So another day down ♿♿💪💪 Attempted some time in the wheelchair today and it didn't get off to the best start. I wasn't in the chair to long before I started to break out in a sweat and went very light headed. After a few questions from the nurse I went very white thought I was going to pass out 👎 but we learnt a very good lesson...
The cause of this problem was a thing called Autonomic Dysreflexia, in brief....autonomic dysreflexia develops in individuals with a neurologic level of spinal cord injury at or above the sixth thoracic vertebral level (T6) and mine is damaged at T4. It causes an imbalanced reflex sympathetic discharge, leading to potentially life-threatening hypertension. In my case I just went sweaty and very light headed! .
At first I was annoyed at myself,but I soon realised we actually learned something positive and how to prevent it if this happens again. So after my body had adjusted we went for a walk round the ward and I actually felt fine in the chair for over 3 hours! .
I think the cause to this poor start could of been due to my newly discovered urine infection, which I must add stings like a bugger, although the fact I can feel it stinging has to be a good thing! .
So overall it's been a positive day, I figure the more problems I have whilst in hospital the more solutions I will have when I return home. One step closer to independent living! ( well not step but you know what I mean ) subway and a kiss from kate to end the day and I can go to bed with a smile!
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