My Story...
Hi I’m Alex and I’m a marine engineer, while working out in the Caribbean in 2006 during some leisure time I went swimming and my whole life changed in an instant... I hit my head on a sand bank and broke my neck. The vertebrae at c5 fractured and c6 broke into three parts one of which damaged my spinal cord, leaving me paralysed from the chest down. More
Ticking away

trust the timing of your life…

Baby steps

A first step into the unknown… a way forward into the world, job, hobby… career, life.. somewhere, something, somehow I’ll find

Me

Why do this?

Because “why” might just be the reason for life….

Look up at the stars

When you feel alone surrounded by people, look around for something… something from the heart and a feeling will warm you from within, it may be such an ordinary thing, but to you it will bring you memories of something… a twist in time, into a future yet to make, maybe the warmth of a touch.. or a long good bye.. to a flower on a tree, to a song once played, anything around can trigger an emotional response to cloud the loneliness surround

Autumn will be here..

“When you think you’re going to die yesterday… today is so much sweeter”

Brandon lee the crow

“It can’t rain all the time”

When you hit a wall….. bring it with you

Directions… possibilities.. juice vitamins cbd….

CBD and Spinal Cord InjuriesPosted by Michael I. on Apr 21, 2018

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most terrifying injuries that can occur. While there are an array of drugs doctors give their patients for pain and other issues, those medications can pose serious side effects harmful to the user. So, what else is out there? CBD. Although CBD isn’t a “cure-all,” there is research that indicates it could help with various issues that coincide with spinal cord injuries.The spinal cord is probably the most important part of the body after the brain and the heart. It’s in charge of sending information to your brain through the central nervous system.
It controls everything from movement to sensory information. So, when it’s injured it can only cause problems throughout the rest of the body. There are two different spinal cord injuries that occur, incomplete spinal cord injuries, and complete spinal cord injuries. Incomplete spinal cord injuries occur when only part of the spinal cord has been severed, causing partial loss of functionality.
Complete spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord has been entirely cut off from the central nervous system, taking away complete functionality. When the spinal cord has been injured, whether it’s an incomplete or complete injury, there are many symptoms and problems that can occur throughout the whole body. Typical problems that occur are pain, muscle spasms, loss of bowel control, and sleeplessness. However dreadful these may be CBD can give us some insight and possibly some relief for these issues. Pain is the most common reason for CBD use. Many people with fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chronic pain due to injury use CBD to help relieve their soreness.
The most common types of pain that comes with spinal cord injuries are nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Nociceptive pain occurs when the nociceptive nerve fibers activate due to inflammation, chemicals, or physical damage. Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, occurs when the nervous system is damaged, diseased, or injured.
A review from studies taken from research between the 1980’s-2007 concluded that CBD is effective for overall pain management. This includes both nociceptive and neuropathic pain. In addition to this they concluded that CBD had no adverse side effects, unlike pharmaceuticals, and could also potentially help with insomnia due to chronic pain.Muscle spasms, or spasticity, can also occur after a spinal cord injury. Spasticity occurs when motor neurons in the brain produce lesions causing involuntary movement. This can make everyday tasks such as, tying shoes, or brushing your teeth incredibly difficult.
Spasticity is also seen in diseases such as, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. It’s also a common occurrence after a stroke. In most cases of spasticity the blood brain barrier (BBB) becomes pervious to T-cells from the immune system and allows them to enter the brain.
Since this is foreign land for the T-cells it kills the neurons resulting in lesions to that area of the brain. Research suggests that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties, so it can potentially reduce the effect on T-cells in the brain. Although there isn’t much research on loss of bowel control, or neurogenic bowel dysfunction, that occurs in spinal injuries, there is research that suggests that it can help in cases of crohn’s disease and colitis.
With crohn’s disease and colitis, the digestive tract or the intestine become inflammed causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and a multitude of other possible issues. Referring back to my last paragraph, research suggests that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which could assist in relief of these diseases. So, could CBD possibly help with neurogenic bowel dysfunction? Maybe, unfortunately there’s no way of knowing at this particular time, but with CBD potentially helping with crohn’s and colitis, the future seems bright.There may not be any concrete evidence at the moment, but new positive data about CBD is coming out everyday. Researchers are continually working on finding facts to help further the use of CBD and other cannabis properties in a positive and healthy way.

The road ahead.. clouded, unknown but Wednesday will be an awakening, the first step choosing. After 11 years of circles my chair actually says 999 miles…. this is two out of 11 years! Nearly 1000 miles of circles in my mind.. my exercise bike broke at exactly 9000 miles.. that’s 9000 miles powered by paralysed legs! Now I have the unknown ahead, but second step Wednesday, I’ll be narrowing down the directions and decision making on where I may be going, this time powered by my mind, direction for my body..

I’ll go, you go we all go potatoes!

A mind opening up to endless possibilities

A heart beat.. time, gone in a second but although time still ticks, the heart still beats, life slips by, live for now as circles make potatoes

Through the day and all of the night my heart aches… aches for a future yet to be, a choice can be the hardest thing to make.. weather to cross a road, go around and back again or create a path to the unknown, this life you live is yours…

Down that path.. who you meet, how long the road beneath your feet, hand in hand or alone, a future untold… a future there to make, use what you have, be who you are, make a choice, that choice is yours to live, no more circles.. just a road ahead, into the darkness, the unknown but with you.. you bring the light

Life has built me this way.. why… I do not no.. where I’m going who knows

To see a bird free in flight, follow and see..

Or just be..

This is just the life we live