Tom Davis talks with his parents, Connie and Robert, about a surfing accident when he was 21 years old that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
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Cindy Davis (CD): We prayed and prayed for a miracle and the miracle of him walking and moving again never happened, but we do realize that he should have been brain damaged, and he is not, any more than he was before. (Laughter)
TD: That’s debatable right? You know, I went from being so active and a type A personality, and I was always go, go, go. And then all of a sudden, it’s just you know, my life came to a screeching halt. Now I’m completely reliant on others. Every night you guys stretch my muscles, and move my joints around, and then in order to have a bowel movement stick a suppository in my rectum, and that was pretty tough at first. But now, mom, as you always say…
CD: Routine maintenance!
TD: Yup, routine maintenance. I think I can credit my lack of depression to you guys. I don’t think we would have laughed this hard if it weren’t for my injury. But the only regret I think that I have in life, is not getting closer to you because I was always out with my friends, and, uh, Dad, I don’t think you realize how highly I think of you. I mean I look at you and you make me want to be a better man.
Bob Davis (RD): Well, I’d like to think that I’m not doing anything different than any other father would do.
TD: Mom, you don’t make me want to be a better woman. (Laughter)
TD: But I love you, and I don’t know what I’d do without you. I remember thinking when I first got hurt, that I didn’t, I didn’t want to live like this. But I think with parents like you and the support that I have, I still have a life.