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Diving Again!

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by Fennelle, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Fennelle

    Fennelle Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Ellensburg Washington
    I got certified in 1993 and became a vacation diver after that. But now I am disabled. A bad back injury 13 years ago has prevented me from being able to don equipment in the boat, and constant pain made me not want to do it at all. I’d say I’d tried to dive maybe three times after that, but it was not enjoyable. I’ve gained a ton of weight, too, and couldn’t fit into a rental BC anymore, and never had enough weight.

    In January of 2019 I received a Spinal Cord Stimulator, implanted into my spine. I was told that I could safely dive to 4 ATM by the equipment manufacturer, but my doctor was less certain. It’s was a $60,000 procedure, so I didn’t want to screw it up. But I really wanted to try diving again.

    I was told by my friend, a dive master with 35 years of experience, that I should buy a custom BC. That he would help by handing me my equipment and letting me don in the water. And that he would make sure I had enough weight.

    I got the custom-made BC, a Zeagle Stiletto, and I love it! With the integrated weight system, I don’t have to mess with a weight belt. With 26 lbs of weight (ugh), I can finally get neutral again. And with the spinal cord stimulator, I’m not in pain the whole time I’m diving - or afterwards!

    In the last month I’ve completed 12 dives, including a wreck and a wall to 100’. I’ve had no issues with my stimulator, and I’m so stinking happy!!!

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
    divinh, Dark Wolf, formernuke and 5 others like this.

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