Feel pretty fecked compared to 10 yrs ago when i didn't bother working but just rode my bike all day and all i had to worry bout was keeping fit, ergo i was pretty fit n' healthy and nae pain or worries. A car accident caused this damage back in 1991, mostly spinal and i was paraplegic for 5 weeks till one neurosurgeon thought "what the hell - you're **** anyway so i'll go in to your spine and see what i can do if you'll let me". Glad he did as i regained movement and walked out of the spinal unit 4 months later.
Two vertebrae removed, along wi 4 ribs and bits of bone removed from spinal cord, most of the others have been fused together with titanium rods (hartman loop), 4 inches shorter in the spine than what i should be, sciatic nerve along with spinal pain/spasms is EEEEK! at times, intestinal tract is reduced (surgery), stomach is reduced (surgery) , kidneys work to a certain degree, bladder n' bowel control is ?........ circulation is borked, standing up all day at work leads to odema and fluid build up at base of spine which presses on spinal nerves, so i hang upside down on a tilt table every night for an hr to help matters, if i work during the day i'm too fecked/legs swollen/pain etc to ride my bike at night, if i ride my bike during the day i feel great due to non-impact activity but that doesn't pay the bills so i have to work during the day to pay bills ergo i'm too fecked to ride or exercise at night.
I have a cunning plan though......two more years and i will be free of debts then i'm packing all work in and going cycling till i can't cycle any more and when that occurs i'll worry bout what happens then.
EDIT : forgot my right leg now drags a bit as i cannot get it to work properly and it's power is reduced 30% according to my recent test at the spinal unit....so i have a hunch on my spine, drag my right leg.....Hmmmm?....Esmerelda...where are you?.