What's up guys! Welcome back to my blog. Thank you for coming for another weird/interesting topic. It's greatly appreciated by the writing team and by writing team, I mean me. Today I wanted to talk with you about the blog and what you all want to see going forward. Warning: There might be (WILL be) extreme rambling and nonsense which, as you all know, is to my very all over the place mind. So I would appreciate it if you could just hang in there with me for a little bit. Can you do that? Great! Let's get started with this. For a little bit I've been in a bit of a writers funk and I've been struggling with finding new, interesting topics to write about. I can still do it but I don't know what you all think about them. If you like them and think they're funny or if you hate them and you think they're boring. This leads me to what I would like from you all. I would love it if you could give me some feedback on posts and some new fresh ideas that I could write about because your opinions, as my audience are very important to me and I want to do stuff that you actually like and want to read. Here is how I envision us doing this. You can let me know your thoughts and ideas on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc via instant messages, comments, and tweets. Again this is just a preliminary plan, it might not be permanent but I would like to try it. After you all send in your thoughts between each post I will pick a topic that I think is cool and write about it next time. I will also look at any feedback to try to fix, add, or remove things from posts. All of my social media info will be in the link section of my site if you would like to say something to help me in the future. That is all I have for today! I hope you will all participate in this impromptu plan coming up. So with that, I'll write you all later. Bye!
Hey guys! It's been a hot minute since my last post so I thought I would kick things off by telling you what I've been up to for the last few days. Starting off with one of the more exciting parts of the last week, which is... Ryan is home! We picked him up on Thursday of last week and we couldn't say anything until after Friday morning because he wanted to surprise people but the jist of the story is that he's home and we're all really happy. The next order of business is that we went to the Abilities Expo in Schaumburg and it was super cool. We saw a lot of things that were interesting like chairs, cars, equipment, etc. My wheelchair also got fixed up and cleaned for free, which was really nice because what they did might've been a couple hundred bucks if it was done like normal. During this little tune-up we also learned that I had a lot of pieces missing and/or broken, so now we will have to pay money to get everything fixed which is fine with me because it's not my own money being used! Okay folks! That's all for today I hope you enjoyed this weekly update and if you would like to see all the photos that I took at the Expo, I will be posting it on my new YouTube channel, Navigating Life With Caroline in about a day or two. So with that, I'll write you all later!
Hello everyone! Welcome back for part two of learning about my disability. If you recall, we left off at the part where I come home from Blank but I hadn't been diagnosed yet. Now, without further ado, we're finally going to get to the good parts. Not the good parts exactly because we all know the ending but you get the point. At least I hope you do. As I said before, I looked totally normal but my parents were noticing things that were not normal for kids my age. They took me to a doctor at 6 months to 1 year old, where I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. I believe that I fall under the Spastic Cerebral Palsy category, which affects about 80% of reported cases. Spastic Cerebral Palsy is coupled with injury to the cerebral cortex of the brain. People with this type experience very tight and stiff muscles, which is still my issue to this day. Since there is a lot to know, I'm going to get even more specific with my condition. There are different areas that Spastic CP affects. There's diplegia, which affects legs more than arms. Hemiplegia affects one side of the body more than the other side. Finally, there's Quadriplegia and it affects all four limbs rather than one specific part. The full name of my categorization is Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. If my parents are reading this, correct me if I'm wrong. Okay, now that that's all explained, back to the story. I get diagnosed with CP but here's the plot twist. They said that I would never use my arms and legs which we all know is not true because otherwise I wouldn't be typing this. So since everyone thought my limbs wouldn't work, I was fitted with a chair that I operated with my head, yes you heard me right, my head controlled it. Jump forward a little bit because there's a lot that was done between getting that chair and where we are now but I'll give you the highlights. I got a regular chair and transferred hospitals to be treated by doctors who actually knew what they were doing. We get on the right track with treatments as well as equipment, so all the chaos was sorted out. Of course there's always going to be a little craziness but not as much. That's pretty much all I remember and know to my recollection about everything in the early days of the diagnosis but there is a lot more that I don't even know. Before I go, I'll give you some facts about me. I have been in an OR twenty-two times but I've only had about eight actual surgeries, the rest was all for shots that I had to be put under for. I have fifteen scars and some are kind of gross looking. I have only had five wheelchairs in total over the years. The last fact that I have is that I do sleep in a bed but it's a hospital bed, not a normal one. Alright, that's it for today. I hope you all enjoyed this look into my disability. Come back soon for more interesting topics
