was explained to him, he chose to have his breathing tube removed and end his life. Bowers, age 32, an avid outdoorsman and recently married, father-to-be from […]
Q. I’m a T3 para, just now back in my chair after spending many months in bed healing a small pressure sore that was right over my left ischium (butt bone). I managed to heal it on my own, but the toughest part of the healing process was having to constantly change the dressing because […]
Q. I’m in my fifth year as a T8 para. I take Ditropan to control bladder spasms, which enables me to keep myself dry while managing my bladder with intermittent cathing. The one side effect I have from Ditropan is really bad dry mouth. A friend of mine — also a para — said Ditropan […]
Q. I’m 40 and in my 15th year as a T4 complete para. When I was first injured and still in bed from spinal surgery, my right thigh became swollen. It turned out I had developed a blood clot in my thigh. I was put on IV blood thinners, then sent home on the oral […]