“Small Steps, Long Journey”
By: Eric R. Inouye
Small Steps, Long Journey is an autobiography that narrates Eric’s struggle to survive an accident where a drunk driver drove through a RED light and violently struck Eric’s vehicle as he entered the intersection. Eric had been hit so hard he fell comatose for 63 days. Travel with Eric as he navigates his way through obstacles that were not there before. On his journey of survival, Eric candidly expresses his emotions and reconnects with his father.
Family and friends have been with him through his traumatic ordeal, first during his lengthy coma and struggles in rehabilitation, but it’s Eric who takes readers inside the relatively unknown disabled community. In the beginning, Eric couldn’t even lift a fork to his mouth, but over time, he develops the strength and courage to function in society without assistance.
Eric sets out on a voyage of discovery, where he expresses his confusion and frustration. In these pages…Eric’s story is meant to encourage anyone injured physically or emotionally.
What are you trying to say? The nurse raised her voice without a hint of patience. I don’t know sign language, Tell me what you want. The rough edges of the urinal felt cold like ice, especially when the nurse jabbed the urinal into place.
When Tisha and Alise left that evening I walked with them to the elevator, only I wasn’t walking, I was in my fuck’n’ wheelchair.
Imagine being able to compete with your friends at a high school level, and then waking up with realization that you’d only hurt yourself if you tried again.
Who cares? Whoppie- Big Deal…I can sit, I can stand…I can even give up.
Better speech had bestowed upon me more confidence as well. Where I had my speech appliance made, there were several assistants who caught my roving eye. I had confidence to mumble a few words, so I asked one of the assistants, Barbara, if I could write to her. After a few letters, she suggested going to see a movie.