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Hard Way Girl (mastered)

04/15/2018

Copyright Aaron Logan
www.aaronloganmusic.com
Mastered with eMastered - www.emastered.com



Had a bit of an embarrassing incident on March 9th. I was going...

04/04/2018







Had a bit of an embarrassing incident on March 9th. I was going to meet a friend at a restaurant in Denton, and fell out of my wheelchair after crossing a street. I was mainly watching for cars and people as I crossed the street, naturally, so I didn’t see that the wheelchair ramp leading back onto the sidewalk had a curb. I would have needed to pop a wheelie or something, but I didn’t see it. So the front of my wheelchair caught the curb and sent me flying forward onto the concrete. Thankfully I mostly caught myself with my hands, but it scraped my knees up pretty good. And of course my legs just flop around, so I landed on them a little weird. Nothing was broken, thankfully, but I felt sick with a fever for a few days as my body adjusted to being thrown onto the concrete. A guy stopped and got out of his car to help me get back into the wheelchair, so tat was nice of him. I went back later and took some pics so I could send a complaint to the city of Denton to see if they can smooth it out, so no more wheelchairs catch on it. 



Grow

04/01/2018

Copyright Aaron Logan
www.aaronloganmusic.com



It works pretty well! I just needed a little bit of a step...

04/01/2018







It works pretty well! I just needed a little bit of a step before the step. I thought about putting a little ramp, but the sidewalk continues to slope downward, so I would need a fair amount of momentum if I have a ramp. Something like this allows me to go up without needing momentum.



Adjusting the footplate

04/01/2018



Adjusting the footplate



Like the Sunrise

10/12/2017

Another new one.

Copyright Aaron Logan.



One of my newer songs. (Rough draft. Home recording.)[Copyright...

07/10/2017



One of my newer songs. (Rough draft. Home recording.)

[Copyright Aaron Logan]



5 Year Anniversary of the Car Accident

06/30/2017

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Today marks the 5th anniversary of the car accident my friend Moriah were in back in 2012. Our life-versary, as we call it, cause it very well could have killed us. It was sometime around 9pm and we were just a few miles outside of Denton on hwy 380, while it was still a one-lane hwy with no divider or median. A guy driving a pickup (for unknown reasons…possibly falling asleep, maybe looking at his phone, or possibly an assassination attempt due to our mafia connections ;) ) veered over into oncoming traffic and all hell broke loose. The first car he almost hit swerved fast enough to barely miss, went off the road and hit a fence. But the pickup collided with the 2nd car head on - corner to corner - then he flipped (or rolled) and bounced off our windshield. It all happened so fast. I remember seeing the car swerve off the road, then bam! Everything went white. I would be in la la land for the next two weeks, while they worked to keep me alive. Moriah had a nasty break in her ankle from slamming on the breaks during impact. She was a paramedic and was able to tell that my neck had been broken. She told the emergency crews when they got there, and they were very careful with how they handled me, trying not to move my neck (which is really important to not make a spinal cord injury worse). In addition to the broken neck and spinal cord injury, I had a broken sternum, a collapsed lung, and my head was badly gashed. And we both had glass all in our arms and faces. I found out later from my cousin (who is an EMT himself and knew the emergency crew that worked the wreck) that they did not expect to find me alive when they walked up to the car. And they were even more shocked to learn I had survived later and was still alive. Two people didn’t survive that night.

In the two weeks while I was out they put me in a halo (screws into your head to stabilize the neck), drained my lungs a couple times, which kept filling up with fluids, performed surgeries on my neck, gave me a feeding tube, and they had tubes for breathing going down my throat, which I kept subconsciously trying to pull out. They had to tie my arms to the bed so I would stop. Then they gave me the trach. The drugs were 20 times as powerful as morphine, which is what wiped my memory for those two weeks. Although I do remember a few crazy dreams and hallucinations I had. Getting me to breathe with the ventilator was not always easy apparently, because I was fighting everything. On one particularly bad day (I found out later), I kept trying to breath out while the vent was trying to push air in, and trying to breathe in while the vent was trying to pull air out. I would manage to take a gasp of air, then my body would convulse and shake the whole bed as I fought the ventilator. Then gasp again, and convulse again. My oxygen levels dropped dangerously low. My parents were there every day, but my mom had to leave the room that day. She said it was too hard to watch. But everyone kept praying for me, and we got through the day. On another night my heart stopped. Twice actually. For about 10 seconds each time. But then started up again. This was all in those first two weeks that I don’t remember.

After the two weeks, when they brought the drug levels down and I started becoming more coherent, it was the most confusing day of my life. Didn’t know where I was, what had happened, or why so many friends and family members were all hanging out at this strange place. The drugs were still affecting my sense of reality, so I couldn’t really think clearly yet, and it was hard to figure things out. A few nights later I found out I was paralyzed (didn’t know it yet) from a nurse, who let it slip by accident. I was so beat up from the accident that I thought my body was just resting and recovering. I was in a brace that went from my neck down to my stomach, and my brain still thought it could feel my legs, so I didn’t know anything was different. But when I found out….hardest night of my life. Denial was the first step, and it was overwhelming. I did NOT want to accept this new information as actual reality. Talk about some real and honest internal conversations with God. Anger, fear, questioning. I went through it all. And I refused to watch tv in my hospital room, cause I needed to process. I also had to face something else that was extremely uncomfortable for me…..depending on people. I’ve always been very independent by nature, so this stretched the hell out of me. But it was people who were being selfless, who were carrying God’s heart, whether they knew it or not, who really helped get me through that time. Family, friends, therapists, nurses, other patients who were going through the same thing.

