A rancher and farmer who lives in central Alberta,
Blair became quadriplegic in 2002 following a horse
accident. He now depends on four caregivers to help
maintain a healthy lifestyle.
My relationship with my wife, that’s number one.
Number two, being able to live in my house on the
farm, being able to manage my farm despite my
condition. I buy cattle at the auctions, oversee the
feeding and branding, work at the feedlot and do
seeding in the spring and harvesting in the fall. It’s a
lot of work, but I have excellent help.
Infections and pneumonia, because I am not able
to cough very well and clear my lungs, urinary tract
infections and bedsores. Given my medical condition,
these infections can be life-threatening.
I’m healthy, I manage . . . but I can pick up a cold
so easily. My body takes on whatever temperature
it is. I have to get in the shade when it’s hot. When
it’s winter, I really have to dress accordingly. I am
fortunate enough to have excellent live-in-caregivers
who watch for all these conditions and have been
very attentive to my health. I am very grateful to have
Phantom pain (pain felt where a limb’s been
amputated or paralyzed). It is very hard to control
and is my number one challenge. Second is being
able to breathe on my own . . . (I) have had electrodes
implanted on my diaphragm, which manage my
Eating anything I like. I can’t. I eat a lot of fruit and
a lot of vegetables and salads, but controlling my
weight is a challenge.
Don’t feel sorry for yourself. And read. I just go crazy
if I sit and do nothing. Reading keeps my mind active
and informed. It takes me to another place.
There’s a new
phrase that sitting is
the new smoking.
You are never too old
to grow and learn or
turn your life around.
Don’t feel sorry