Jul 18th 2017 by irresplendancy • 53 Questions • 24 Points
My short bio: Hey reddit! I was hit by a car while on my motorcycle 2 years ago and as a result I tore several of my nerves at the braquial plexus. I broke my radius and ulna, lost all movement in my right arm, and since then my life has changed forever.
In February 2016, after 6 months of fruitless therapy, I had nerve surgery in Mexico where 25cm (~10 in) of nerve was removed from my right leg to be inserted at the braquial plexus and several other points in my arm to promote nerve growth and regeneration.
Since then, I've been attending physical therapy daily and have seen veeeery slow changes over the course of this year. My doctor said that it will take about 3-4 years after the surgery for me to see what movement I will have for the rest of my life, but it all depends on how much work I put into my recovery.
In this time I have continued my bachelor's degree, struggled with depression, tried to continue pursuing my interests (especially music), and maintained an incredible relationship.
Ask me absolutely anything! :D
Sketch of the crash: http://imgur.com/a/0Qoro
Album of the crash: http://imgur.com/a/ETsYy
Pics of me today: http://imgur.com/a/ang5R
EDIT: Wow, the responses almost duplicated overnight! I'm answering questions today too.
How is the food there? Being American I don't think I have ever had traditional Spanish food. Kind of odd, seems like all the western European countries influenced our cuisine in some way but not the Spaniards.
Hi! Thanks for doing this. Here are my questions:
What do you think is the mistake people make the most learning web development?
Do you prefer (teaching) front end or back end development or both, and why?
Yeah, I think that's because there was never a great deal of Spanish migration to the States.
Spanish food is alright. The people here have been convinced that it's the be all end all of international cuisine, but mostly it's pretty underwhelming. You can definitely eat well if you're willing to dish out more money for it, but I was disappointed upon arriving to find a lack of tasty, cheap, "street food" type options.
Many Americans are surprised to find that Spanish food is pretty bland and totally devoid of spice.
A mistake that I've seen, and this goes for web dev or for programming in general, is that people get too focused on some resource rather than just coding. The only way you can learn to do web dev is to learn about it and do it. Trying to find the best program or best book, that will just waste time. Find some coding projects you can contribute to and like... then go for it.
I really like teaching and doing backend stuff, really because I love the magic in it.
My favorite editor is vi, but for web stuff, I'm using atom lately.
I see motorcycle riding in a completely different light now, but at the end of the day I know that someday I'm going to get back on the bike in one way or another.
I see NASA a bit differently, especially from the funding and mission side of things. For me, the goal of NASA has always been to create explorers and to make people want to learn about discovery. I personally am an "ah-ha-aholic." It's even better to give an ah-ha moment to someone else. But, at the end of the day, I believe NASA's mission is, and always will be to support people to become more curious--and to provide them with the inspiration to move the ball forward.
I had a nerve transposition surgery, and my nerve damage was pretty severe, according to the doctor.
I'm not sure how similar it is to a birth defect, however. I'd be glad* to put you in contact with my doctor, if you wish. PM me.
I'll first mention that I've met folks that worked for both those boot camps and I think the instructors and staff I've been able to interact with are incredible people who are invested in their students. I think that as this young industry continues to grow, we all have to be careful not to grow too fast and to stay focused on making people successful.
I'll be waiting!
I suppose it's possible. I saw a horse butcher shop once in Valencia, so there are at least some folks here that eat it in a non-random fashion.
I believe that programming boot camps are the trade schools of today--they are designed to give you skills that you can apply immediately. I don't think that any degree or credential is worth much if you can't actually do the work that you're being paid to do. I worked with quite a few people at NASA in the data center with no college but had a lot of skills and experience. A boot camp credential proves you can work hard, learn new things, and that you are invested in yourself.
I see how pointless and stupid it is to ride one. There are minimal benefits to be obtained and a substantial amount to be risked by riding one. You'd have to be crazy to want to get on one despite knowing all the risks.
