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'It Can't Ever Happen To ME!': My Story. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Thursday, July 07, 2011

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A teenage girl is paralyzed after a riding accident.

Image of handicapped sign (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

Before The Accident that changed my life forever, my attitude was this: "It won't EVER happen to ME!"

I couldn't have been more wrong.

I now lie here in a hospital bed, waiting for the go-ahead, for the ambulance attendants to put me on a gurney and roll me out to the ambulance; the ambulance, in kind, will take me to the rehabilation hospital up the way, where I will then start physical therapy, in the hopes that one day (hopefully soon!) that I will walk again.

I am paralyzed.  Paralyzed from the waist down.  I have very little feeling in my hips and absolutely no feeling whatsoever in my legs or feet.  It's like my body ended right at my hips, but I know my body is still there, 'cause when I look down, I see my legs lying limply on the bed, like a pair of pale sausages.

I became paralyzed last month when I fell off of my horse, "Ginger".  Something sppked her, and she bucked, throwing me off in the process.  When I landed, I landed wrong; I knew I'd done something to my back.  There was this soft, audible "Poing!" noise, sort of like what you hear on cartoons,  incredible pain, and then ... nothing.  When I tried to roll over, so I could get up, I couldn't.  I just lay there on the ground, unable to move.

I suddenly became very scared.  I started screaming hysterically for my mama to come help (daddy was at work at the time); mama came out, and I told her to call for an ambulance as I was hurt badly.  I told her I couldn't move or get up.  

It seemed like hours, but the ambulance (and the EMT's) were there within minutes.  They soon had me on a gurney and after strapping me in place (so I wouldn't fall off), they put me into the rear of the ambulance, shut the doors, and soon I was being rushed to the nearest hospital.

In the ER, I was looked over.  Doctors asked me a thousand questions as nurses took my vital signs and samples from my body.  I still couldn't move (or feel) anything below my hips/waist.  I was becoming more scared as the minutes ticked by.  I had no idea what I'd done to myself, but I knew it was bad.

I just didn't know HOW bad.

Then I got the news that I would need to be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.  The news nearly crushed me.  I wanted nothing more than to die, so I wouldn't have to put up with the misery any longer.  I didn't want to be in a wheelchair: I wanted to walk again, but right now, that was impossible.

Now I'm getting ready to go to the rehab hospital, where I will have extensive physical, emotional/mental, and occupational therapies.  I will learn how to do things sitting down in a wheelchair, transferring myself from a bed or chair to and from my wheelchair, reaching for things, and whatnot.  I will learn how to dress myself sitting down and how to do my shoes/pants.  

It won't be easy, but I'm learning that my life is not over, by a long shot.  It's just going to take a lot of getting used to and I just wonder what my friends are going to do upon seeing me after I get out of the rehab hospital.

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/7/2011
Never know when an accident will change your life forever ...excellent story, Karen. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/7/2011
From one minute to the next we never know, a great write, and a great reminder
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/7/2011
We never know from one minute to the next just what will happen in our lives! A wise person said "live every day as if it is your last day on earth, because it may be" and we should do just that. Accidents happen or illness strikes, we just have to do the best we can in life, although it is not easy! Good read, Karen.

Hugs, Joy L. Hale

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