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Jim – How has the injury affected your parenting?

Jim – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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Well with her being 14 right now, I get to see her five minutes a day is it. That’s it, she wants absolutely nothing to do with me, but that’s okay, she’ll come around eventually. But she’s a wonderful kid, and I think between... Show More

Well with her being 14 right now, I get to see her five minutes a day is it. That’s it, she wants absolutely nothing to do with me, but that’s okay, she’ll come around eventually. But she’s a wonderful kid, and I think between her mother and myself, we’ve done a fabulous job raising her, considering the situation we’re in. I mean I wanted to teach her to, you know, water ski, I wanted to teach her to snow ski. She’s missed out on so many different things, but, you know, those are things I can’t change, you know? I, I’d love to take her boating, I want to take her jet-skiing, I want to do so many things with her, but it’s just not going to happen. So I have to let that go, and you know, just try to talk to her whenever I get a chance for her, whenever she gives me a chance to let me talk to her. She’s grown up a lot faster because she’s been surrounded by a lot of adult people all the time. So she’s matured probably a lot faster than your average 14-year-old. And as far as me, you know I don’t know, she used to say when I was younger, when she was younger, actually we were both younger, that the wheelchair was invisible and that really she doesn’t know me any other way, so it’s, it’s just the way I am. I’m dad, and this is the way, this is the dad you get.

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Jim – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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Injured in 1996 at age 31, quadriplegic
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Well with her being 14 right now, I get to see her five minutes a day is it. That’s it, she wants absolutely nothing to do with me, but that’s okay, she’ll come around eventually. But she’s a wonderful kid, and I think between her mother and myself, we’ve done a fabulous job raising her, considering the situation we’re in. I mean I wanted to teach her to, you know, water ski, I wanted to teach her to snow ski. She’s missed out on so many different things, but, you know, those are things I can’t change, you know? I, I’d love to take her boating, I want to take her jet-skiing, I want to do so many things with her, but it’s just not going to happen. So I have to let that go, and you know, just try to talk to her whenever I get a chance for her, whenever she gives me a chance to let me talk to her. She’s grown up a lot faster because she’s been surrounded by a lot of adult people all the time. So she’s matured probably a lot faster than your average 14-year-old. And as far as me, you know I don’t know, she used to say when I was younger, when she was younger, actually we were both younger, that the wheelchair was invisible and that really she doesn’t know me any other way, so it’s, it’s just the way I am. I’m dad, and this is the way, this is the dad you get.

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