Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tag: Texas A&M

Quadriplegic author: ‘I will be out of this chair one day’

Published: August 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The story he wanted to tell was several decades in the making, so it’s easy to see why David Rippy took two-and-a-half years to compose his memoir.

That it centered on the impact that a one-car crash which left him paralyzed from the shoulders down had on his life – both for good and for bad – makes that accomplishment amazing, though.

“I took two summers off to write. It’s hard to stay indoors and work when it’s nice out,” said Rippy of the process that brought about “Captain of My Soul: Mastering a Destiny Altered.”

Morphine might take away pain, but does it do more harm than good?

Published: January 11, 2015

The damaging effects of giving morphine after a major injury

A soldier on the battlefield, a driver in a car accident, a nursing home resident taking a bad fall—all of these scenarios can lead to spinal cord injury as well as broken bones, contusions, lacerations and other painful wounds.

To alleviate some of the discomfort, health care providers might give morphine, but research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that this might be the worst thing they can do.