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Thread: Quads who are not working - how do you spend your time?

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    After several decades of working long but enjoyable hours, I retired at 54. Then 3.5 years of active fun later, I became a quad. I did a little consulting pre-injury and a little after, but mostly I'd completely adjusted to not working. I feel very lucky to have made the transitions in that order. There's no guilt for not working, and financially we're in good shape. I spend most of my discretionary time exercising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crypticgimp View Post
    i highly recommend coursera or MIT's free online classes to keep the mind active
    I agree! https://www.coursera.org/ is free and has hundreds of courses covering almost every topic from math to art. There are more computer science type courses, but lots of others. I retired recently and stay busy with a couple of courses that really interest me.
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    Another website with great educational resources is: https://www.khanacademy.org/

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    hello friends,
    I am a female, 32, from India, C5-6 complete since 2003. I was finishing my engineering degree when I met with the accident. I completed it later in 2005.
    I teach to school kids in my hometown and do part time online work from last 2 years.

    Reading all your posts, I could very much relate but life has never been boring or depressive except the initial phase. Thanks to my family and cousins.
    I learnt a lot in past few years, got better and little independent physically. I watched good amount of TV, read lots of books which I was never able to do before. Slowly and Steadily, I could figure out what I can do and what work exactly I want to do in my life.

    I am not saying I earn great, but its fine. I enjoy my life and grateful to the god and my family for having the one. After all, earning and making money is not everything, one should be able to love their life which can happen only in this lifetime.

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    I am a comp and net savvy...24 hrs won't be enough for me if I have a lappy n a good net connection.
    I read lots of e-books, watch few soaps on tv, chat with friends online...

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    I agree i love reading all the comments! I as you all know am not a quad but a mid level para at the T 6 area, i spend most days either watching TV or at doctors appts. When i am not there i am usually home with my 3 dogs. And they keep me pretty busy as well especially the puppy. I also read and search the internet and am on facebook way too much. I also cook dinner for the house and do the grocery shopping.
    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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    I can't agree with KLD more! I would have to be really sick or dead to not get out of bed. There are not enough hours in a day to do everything I want to or need to do. I know it's tough but you need to push yourself to stay active, body, mind and soul as much as possible. I am up at the crack of dawn, get myself cleaned up, take my meds, get some breakfast, coffee and water then I'm off to the races. If an active life is not for you there are tons of free classes, high school, general knowledge and college courses available to keep your mind busy.

    Here are just a few links of the hundreds available.

    https://www.khanacademy.org/

    http://www.mathplanet.com/home

    http://oyc.yale.edu/courses

    http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/

    https://www.coursera.org/



    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Everybody needs a reason to get out of bed every day (and for significant periods of time) unless there is a medical reason you need to be on bedrest.

    If you are not working or going to school, why not?? Have you looked into volunteering, wheelchair sports, or other activities that can give you a reason to not only get out of bed, but get out of the house every day??

    (KLD)
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    How are you supposed to jump out of bed and enjoy the day when you have unrelenting neuropathic pain? I'm not a quad either but my mobility has been severely limited by age (36 years in the chair) and increased pain. Can any of you speak to how to push through the pain without becoming depressed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon fly View Post
    How are you supposed to jump out of bed and enjoy the day when you have unrelenting neuropathic pain? I'm not a quad either but my mobility has been severely limited by age (36 years in the chair) and increased pain. Can any of you speak to how to push through the pain without becoming depressed?
    You're 100% correct, there is no way to push thru the pain regardless of level. I can't relate to being a para, but I can relate to being shutdown by pain.

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    I am a complete quad 35 years injured and have nerve pain. Don't take any meds for it just keep moving every day and ignore it. Keeping busy helps me forget about it, you could run around the rest of your life trying to find a cure or a fix for what ails you or you can let it go and move on. I have had many set backs along the way but I only have 1 life and I'm going to live it as active as I can. I know this is not an answer for you but not everything can be fixed, deal with it the best you can, live with it the best you can and move on.

    Quote Originally Posted by dragon fly View Post
    How are you supposed to jump out of bed and enjoy the day when you have unrelenting neuropathic pain? I'm not a quad either but my mobility has been severely limited by age (36 years in the chair) and increased pain. Can any of you speak to how to push through the pain without becoming depressed?
    ^^(A)^^

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