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Individuals who adjust well to unexpected events generally lead healthy, active, and happy lives after their injury. Individuals who do not adapt well to unexpected events tend to be less healthy, less active, and unhappier after their injury. Unhealthy behavior almost always leads to unhealthy results. When you neglect your personal care, you put yourself at greater risk for developing a wide range of health problems such as respiratory complications, urinary tract infection, and pressure sores. These problems can limit your ability to participate in activities. Substance abuse can complicate existing medical problems or lead to other health problems.

When you are first injured, it takes time to get use to your life after injury. Some people grieve longer than others, so the adjustment period is different for everyone. It may take as much as a year for you to accept the realities of your injury. You will also experience a continued process of adjusting to the unique issues that occur in your every day life as a person with SCI.

Healthy Adjustment to SCI
One of the biggest keys to adjusting to spinal cord injury is personal motivation. Individuals who are newly injured are often motivated to attend therapy sessions out of a desire to gain strength and function. You probably have a strong belief that your paralysis is only temporary, and you will soon return to your old, “normal” self. This hope is a common reaction after an injury. Unfortunately, it is far more likely for individuals to recover function based on their level and completeness of injury. In fact, only a few people actually fully recover from their injury. This does not mean that all hope is lost for a full or partial recovery. Almost all individuals with SCI continue to hope that they will walk again one day. However, a cure for paralysis may or may not come in your lifetime. A healthy approach to this reality is to move forward with your life after injury with the continued hope that advances in medicine will one day lead to a cure. In other words, do not wait on a cure to proceed with your life!

People who adjust well to life after injury are usually motivated to meet personal goals. These goals are different for everyone and often change throughout life. For example, your goal today may be to get a job, and you may want to have children in the future. Itt is up to you to find purpose in your life and the motivation to achieve your goals. It may help to think about what you wanted out of your life before you were injured. For example, you may have once strived for good health, an enjoyable job, and a loving family. There is no reason that you cannot continue to strive for the same things now that you have a spinal cord injury.

Healthy Family Adjustment to SCI
As an individual with SCI, it is important to recognize that your injury also has a tremendous impact on your family. Although they may not have to adjust to losing the use of their hands or ability to walk, your family may experience a loss of the way their life was before your injury. For example, they may have to adjust to the role of caregiver. They may need to work to help with family finances. All of the changes that they face can lead to added stress and anxiety. As your family comes to accept the injury, they face issues of adjustment similar to those you may experience.

Children are naturally curious and adjust to events by asking questions. They ask questions because they make few assumptions about how the injury impacts their life. Therefore, children adjust rather quickly to an injury if their questions are answered in a clear, honest manner.

If you are a family member, healthy family adjustment is, essentially, taking care of you. For example, you can take time away from your loved one to do those things that you enjoy. You can help minimize your stress and anxiety by working to replace your own false assumptions, unrealistic ideas, and irrational beliefs. You can start by learning the facts about SCI. Then, challenge your irrational beliefs with evidence to dispute your beliefs. Finally, replace your false information with facts. Hopefully, you will soon discover that you too are living a healthier, happier, and more satisfying life.

Conclusion
No matter if you have a spinal cord injury or not, you have control over your life by choosing how you want to think about your situation. You can be happy and more hopeful about your life, but it will only happen when you work to make it happen. Your thoughts, feelings, and behavior do not change overnight. It takes time to grieve your loss and come to accept the realities of the injury. Then, you face a continued process of adjusting to everyday issues of living with SCI. If you avoid false assumptions, unrealistic ideas, and irrational beliefs, you will give yourself more opportunities to reach your goals and have the life that you desire.

Hello everyone this year for Halloween we’re doing something special. Not only because it’s Halloween but also because it is our One Year Anniversary since we launched our company. We are proud of all the hard work and dedication that everyone has put in developing this company. It continues to be our goal to help disabled gamers get back in the game and provide the tools to do so.

