The Accident

On February 28th, 2009 a car accident left me a C4-C5 quadriplegic.  I have been told countless times by healthcare professionals that I would never use my arms and hands, let alone walk, again.  I have, however, been proving them wrong.  I continue to progress past their expectation!  I wonder if these individuals are telling me what they really believe or whether they are just preconditioned to not to give us hope anymore?  Are they just afraid of the retaliation of those who were unable to progress?  Miracles still happen!  I have seen them!  They have seen them!  I am going to be one even though it is going to be a lot of hard work!

 

My Condition

 

What most people don't realize is that the visible limitations a person with quadriplegia exhibits are not the whole story. Not having normal use of my arms and legs means that everything from eating to going to the bathroom is dependent on another person.  My mother has left behind our family in Japan to become my arms and legs in California until I get better!

 

What next?

Of course, I'm not one to listen to science and sit around waiting for life to pass me by.  To ensure the best possible recovery, I have committed to 9 hours of extreme physical therapy at a specialized rehabilitation center called Sci-Fit (www.sci-fit.org)  per week.  That is not all, I also try working with other alternative therapies when finances and time allow, such as homeopathy from my mother who is certified through Royal Academy of Homeopathy UK (www.rah-uk.com),Vasper Systems (Peter Wasowski has donated his time, new technology and facilities to help me recover! www.vasper.com); meditation therapy with Doron who has brought me peace of mind and hope, (http://www.doronyoga.com/ ); body work by Yiwen Chang at Prajna Yoga and Healing (http://www.prajnacenter.com/); and Chinese Qi Gong massage and acupuncture.  

  I have already beaten some odds by learning to push a manual wheelchair and brushing my own teeth, using a computer, painting, and playing the piano (with help) again, but I know I am capable of much more.  I will keep you updated on my progress along the way.

 

My Dog!

Sky is my craigslist mutt turned service dog, my love and my confidence.  Four years ago, my life was flipped around and found myself paralyzed from the neck down.  I became dependent on someone for even the most menial task.  I had lost the little confidence that I had and felt that I lost my dignity.  Two years went by with little to no socialization and an obsession with rehabilitation.  Then, I was blessed with this crazy brat of a dog.  Boy, she was trouble, but never failed to put a smile on my face.  With persistent training (donated by Dan Perata "The Bay Area's best dog trainer” www.danpereta.com and Debra Carroll) she is now my service dog, aiding me by doing things like picking up dropped items and opening the door for me when I need to go out.  She is my shadow and I’d have it no other way.