Rachael Needs Your Help
Family and friends of Rachael Short are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with her Spinal Cord Injury that left her a quadriplegic in 2010. Specifically, home modifications, in home physical therapy and ongoing caregiving expenses.
November 29, 2021
I look back to where I was last year and i’m happy to say, I am doing much better. Last October started five months of pain in my body and I’m still not exactly sure the cause. With spinal cord injuries we experience something called autonomic dysreflexia, it’s the way our body feels pain. For me this is profuse sweating where I have full sensation, from the chest up. Every night I usually experience AD for an hour or two but for those four-five months it was happening the entire night when I was sleeping on my side (left and right side!). I have to sleep on my side. I am on my back and butt all day long and can’t be on them at night due to the risk of pressure sores. I haven’t slept through the night in 11 years, I have to wake up at three in the morning to turn from my left to right side. This process takes about 30 minutes with the help from a caregiver.
The one big change that occurred before these intense months of pain was lack of physical therapy and exercise due to the pandemic. I was out of the pool for a year (I returned in February 2021). The bodywork and therapies I needed to stay healthy and pain-free weren’t available. It was a huge reminder of why I am doing what I am doing every day and why it is so important. As soon as I started getting more exercise and back in the pool the intense sweating stopped. I am so, so thankful every day for the movement I am able to get. This is only possible because I have the financial support and encouragement from my community and friends. It truly does take a village, and because of you, the journey continues…
‘‘We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.’’
November 8, 2020
And just like that a decade has gone by. If they keep speeding by like this I will be 80 in no time! Half my adult life I have been paralyzed and still every day when I wake up it seems surreal. Is this my life?
This year has been nuts for everyone. For me it started out with a pressure sore on my tailbone in January forcing me to stay home and off my backside. I was able to start venturing out again right when the pandemic hit in March. Damn. More than anything I miss being able to go to pool, 92 degrees of wonderfulness. I had no idea how much going to the pool twice a week kept my pain level down and my spirits up. Just like everyone I am riding the “corona wave” and I look forward to some normalcy again.
My 2021 calendars are at the printers right now and I have updated my “window display” at Gallery Exposed with my photography. Currently i’m only in the gallery by appointment but thanks to my $100 print sale I have been able to continue paying rent. Check out the shop on my website www.rachaelshort.com/shop or my Instagram www.instagram.com/rachshort for updates on the sales.
Every year on my crashiversary I remember my last day of independence. The simplicity of that day and the fun that I had. In honor of the 10 year crashiversary I wore my purple boots again, the same pair I wore on the red deck of Nepenthe that night. Ironically my clothes were cut off either in the helicopter or at the hospital but they saved the boots, because these boots were made for walking…they are just on a break right now.
July 2, 2021
Keeps on Keep’n On Rachel. love and water workouts… ~Elana
September 21, 2020
September 14, 2020
Go Rachael! Love and blessings to you...
September 9, 2020
Go team, all the teams:)