Thursday, May 31, 2012

Caregiving 101...Spasms

When you have a spinal cord injury you have a condition that is called Spasticity or muscle spasms.  Following a spinal cord injury the nerve cells below the level of injury become disconnected from the brain at the level of injury.  Almost anything can trigger these spasms. Some things however, can make spasticity more of a problem.  If you have a bladder infection or pressure sores (which Dennis does right now) your level of spasms may go up.  Sometimes that is a good thing because it will let you know there may be a problem that someone with a spinal cord injury may not feel.  Right now, Dennis has a pressure sore on his heel and his elbow and it is causing him to spasm up the leg and into his stomach.  This causes him a lot of discomfort and sometimes these spasms occur when you least expect them .  One time he had one at his computor and his desk sits on wood slats to make it taller, well the desk wentcompletely off the wood that was holding it up.  If you touch a person with a spinal cord injury your touch can stimulate their skin can set off a spasm.  Dennis takes a prescription called baclofen and tizanidine to help control these spasms.  Tonight we were sitting on the deck, doing our evening devotions and when it was time to go in Dennis moved to change the controls on his chair and had a spasm and this is what occured.
Dennis remained very calm while I tried to think of what MacGyver would do in this situation.  Did I mention this was coming.
So I did what I'm sure Mrs. MacGyver would have done and called Dennis's dad.  He came over put three bricks on the side, got a two by four wood plank and lifted him off and on to the deck.  Now, this took a total of 5 minutes to come up with this plan!   Why can't I think of things like that!!!!!
Then the storm hit and the trees were blowing and my dog. who is scared to death of storms would not come in. .....A day in our life.......:)



9 comments:

  1. Dennis can always stay so calm....I am always amazed.

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  2. That is quite the unpleasant adventure! I love your state park photos below.

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  3. "A Day in the Life" - your cheeky humour shines through even when challenges hit you! Always feel humbled to share your ups and downs and 'challenges'! ;)

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  4. Thank You Al. Rose, if we didn't laugh about the situations we get we would probably go crazy! :)

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  5. Although it must be a challenge, staying home is much better than going to the hospital. Please take care of yourself too!

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  6. Enjoyed catching up on your posts again Cheri - you sure have a well-honed sense of humor (a gift no doubt to help you through the day's predicaments). I can empathize with your dog-scared-of-storms situation - now our dog is at the stage where she cowers when a hard rain starts since she thinks that will be followed by lightning and then a blood-curdling thunderclap !

    May you experience strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

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  7. Hi Cheri, thanks so much for stopping by in Perth. It's given me a chance to read a little about your life, which I can see has it's ups and downs. I can imagine life would be very difficult at times but I can see looking back on you posts that you have definitely maintained your sense of humour, loved your post 'we are being taken over', not so cute those squirrels when they get cheeky!

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  8. Thanks for your comment on my blog. That is an awfull accident your husband had with his bike and left him in such a bad condition. You two are very brave to cope with this situation, but you have no choice. Hope I can chear you up a bit with my blog.
    Best wishes, Marianne

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