In the first ninety-something days after a spinal cord injury, the fear of the unknown and the many unanswered questions running through your head is one of the toughest parts of this time. Doctors, nurses and social workers try to give you as much advice as you can, but paralysis is an ever evolving world where you need the most up-to-date information. Outside of this initial advice, where do you go to navigate this new world?
This advice is now available thanks to Spinal Cord Injury First 90 Days. This is one of the best free resources available for anybody with a new spinal cord injury. The books are tailored to specific regions of the U.S., the first two being Southern California and the Rocky Mountain states; Arizona and the Midwest States are now in progress, with more books planned for other areas. Fortunately, most of the information is helpful no matter where you live. Not only is it free, it’s an easy read full of a huge amount of information, and it was written by Sam Maddox, who founded New Mobility Magazine and is a legend in the SCI publication world.
Just take a look at what’s in this must-download book:
Diving into the different chapters:
Chapter One: You’re Not Alone focuses on the importance of connecting to others who have been through SCI trauma, the real experts. This is a fantastic topic to enlighten newly-injured folks.
Chapter Two: Emergency Management explains the logistics and procedures of trauma medicine, both at the scene and in the ER. The chapter also covers the various clinical trials a newly injured person might be eligible for.
Chapter Three: SCI basics covers just that – what actually happened to the spinal cord, either by injury, disease or medical error. The chapter also looks at how doctors predict your recovery.
Chapter Four: Choosing a Rehab provides a comprehensive list of specialized care services for people with spinal cord injuries, including important advice on choosing an inpatient rehab. Also listed are the top tier SCI Centers for post-acute care and lifelong rehab.
Chapter Five: Pediatric SCI is strictly for kids with spinal cord injuries; a chapter that deserves its own book. Let’s hope in the future Sam Maddox, the author, gets to write it one day.
Chapter Six: Body and Mind focuses on secondary conditions of SCI life such as psychosocial issues, sexuality and coping tips; all important topics for the newly-injured mind.
Chapter Seven: Caregiving includes info on how caregiving can affect the entire family to give a single family member care, as well as finding caregivers.
Chapter Eight: Getting Mobile talks about going home — ordering supplies and equipment and the best tools you should use as a wheelchair-user. This chapter also covers home modifications.
Chapter Nine: Your legal rights. This chapter explains your civil rights as a person with a disability (and how to choose an attorney if needed). This truly is one of the most important things taught in the book.
Chapter Ten: Research and Recovery asks if a cure for SCI is close? This chapter goes over all of the important research and why hope is on the horizon.
First 90 Days also has a resource section that covers everything from recreation and sports to education and fundraising strategies for people with spinal cord injuries; all topics on life after a spinal cord injury that a person needs to know asap. The internet has provided a platform for people with disabilities that are unlike anything else, and this PDF book hits the literary mark in regards to that, getting must-know information directly to the consumer.