But I fucking love it, and I don't know why. I've come to accept that.And I don't mind being an idiot if it means I can ride again.
Well, aside from always wanting to work at NASA I got my chance through networking. A friend of someone who worked there found out I was looking for opportunities and put me in touch. When I interviewed they were looking for someone who knew how to work with sql databases. I knew a little and I got hired! It was a lot of luck and timing.
There are many benefits, but to many critics these are not enough to outweigh risking your life every day.
I get what you mean though, I live on the border and crossing is a breeze on the motorcycle. Believe me, I miss it.
I have almost zero programming experience, but enjoyed my short experience with Python. I am interested in learning more, so my question is: How much Kerbal Space Program do you play at NASA programming bootcamp?
I'm a big fan of KSP and I played it way more when I was at NASA than now. :-( At the bootcamp we want you coding not playing games...
I'm in Texas, and yeah I totally get what you mean. Riding without a helmet seems insane to me.
I hope you're not melting!
Consider language learning like the acquisition of any very complex skill (playing the cello, portrait painting, mathematical proofs): there is no shortcut to putting in the time it takes to become good at it.
I calculate (totally unscientifically) that for an English speaker of average competence to learn Spanish takes about 3,000 hours of practice and exposure. That's a lot of hours. However, they add up quickly if you are living in language.
So, make the most of your time while you are here. Set a goal and keep track of how many hours you manage on paper with a grid. Let's say you go to class for 2 hours, five days a week. Well, in July you'll go to class for 40 hours: mark off 40 boxes on the grid. Now, how many more boxes can you mark off this month? Be open and sociable and always stick to Spanish and you could get another 60. Mark those boxes off and you will start to notice how your interlanguage is developing and things are getting easier.
Be passionate about it, prove it by building some things that you really love--do things well, and focus on making a contribution. You'll get noticed.
So how would you recommend getting into teaching English abroad? Is a degree a requirement? Is it necessary to speak the language of the country you teach in or not?
Tabs or spaces?
Did removing nerve tissue from your leg result in impaired function in that leg at all? It seems like a lot to take out.
What do your physical therapy exercises look like, if you're willing to share? I'm currently doing vestibular rehab for chronic motion sickness, and have progressed from slowly turning my head from side to side, to doing the same with my eyes closed. It sounds unimpressive as heck, but it's actually really exciting and useful progress for me. I'm wondering what the paralysis recovery version of that is.
It really depends on the country and then the company that's hiring. Most English teachers that I've met have degrees, but a degree is not necessarily required if you have a TEFL or CELTA certificate. Very few English teachers speak the language of the country they teach, but I highly recommend it.
That was my main concern too, but no, not at all. The only effect is that I kind of can't feel my ankle and right side of the foot. Just a weird, tingly feeling.
I go to 2 physical therapies: The first, at a hospital, consists of exercises and electroshock therapy to stimulate various crucial movements of my arm as well as the accompanying nerves. The second is a a gym, when I perform exercises using more common equipment, to trigger bicep and triceps growth, specifically. I have a physical therapists help me do the exercises I can't complete on my own.
If you want more info, PM me :)
I gave myself radial nerve palsy in my left arm just from passing out inebriated in my computer chair for just a couple hours, if that. I had to wear a cock-up wrist brace for a little over a year and it was agonizing how slow of a recovery it was.
I remember being so ecstatic when after a few months I could lift my thumb a couple solid millimeters.
The estimated average recovery for nerve damage I read is about one millimeter a day.. applied to the entirety of what's damaged. Do you think this is about right, considering the damage you've sustained to your nerves?
Don't be alarmed at the loss of strength, it will come back when you can do what you can do. Thanks for doing the ama!
Any place that is certified for either certificate will serve you just as well. Compare prices and check out what people say about it online.
Of our locations, only the Seattle (HQ) dojo accepts the G.I. Bill. We are still working to get all of our centers approved to do the same.
