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Ramon – What kind of work do you do?

Ramon – What kind of work do you do?

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Currently, I work—and I have this unique opportunity to meet people when they’re in their bed after they acquire a spinal cord injury, or an injury.  I work at a rehab hospital in the city of Chicago, and I get to go into the rooms, ... Show More

Currently, I work—and I have this unique opportunity to meet people when they’re in their bed after they acquire a spinal cord injury, or an injury.  I work at a rehab hospital in the city of Chicago, and I get to go into the rooms, and try to tell people that it’s going to be ok.  You know, hopefully I can show them that it is, because it’s coming from me.  I’m not a doctor—God knows I’m not really good at a lot of stuff—but when they’re on the bedside, and they’re counting those little dots in the ceiling, because all the hospitals have these ceilings, and they’re looking at the window, “What’s going to happen?”  I come in, and I tell them what it’s going to be like.  I want you to, like, ask me questions, like real deep questions, I want you to tell me what you’re feeling—“Am I going to be able to perform?  I got a girl friend.”—“What about driving?”—“What about this thing, ‘bowel programs’?”—“You know, people are touching me and showing me, how’s that work?”  Because for those that acquire disabilities, this is all new.  Once we’re, like we catch their attention, we start connecting them with those resources available in the community, so they can be successful.  

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Ramon – What kind of work do you do?

Ramon

Injured in 1999 at age 25, paraplegic
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Currently, I work—and I have this unique opportunity to meet people when they’re in their bed after they acquire a spinal cord injury, or an injury.  I work at a rehab hospital in the city of Chicago, and I get to go into the rooms, and try to tell people that it’s going to be ok.  You know, hopefully I can show them that it is, because it’s coming from me.  I’m not a doctor—God knows I’m not really good at a lot of stuff—but when they’re on the bedside, and they’re counting those little dots in the ceiling, because all the hospitals have these ceilings, and they’re looking at the window, “What’s going to happen?”  I come in, and I tell them what it’s going to be like.  I want you to, like, ask me questions, like real deep questions, I want you to tell me what you’re feeling—“Am I going to be able to perform?  I got a girl friend.”—“What about driving?”—“What about this thing, ‘bowel programs’?”—“You know, people are touching me and showing me, how’s that work?”  Because for those that acquire disabilities, this is all new.  Once we’re, like we catch their attention, we start connecting them with those resources available in the community, so they can be successful.  

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