Welcome back everyone! I hope you've had a good weekend and you have not died of a heat stroke or any type of heat related death. Wait a minute. That in no way makes sense because you're reading this right now, so there's no way humanly possible that you're dead, yay for you! Now that we've established that you're not dead, it's time to dive into today's topic! If you can read, which I hope you can since it's a basic fundamental to the human life, you are all going to be learning a little bit about my disability and there's a lot to cover, so try to stay with me because I'm going to split this post up into parts so it won't be so long. Now that that's out of the way, let's begin! For the small few of you who don't know me, I have a disability called Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that affects the ability to move as well as balance and posture in people. It is a permeant condition, so the injury won't change but the effects could worsen over time. CP is also not a genetic condition or contagious, it just happens. CP is caused by some sort of injury to the brain, which in my case, was due to lack of oxygen at some point when I was a baby. I am almost positive, but not for sure, that this cause falls into the traumatic brain injury category. I know that was a lot of facts but that's the basics of my condition. So my delivery was a bit extreme and so to keep it short, here are the simple facts. My mom had a placental abruption (look it up if you don't know it) and I was delivered by C-section at 26 weeks, which is very premature, as a full pregnancy is around 40 weeks. Also, another little fact. The week of viability for a premature child is around 24-25 weeks, so you can see that I was pushing time a little bit. From there I was life-flighted to Blank Children's Hospital, where I stayed for around 11 weeks. Now that you know how I was born, let me give you visuals of my size. Since I was premature, my arms and legs were small. They were so small in fact that my dad's wedding ring could fit around my whole hand and up to my shoulder! I bet none of you could do that. Now for another visual, and this one's kind of funny. Babies use pacifiers, so of course the doctors give me one. Here's the kind of funny part. My mouth was so small that it wouldn't fit. So I'm just laying there with a gigantic pacifier by me and only a little bit of the tip could actually get into my mouth. If you think about it, it was really pointless to have, but no one really seemed to think that at the time I guess. PS: I'll insert pictures of a ring and pacifier at the bottom so you understand better. Now that visuals have been explained we can finally move on. When I was in the hospital, I was very small as you read above, then by the time I was home, I looked like your average baby. At this point I haven't been diagnosed yet but it will inevitably come in the next post because this is where part 1 ends and where part 2 will pick up at on Tuesday. I hope you all enjoyed this little disability information session as well as my first of many series on this blog. Comment what you thought below and don't forget to tune in on Tuesday for part 2!
Alright people! It is time to discuss all the things we find annoying, from bad jokes to horrible storylines. At the present time, my personal annoyance is horrible storylines on television. Pretty much all of my favorite shows wrapped up in May, except for one. That lucky winner is General Hospital. For those of you who don't know what this show is I will explain. It is one of ABC's longest running soap operas and I'm about 99.9% sure that it's the only soap opera left on ABC, so you really can't miss it. Before you say anything, I know it's soap opera and I know I'm young but I don't really care what you all think, so can we get over it please. (Sidebar: You may notice there is a period and not a question mark at the end of that last sentence. That is because I am not asking, I'm telling you, get over it. End Sidebar) Normally I love this show and I still do, but lately it's been lacking in good material. For example, we had the great Jason/Drew story that started last year, Which is pretty much done now. At least in the fact that they each know who they are. But now we have this whole Peter mess that's being dragged out for no apparent reason. I guess he had to be kidnapped and near death at some point, but this story is getting old. No one wants to watch him whine for his life for weeks on end, that's BORING! So that's one storyline that's getting at me. I'm going to stop right here and formally apologize if you don't know what I'm talking about, but now you have a research project for the summer, I guess. If you want to stop reading, I understand. It's not the most interesting topic in the world. For those of you that want to continue reading, on we go. Now that's one of two storylines I hate. The second one is by far the dumbest and stupidest ever created. Mom, if you're reading this, you probably know which one it is already. If you are totally clueless about it, it is the Carly and Nelle crazy story. This storyline I dislike because 1.) I can't stand Nelle and 2.) It's just not interesting. What I mean by this is that it's basically just the same story base over and over. We've seen Nelle try to take down Carly. We've seen Nelle blackmail people and we've seen her fail slowly and miserably. In my opinion the writers are just recycling things because they can't think of anything Nelle could do except torture Carly and her family. This reason, among many others, is why Nelle needs to leave for good. Okay, so for those of you who have made it through this weird post, congratulations! I really should give you a prize for sticking with me through my insanity but I can't think of anything. As usual, come back later for more and I'll write you all later.
Hey everyone! Welcome back finally. I know I've been on a weird pause for a few days, I just needed to take a break for a minute. Now I'm back permanently, but I think I'm going to write every other day instead of everyday to give you all a break from me for a little bit. Let me be clear though. You are not rid of me for good if any of you were thinking that. I'm not letting you off that easily. Next, an update on my summer plan. I had to change course a bit because what I was originally was way too much for me alone to accomplish. So I switched to something that was more attainable by the end of the summer, as well as something that was more fun for me. Okay, so now that you have the details on me and my plan, it's time for the clue. The clue is that my project is something that can be kept forever. I know, I know! It's cryptic, but it's not fun for me unless I make you really think. Also, did you really think I was going to make it easy on you? If you did think that then you've never participated in anything where you've actually had to use this thing called your brain. As usual, come back soon for another clue and more craziness from me! I'll write you all later.
Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog, I hope you're all having a wonderful day. Today I wanted to discuss my plan for the summer. I know we've already talked about summer plans but this one is different. I just thought of this today as I was filming a video for YouTube and it's actually going to be really fun (I hope). Now I won't give you too much information because I want it to be something you can look forward to at the end of the summer. What I can tell you is that I think you're really going to enjoy it and it'll be something fun for all of you before the school year starts. I know that was kind of cryptic, but I don't want to tell you anything until it's done. However, you may guess what it is in the comments of this post or on any of my social media profiles through any format, whether it'd be Facebook Message, Instagram Message, or commenting on my posts, I really don't care how. So, I'm going to leave you with that little bit of anticipation for today and if you want to know more, come back regularly because I will be posting daily hints/updates on this project. I'll write you all later. I know that was a bad close. I'll think of something better later. Peace out.
What's up guys! I hope you're all enjoying your Tuesday and the nice weather. Today I wanted to get into something that I do a lot, which is packing. So for those of you who don't know, I travel to St. Paul very often for doctors appointments. Sometimes, well, really most of the time we have to stay overnight for these appointments. So over the years I have learned the best and worst packing methods and because I'm such a nice person and I want all of your lives to be as convenient as possible, I'll be sharing these methods with you today. Method #1: Don't overpack! Okay, so I don't know if you're one of these people, I know I was before I learned how to arrange everything. I had the issue of taking way too many bags with me on a trip. My clothes would be in one bag, electronics in another, and stuff for the drive in another. That's three different bags for me and meanwhile my dad only had like one or two. In order to fix this problem, I organized things properly. What we did was we folded each outfit together, then each roll would be put in as far and as tight as it could, thus creating more space than folding would. Next came electronics and toiletries. The toiletries would just get put in a pocket inside but electronics could be put on top of the rolls of clothes since they were flatter than before. Doing this just removed one bag to store in limited car space. As for the car stuff, I know you could put it all in your suitcase, but then you would have to dig it all out, so for convenience, I just keep it in a bag that I can have with me. Method #2: Only take what you need! This one is pretty simple people. If you're going to the beach, take warm weather clothes, such as shorts, t-shirts, sunglasses, sandals, a swimsuit, etc. Don't take winter clothes that'll make you sweat all day long, that's stupid. Yep, I know I just called you stupid but you must be if you take winter clothes to a beach. This method also helps save space in your bag since you're only taking what you'll be needing for this particular trip. Method #3: Be smart when packing. This one is pretty much everything you just learned, combined. Being smart means taking things that are going to benefit you and keep you comfortable. So, let's use the beach again. If you're going to the beach don't pack hiking boots because they're not going to keep you comfortable and it's a lot easier to walk in sandals or barefoot on the beach. Being smart also means having everything you need. To do this I would make a list of everything you NEED, not what you want. Now this list can either be physical or mental. I do mental because there's a less likely chance I'll lose it or damage it. That's it for today guys! Hopefully you found this helpful for your next trip and if not, go look somewhere else I guess. Hope you all enjoyed this and I'll write you soon!
Hi everyone! I hope you're all enjoying Monday so far. Today I wanted to get into hobbies and things people like. One of the things I like are books, as you can tell by the title. I have an extensive library, ranging from mystery to mythology (both greek and roman). These books are something that I have really enjoyed over the years and some of them I have read about five times, so you can see how serious I am about them. Now, I know most people aren't into books so if you would like to, comment below your personal hobbies or interests. Personally, I enjoy the fiction and fantasy parts of reading but my dad thinks I need to be reading informational texts about people and places that would benefit me in the future. I ask you, how is learning about Edison benefiting me in a career in technology? It doesn't. My case rests. Alright, that's it for today guys. I know it was short, but my Moto is short and sweet. Remember to comment your favorite hobbies below. I'll write you all tomorrow!
Hello people! I'm sorry that there wasn't a fun word before "people", I ran out of cool (Nice) adjectives. Now that that's sorted out, lets move on today's topic, which, if you can't read, is summer plans. I don't know what you guys have planned so I will tell you my plans for this summer. My plans are actually kind of good and not boring for once. I know, I can't believe it either but we need to move on. So my summer will be a little bit busy, as I said before. Later this month, I'm going to Chicago (Well, a little outside Chicago) with my dad and Kenzie to go to an abilities expo. What is an abilities expo, you ask? It is an event where people in the disabled community come and they can see different chairs, therapies, activities, etc. It should be fun or at least interesting. Then, on the less fun scale, I have a doctors appointment on the 21st. Obviously it's not that fun, but I thought I should include it. Alright guys, that's it for today! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my summer plans. If you want to tell me your plans, leave them in the comments. I'll write you all soon.