I was shot in the neck five years ago by my stepfather

January 8, 2016
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I was shot in the neck five years ago by my stepfather

I was shot in the neck five years ago by my stepfather

“I was shot in the neck five years ago by my stepfather. I was 35. He came home drunk and shot me after he got into a fight with the homeless guy who was living with us. He never said why he did it, but he is in prison now. I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t talk or move. I could hear myself trying to talk. Some days I can handle it better than others. Some days it’s not so bad. I take medication. I love being outside. Out here I don’t think about it as much as I do in the home. In there, it is all I think about. I built houses before I was shot. They tried rehab and physical therapy, but nothing helped. I am paralyzed from the waist down. I can’t feel anything with my left arm or grip anything. It is numb and tingly all of the time. If something touches it, it hurts. I take pain medication and will have to take it for the rest of my life. If it weren’t for the medication, I couldn’t deal with this. I never thought I would be in a wheelchair.”

“Are you angry about what happened to you?”

“I go to church. It’s got me where I’m not so angry. I don’t take it out on anyone. I have a girlfriend who takes care of me. She walked up and started talking to me and we swapped numbers. She gives me something to live for. Out here I watch the birds and talk to people. I have met a lot of people through my position. Not being able to walk or do for myself is the hardest part. I don’t have time to take long, relaxing baths at the home.”

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