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Aric – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

Aric – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

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To gain independence, not just on the chair, but transferring, moving in and out of the chair to push myself. And when they told me they were going to teach me to fall out of the chair, and I didn’t understand it. “Why do I need to learn to fall ... Show More

To gain independence, not just on the chair, but transferring, moving in and out of the chair to push myself. And when they told me they were going to teach me to fall out of the chair, and I didn’t understand it. “Why do I need to learn to fall out? When it happens, it happens.” Boy, you got to be able to get back in the chair. So, they had me scoot to the very edge of my chair, and I had two physical therapists on either side, and they said, “just fall,” and it was on a mat. And I went to fall forward, and of course, I grabbed around their necks and we fall forward together. And they laughed, and they said, “that’s good, but you have got to learn to do it independently. So, when you fall, catch yourself, put your hand out.” So, to me becoming independent, pushing the chair, activities of daily living was great.

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Aric – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

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Injured in 1983 at age 14, paraplegic
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To gain independence, not just on the chair, but transferring, moving in and out of the chair to push myself. And when they told me they were going to teach me to fall out of the chair, and I didn’t understand it. “Why do I need to learn to fall out? When it happens, it happens.” Boy, you got to be able to get back in the chair. So, they had me scoot to the very edge of my chair, and I had two physical therapists on either side, and they said, “just fall,” and it was on a mat. And I went to fall forward, and of course, I grabbed around their necks and we fall forward together. And they laughed, and they said, “that’s good, but you have got to learn to do it independently. So, when you fall, catch yourself, put your hand out.” So, to me becoming independent, pushing the chair, activities of daily living was great.

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