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”

Why You Need a Quantum Power Wheelchair with iLevel

In today’s world, there are so many options out there for power wheelchairs. It can be overwhelming! Here some reasons why I think you should get a Quantum Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology. My Quantum Power Wheelchair is Custom Built Quantum cares about the quality of their products. Each chair is custom built, so youContinue reading “Why You Need a Quantum Power Wheelchair with iLevel”

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”

Living Life with a Spinal Cord Injury

This September, let’s celebrate National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month! A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a life altering condition that significantly impacts individuals and families. With an SCI, a patient sustains damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function, movement and/or feeling. There are two types of spinal cord injuries:Continue reading “Living Life with a Spinal Cord Injury”

Some Questions I Get About My Edge 3 Power Chair with iLevel

You would think in this day and age, people would be used to seeing wheelchairs. With so many products out there, from manual chairs to mid-level power chairs to full-on power chairs, yet people still tend to stop and stare when they see one. Sometimes, they even ask questions about our wheelchairs. In my case,Continue reading “Some Questions I Get About My Edge 3 Power Chair with iLevel”

Finding New Ways to Express My Art After SCI

I’ve been doing graffiti actively for over 20 years. Most of that time was before my accident. Today, I am a C3 and C4 quadriplegic. I use a power chair with iLevel® technology for mobility and to maintain my independence. How I Got into Graffiti Art You may know how I originally got into graffitiContinue reading “Finding New Ways to Express My Art After SCI”

Christian Budney is Ready and Excited for Adventure

For Scranton, PA, native Christian Budney, making connections and helping others is a true passion of his. “If I can help other people, I am happy!” Christian said. Christian has faced many challenges in his life, all with a kind heart and a positive attitude. In March 2006, at just 17 years old, Christian brokeContinue reading “Christian Budney is Ready and Excited for Adventure”

Let’s Celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.  Back in 1981, I didn’t truly understand in specific terms what my spinal cord really was. I soon learned. Understanding the Mental Impact of SCI As I laid in a hospital bed wondering why I couldn’t feel my legs, I knew that I had been in an accident.Continue reading “Let’s Celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness”

Girls with SCI Need Women Mentors with SCI

Anyone can benefit from mentoring, but I cannot stress enough that girls and young women with SCI need women mentors with SCI. Women mentors with SCI can help girls with SCI with their development, academic achievement and self-esteem to improve high school graduation rates and employment rates as adults. Studies show us that girls withContinue reading “Girls with SCI Need Women Mentors with SCI”

Narrow Wheelchairs and Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function, movement and/or feeling. They typically result from accidents or diseases like polio, spina bifida or Friedreich’s ataxia. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur. In fact, in mostContinue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs and Spinal Cord Injury”