Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Please let me tell you how I keep my skin so healthy and youthful appearing. I never reveal my true age, even on this blog.
But seriously, all quadriplegics and paraplegics must be concerned and vigilant about their skin. Bedsores and skin breakdown can happen in matter of hours, but takes weeks or as long as months to heal. It’s especially important if you can’t roll yourself over onto your side or stomach. Like me, my injury is so high in my neck ( c- 6 complete) , which means my spinal cord is severed a the 6th cervical (neck) vertebrae, that the triceps muscles in my arms are very weak and I am unable to roll myself over or sit up. So I used to have Eric come in and turn me on my side about 4am every morning but it was uncomfortable, my shoulder, hip and elbow got extremely sore, and it was another break in Eric’s sleep. But I finally came up with a solution.
Although I already sleep on a craftmatic mattress, I added an air topper so I wouldn’t need to be moved during the night. This not only saves my joints but saves Eric precious sleep time.