25th October 2017 geri

Independent transfer on to standing frame using a lever

Independence- Every little helps!! I am constantly pushing myself but my stubbornness works for me and my approach to independence, but it might not work for others. I still struggle with the balance of finding the fine line between doing tasks myself to the point of physical exhaustion and accepting help (and more importantly asking for help). As a quad, it is good to be ambitious, but it can also create a failure mentality if you cannot do something by yourself. Personally, even though time consuming it gives me more of a sense of fulfilment, knowing that I’m not reliant for some simple things.Comparing abilities and independence with other quads is common and can lead to questioning your own approach to such. Perhaps we put too much pressure on ourselves to conform to others standards, berating ourselves if they don’t work for us. Ultimately, our path must be conducive to ourselves as individuals because we’re all actually very different as far as the amount of function we have. As mentioned in my blog (Independence), the system fails so many people to be independent by not helping them to help themselves in terms of accommodation, equipment, access etc and creating a mentality with little expectation that a person with a disability will live independently or establish a household of their own. But my advice is to remain strong and don’t fail yourself through your internal approach to independence.

Posted by Geraldine Lavelle on Thursday, October 19, 2017


I am a C6 spinal cord injured lady three years post injury and I am living alone, working and doing day to day tasks with minimal assistance. This site is to offer friendly advice and support to newly injured spinal cord people and their families. From issues of exercise, transferring, personal grooming, clothes etc and showing ways of relearning day to day tasks we took for granted in the past. I will also provide links to products and services that I have found useful to my progress. Spinal cord injuries are so unique to each individual so remember what works for one person may not work for someone else but feel free to comment if you know about something that may have helped you in regaining some of your independence. Currently, I am a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills. Please note: I am not a medic and you should always consult your GP or consultant first before trying anything suggested on this website. All SCI's are different and what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone, depending on different health issues.

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