Innovators and facilitators

With a team of specialists to put the body back together, wheelchair users can be mobile and healthy. But it’s the humble occupational therapist who assists spinal cord injury (SCI) patients to live a fulfilling life. An SCI is a catastrophic life-changing event that impacts on every facet of daily...

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Fruits of frustration

Frustration is inevitable when your life changes very suddenly. People with disabilities as well as caregivers should consider how they express their frustrations. As persons with disabilities, we do become frustrated with our own inabilities; at those times cute aphorisms like “otherwise enabled” do not help much. I watch rugby,...

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Reinventing purpose

When a spouse loses physical mobility through a spinal cord injury (SCI), it is a life-shattering experience for both partners. It takes great purpose to rebuild. I recently heard of a man who tragically lost his wife in a car accident. His life was shattered. However, he tells of how...

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Lost in space

A spinal cord injury is life-changing for the injured person as well as their spouse or life partner Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are hugely traumatic. We deal with the death of a part of ourselves and we turn inwards. There is the battle to survive, followed closely by the battle...

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Food for thought!

People with mobility impairments have specific dietary needs that must be taken into consideration to ensure their wellbeing – and this involves more than just watching their weight and fluid intake To find out more I chatted to Charlene Grimsehl, a dietitian at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Johannesburg, where...

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WTF versus WYM

Our attitudes govern our lives, but it is the relationships we build that add spice and make it all worthwhile In recent weeks QASA proposed a “What the F***” cartoon campaign to demonstrate the frustration of people with various forms of plegias against structural inaccessibility, such as occupied disability parking...

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Compassion Fatigue

It’s a phenomenon that can affect all caregivers – especially those taking care of family members or loved ones. Have you ever felt so tired and despondent that you wished that your caregiving responsibilities would just go away!? And have you ever secretly wished in a moment of frustration that...

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Proactive patience

The virtues of grace, compassion and empathy are invaluable, but they also need to be accompanied by calm perseverance. In previous articles I have encouraged caregivers to show compassion and grace when working with clients. But it’s time to talk about the practical application of these mind-sets! I want to...

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