“Autonomic dysreflexia” is an event that continues to influence my life with fear while being a “literal” pain in my buttocks. Just the other night, I suffered with it for an hour and a half. I was diligently watching Netflix, when my suprapubic became irritated and my blood pressure went skyrocketing. During the hour and a half of torture, my blood pressure was consistently over 200/100. Not a good headspace to be in when you were trying to chill.
As I get older, living 33 years with a spinal cord injury does not seem to get any easier. During these episodes, I get incredibly frustrated, agitated, and discouraged about my future. I rely on my experiences as a clinical psychologist to help me through the challenges. Being a psychologist does not get me through everything, but it is a good start.
Come and share with me, Dr. John, the beauty and pain of living with a SCI. During this month’s webinar of Adjustment through the Lifespan, I would like to address your questions and concerns about living with a SCI. Please send me your questions during your registration, and if you are interested, I am willing to take live guest listeners. Listeners “talk to me.”
Disclaimer: This is for educational purposes only. For psychological services, please contact your state psychological association for referral.