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Beware of the Angry Crippled Mentor

Beware of the Angry Crippled Mentor

The way the human brain copes with guilt from disability never ceases to amaze me. They feel bad for us; they walk and we can’t. Yes, it’s a crappy injustice, but you don’t see us bawling over it. Yet for once able-bodied people have gotten it right when it comes to helping out people with […]

Wheelerchair Users: It's All About Joint Preservation

Wheelerchair Users: It’s All About Joint Preservation

The notion of joint preservation is hugely important as a wheelchair user. We overuse our joints every day.

Caregiver Exemption to be Eliminated in 2015

The Department of Labor has decided to eliminate the caregiver exemption in 2015, which means all home care workers will receive minimum wage and overtime pay. A 1974 loophole had exempted caregivers from labor protections by classifying them as companions. Brooklyn lawyer T.K. Small is furious with the decision’s impact on consumer directed care. “I […]

Botox for Bladder Control

Botox for Bladder Control

I’ve rarely been kind to my bladder, so it was inevitable that problems would arise by the time I hit middle age. But who worries about things like leakage when you’re a young wheeler having fun? A trip from Urbana-Champaign, Ill., to Denver during college back in the ’70s, is a prime example of the […]

Tim Gilmer with his grandsons Peighton and Cooper.

Disability Squared

When you multiply a number by itself, the result is “squared.” So what happens when you multiply an existing disability with an additional illness or injury? Well, it’s not a simple equation — and often there are exponential results. “It scares the hell out of me! I’ve spent 48 years in a wheelchair, but dealing […]

Samuel Karp beams at his son as the then- 18-year-old rotates in a circle bed.

My Father’s Suicide … and My Attempt to Understand It

It was beyond my capacity to imagine that, 13 weeks after my spinal cord injury, the day before I came home from rehab, my father would take his own life.

Bob Vogel

Para/Medic: SCI Medication, Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay

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 […]

E-Stim for Wellness

E-Stim for Wellness

E-stim, whether employed in FES cycling or an exciting new application of rowing exercise, offers health benefits that can improve our lives in very real ways.

Immune Function Restored in Mice with SCI

In a study that may hold promise for restoring immune function in people with spinal cord injuries, researchers at the Ohio State University Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair have restored immune function in mice with spinal cord injuries. People with SCI are often immune compromised. The study found that autonomic dysreflexia can cause […]

How to Really Lose Weight Without Walking

How to Really Lose Weight Without Walking

It’s not easy losing weight without walking. Your legs comprise over 50% of your body’s muscles. When you don’t move them, you’re burning a lot less calories. A lot.  In fact for some of us who use wheelchairs full-time, it’s almost impossible to lose weight. Or at least we think so. The truth is that […]