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    He sounds a lot like my BIL. He is 2 years post...

    He sounds a lot like my BIL. He is 2 years post T12 and has never even attempted to take the trash out. He lives in a seperate part of my house and the only time the trash gets taken out is when his...
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    Canuck- it's more than that, though. It's him...

    Canuck- it's more than that, though. It's him living again. Driving again. Taking his kids out. I took his kids to the park the other day b/c I felt sorry that they never got to go anywhere or do...
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    That's funny, I DID watch that Tony Robbins show...

    That's funny, I DID watch that Tony Robbins show the other night! I even commented to hubbby that his brother needed to watch it. I said even that man was a quadriplegic so stuff was going to be...
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    update 2 years later!

    Well this is my 2 YEAR UPDATE! He is still not driving!! I can't understand at all. He acutally bought a van and a friend of DH who is in the same position as him (T12) had an extra set of hand...
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    Wow, this has been a very interesting thread. I...

    Wow, this has been a very interesting thread. I don't know that BIL had any premonitions per say but I will say his accident was very ironic. He had travelled all the way to Floriday for one of those...
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    Thanks everyone for all the kind words. Let me...

    Thanks everyone for all the kind words. Let me begin by saying he does take care of his own laundry and house needs now so we are not messing with that anymore. It's just the other things I couldn't...
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    McDuff....You hit the nail on the head with...

    McDuff....You hit the nail on the head with everything you mentioned. He's reached a comfort level he is happy with even though he still has to rely on everyone else to drive him places. Not wanting...
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    Thank you all for listening to me. It's nice to...

    Thank you all for listening to me. It's nice to be able to have a place to talk to strangers who don't know me!! I know that small things that get on my nerves about him have escalated to other...
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    I'm assuming he has access to va healthcare but...

    I'm assuming he has access to va healthcare but not sure if he uses it or not. I just don't understand why he does not make any attempt to start driving. I've never even heard him mention anything...
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    UPDATE Well, it's been a whole year since his...

    UPDATE Well, it's been a whole year since his accident so I'd thought I'd give an update. We finally got him back downstairs where he was. I wish we had found him an apartment instead. Mostly things...
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    I want to apologize. MOST of you have been very...

    I want to apologize. MOST of you have been very nice and helpful. It's posts like Addiesue-HELLO? If you got up and popped the popcorn, I don't feel sorry for you. And SCI-nurse Suggest you do some...
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    When I first came here I started 2 other threads....

    When I first came here I started 2 other threads. On post number 8 of one thread I wrote (in capital letters) YOU GUYS ARE SO NICE AND HELPFUL. Well, now most of you are but I didn't really come hear...
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    He is of regular height and weight. About 5'10"...

    He is of regular height and weight. About 5'10" 5'11" 180 or so pounds. He has been divorced for about 3 years. He came to live at our house right after he got divorced. We have a basement apartment...
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    If he is depressed at all he is not showing any...

    If he is depressed at all he is not showing any signs. I am living right here with him and neither me nor my husband have noticed any changes in him.
    Last night I'm sitting here at the computer and...
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    Honestly he has not been depressed. I would be...

    Honestly he has not been depressed. I would be able to tell if he was. Even when he answers the phone in his room, I can hear him and he is always chery. I think he just has it in his mind that he...
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    So are you/they able to do?

    Okay, so I mentioned several weeks ago about my BIL who was paralyzed T12 coming to live at my house and things I wasn't sure about. Its been 6 weeks now and I'm just wondering if he should be doing...
  17. Shana, it's okay. I understand where you are...

    Shana, it's okay. I understand where you are coming from as you are coming from the other side and I know it would totally suck to be in your or BIL situation. But wouldn't you feel weird if it was...
  18. Yes, there are several steps outside. He...

    Yes, there are several steps outside.

    He SEEMS like his old self anyways. The fact that his kids played for hours while he was at the computer IS actually like his old self. He loves his kids and...
  19. You are correct. There is an outside entrance to...

    You are correct. There is an outside entrance to get into the basment. Hoping to get a lift installed outside.
  20. Also, he does not think he is burdening us. He...

    Also, he does not think he is burdening us. He has never even mentioned anything along the lines of that. He has told us how thankful he is to have family like us (yeah that makes me feel a little...
  21. Well, he's been home since thursday and really...

    Well, he's been home since thursday and really its not been that bad. My husband has been helping him out with the butt wiping stuff. BIL understands why I don't feel comfortable with personal stuff...
  22. Wow!! What a roller coaster ride. I wish I had...

    Wow!! What a roller coaster ride. I wish I had never mentioned he was a veteran. First I felt better and now I'm in tears. Tension between me and DH when I read this to him. He says his brother is...
  23. I talked with DH about the veterans hospital and...

    I talked with DH about the veterans hospital and he said he didn't think he would go there b/c the closest one was 4 hours away. (Nashville I think) we are 6 hours from Chicago. I know they would...
  24. Thanks everyone for their stories. We are in so....

    Thanks everyone for their stories. We are in so. IL. We are looking into a lift for the basement as a ramp would be next to impossible as many stairs as their are.

    I talked to my husband a while...
  25. BIL just called so I asked him specifically what...

    BIL just called so I asked him specifically what I would need to do. He said he would need help with bowels/wiping because it was hard for him to get around his back brace. I asked if they had him on...
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