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Paralyzed and still Egging!

DonWWDonWW Posts: 281
Hi folks.  I was hit with Transverse Myelitis December 2012 and it left me a T4 paraplegic (middle of the chest).  I had lots of concerns and issues to work through, one of them being: how will I manage my XL Egg.  We moved it closer to the back door and then removed the wheels to drop it down about 3-4".  That's low enough so I can now lift the top, remove/replace the grill, and manage the lump inside.  I need help refilling the Egg with lump or if I am doing a low and slow as the placesetter is to large for me to manage.  Otherwise, I am good to go!! 

We had friends over Saturday night.  The menu consisted of ABTs, filets, and beautiful sockeye salmon.  Steaks were coated with Kent Rathburn steak/chop rub. 

I grabbed this shot as dinner went on. 


Note the different cap on top.  I replaced the daisy wheel with this device.  It makes it much easier for me to manage the top venting, I can easily spin it which opens/closes the vents. 

XL and Medium BGE.  Dallas, Texas.


  • TFolsTFols Posts: 237
    Way to adapt and overcome. Keep on Egging.
    Bloomfield, NJ
  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,737
    Awesome story.
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 5,844
    edited July 2014
    Hey Don, so sorry to hear that but that hurdle isn't going to stop you achieving anything you desire. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Both photos are beautiful. btw, first time I see someone's cooking grid cleaner than mine!  Great idea to skewer the ABTs for easier handling.
  • QDudeQDude Posts: 653
    You are an inspiration!  Thanks for sharing.

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

  • Ladeback69Ladeback69 Posts: 4,199
    It is great that you found a way to continue to enjoy your Egg. I am not in any paralyzed, but I need a cane to get around because of a bad left hip, but will be getting it replaced soon and should be able to put the cane away. Its impressive how you set it up so you can continue to cook. Is there any way they can fix your paralysis?
    XL, WSM, Little Kahuna, Coleman RoadTrip Gas Grill

    Kansas City, Mo.
  • Good for you, brother, that is a really nice grill full of food, doesn't look like your letting your condition slow you down much. God Bless You, and keep on Egging 
  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,345
    Way to power through some adversity, best of luck going forward.
    Seattle, WA
  • johnmitchelljohnmitchell Posts: 4,485
    That looks like a great meal..Love the Salmon, Looks like you did all direct method..Thanks for sharing.. :-c
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • This is greatness. Well done sir.
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
    2 Large BGE
    1 MiniMax BGE
    1 Karubecue C60 (aka-"The Dishwasher")
    More accessories than TFJ knows about and one more purchase from mandatory counciling
  • boochsr71boochsr71 Posts: 266
    inspiring story... God Bless

    Booch- from Medina, Ohio

  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 1,006
    Way to go Don!  Food looks great!  Keep on EGGin. 
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • fence0407fence0407 Posts: 1,634
    Cheers to you and your ability to enjoy life regardless of the circumstances. Inspiring!  
    Large & Mini, Cumming, GA  

  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 4,911
    Great looking cook Don. I salute you sir. Way to keep on egging. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • Very cool Don! That is truly inspiring!
    LBGE 2013, SBGE 2014, Mini 2015
    Columbus IN
  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,161
    Good on you!  A friend of mine was also paralyzed and wanted to continue motorcycling so had a sidecar rig built with a ramp that his electric chair could drive up.  Hand controls and a few other mods and he was mobile.  Never give up, as dreams can be achieved.
    A poor widows son.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,566
    Great to see you're at it again.  The xl woo2 and 17.5 stone might solve your indirect problems and help with grilling by raising the grid to the felt line.  It's a short drive to Denton from Dallas.

    t ACGP, Inc.
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 7,606
    Awesome looking cook and story, Don!  Egg on Sir! 

    Thomasville, North Cackalack - Large BGE - Medium BGE - KJ Jr - 36" Blackstone

    My Photography Site
  • texaswigtexaswig Posts: 1,958
    Good for you. Im glad you can still do something you love.
    Greenville ,Tx

    Xl bge with woo2 and ajustable rack
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,889
    Amazing!  Well played man.  I'm incredibly thankful that you shared your story!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • SJ21XDCSJ21XDC Posts: 235
    Great job! =D>

    XL & Mini-Max

    Chattanooga, TN

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 1,366

    Amazing and thank you for sharing

    Visalia, Ca
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 12,097
    Inspirational!  Thank you for sharing.  Great looking cook, BTW.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
  • hapsterhapster Posts: 7,431
    An unfortunate situation turned into an inspirational lesson for all of us... Looks great! Keep on egging!
  • uheepuheep Posts: 62
    Very inspiring story my hats off to you ! May you continue to rock on! 
    North Georgia ~ Large BGE~ Weber Performer~Charbroil Outdoor Fryer~Big Chief Smoker~All Done
    With A Touch Of Classic Rock
  • HotchHotch Posts: 2,887

    That salmon looks amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.

    And keep posting your cooks.

    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
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  • Angus1978Angus1978 Posts: 390
    mmm...delicious food!   =D>
    LBGE and Primo XL Plano TX All right all right alllll riight
  • speleoeggspeleoegg Posts: 67
    Thank you for sharing, very inspirational!

    1 Large BGE, 1 Keg & 1 Joe Jr

    Ajax, Ontario
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,621
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • SmokinpigSmokinpig Posts: 728
    Way to improvise and keep going!

    LBGE Atlanta, GA

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,301
    Thanks for sharing Don, that food looks great.


    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
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