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afterwords: Sex and the Wheelchair

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Dear Lovely Peeps,

A couple of weeks ago, the Sex and the Wheelchair post discussed some of the thoughts that have arisen from getting horny again after years of chronic illness.

I knew it was a post that would seriously embarrass my wife – seeing as she has more decorum than I do.

And I knew that sex is not a subject that everyone is comfortable discussing.

However, I went ahead and published the post because the matter has been in my thoughts; and I have been very surprised by the response that it has received.
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Sex and the Wheelchair

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I want to fuck my wife.

Yep, I said it. I want to fuck my wife.

In fact, I’d prefer to be doing that rather than writing this post. But unfortunately, no can do.

And that’s the problem right there.
 
 
I realise that many of you are now hurriedly backing away from your screens at this point, but I really need to talk about this.
 

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Glacier Country

January 25, 2006

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View of the glacier from the High Street.
We are spending a few days in Franz Joseph in order to explore the glaciers. Last time I was here, the weather was so bad that they refused to let anyone up on the mountain. This time, I was determined to do the glacier hike – I mean, how many Africans can claim to have walked on a glacier?

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The Best of MightWar: 2013 Edition

best-of-mightwar-wordle Welcome to the first annual “Best of MightWar” post.

It’s a chance for you to catch up on something you might have missed.

And gives me an opportunity to revisit posts I’m particularly proud of.

This was the year for discovering how much further I could take the blogging experience.

It was challenging as my body and health didn’t cooperate in any easy way, but I intended to keep “sticking and colouring” my way through 2013.

Despite the bad words screamed at the computer and at the gods of technology, I have enjoyed this experience tremendously.

It has been heartening to know that people are taking time out of their day to spend time with my words: that despite my reduced senses I can still commune. And that the joy of words allows me to dance in spirit even if I am unable to do so in body.
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Fish Out Of Water

April 15, 2005

wedding flower arrangementIt is always daunting meeting other people’s family.

There you are, intent on making the right impression because you don’t want to cause offense (and not get invited back): so you try to remember your manners (or else your parent’s shame will haunt your dreams forever) and try not to make the friend who extended the invite in the first place regret their kindness.

But you are always going to be on uncertain ground when your teeth and eyes are as white as mine are.
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Functional Movement Disorder :: #2.1 – Exploring the Symptoms

This post is part of a series discussing functional movement disorder.

A ‘functional movement disorder’ means that there is abnormal movement or positioning of part of the body due to the nervous system not working properly (but not due to an underlying neurological disease).

In plain English: there is a problem with the way your brain is sending messages to, and receiving messages from, your body about movement.

The disorder is also sometimes called Functional Neurological Disorder, Functional Neurological Symptoms or Dissociative Neurological Symptoms.

 
I had a hard time explaining what was happening to my body to friends, family and medical professionals. And until they saw the symptoms for themselves, they had a hard time understanding what I meant.

This post will continue taking a more detailed examination of what the symptoms actually look like: particularly pain, facial spasm and speech problems..
 
 
PLEASE NOTE: Your symptoms may be similar or different to mine. What I have done is focus on the main issue areas and explained them in terms of my personal experience: in the hope that giving you concrete examples will help you in understanding what may be happening with your body.
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I Am A Marvel

I am a marvel…

 
 
No really, I am.

Quiet there in the back, Zelda and Tsarina – I can hear you smirking and whispering examples from here.

This is not about me being big headed or anything, I am just acknowledging the wondrous creation that I am.
 
 

 

I was born to a people whose first blessing was in the colour of their skin. And my parents taught me to accept and love my colouring and to strive to live my dreams despite the restrictions that others would attempt to bind me with through it.

 
They gave me pride in my complexion then sent me out into the weird and wonderful places of the world: like Czechoslovakia (before they separated) – and Newcastle!
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The Hard Sell

March 21, 2005

TV adverts are something we have gotten used to seeing on a regular basis: used as they are to disperse our programmed viewing. We are aware of their purpose as a way of bringing new products to our attention so that we can be subliminally urged to purchase them; but we are accepting of them because from time to time, they educate us, entertain us and make us laugh. Or so I thought.
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Functional Movement Disorder :: #2 – Exploring the Symptoms

This post is part of a series discussing functional movement disorder.

A ‘functional movement disorder’ means that there is abnormal movement or positioning of part of the body due to the nervous system not working properly (but not due to an underlying neurological disease).

In plain English: there is a problem with the way your brain is sending messages to, and receiving messages from, your body about movement.

The disorder is also sometimes called Functional Neurological Disorder, Functional Neurological Symptoms or Dissociative Neurological Symptoms.

 
Following the introductory post explaining what functional movement disorders are and considering what to do when your symptoms manifest, I thought it might be useful to take a look at the symptoms themselves.

I had a hard time explaining what was happening to my body to friends, family and medical professionals. And until they saw the symptoms for themselves, they had a hard time understanding what I meant.

Therefore in this post, I shall be taking a more detailed examination of what the symptoms actually look like: particularly weakness & paralysis, tremor & spasm, contractures and gait problems.
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Day Trip To Hanmer Springs

March 21, 2005

“To He Who Meets The Challenge Of Life Bravely, Great Will Be His Reward”

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Hanmer Springs is an alpine village that people flock to all year round.

The main tourist draw is the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve – a swimming complex made up entirely from the natural thermal springs that bubble up from deep within the earth.

There are also separate play pools where the young (and the young at heart) can enjoy the waterfalls, animal slides and heated water slides without disturbing the peace and tranquility of the relaxation pools.
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