People with Disabilities and Preparing for Winter Weather

In my previous blog, I explained some of the reasons as to why people with disabilities may be more susceptible to cold weather and need to take extra precautions. So, what can people with disabilities do to prepare for extremely cold weather? Here are some tips. Dress in Layers Wearing layers can help keep youContinue reading “People with Disabilities and Preparing for Winter Weather”

There is Life After a New Disability Diagnosis

When I was first diagnosed with a disability and realized I could no longer walk, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease that attacks your muscles. I lost 50 percent of my muscles in my legs and arms. For what seemed like an eternity was onlyContinue reading “There is Life After a New Disability Diagnosis”

How Extreme Weather Threatens People with Disabilities

A few days before Christmas, our area was hit with an arctic blast that dropped temperatures well below zero. On the first morning of the flash freeze, we woke up to a cold house. Our furnace wasn’t working. I am so incredibly fortunate that my cousin is an HVAC expert and was available to comeContinue reading “How Extreme Weather Threatens People with Disabilities”

Three Ways My Quantum Wheelchair Helped Me with Recovery

This past month, I had surgery on my spine and recovery was a completely different experience than any surgery I’ve had before. A couple of years ago, I fractured a bone in my spine. Four years later, the bone never set and the existing metal in my spine was also broken. We needed to repairContinue reading “Three Ways My Quantum Wheelchair Helped Me with Recovery”

Best Winter Clothing Tips for People with Disabilities

Winter has never been my favorite time of year. For many of us with physical disabilities, colder weather can affect our mobility and have various other impacts. That said, living most of my life in climates that have four distinct seasons has caused me to develop a strong cool weather routine. This year, I’ll experienceContinue reading “Best Winter Clothing Tips for People with Disabilities”

My Thoughts on Why I Wear a Mask

It’s been almost three years of thinking about and planning around COVID-19. We’re all sick of worrying about the illness. For those of us who are at an increased risk if we become infected, we can’t ignore its presence. Even with this, I’ve changed my approach over the last few years (and even months). I’mContinue reading “My Thoughts on Why I Wear a Mask”

How to Practice Sun Safety When You Have a Disability

While many people are experiencing fall and getting ready for winter, it’s a different environment down here in Florida. In mid-October, we experienced a 92-degree day with total sunshine. If you are not careful, you can get a sunburn quickly. Here’s what you should know about sun safety. The Importance of Sun Safety A whileContinue reading “How to Practice Sun Safety When You Have a Disability”

Why It’s Important to Advocate for Yourself as a Patient

I’ve ended up in the hospital three times this month. My experience demonstrates the importance of advocating for yourself when you know something is not right, no matter what doctors and medical staff say. The First Hospital Visit It all started in October. I went into the hospital because my suprapubic catheter was not drainingContinue reading “Why It’s Important to Advocate for Yourself as a Patient”

Understanding Spine Injury ICD 10 Codes

According to the United Spinal Association, approximately 17,700 Americans acquire a spinal cord injury every year. Roughly 78 percent of those individuals are men, their average age is 43. Most spinal cord injuries happen due to a vehicle accident, falls, violence and medical/surgery complications. Read on to learn more about SCI, spine injury ICD 10Continue reading “Understanding Spine Injury ICD 10 Codes”

My Quantum Power Wheelchair Allows Me to Enjoy Life

I started using a manual wheelchair in 2012, after a fall from spine surgery took away the mobility in my legs. I have a connective tissue disorder that’s caused me to need multiple surgeries on my brain and spine. From previous surgery complications, I already had quadriparesis (weakness of all my limbs.). The rehab centerContinue reading “My Quantum Power Wheelchair Allows Me to Enjoy Life”