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In May 1994, American actor then 42 year old Christopher Reeve fell from a horse and sustained a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. If you were Christopher Reeves neighbor, what would you have told his family about long term c

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Research on Christopher Reeve and his lifetime disability / May 8 2006

I have always been a crusader of causes . This time , the cause found me ‘ one of the treasured quotes from the late Christopher Reeve (1995 , the Superman ‘ loved by children and adult alike all over the world . The great American actor who , in May 1994 fell from a horse and sustained a spinal cord injury that paralyzed his body from neck down The following years after the accident , though difficult as it may for his family , he and wife Dana , however , found [banner_entry_middle]

a new life helping other people face the harsh realities of paralysis and lifetime disabilities like his . This is the cause he was talking about

Lifetime disability like what Reeves endured is not a simple problem that most people could overcome . Paralysis , especially caused by spinal cord injury , is a complicated physical state . It does not only affect the individual ‘s life but also that of his family , friends and close companies . The person who suffers from paralysis and lifetime disability also faces mental , social and political problems that are oftentimes transcending to his family

It is therefore interesting to look into the life of Christopher Reeve and just for a while , play a role of an outsider looking closely to his family – learning their issues , involving with their concerns and trying to help them deal with their predicament

Caring for a person with lifetime disability is a difficult task . This is even more difficult for a family member who takes the role as a caregiver like in the case of Reeve ‘s wife for example , Dana . The most basic thing that his family must do is to accept his condition . In most cases where a family member meets an accident and eventually leads an atypical life physically , the whole family suffers shock , disbelief and denial . Acceptance is important because if the family is in denial , they would not have the emotional strength to help their family-patient in dealing with his own condition

Attending to the basic needs of the patient like eating , bathing dressing , sleeping and other simple activities follows as soon as the person with disability stays at home after surgery or major medical operation . It is important for the family to learn and familiarize the family-patient ‘s condition and ailment , even though the patient would have his own private nurse . Being an incidental caregiver , the family should ask all details of the ailment or disability from the doctor to determine what should be done when the patient goes home . It would greatly help the patient if all the family members within the household except of course the children who cannot attend to him , would study caregiving methods just in case a private nurse is not around

But the basic caregiving methods needed to be learned for the patient ‘s daily needs is only a tip of the iceberg . The more important thing that the family should overcome is the emotional and over-all impact… [banner_entry_footer]

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