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Thread: How not to quad-cough...

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    Senior Member Zeus's Avatar
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    How not to quad-cough...

    I have always been kind of chuffed that as a C5 complete quad I can cough pretty well. I taught myself years ago to lunge forward as I exhale hard/cough, generating quite a decent quad-cough. This trick has always relied on my chair's set-up. My knees sit fairly close together, and as I lunge forward my quad-gut pushes against my lap and forces me back.

    So yesterday morning I was half-dressed and needed to cough badly. I lunged forward and noticed there was no push-back. Oh shit, I'm not wearing any shoes! My knees were too low and I threw myself right out of my chair.

    It wasn't too bad though - I landed head first on porcelain tiles.

    It didn't really hurt at all, and dad was in the adjacent room. He heard my fall/call and started colourfully asking me in Greek what I managed to do to myself this time. As dad rolled me over I noticed my forehead was really wet - not good.

    In 15 seconds a pool of blood the size of a dinner plate had formed. Dad freaked out, but we had a towel and some decent pressure on it in no time. The ambulance service arrived within 5 minutes - they heard 'quad' and sent 5 paramedics.

    Two hours later I had 5 stitches and was sent home from Emergency. For your viewing pleasure, the first paramedic on the scene took some happy snaps after I had stopped bleeding. I also took some follow-up shots. Not for the sqeamish!

    Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist wrapped in blood! Larry in 'Closer', a play by Partick Marber

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    Jesus Chris! You had to outdo me! Looks like a scene from Reservoir Quads

    Heal up mate
    C5/6 incomplete

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    heh, thats a good one. i always wanted a scar on my face (is that weird?) i better becareful what i wish for. thanks for the lesson. glad your ok.

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    Reservoir Quads ... lol.

    Ouch! Now sonofa biatch that's going to leave a mark!

    Glad you're okay though!
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    Wow chris please keep your shoes on I hope it dont hurt as bad as it looks anty
    Be always determined in Life and Love

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    Hey what's your blood type? I donated a pint yesterday. I'll have it sent down.
    BTW, you are very photogenic.

    "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." Lin Yutang

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    Yikes is right. Hope you mend quickly. No more coughing without shoes.

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    Damn, thats a nasty one...

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    Senior Member Timaru's Avatar
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    Look on the bright side...........

    You're going to have no end of fun thinking up lies as to how you got the scar...........

    It's going to impress the girls.

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    Suspended Andy's Avatar
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    Forehead cuts sure are impressive for blood gushing, eh? Black eye, you really must have hit hard.

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