Starting this month we are giving everyone the opportunity to purchase an LP pad at 15% off the regular price. Use PROMO CODE; ghostpad13 when you place your order. To order your LP pad visit us at www.lppad.com but hurry this order last only till October 31st 2013. image

CEO Luis Peña & VP Kaylin Winkelmann

CEO Luis Peña & VP Kaylin Winkelmann

A Casa Grande man who is a former U.S. Border Patrol agent created and patented a video game controller for people with severe spinal cord injuries.
Luis Pena formed LP Accessible Technologies and created the controller out of necessity. He was injured in an auto accident on the job in 2007 and is a quadriplegic.
His company focuses on building video game controllers that disabled people can use to play video games.
A longtime video game buff, Pena missed playing games after he recovered from the accident. So, he set out to create a controller he, and other people with disabilities, could use.
The result is the LP Pad, which Pena says is just like an Xbox remote control except for its size. It operates like a regular remote through Bluetooth technology and is fully compatible with the Xbox 360 gaming system.
It weighs less than a pound and is made specifically to sit on the user’s lap. The controller features large buttons that are activated simply by brushing a hand across them.
“People who are like me can only push with like three or four pounds of pressure,” Pena said.
Or, users can plug a “chin stick” into the LP Pad, and they’re ready to play any video game made for the Xbox.
Pena said he is working hard to get the controller available for use on PS3 gaming systems and hopes to have one developed within a year.
For now, he is taking his controller all over the country to show people with disabilities how they can again enjoy playing video games.
“I’m hoping eventually we can get a licensing agreement from Microsoft so we can sell these game controllers at a lower cost at Best Buy, GameStop, Wal-Mart, anywhere,” Pena said.
Pena’s controllers sell for $399.99. The controller can be purchased at lpaccessibletechnologies.com.
The back story
Oct. 18, 2007, is a date Pena will never forget, even though he still doesn’t know exactly what happened that day.
He remembers going to the bank to open an account and was scheduled to work that night, beginning a “camp duty” in which agents stay in the desert for seven days. Pena’s been told he reported to work at the Border Patrol station in Casa Grande and was en route to back up another agent in the desert — but he never made it there.
Investigators don’t know exactly what happened except that his vehicle rolled over while traveling through the Tohono O’odham Nation.
“I was driving on a straightaway — you could see skid marks go right and come back left and then I rolled over,” Pena said. “The assumption is that perhaps cattle or horses got in the way and that’s what made me roll over. We’ll never know for sure.” Pena said he was strapped in and not ejected.
Pena woke up a month later at University Medical Center in Tucson and was told he was paralyzed from the chest down after suffering a C6-C7 spinal injury. He said the doctors immediately sedated him after he woke up.
“Knowing what my body looked like before — when I woke up and looked at my arms and saw the atrophy, I really freaked out,” he said.
“It’s one of those things that because of my training in martial arts and so many people coming to help me out, I just was able to say ‘OK, this is what it is and it’s time to move on to a new chapter in my life.’”
After his injury, Pena and his family lived in a hotel for eight months while renovations were be made to his two-story home, making it wheelchair accessible. An elevator was installed, his yard relandscaped and he was given a custom van that he still drives.
Pena was officially retired from the Border Patrol in 2012, ending his nine-year career with Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Border Patrol, Pena was a police officer with the Amtrak Police Department in Philadelphia and helped in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorism attacks in New York City.
Before his accident, Pena was active in martial arts, a fourth-degree black belt in four different styles and also fought in mixed martial arts.
The new story
Pena requires assistance from a caregiver, and after four years of help from Kaylin Winkelmann, he says she’s his best friend. Winkelmann is also Pena’s business partner in LP Accessible Technologies.
Starting the company was a big step for Pena.
“It’s hard not to get excited and at the same time we’re nervous because we spent so much time and money just trying to get the prototype pad working correctly,” he said. Pena and Winkelmann travel to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, trade shows and conventions to demonstrate the controller.
“Everybody that has used it absolutely falls in love with it. There is nothing out there at all for people like us,” with spinal cord injuries, Pena said.