Yep, that's what all the doctors say. That's why the recovery is 3-4 years. And yeah, it is excruciatingly slow, which is why it's so taxing on the psyche, so I completely understand.
I've got a hereditary palsy where the myelin doesn't regrow at a normal speed. Had drop foot for about 8 months.
I've had a couple of older military guys who were both great. They had cool stories, wonderful senses of humor, interesting opinions, thoughtful contributions. Just a great presence in the classroom.
Does it get frustrating having to write with the left hand? Or were you already left handed?
I haven't heard of anything there specifically. I imagine it will be tougher given the high levels of English that those countries already have. In any case, your dual citizenship will certainly make things easier!
In Spain, meeting a local of the opposite gender is easy if you are a woman. I've known probably two dozen American/Spanish couples and only one of them was an American man with a Spanish woman.
Making friends is not impossible, but not so simple either. Spanish people tend to have a circle of friends that last their entire lives and it's not like you can just walk up and join in. Most other foreigners (even Spanish speaking ones) have reported similar experiences.
I do have a handful of good Spanish friends, but I have to admit that the majority of people I hang out with are expats.
No offense taken. But a coding bootcamp is like a welding class in some ways (no offense to welders). It's just the beginning of the journey, not the end.
I was right-handed, so yeah it was annoying having to learn to write with my left hand.
Although since I was forced to use my left hand all the time immediately after the crash, it didn't seem so frustrating. Just necessary.
It sucked when I had to take written exams, though...
I make it mostly in the fall and winter... maybe when I retire I'll try my hand at trying to sell some of it. My base marinade/cure is 50%soy sauce and then 50% Worcestershire sauce, after that I find the hottest hot sauces and then add as much as I think I can handle.
Since I used to write like shit with my right hand anyway, it's hard to draw a good comparison.
In terms of handwriting quality, I think my writing is a little better now than before but that's because I have to focus a little more and pay closer attention.
Because of this and also because I can't hold the fucking paper, I write somewhat slower than before. If I have a stable paper and surface, I write almost as fast as I used to with my right hand, I think.
As a computer science student, my dream is to be working for companies like NASA or SpaceX. Is there anything else I can be doing now that will set me up for a career in the aerospace industry?
Well... I usually tell them to buy a go-pro and a zero-pressure balloon. You can fly the go pro up on the balloon to about 100K feet, and then you'll be able to see the curvature of the earth... Go empirical on them... plus you probably could do this experiment for under 500 bucks... Make sure you get some radar reflectors on your balloon though, and I think you need to check with the FAA.
Haha I bet! Congratulations on your recovery!
Hey, first off, I'm so so sorry about what happened to you. My family was in a really bad car accident almost 14 years ago, and both me and my sister had this same injury. I'm mostly recovered (if you know to look for some kinda derpy stuff on my left arm, it's definitely noticeable, but I can function pretty normally in day to day life), but my sister's arm is still totally paralyzed, nearly 20 surgeries later.
This brings me to my question - what led you down the path to seek out this specific treatment in Mexico? My family has tried countless things to help my sister recover at least some function in her arm, including transferring an entire muscle and all the accompanying nerves, blood vessels, and whatnot from her leg into her arm, but it didn't work. If you find that this surgery actually gets you to a mostly functioning arm, I'd love to get more information about what exactly you had done, as well as your doctors. Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery!
Nope. However, the Spanish phenotype varies from pasty-skinned ginger to that of lighter skinned Latin Americans, so I don't really stick out.
Once people hear me speak they say, "Oh, yeah, you look British" (which I suppose I should given my ancestry), but I never know if that's something they'd ever think if I didn't have my accent.
