Charles Merritt alive day August 23 2017

Alive Day

Alive Day August 23, 2014 is the kind of day you don’t forget. Like a birthday, wedding anniversary, high school graduation, and the birth of a child you do not forget the traumatic events that change the course of your life, without consent, forever changing how you live. On my Alive Day, several years ago…

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Women Think These Are Sexy

Scars A good friend of mine recently had a surgery and posted a picture of his scar. This prompted me to think about my own scars and whether or not they actually are attractive to the opposite sex? So I’m putting this out there hopefully to get an answer. This also got me to thinking…

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Video of My Morning Routine

I decided it would be “beneficial” to provide a video showing what I do on a typical morning. Specifically, what the attendant has to do to get me out of bed and to get my day started. We have streamlined this process and with the addition of the ceiling lift typically takes about 20 to…

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Quadriplegic Disabled Gaming My WOW History I began World of Warcraft Oct 27, 08 as a troll hunter (FINFIN) on the Anub’arak server where I stayed until March 2017. Currently I spend a lot of time as a guardian druid (HAYTOTHEWOOD) on Zul’jin and started playing a tank August 28, 2009. Why do I bring…

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Manually Assisted Quad Coughing

Manually Assisted Quad Coughing [kwod] A form of assisted coughing for patients with central nervous system disorders such as spinal cord injury who are unable to generate sufficient force to clear respiratory secretions. After a maximal inspiration, the patient coughs while an assistant exerts gentle upward and inward pressure with both hands on the abdomen. The increased…

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Disabled Travel: Five Things You Should Know

Disabled Travel: Five Things You Should Know about Cruising As a Person with Disabilities First off, I would like to thank Flying Dutchman Travel for providing my accommodations for this vacation. Also The Central Florida Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America who selected me to participate on this excursion. Disabled Travel: Five Things You Should Know.…

Charlie Merritt: My Story on Chive Charities

I’m so grateful to Chive Charities for all their help in obtaining some of the equipment I can use on a daily basis to assist my fiancé and caregiver in their day-to-day activities getting me in and out of bed and a great night sleep next to the woman that I love. It’s awesome to…