An accident that results in a spinal cord injury can completely change your life. It affects your career, your personal life and all aspects of daily function. According to Mayo Clinic, recovery takes time but you still have a bright future ahead of you.
Part of living that future means you have to learn to cope with the injury.
Research technology for extra help
There are many different types of technology that can help you function and live a more normal life. Some examples of technological advances include:
- Modern wheelchairs
- Electronic aids
- Electrical stimulation devices
- Computer adaptations
- Robotic gait training
Many of these options can help you become more mobile.
Allow grieving to happen
After suffering a life-changing injury, you may go through a grieving process. Initially, you may feel disbelief, then sadness and anger. Eventually, you go through the last two stages of bargaining and acceptance. Your experience with grief can help you with the healing process.
If you cannot cope with the grief, you may need to see a psychiatrist or other mental health professional to help guide you through the process. You do not want your grief to interfere with your treatment options.
Allow yourself to talk about disability with friends and family. Of course, every person reacts differently, but it can help educate and discuss the reality of your injury. In addition, you may be able to tell people how they can help you.
Medical technology continues to improve every day. As a result, you can take charge of your life and live as independently as possible. Still, to do so, you need to take care of your mental health and allow yourself the support necessary to function daily.