Hey, my name is Jack, Im 17, and I am Handicapped. I am a T-11 Complete Paraplegic, or completely and permanantly Paralyzed below the waist. I can’t feel ANYTHING below my waist.
Well ok, it all started when my brother (14) my dad, and I were coming back from a hockey game (Washington Capitals) in early April. I was sitting in the passenger’s seat with my brother in the the back seat and my dad driving. We were T-boned by a drunk driver while going through a green light. My dad received a broken arm and a shoulder, and my brother had some broken bones, and a moderate concussion. Well, I had the worst, I got a broken right arm, leg, neck, and a completely broken spinal cord, I was stuck in my car because I couldnt move or get out, and my dad told me to get out of the car, and I said I couldnt move, then I blacked out. The ambulance came got me out of the car and strapped me onto a backboard, trying to keep my spine stable and rushed me to the hospital. I was rushed into surgery to make sure my spinal cord injury didnt get worse. The surgery took about 9 hours. I woke up from surgery and I was in a Halo Brace for my neck, which doesnt let my head, neck, or chest move. The Halo is pure hell. Everything is a struggle for me. I also had a right arm and a leg cast and leg brace on my left leg. *I get the Halo Brace off in 4 weeks in late September, and I just got my casts off.*
I was was in the Intensive Care Unit for 3 weeks connected to a feeding tube, and a ventilator. I couldn’t believe I was paralyzed. I was crushed! My 2 best friends and my girlfriend all came in to my room the day after and started crying. My brother was crying aswell. It was awful. My family basically lived at the hospital when I was there. I was crying aswell, I was a big skiier, hockey player, football player, and baseball player, which I could have played Division 1 or 2 in it, and I couldnt imagine NOT playing them for the rest of my life. I was devastated. I thought about killing myself for a month. because I could never do anything I loved to do anymore. I was depressed. I couldnt sleep, I would wake up in the middle of the night, and not be able to go back to sleep. After I got my feeding tube out I could hardly eat for 2 weeks. I lived in the hospital for a month and 10 days, while I recovered and started physical therapy.
I left the hospital about 1 1/2 months ago. I have gotten over the SERIOUS (like killing myself) depression and I feel a lot better, but still I am still REALLY depressed. My 2 best friends and my girlfriend visit me everyother day after they finish baseball practice which makes me feel so much better. I have physical therapy ever Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 1 1/2 hours. I go to my teams baseball games every time they have one. I also started with the help of my friends an awareness campaign for anti-drunk driving. Sometimes I just cant take the feeling over not being able to walk or play sports like I loved ever again. Also when my friends go to the movies or something and I cant go.
Going to the bathroom is also a HUGE struggle and it is very time consuming for me. I do both “activities” once a day, taking a total time (from start to finish) of anywhere between an hour and hour and a half. Hopefully it will get faster once I get my Halo Brace off.
I just need help getting through this! Please. I need help. My parents, siblings, and friends, have not really helped that much.