CEO Luis Peña & VP Kaylin Winkelmann

CEO Luis Peña & VP Kaylin Winkelmann

imageBBC News and a host of other media outlets are featuring an exciting breakthrough in the repair of spinal cord injuries in paralysed rats. The rats have regained bladder control, a major issue for people living with spinal cord injury, in response to nerve cell transplants alongside a series of injections of chondroitinase. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23051516

The project led by Dr Jerry Silver of Case Western Reserve Medical School, Cleveland, Ohio, builds on the findings of a previous project funded by Spinal Research which saw this approach restore independent breathing in rats. An interesting side effect they noted during the original work was the change in bladder function, which prompted the project now making headlines. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14139204

A major hurdle in spinal cord repair is the scar tissue that forms at the site of an injury. This new project’s use of chondroitinase, known to breakdown scarring, in addition to the graft of nerve tissue on the injured spinal cord means that injured nerve cells could regrow – some as long as 2cm. As a result the rats regained bladder function meaning that they could urinate unaided.

Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Research at Spinal Research commented:

“It is increasingly evident that if we can establish better communication between the cord above the injury and the cord below, as Silver and colleagues have, we can engage with an intelligent cord that can make use of even rudimental signals and turn them into functionally useful activities. Coordinated bladder function has enormous beneficial consequences for people with spinal cord injury and this is extremely encouraging work showing we are going in the right direction.”

It is hoped that this approach or similar will eventually be used to help people living with paralysis regain independent bladder control.

311022_248230718554541_957565136_nI wanted to share with you They Shall Walk. Perhaps some of you have heard about it, and if you haven’t then you should. This needs tp be a household name!! Imagine an Iron Man-esque suit that helps people with paralysis and other diabilities walk again. Is this the furture of medicine? Could people who aren’t able to walk take their first steps?? Are machines going to be our new medicine? Read the story and let us know what you think:)

They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research corporation in the state of Washington. It was founded to give the gift of walking, raise awareness of paralyzed and other disAbled persons, improve their quality of life through technology, provide for the needs of mobility impaired, provide educational opportunities for students, teachers, mentors and schools.
They Shall Walk was founded by Monty K Reed in 1986 specifically to build the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton that would give him his life back. After designing the system Monty experienced a miraculous healing and was able to walk again. He still suffers daily with pain and partial paralysis that comes and goes. In spite of the challenges Monty has made a commitment to continued health and rides a bike over 2000 miles a year and participates in cycling events such as the STP
The next step in the Gift of Walking timeline is the Rehabilitation model of the LIFESUIT called the RehabSUIT. Paralyzed people will use the RehabSUIT to stand, walk and exercise. Microsoft has just sponsored in with $1.2 million in software towards the $14 million institute facility in Seattle (AKA the “North Lab”).Automated Therapeutics is the newest sponsor of They Shall Walk and will be manufacturing and selling the therapy version of the robotic suit. Exoskeletons are now being tested in hospitals with favorable results. Automated Therapeutics will raise $500k to develop the prototype into a market ready product.
In the future paralyzed people will have a LIFESUIT for use at home and in the office. For instance the LIFESUIT LS14 weighs about 75 pounds and is powered by compressed air. It will allow the wearer walk up to about 2.5 miles per hour and to ascend and descend stairs. The next model, known as LIFESUIT™ LS15 can stand and balance unmanned, it will be controlled in the same way as a powered wheelchair with a joystick. Future generations of the LIFESUIT™ may incorporate a wet-suit style outfit composed of ‘biosynthetic muscle fibers’© ™, fuel cells or “Fuel Pods© ™” and lightweight power paks. It will be worn under the clothes and allow paralyzed to walk and no one will ever know they were paralyzed.

There are millions of disabled people that can benefit from the LIFESUIT™ including the SCI, Elderly, Veterans, people with sports injuries, accident victims, and people with congenital defects.

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