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23
Apr

Taking t-shirt on and off

Taking t-shirt on and off

This video is about Beau Vernon taking t-shirt on and off

A big difference to the video I posted 1 and a bit years ago of me taking off my t shirt.

23
Apr

Transferring in and out of bed

Transferring in and out of bed

This video is about Beau Vernon putting on shoes and socks C5-6 Quadriplegic

Thought I would start doing a few videos to show people how I go about it. Im 20 months post injury and have no triceps and no finger movement and have had to work really hard to get to where I am now. Everytime I tried something for the first time (like transferring, dressing myself, even feeding myself and pushing up a hill), I would think how am I ever going to do this, everything felt way out of reach. To other quads keep working hard and believing!
Feel free to send me an email at beauvernon1@gmail.com

23
Apr

Putting on socks and shoes

Putting on socks and shoes

This video is about Beau Vernon putting on shoes and socks C5-6 Quadriplegic

Thought I would start doing a few videos to show people how I go about it. Im 20 months post injury and have no triceps and no finger movement and have had to work really hard to get to where I am now. Everytime I tried something for the first time (like transferring, dressing myself, even feeding myself and pushing up a hill), I would think how am I ever going to do this, everything felt way out of reach. To other quads keep working hard and believing!
Feel free to send me an email at beauvernon1@gmail.com

21
Apr

Striving to keep improving

Im really happy with the way I have progressed in recent times, and I thought I would put some videos/posts up to show everyone how far I have come and to show other quadriplegics and people that work with quads in their rehabilitation how I go about things.
On the week end I got from the floor to my chair on my own for the first time (using the couch as a halfway point), 2 weeks ago I did my longest ride on the road in my hand cycle 30kms, on March the 1st I had the best day of my life and married the girl of my dreams, and over the last 6 months I have got my license, started kayaking, got rid of my leg bag/SPC and started doing self catheters, started working a couple of days a week whilst continuing my study. I’m also playing wheelchair rugby twice a week and am really enjoying playing a physical team sport again.
Don’t get me wrong, Life has massive challenges, but I’m writing this with a smile on my face.

I would also like to mention how I’m really feeling for 2 blokes and their families who have hurt their necks in recent weeks. James Mcquillan was playing country football and Alex Mckinnon hurt his neck playing rugby league.
The injuries have brought back bad memories for myself and I hope both blokes can see a lot of improvement in the first 6-12 weeks.

21
Apr

Getting dressed

Thought I would start doing a few videos to show people how I go about it. Im 20 months post injury and have no triceps and no finger movement and have had to work really hard to get to where I am now.
Everytime I tried something for the first time (like transferring, dressing myself, even feeding myself and pushing up a hill), I would think how am I ever going to do this, everything felt way out of reach. To other quads keep working hard and believing!
Feel free to send me an email at beauvernon1@gmail.com

21
Apr

Self Catheterising (hanging a leak)

Best thing I’ve done is ditch my leg bag and get rid of my SPC. The first few months was hard but well worth it. I forgot to mention I go to the toilet every 4-6 hours and I dont have to wake up in the middle of the night.
Thought I would start doing a few videos to show people how I go about it. Im 20 months post injury and have no triceps and no finger movement and have had to work really hard to get to where I am now.
Everytime I tried something for the first time (like transferring, dressing myself, even feeding myself and pushing up a hill), I would think how am I ever going to do this, everything felt way out of reach. To other quads keep working hard and believing!
Feel free to send me an email at beauvernon1@gmail.com

21
Apr

Alternative to transferring onto the couch

Thought I would start doing a few videos to show people how I go about it. Im 20 months post injury and have no triceps and no finger movement and have had to work really hard to get to where I am now. Everytime I tried something for the first time (like transferring, dressing myself, even feeding myself and pushing up a hill), I would think how am I ever going to do this, everything felt way out of reach. To other quads keep working hard and believing! feel free to send me an email at beauvernon1@gmail.com

29
Dec

brotherly love

My brother Zak made this video for me for Christmas, I couldn’t help but tear up when I watched it (I was coming off 5 hours sleep. Thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it haha).
Family is something I treasure and I feel so fortunate to have a brother that is my best mate.
Being his older brother I feel that I have always been their to protect, help and look out for him. He has returned that 10 fold since I hurt myself.
Cheers little bro

1
Dec

Going to the gym

If you didn’t catch this video going around a while ago then check it out.
I really enjoyed going to the gym back in the day, and its nice that I’m still able to. I love keeping fit, and even though I struggle getting my heart rate up, Its nice to get that feeling of doing a big work out.
I find keeping fit great for everyones mental health, if you suffer from stress, anxiety or depression I would highly recommend getting involved at a gym or a sporting club.

The video was entered into the ‘Focus on Ability’ short film competition and was the winner in the Corporate Film category. You Me Us did the video and it is great exposure for them, a group that aims to achieve inclusion within the community.

27
Nov

I’m Back

Sorry it’s taken me so long to put something up on my blog,
I’ve been keeping busy with my first semester back at uni, helping out at football, planning a wedding, amongst other things.
I am hoping that over the summer break I can stick at doing the blog, and show some videos of my progression towards becoming independent, which has been achieved.

It was really good for my mental state to go back to uni and have something to get up for in the mornings.
I started a business degree back when I was 19 and quit half way through because I couldn’t handle sitting still.
I still don’t like sitting still and study is something that bores me at times, but I think this is the best way for me to get out in the workforce and where I want to be.
I was totally independent at uni, I used a splint to help me write which was made by my OT, I jumped on the train to uni and RMIT Is very accessible.
I went pretty well in my results for the semester but at times studying definitely made me think of how much I missed working with the blokes painting.

I went back to my footy team and helped out this year as an assistant coach.
I helped out on the bench and had a large involvement in rotations, I got the game video recorded and did an analysis of the game which I showed to the boys on Thursday nights, also on Thursday nights I would take the under 16s and 18s for weights.
The club and players were kind enough to give me and Lucy a trip to Queensland for helping out this year, it’s pretty reflective of the club. We are going in December, it will be our first trip since I hurt myself.

Other things I’ve been up to is self catheterising, I started doing it last week, it’s been pretty hard to start off wit but I’m sure it will get easier and easier. This allows me to get rid of the leg bag and have no tubing come out of me. Its hard work and not many quadriplegics of my level of injury do it, but its what I wanted to do.

I got my license today, they tease you a bit, you have passed the driving assessment now wait 72 hours until its processed. I want to go for a drive on my own now. Can’t wait to be back on the road and be able to do what I want when I want.
I was thrown in the deep end the other week when my driving instructor got me to drive back to Phillip island which is an hour and a half drive. This was the first time I had been on a road with other cars.

I have done a couple of public speaking gigs during the year, I get pretty nervous talking in front of crowds, but over time that will get better and better. I think it is something that I want to keep doing and pursue as I feel that I can have a positive influence on people.
Over summertime I hope to get into hand cycling (I have ordered one) my goal would be to achieve a marathon, some wheelchair rugby, get in the water  down at Phillip Island and be doing bigger and better things.

Should check out this link to a powered surfboard.

Im rambling a bit, so I’ll get going, I’m off to watch Luce in her netball grand final, hopefully she’ll put on a clinic for me.

If you would like to know or see a video on anything, don’t hesitate to email me at beauvernon1@gmail.com

Cheers
Beau

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