What are all the side effects? (Becoming so witty and attractive, that it's difficult for others to be around you).
How do you poop and pee? (We don't. Like, ever. It's great for road trips!)
Can you still have sex? (Nope! Paralysis sews your vagina up and removes your penis. We look just like Barbie & Ken dolls)
Editor's note: I know a guy who is a prime example of how doctors can be so incredibly wrong. Watch this video and you'll see; it is AMAZING.
So, basically, imagine if you squeezed a bundle of spaghetti noodles. Some you would completely sever and split in half, some you might "smoosh" and some might remain perfectly intact. It just depends on how hard you squeeze, right?
Here's a picture of the testing that they use to decide your Asia level, which can be an A, B, C or D. A person who has never shown any signs of a spinal cord injury (your average everyday person) would be classified as an Asia E.
Editor's Note: I know of men and women who lost all genital sensation but are able to achieve something called a "phantom orgasm" where they might have someone kiss or touch an area of their body where they still have normal sensation, like the neck, earlobes or nipples mentioned above. What will happen is, the brain will take the intense sensation from those areas and "reassign" them to the genitals, so they feel like they are having a regular orgasm. I personally know a girl who is able to achieve orgasm by having someone kiss her hand.
Wouldn't that be NICE?? If I were her, I would just go up to random strangers and put my hand in their mouths.
It is a rather elegant (like how I italicized that?) process of muscle coordination just to go pee.
There are two main types of neurogenic bowel, depending on level of injury: an injury above the conus medullaris (at L1) results in upper motor neuron (UMN) bowel syndrome; a lower motor neuron (LMN) bowel syndrome occurs in injuries below L1.
For those who struggle with this, the best way to prevent them is to follow a schedule, to teach the bowel when to have a movement. Most people perform their bowel program at a time of day that fits with their lifestyle. The program usually begins with insertion of either a suppository or a mini-enema, followed by a waiting period of approximately 15–20 minutes to allow the stimulant to work. After the waiting period, digital stimulation is performed every 10–15 minutes until the rectum is empty. Those with a flaccid bowel frequently start their programs with digital stimulation or manual removal. Bowel programs typically require 30–60 minutes to complete. Preferably, a bowel program can be done on the commode. Two hours of sitting tolerance is usually sufficient. But those at high risk for skin breakdown
(When you're paralyzed, you lose the ability to move around and shift accordingly when you are uncomfortable, so oftentimes, your skin may develop pressure sores that can be life-threatening.)
This is from my go-to guilty pleasure, Bitmoji. It allows you to create an avatar that looks like you & has TONS of absolutely glorious and ridiculous captions to choose from. My entire family now communicates strictly in Bitmoji.