It makes sense that the more data we collect the more that we are going to want to figure out what to do with it. In terms of that field of study, I think that it’s the new gold rush. There is so much “raw” data out there that we can’t even imagine what to do with it. Data Scientists are people that can prepare data in a way that can help people understand problems. In relation to problem-solving, data science is key and I believe the field will continue to grow and gain popularity. “A story is just data with a soul.”
I will PM you with the details!
EDIT: To answer your question, it was because my parents are Mexican and my insurance is through them. I went to several doctors who all pointed me in the direction of my current doctor.
Hi, thanks for sharing. Do you resent the truck driver for the things you've struggled with? Has it changed your attitude towards living and dying at all? What was the one thing that kept you going during the worst moments?
Atleti all the way!
Not really. But I do think of Real Madrid as the Yankees of soccer, and why the hell would anyone be a Yankees fan?
What has been the hardest thing about moving so far away?
Except for 2017 and 2018 AGU is moving because of construction at SF's convention center. This year the conference is in New Orleans. Otherwise, yep, SF in December has many many NASA and JPL people in town.
They could be plagued with guilt. Or they could be an alcoholic that doesn't fully remember what happened.
Realizing that time doesn't stop while you're gone. People are aging, life is happening, time passes that you won't recover. It starts adding up.
Yeah, supposedly Spain has the second worst level of English in Europe (after Hungary). First, I think it's because they were just late to the party. Many other countries had made English learning a priority decades before Spain got around to it. Consequently, there is a sort of national insecurity about how "spaniards are bad at English", which becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
And, yeah, I think it's fair to say that spaniards are not the most intellectual people in the world. They refer to those countries you mentioned as "Europe", and generally don't count themselves among that group.
I think the main benefit for attending Coding Dojo or any other paid boot camp is that you have other people trying to achieve the same goal as you are. At Coding Dojo our goal is for you to become a self-sufficient developer. One thing about programming is that you have to code to get good at it, there are no shortcuts. We create a space for you to code as much as you can, provide you with projects and problems to solve, and people to help you learn. We don't steal learning opportunities.
As for my favorite day while at NASA, it was probably when I was able to goto Alaska and work with the Yupik tribes, the project was to bring NASA data into their schools. On that trip, I got to spend a day exploring glaciers near Whittier, AK--that was amazing.
There was one witness, who wrote down the plate number. Unfortunately the registered owner was long dead.
Literally a dead end.
This comes up a lot because the public schools here focus on British English and most of the teaching materials are from Britain. I'm constantly learning surprising things about British English. On the other hand, all of the students prefer American shows and movies.
In any case, I let them know there are two ways and that they're both right, but if they are ever planning to take an official exam they'll need to pick one dialect and stick to it throughout. The main thing is not to overwhelm them with options.
You're thinking about the online program. The expectation is different for the onsite camp. There students spend up to 12 hours a day coding with demos and short lectures all through the day. Some days more than others. It depends on what the cohort is struggling with.
Yeah, she honestly helps me a lot. Jokes aside, she helps me in whichever way she can, and I appreciate it. For example, she does the dishes whenever she can because she knows I hate doing them.
How has FATCA affected your financial affairs while abroad?
What schooling did you have and what IT jobs did you work before you landed at NASA?
Does it take a lot of willpower to get in the work for the rehab? is it hard? How do you manage it?
I'm in a similar situation in some ways but I'm neglecting the work I should do for it.
Oh, I file every year. I'm never sure that I'm doing it right (not so different from when I lived in the States), but I do claim all my income and haven't owed anything so far.
Well, I don't get paid any extra for answering questions, and I was really thinking with all the news about dev-boot camp and the Ironyard. If anything I just wanted to get in front of people and answer questions if they have any. So, ad? Maybe, from some people's perspective--but it's just where I work.
Usually about 2 hours every day, with short 10 minute exercise bursts throughout the day.
Thank you, likewise!
