Keep working, impressive job! From Ratu. 10th Feb. 2013

Wohh exactly what I was looking for, regards for putting up. Sam. 10th Feb. 2013


Dear Children,

You will notice that The Answerer uses a wheelchair to get around.

I have done so for 39 years. I 'got mine' at home when I fell from the balcony of my new but unfinished two storey home. I was tired - from shiftwork - and should have been wise enough to have a sleep. I did not. I went out on the balcony (with no balustrade) to do some painting because it was going to rain the next day. Half asleep - I stepped where I thought there was decking to step on ... but there was not.

That was 39 years ago and I got incomplete paraplegia in my spine from the fall injury. 'Incomplete' means that I have full use of my arms and hands (and hopefully my brain!) but from the waist down sensation begins to disappear and my lower legs have no feeling at all.

Now about you: NB; (Note Well) The Answerer cares about you - Ok.

All kids love to have fun and I did too.

But the stakes are much higher now as cars will go much faster than in my day and they are not as strong...with much greater injuries in a crash.

IF - you are in a car with a group of friends and the driver is not ?With it? by alcohol or drugs ... 'GET OUT'!


It only takes 2 seconds to be dead - or worse to get ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) and be alive. Being alive with ABI is really horrible. So ... get yourself out of that car by deceit, pleading or whatever it takes. Tell the driver you are going to 'throw up', fill your pants ... anything, but JUST GET OUT!

If they call you a 'chicken' just tell them: "I'd rather be a live chicken than a 'dead duck'."

In my 39 years in the wheelchair - I have been around hospitals a fair bit and make mental note of some with brain damage and other problems around hospitals, etc. I think I would rather be dead! Somehow, you must get out of that car before it is too late and regret to rule your every thought for the rest of your life. Regret is a horrible thing.

These are details of being 'half- alive'  ...  to think about and exiting a car with a drunk driver at the wheel.

There are many ... maybe hundreds, of 'half-alive' youths in a special institution for those with ABI, mostly from car crashes. They cannot focus their eyes, feed themselves, talk, toilet themselves (both sorts) or even get in and out of their wheelchairs. They dribble and have their mouth open and hands are mostly in the 'clawed' position. They require 24 hour care for 20, 30,or even 40 years with no hope of getting better and no dating, marriage and a family. ABI is what you could get in a crash. Yes indeed, so be smart and think on it  - because the 'Friends' in that car are the wrong sort for you. I have just seen advertised on TV a new insurance added to our driver's licence to help cover the costs of care for these crash victims ~ but I am sure ALL would simply rather that it had not happened in the first place!

AND ... your Mum and Dad will regret the loss for ever ... especially the boys. Mums have a special love for sons - that is never really talked about, but is very strong.

Late note:

I almost never watch E.R. shows on TV but I did last night; (9/1/13) on SBS.


At RPA in Melbourne in one week = 93 survived with serious injury and 4 went to the morgue.The viewer is shown actual people and the injuries ... from the roadside crash to recovery or 'he didn't make it'.

Well worth learning what the 30 staff in the ER deal with some nights.

We were also shown how a Mum, an ER surgeon, and her normal lovely kids, playing in the park, how they all feel about Mum and her job.



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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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