April 16,2016 is the date of my tragic accident where I was electrocuted and thrown from my large stepladder. I am now a paraplegic (t6) with no feelings from my chest down. My injuries and additional issues acquired during hospitalization contributed to my lengthy recovery.

I was resuscitated prior to my spinal operation. Subsequent to the initial surgery I had the following medical issues: chest tube, broken ribs, uncontrolled atrial fibrillation, heart attack, breathing issues that required both ventilator and tracheotomy, as well as two rounds of pneumonia. I have had serious urinary tract infections as well as a skin ulcer that resulted in osteomyelitis (bone infection) and months for the wound to close and it continues to heal.

It has been a year of challenges and new experiences such as speeding past pedestrians in my new power chair. My journey has involved stays at 4 hospitals (see my hospital food blog) and a six month stay at Bellwood Community Living. A simple handshake when I couldn’t talk to a verbal thank you has enabled me to develop a supportive and respectful relationships with all my nurses and personal care workers. My rehab is still ongoing as I strive to be more independent.

I would like to thank my family, friends, and co-workers for the amazing love and support through my journey. From bedside visits just holding hands, visitors struggling to read my handwriting, handmade cards and games, to stuffing my little freezer with food it has shown how blessed I am.

I couldn’t have made it through without you. You have enabled me to be strong, positive, motivated and retain my sense of humour. I look forward to what the future entails.

I love you all.

John
john@4inspiration.ca