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    I guess I should have posted this by way of an introduction, not attached to an older message. Sorry...still trying to figure this all out. Anyway:

    After a few months of reading the posts here and discovering that there are always new things to learn I thought I should put my two cents worth in. I have really been interested in the posts about quads living independently, and the discussion of functional levels vs injury levels. Much good information.

    My story is not so different than many others: as a not so smart 15 year-old I dove off of a pier and broke my neck at c5/6. That was just over 22 years ago. In the last six years I have really taken control of my life. I’ve got an accessible condo, and I live by myself, though I have assistance each morning to “get me going,” to help take care of the household chores, and getting the day’s meals ready for me. I also have neighbors that I know I can call in an emergency, and have a time or two. I also made the decision that a power chair is much more practical, though I still use the manual in some situations.

    I guess I am pretty typical in that I have pretty good biceps and some wrist but not much else, and certainly not hands. I can transfer onto my bed, but it is nice to have some help getting dressed and into my chair in the morning. Being a quad is all about compromise at times, and I decided that my time in the mornings is valuable, and I don’t want to spend so much energy getting myself up and ready for the day. I’d rather spend my energy working and being with friends, including a very special one that I met about eight months ago (but that’s story for another time). At the end of the day I can take my time and take care of myself at my own pace, with just a little assistance from my evening caregiver.

    I hope to make a few contributions here from time to time, and share an experience or two.

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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    Welcome to CC PeteK! Sounds like life is good!

    Post often~

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    Welcome PeterK ... like all families we have our things to brag about and sometimes it seems like it is a family re-union run too long!

    It is a great group of people. Gald you dropped by to say hello. William


    ... rolling since 1989

    BE NICE!It's free

    P.S. ~ I have "handicapabilities"

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    Welcome aboard Pete. **quad knuckle bump extended in greeting**

    WTG on maximizing independence. Sounds like life is good.

    Glad to hear it and to "meet" you, too.

    ~Mary Ellen aka ME

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    Senior Member fishin'guy's Avatar
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    Welcome here Pete. some fun, some info, some jokes, some friends to be made, great site here. I've learned more in here the last 2 months than all last yr. So any questions, do not! be afraid or embarrassed to ask, we've all been there. Again, welcome.

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    Welcome! It is really interesting and great of you to start out with some compromises/adaptations you have mentally accepted, and why. Some ppl seem to find it unacceptable to make decisions like the occasional powerchair, or utilizing help dressing to save time. Once a person is well past the newbie stage, and has maxed out any functional return, I think it is most practical to do that.

    Everybody compromises in their lives. We do it a little more than most.

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    Welcome Pete! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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    Glad you're here Pete. Welcome This is a great website for knowledge and camaraderie.
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    Nice to feel welcome! Thanks to all.

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    Senior Member lynnifer's Avatar
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    Welcome Pete! Nice to see more 'ole timers (those 20yrs+ post).
    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

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