Lot's of our students don't necessarily understand variables, functions etc... I think when you decide that it's something you really want to do, then go for it. Figure out it programming is right for you. Don't think about salaries or anything. I know that's generic advice but I don't suggest our program to anyone who hasn't spent some time deciding they love to work with computers. As for the bonus... haha--many many times... They especially got confounded when I told them I was in an Earth Science part of NASA. I got the alien question a lot as well.
Consistency is a problem when your emotions vary from day to day.
Man, I should print this out and frame it for how true it is.
Good luck with your rehab, we can do this!
Well I know like Chinese don't wait for people to get off trains to get on.
Are there any new, growing Web technologies you would suggest getting familiar with for someone already in the field?
Look at how much snapchat charges for a filter... I think companies like facebook are all over that. You should check out some of the facial recognition tools that are out there and running great in the browser.
No, I haven't but I'll check it out. Thanks!
- Do you ever feel that most of programming is simply: Identify Data, Get Data, Store Data, Process Data, Present Data and that if you can grasp those concepts, then programming is pretty much trivial (aka semantics)?
- Do you feel if the US does not seriously start teaching more tech/math/science in schools then we as a country are doomed?
- Do you ever worry about security in your projects and if so, how much does that influence hamper your creativity?
Driver & Rider here. So sorry it happened to your Triumph btw. What a perfect machine. It's my dream bike and I hope you get another when you're ready.
Post-accident, do you ever feel yourself now having a fundamental lack of trust of others on the road?
I've been the victim in two crashes that totalled my cars. one exactly like yours where they made a left like they didn't even see me and I t-boned them, and a worse crash where I was just driving along on a single lane 40mph road, and someone drifted across the center line and hit me head on and totalled my car.
Sold my bike between crashes to help with finances so I don't even have one now, but honestly I've lost all trust in other drivers and as much as I want to ride, just the thought of it gives me anxiety.
A colleague gave me a book that taught me a lot about design patterns. So when it gets crazy, I just try to remind myself that it's the concepts that matter. There are more than one type of burger places out there... and there are more than one JS lib... the best one is the best for the job you're tasked with.
In a lot of ways yes. Problems that people want to be solved can sometimes get mundane and follow the pattern you're describing. If programming something can make someone's experience better I'll do it. Even if it's a little boring. Even though I might get lost in the code, it's still cool to see someone benefit from a clever program.
I don't think that we are doomed just because of one thing. As far as teaching and the specific subjects go, let's start treating our teachers and scientists like rock stars. When our culture swings a bit more towards the value that is created in our professors, teachers, instructors and mentors. I think we'll be fine. Think about it this way, remote sensing has been around for what... like 70 years? We are at the very beginning of the Einsteinian era in relation to science. I think there is way more ahead.
Of course, I worry about security. In fact, my co-worker was freaking out when he saw my "proof" for this AMA. He's the one that made me take a pic of my NASA award with my user name. I've studied photography as well... I thought it was like science and art mixed together and I loved that. I sat through a lot of brutal critiques from my peers for a while. Being creative is being courageous. No one likes it at first.
Thanks for the good vibes.
Umm, no not really. I mean, all of the trust I had evaporated pretty quickly after I started riding. Now I'm just totally stoic when other people do stupid shit on the road. What's the point in complaining? It is what is it.
I'm sorry that happened to you, and believe me, I know what you mean!
As someone in the industry and has works with Code School graduates, do you believe they are as qualified as their associates who pursued and obtained a 2-4 year degree?
Do you believe that some Code Schools (or trade schools as you called them in an above post) are much better than others?
Damn. Haha I do hope you can play your guitar again! I wish you luck. Thanks for the AMA, I hope you can give hope to the other patients you go to rehab with.
My opinion on this is that they have different goals. Colleges have been more aligned with giving people the big picture and giving you some exposure to the skill you're learning. As for being as qualified, I've met CS college grads who didn't code much at all as a student in a 4year--and couldn't solve FizzBuzz if you asked them... but they know a lot about the history of programming and computers. But, then I've met bootcamp students who don't know anything about Alan Turing or Moore's Law, and they are really talented coders. They are fundamentally different IMO. I believe that like everything else, some schools and bootcamps are better than others... of course they are. But I also believe that you get what you put into both of them. It's more important for you to focus on you and what works for you best and your conditions.
