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Did it give you a greater appreciation for the obstacles handicapped people face?

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This doesn't count because I was only 3 but I had Polio and had to learn to walk again. I remember just a bit of that. Yes, it did and I appreciate being able to do most anything I want.

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Yes and yes.  Ruptured my quad tendon and spent six month in a cast/brace a few years ago.  

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Yes the shoe is on the other foot. Has been since January. Shirley I've mentioned this.

Life is what you make it.

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Yes! Yes! And, Yes!

Besides getting hurt from racing/riding horses many times in my life, I was in a terrible car accident that left me almost completely broken in 1997. I was hit by speeding driver who was going 60 MPH in a 30MPH zone. When hit we both lost complete control of our vehicles. He crashed into me hard on the front left side. So hard that my wheel ended up in my engine compartment among other things totaling the car. The other driver's passenger, unfortunately, she  ended up going through the windshield. She ended up the worst. The paramedics wrapped her up like a mummy before all involved were rushed to the hospital. 

There was a terrible rain storm that night, so why someone would be speeding is beyond me. Later finding out there was illegal drugs found in the other vehicle. The other vehicle was found to be at fault after a lengthy investigation. I was in shock apparently, as I only remember bits and pieces. I remember waking up finding myself in the hospital. I was there for one week with head to toe injuries, multiply contusions, terrible seat belt injuries, a terrible neck sprain, couldn't walk, etc.. I felt like I was literally hit by a truck, every bone and muscle in my body ached. That was many years ago. I'm lucky I survived. 

Also, another serious accident was in late 2019. The story;  every Wednesday morning at the same time I leave the door ajar at my business for mr distributor who delivers many supplies needed to run a business to come in. This particular day he came earlier than normal, and coincidentally I was still behind the door. He used his full body weight with his truck style dolly filled with many packages  to push the door open as usual. I suddenly got smashed in between the door and the wall. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time you could say! Luckily my body is bigger than my head, or my head would have been smashed. I say this because it's my way of thinking that things could have been much much worse. The delivery man was devastated to say the least.  He couldn't apologize enough. He called 911.  Anyway, the accident caused me to suffer two broken back ribs very close to my spine, which caused related Costochondritis, plus several intercostal muscle tears. All on the right back side. The Costochondritis is a condition I have that often flares up on me , as it did  just recently. Anyway, I've had many broken ribs, and many injuries from falling off horseback, and they are no fun at all, but this being so close to the spine plus having the muscle tears in that same area, the pain was unbearable. The spasms were almost continuous, ever time I moved I had extreme pain. I went to the hospital, and my Dr put me on Prednisone for 5 days, which I had to stop taking due to the steroids making me deathly sick. It's no fun vomiting with broken back rib bones, and back muscle tears, ugh! My Dr prescribed me muscle relaxer to take at night/bedtime only, and Ibuprofen 800. He ended up prescribing a higher dose of Cyclobenzaprine HCL due to the pain. He wanted to prescribe me narcotic pain meds, however, I always refused them. It took me over 10 weeks to feel normal again. Similar treatment was needed recently.   

Bottom line I've had many a down time in my life. I had to use many medical devices and equipment especially ones you mention. Yep! I could write a book, lady4u. Lol!

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Compared to others on this board, nothing much.  But I have had numerous knee injuries surgeries, the last two of which resulted in replacement knees and the need for crutches,  I've used both the wood and metal crutches, just to let you know how far back these injuries went.

After one knee surgery, I went back quickly to my teaching job. The superintendent walked past my classroom, saw I was back so soon, and interrupted my class to ask me why I wasn't either at home or still in the hospital. I was honest: "I don't have the sick days to take."  The kids were deferential for a while.  I was propped up on my crutches while standing at the podium in the front of the class when a kid in the hallway was creating a ruckus.  I zipped out to the hallway and nailed the miscreant.  When I came back in, the kids applauded.  LOL!  They treated me without deference after that, which was fine with me. 

I found that having to use crutches cramped my style: when at the grocery store, I had to use one of the little motorized shopping cart and lay the crutches diagonally across the basket.  It was a pain to pull out the crutches, get out of the seat, stand to reach an item on an upper shelf, put the crutches back, find a spot in the cart for the item, and resume the shopping trip. THOSE were the times when I really appreciated the difficulty faced by the "crutch people" and others who are challenged.  

I always make it a point to offer to get items off the upper shelves for those who look like they need an assist or to offer to help when people are unloading a wheelchair or loading in groceries in the parking lot while dealing with restrictions such as wheelchairs/crutches/aged/burdened with several small children, etc.  Whenever thanks are offered, I always say, "We're all in this together.  That's what we have to do."

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Great learning experience! People really appreciate those who offer to open a door, reach something out of their reach etc! I know I do!

Even tho businesses are required to have accessibility for the handicapped it may sometimes be located at the rear of an older building unmarked requiring a phone call and a wait to find out where that specific entrance is! This is no fun at all in a metal wheelchair in a thunder and lightning storm!


Spot on! : )

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Yes I was born with spina bifida

 I have never walked except on crutches. Currently I use a wheelchair. Am doing well. 67yrs and counting


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Most recently, it took between 6-7 to recover from Achilles rupture surgery. The pain was immense for two weeks waiting for surgery and excruciating for the first week post-surgery. Sleeping was impossible with my leg on a wedge. I needed crutches for about half of the recovery period and then used a cane the rest of the way. A wayward westbound driver made a left turn from the turning lane directly into my car as I went eastbound. I had the green light. The engine block came through the floorboard and the impact left a 98% surface tear, literally hanging by a thread. 

Throughout the process, I learned how to do more for self. I also developed a deeper respect for those choosing to embrace life and live after tragedy. There are rough times for us all in those moments. Yet, the response will show how you manage to cope with it. Something as basic as walking became a task. I liked most how it took my mind off the "why me?" questions that came up from time to time. 

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." - Muhammad Ali

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Hopefully you have fully recovered, but something tells me after a severe injury such as yours there will always be residual problems.

What is your opinion of Aaron Rodgers QB for New York Jets injury? Do you think he has a potential return to football after his recent Achilles injury? I do realize professional athletes receive extensive medical care and PT.

How much does his age factor into his recovery in your opinion?

The only difference is stiffness in that area, especially on stairs. I took a season off bike riding to strengthen the calf muscle. I agree, likely there will be nagging problems from here on out. In my experience, colder weather makes it worse. 

Players like Klay Thompson have recovered from this injury to come back and enjoy a successful career. His game hasn't been the same since and you can see in how he plays in comparison to the younger years, but father time has that effect on athletes. He had back to back season-ending injuries and managed to return. He also was younger than Aaron Rodgers is now facing the twilight of his career. He can come back, but I know he may have to modify his game a bit to offset whatever mobility deficiency arises. The medical advancements now can definitely help shorten the recovery period. Age can play a factor, but other factors such as diet and training regimen are equally important.
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