The Untold Struggles of a Spinal Cord Injury Survivor
One of the consequences of having to live with a spinal cord injury is to become a quadriplegic. Have you seen the movie Me Before You? The movie was based on a novel of the same title written by Jojo Moyes. It can give you a quick overview of what it is like to live as a quadriplegic. Real talk, it is not the kind of life you want to be living in.
For a quadriplegic, everything is out of their hands…literally—from not being able to take care of their hygiene to not being able to go out and enjoy their usual adventures. To better understand them, put yourself in their shoes. Here are some struggles they go through every day:
- Physical challenges
Quadriplegics are not able to take care of their personal hygiene. They can neither take a bath nor brush their teeth without asking for other people’s help. The daily activities they used to do, such as eating, doing the household chores, and doing the grocery, are now delegated to someone else. To put it simply, they depend on other people to do the tasks they used to do before they become a quadriplegic.
- Mental challenges
Not being able to move around and do things just like they used to can be infuriating.
They feel useless and think of themselves as a burden to their loved ones. In fact, there has been a number of suicidal reports involving quadriplegics. They either starve themselves or resort to other ways, such as drowning themselves. They will not even believe you when you say you love them. Either that or that does not matter to them anymore. What they only know is that they hate their life.
- Emotional challenges
There is a range of feelings that quadriplegic people go through. The most common are denial, anger, and depression. At first, they do not want to talk about their condition. They stray away from that topic. But once the truth sinks in, they feel helpless about their condition. The feeling that they lack control over their life often leads to frustration. They lash out their anger to their loved ones, friends, and even their doctors. They will also feel depressed. They will sulk around the corner and feel sad, hopeless, and worthless.
- Social challenges
They isolate themselves away from people. They refuse to talk to anyone and also, go out with anyone. They build a wall around them and do not let anyone get close to it, not even their family members. They find it hard to express how they feel. Studies show that a person with a damaged spinal injury hates to be seen as a pity one. They do not want to be pitied. For their loved ones, what they only want to show is their support and care, but for a quadriplegic, that is already pity.
- Medical Challenges
They undergo various medical conditions. A quadriplegia involves spinal cord damage. When the damage is in the C-1 vertebrae, they will not just lose function from the neck down but also they lose the ability to breathe on their own. In this case, they will need a ventilator. Not only that! They experience pressure sores, loss of bowel and bladder control, kidney problems, and a higher risk of getting a urinary tract infection.
For a quadriplegic, hope might be the thing that they need the most. In the coming of the Easter celebration, let us remind ourselves of what it signifies—hope. It is important that we spread that hope to those who might have lost theirs or those that just need a little reminding. Their life might be difficult but we can help it be easier. Here at Community Connection Home Health, a health care in Desoto, Texas, we offer services that can assist your elderly and mobility-impaired loved ones.
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