How To Relieve Back Pain At Home

Back pain is a common complaint. In fact, it is one of the top factors in missed work and doctor’s appointments. Here’s how to relieve back pain when it gives you the blues. Common causes of back pain Sitting A big driver of back pain is improper sitting. Poor posture causes undue pressure on back […]

Spinal Cord Injuries and Incontinence

Urination is accomplished via communication between the brain and the urinary system. That system is comprised of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra and sphincter muscles. Signals between the urinary system and brain must pass along the spinal cord. When spinal cord injuries disrupt this system of communication, the result is incontinence.

Holistic Kidney Health

As a survivor of spinal cord injury for almost twenty-three years I have been blessed with very good kidney health. Sadly, many of those in a similar situation have not been as fortunate. I recognize that not all conditions have the same cause and not everyone reading this may have a spinal cord injury, but […]

Medical Journaling – Part 1

Recently a good friend of Men’s Liberty was in the hospital with a life-threatening infection.  As with most hospital visits, it was extremely stressful on his caregiver…  Me.  This is how medical journaling helped. While he underwent emergency surgery and recovery, I realized – it was left up to me to be his health advocate.  […]

Tales from the aisle seat…

Traveling by plane is getting more and more stressful. From security checkpoints pat-downs and shoe removals to TSA officials who view mother’s breast milk as potentially toxic substance, there are a gazillion mundane things that can really get things off to a bad start. Long lines, lost luggage, inattentive attendants, flight delays, long layovers, and […]

A Broken Cord – Part 1

Did you know it costs, on average, $100,000 a year to live with a spinal cord injury? Yes, you read that correctly. I am not referring to normal living expenses either. That figure you see there refers to everything we need to stay alive like a wheelchair, proper cushions, chair maintenance, medical supplies, medication, doctor […]

The Time Machine

Today a friend I’ve known for many years and went to school with posted a set of photos on every body’s favorite social network. As I have already mentioned in one of this year’s blogs 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of my high school graduating class. It seems strange because I remember the night in […]

Notes From The ER…This ain’t no Greys Anatomy

There are few things that will make you jump like pissing blood will. Anyone reading this who either has a spinal cord injury or intimately knows someone who does knows exactly what I’m talking about. Living with the numbness and nerve damage and paralysis is one thing, the secondary effects are what drive people like […]

Too Little…Too Late With Caleb

 Every few months I get a message here on the blog. Ironically, it usually comes from a mother. A mother whose child has recently suffered a spinal cord injury and they are looking for answers. Answers I do not always have. Answers I wish were simple and are not. Many want to know if stem […]

That Darn Easter Bunny…

It’s now the second day of spring. It snowed yesterday on the first day of spring. It doesn’t feel like spring and these Meteorologists on TV might as well be telling us the Easter Bunny is running behind on chocolate orders and had to outsource holiday deliveries to Godiva. Fortunately the snow is melting very […]