Why do you feel like anyone can program? The vast majority of those who graduate from boot camp can't think critically, and programming requires many years of practice to master fully. Do you think you are giving people false hopes?
Wow, how much did the synth + controller run you? Hoping to get new ones of my own when The Budget allows. Got a soundcloud I could check out?
I don't really feel like anyone can program, and I do my best to make sure that people know that programming isn't the career for everyone. I don't like how bootcamps do advertise salaries and stuff like that... If it's any consolation, I try my best to help people decide if they are really right for a bootcamp style learning experience. That starts with finding out if they are doing it for the right reasons. Money is great and we all need security. Check out what James Gosling says about it... he created Java: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r19P3y1VBiw
Synth was a Roland System One (~$300) and the controller was a maschine mk1 (~$70). I got them both on ebay.
Haha I don't have one! But I'll make one in a bit and upload some stuff.
My friend currently is working as an intern developing some wikis for NASA! He says there are some hidden neat Easter eggs that some developers leave on some of the pages. Can you attest to that?
cool man don't give up keep making that music
Hmmm... I've not heard that one... I'm geeky enough sometimes to do stuff like that but I never did.
What is the point of a bootcamp? Why not just use a free online tutorial?
Not to make light but have you given yourself "the stranger"?
I'd say that it's a place where you go and work out with other people and to leverage other people's knowledge. I don't think there is any magic or anything special that we do other than try to coach you and motivate you. Bootcamps aren't for everyone, and people quit. I think of it like a long training camp where you set some goals and go and work out until you are strong. If you can learn by online free stuff, it's out there and can totally work. Other people just like the environment.
To my shame, yes I have. It was ineffective, to say the least.
I'm a high school senior, and I wanted to know if a computer science degree or an aerospace engineering degree is preferred to be a developer at NASA?
I have a similar problem. May I ask how much it was for the surgery?
I worked with a woman at langley who has a degree in Math, and I have to say she's probably one of the smartest and best programmers I know. I also know a geology major that's a front end dev... so while it will help get your foot in the door... If you can do the job people will give you a shot if you can get in front of them. Generally speaking though, employers could use more math people... at NASA and everywhere else.
I will PM you!
Do you ever worry about reaching a tipping point where teaching people to code ends up more driving down wages than getting people into well-paying jobs?
Was it your fap arm?
I've never thought of it because I think that the number of people retiring soon is going to cause a greater demand in programs those folks were working on. I read a quora question the other day that got answered with something like COBOL still being used all over the place and that there are tons of people leaving COBOL based jobs. We can look at a lot of job figures but I think that there is solid demand for coders for at least a good while.
Glad you lived and are making a recovery! Drove past this same type of accident yesterday morning. Unfortunately the motorcycle driver yesterday did not make it. Were you wearing a helmet?
Those images are processed by the guys/gals at NASA EO. Great folks.
Full gear, ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time).
I'd be dead if I hadn't.
I'm currently in the last year of my physics Master and looking to get into a simulation/visualization-based field (for example game engine development). Can you recommend what I should focus on getting experience in or maybe a path for someone "fresh on the market"? Based in Germany if that's relevant.
I am rooting for you. I know a guy in wheelchair from an accident (decades ago) and told him to hang in there -- he said even if they figured out a way to deal with the paralysis his muscles would be too weak for rehab but I am optimistic about that too and I suspect you have an opinion about this?
Muscles can be rebuilt. That's exactly what I'm doing right now. Granted, it's not the same as both legs, but in the end there's always hope for improvement. Always. Even if it's just a tiny bit better, if you do something, anything, you're definitely not going to get worse.
