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Mark – How has the injury affected your parenting?

Mark – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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You have to be very creative, but what you realize is that your kid gets creative. So, Lindsay was very good at figuring out how to crawl up in my lap, I didn’t have to reach out and grab her. She just wanted to sit on my lap, she figured it out. I... Show More

You have to be very creative, but what you realize is that your kid gets creative. So, Lindsay was very good at figuring out how to crawl up in my lap, I didn’t have to reach out and grab her. She just wanted to sit on my lap, she figured it out. If I needed things in high places, then she would crawl up on my lap, and stand on my lap. So, there’re some great pictures of her like reaching up and grabbing things out of the freezer. She did not know any different until she got old enough to where her friends begun to go, “what happened to your dad?” “What’s wrong with your dad?” “Is your dad ever going to walk again?” Up until that time it was just, I was her dad. And so, we had sometimes there you know late, well, kindergarten, elementary school, where me and her had to spend some time together, so I could help her understand how to respond to those kinds of questions. So, it affected me clearly because there’re just some things I can’t do, and there’re some things I need help doing. But she really is the one who kind of just, “he’s my dad, I mean, I don’t know anything.” I mean, she grew up knowing this, so she didn’t know any different until people began to ask questions.

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Mark – How has the injury affected your parenting?

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Injured in 1981 at age 19, quadriplegic
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You have to be very creative, but what you realize is that your kid gets creative. So, Lindsay was very good at figuring out how to crawl up in my lap, I didn’t have to reach out and grab her. She just wanted to sit on my lap, she figured it out. If I needed things in high places, then she would crawl up on my lap, and stand on my lap. So, there’re some great pictures of her like reaching up and grabbing things out of the freezer. She did not know any different until she got old enough to where her friends begun to go, “what happened to your dad?” “What’s wrong with your dad?” “Is your dad ever going to walk again?” Up until that time it was just, I was her dad. And so, we had sometimes there you know late, well, kindergarten, elementary school, where me and her had to spend some time together, so I could help her understand how to respond to those kinds of questions. So, it affected me clearly because there’re just some things I can’t do, and there’re some things I need help doing. But she really is the one who kind of just, “he’s my dad, I mean, I don’t know anything.” I mean, she grew up knowing this, so she didn’t know any different until people began to ask questions.

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