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New to Quadriplegia

karbeh Member Posts: 2
My husband had a swimming accident on June 18, 2021. He fractured his C1 and C2 and is now ventilator dependent and quadriplegic. I am reaching out to see if anyone can offer any advice, things they wish they had know, or just general support. We were in Arizona on vacation when it happened and we are from Washington state. We will obviously be here for a bit and could just use some guidance and support on how to navigate our new life.


  • ambercollie
    ambercollie Moderator Posts: 191 Moderator
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    1st off I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s accident. 2nd good to see you have already reached out, the best support & tips have come from others in paralyzed world. The injury is still new and of course overwhelming. My son was also injured in a swimming accident. 
    There IS LIFE after a SCI so hang in there. 

    How is your husband’s mental state? 
    May I ask how old you guys are, children?
    Do you have a home with stairs?
    Support back home?
  • prc_donnal
    prc_donnal Member Posts: 27
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    My name is Donna and I am an Information Specialist with the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC).  I'm sorry to learn of your husband's recent accident. 

    The PRC has information and resources on new spinal cord injuries that I would be glad to send to you. It includes info on state resources, skin/wound care, the most frequently-asked questions about spinal cord injuries and a booklet that includes information on choosing a rehab center.

    Please let me know if you would like to receive it. 

    You can contact me at [email protected] or 732 964-1992.

    Donna Lowich
    Senior Information Specialist
    Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

    Have a question about paralysis and need personalized assistance? Contact our Information Specialists:
  • Eugene72
    Eugene72 Member Posts: 1
    First Comment Photogenic
    Sorry about your families story but so glad you made it here! Just keep in mind that somethings here are funny as hell and said to be that way. It’s early on but try to keep things simple. Sense of humor, levity and humility are worth twice it’s value in clean colonoscopy bags here in Paralysis World.  
  • ambercollie
    ambercollie Moderator Posts: 191 Moderator
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    @karbeh any update?