Pro arm wrestler
Hi Dan, I'm a Computer Science major at school, but at home I live close to JSC. So this past summer I was thinking about doing an internship with JSC for computer science but I've only completed my intro CS classes. Do you think you could tell me the expectations and required skills for a NASA computer science internetship?
I can't even imagine. I'm happy that you're going to physical therapy though!! I've never been paralyzed but I can imagine it's like trying to move something you naturally can't, like your ears for example? Is this true? I've heart it somewhere before. Wishing you the best~~
Hey there, thanks for the question. I think the first thing you need to do is be on time... and first in line. That's key. The internships that people get are given to people who get their applications in line, and and also have some good recommendations. Make sure you're watching the NASA OSSI website and of course the JSC intern page:https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/education/interns/index.html
No, it's more like not remembering how to move something. Like if you suddenly completely forgot the mental mechanisms to do so, and you're trying to figure it out.
How can I get a job working at NASA as a software developer?
When/if you regain movement in your arm, what is the first thing you will do with your newly restored limb?
Start applying on jobs at usajobs.gov and also start telling people that you know that you want to work at NASA. They might know someone who knows someone. That's how I caught my break.
Learn to play the bass again. Hug my girlfriend. Start benching. Play basketball again.
What are some jobs available at NASA for a CS student after I graduate (undergraduate)? Thanks!
How hard did you find it to carry out everyday tasks without the use of your right arm?
So check out USAjobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?k=Computer+Programming&p=1 they have the civil servant jobs. For a job as a contractor: there are lots of companies... Start with SSAI, then goto Raytheon or one of the other big companies. You can start looking at companies that won IT support contracts and stuff.
How hard? It depends on the task, really. I am surprisingly dexterous with my left arm and hand now so I can manage my way through most tasks. Though some, like dishwashing, are infuriating and I can never really manage well.
Honestly it is a little frustrating most of the time, but like everything, you get used to it and get better at it.
Seeing your title, I immediately wondered if you were CG, then reading his reply to your original post seems like it was really helpful for you. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through this, but happy that you’re fighting to get back to fitness!
Anyway, do you have any sensation in your arm now? If you can’t feel anything with it, do you keep it in a sling or anything? Also, did you have to go to Mexico because no US hospitals would attempt the procedure?
Thank you! I feel somethings in some areas, and in others I feel almost nothing. In some areas I can feel pain/wetness/hotness/electricity, and in some I can't. It's really weird and interesting sometimes. The other day I burned my skin completely off by accident and I didn't feel a thing.
No, I went to Mexico because it was cheaper and my parents are Mexican.
Shoutout to u/CG_Ops, the badass one-handed rider who helped me with kind words and advice!
Do you find yourself more focused on your interests (music specifically) since your accident? And if so, how, if at all, has your approach to your craft changed?
Interestingly, yes! I find that I value much more the things I enjoy doing. Since everything is a little more difficult, it's feels like the things that I enjoy struggling to do are the things that are worth it.
I kind of answered that question in another comment:
I was mainly a bass and guitar player all my life. After the accident, I stopped playing entirely. I didn't even want to move my instruments, so I just left everything kind of as is.
Fortunately, I signed up for a music technology class that semester and I picked up the keyboard (which I already owned), while at the same time learning to use DAWs. Soon after I bought a synth, a MIDI controller, and a good looper pedal and starting getting into production kiinda.
Right now, I mainly practice making simplish songs/loops using the looper, the synth, the keyboard w/presets, and the controller, though I rarely write or record anything. I was also gifted a trumpet recently and have been relearning how to play, and it's been a lot of fun!
Hey man had a very similar accident when I was riding. Lost my arm for about a year or so and now have full movement. The doctors told me I had a 50/50 chance of regaining my arm, what was your percentage?
The doctor said he wasn't sure how much I was going to recover, but how much I advance these few years will tell. He said that the goal was a 70-90% recovery.