Life Expectancy Of A Quadriplegic
Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:27 PM
Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:39 PM
My husband is a c5 c6 incomplete quad injury in 1984 everyone is amazed that he is still here with us! Me not so much! I have a question related to the old quad and the aging process> Does the longterm meds cause memory loss? The injury itself? I dont know anyone that has lived with quadriplegia for this long and we r kinda isolated
I was injured in 1967 (C5-C6) when I was 20 years old. That's all I remember!!!
Ask away and I'll try to answer.
Edited by Millard, 05 April 2011 - 09:41 PM.
"Life's tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid!" - John Wayne
Posted 06 April 2011 - 02:52 AM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 11:12 AM
Forgetfulness can be part of the normal aging process but could also be due to cognitive difficulties - I don't think medications affect memory directly although long term they may have some effect on cognitive function (concentration & focus mainly). It depends what type of injuries he sustained as to whether his thinking/rationalising abilities will be affected. My husband has a brain injury which he sustained in the original accident and that does have some effect on cognitive function too.
Keeping the brain active as aging is an important thing for everywhere to be aware of so maybe try to find activities - if he's not already doing them that he enjoys and that exercise his brain in the right way.
There are certainly loads of quads on here that testify to the fact that longevity is not directly affected by SCI.
As to the isolation - often an unfortunate complication to disability socially - friends slowly dissapearing or suddenly becoming too busy to know you.
What I think takes the cake is when they say that "It is too hard for them"
Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:20 AM
Edited by demfabbones, 29 April 2011 - 02:21 AM.