After about a month of ICU, I spent two months at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, where I started meeting and making friends with other patients who were in the same boat. We all pulled together and supported each other. My therapists (who I’m still friends with and hang out with) helped me go from completely bedridden and unable to even sit up (I literally fell over the first time they sat me up, and they had to catch me), to getting around in a wheelchair and transferring myself. Now I live at my own house, drive myself, I’m back to work part time, back to writing songs, working on a masters degree, and have an entirely different outlook on life. I feel I have a new perspective and value for people than I ever had before. Part of that has come from a more recent spiritual journey I’ve been on, but I really think the root of it goes back to this experience. You start really zooming out and thinking big picture when you go through something like this. At least I did. Of course, it wasn’t the traumatic experience itself that caused all of this. It could have just as easily made me hard and bitter at life. It was the internal journey I chose to go on because of it. I see life differently. I see people and their own life stories differently. I empathize more. I feel more deeply and love more deeply. We’re a part of something bigger than ourselves, and we’re all in this together. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey. You guys are amazing. Physically, I prob shouldn’t still be here. But I am. And just to be extra cheesy, I’ll finish with some of lyrics from one of my older songs. Lol :)

“And the whole point to see
Is to see that life is worth living
And the whole point of view
Is I see something beautiful
Beautiful in you”

-Aaron
www.aaronloganmusic.com

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The Subconscious Antagonist

03/11/2017

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Humans seem to have this inherent need for an antagonist. If there’s someone or something against us, or someone who doesn’t believe in us, we have more fuel to “prove them wrong.” And if that person or entity doesn’t exist, we make them up in our mind - probably coming from something in our own subconscious that is insecure and afraid of failing or not being good enough. Politicians campaign better when they have a spiteful opponent to attack. Sports teams (and their fans) need a rival team to hate (I’m just as guilty on that one). Christians blame the devil for everything (or hate on other denominations….“us” vs “them”). Motivational posts on social media are all about proving “the haters” wrong. 

It just seems to be part of the human psyche to need an antagonist. I’m convinced this is the root of many conspiracy theories as well. Even if it’s a generic “they,” or “them,” and something we unconsciously created in our imagination, it still gives us something or someone to fight against, to measure ourselves against……our strength, our worth, our significance, our validation. Especially when we don’t understand sonship, identity, and our reality in Christ. While there definitely will be people [because of their own issues and insecurities] who criticize and resist you, ultimately the REAL enemy/antagonist is anything inside of you that does not agree with your true reality in Christ.

-Aaron
www.aaronloganmusic.com



“You” recorded in 2012

12/08/2016

Recorded in 2012 with Robbie Seay Band
Copyright Aaron Logan 2011



“You” performed live 2011

08/26/2016



“You” performed live 2011



Throwback to early 2012, when I recorded this song in Houston...

04/29/2016





Throwback to early 2012, when I recorded this song in Houston with Robbie Seay and his band. (I wrote it in late 2011.) Was such a fun recording experience! Learned a lot from Robbie about how to approach vocal takes in the studio.

-Aaron



Pleasant Places

07/18/2015

Pleasant Places:

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Hey guys, here is the song I wrote for Ben and Rachel’s wedding, available for streaming or download…….click here.

What an awesome day!!

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.“ Psalm 16:6

-Aaron
www.aaronloganmusic.com



All The OTHER Things A Paralyzed Person Deals With

04/26/2015

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I didn’t realize how little I actually knew about paralysis from spinal cord injury (SCI) before this whole journey (I was paralyzed in a car accident in 2012). I would see or hear about people who were paralyzed, and think it was just their legs that didn’t work, or just their arms and legs. But there are SO many other things that go on with a person’s body when they are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury.

Now let me clarify, not every paralyzed person experiences all of these. It can vary based on the injury level (C3, C7, T2, T6, etc.), and also vary with each person within the various injury levels. However, most paralyzed people deal with these to some degree:


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Bladder & Bowels

No feeling or control. Have to use a catheter for the bladder, and a “bowel program” for the bowels, which is usually a long, tedious process. Also have to take meds for the digestive system.


Trouble Breathing

The diaphragm doesn’t receive full signal from the brain, making it difficult to breathe.


Sexual Function

It is still possible (and quite normal, actually) to have a sex life after becoming paralyzed. But like the bladder and bowels, there is often no feeling or control from the brain. Certain methods and/or medications are generally used, particularly with men. You work with your spinal cord doctor to find out which approach is best for your body.


Body Temperature Regulation

The body cannot regulate it’s temperature like before. In fact, many paralyzed people are unable to sweat when they get hot. The body overheats very quickly, and gets really cold very easily….and it won’t adjust to either one. You can end up in the hospital if you don’t prepare and think ahead.


Skin Issues

You have to constantly monitor your skin. You can get bed sores or other sores from sitting for too long without doing “pressure reliefs” (getting off your butt), or from rubbing your skin on things as you transfer, or spilling coffee on yourself, etc. Any type of skin sore you get below the injury level can become dangerous rather quickly. I can’t tell you how many times I was told that Christopher Reeves died from a bed sore. You have to stay on top of it.


Spasms

Even though communication has been cut off from the brain, the rest of your body is still very much alive. Energy gets stored up in the legs and then suddenly releases itself through spasms (a sudden contraction of the muscles). Sometimes spasms can cause a lot of pain, and sometimes they can be big enough to throw you out of your chair. Spasms can also get worse when you are sick, or when the weather changes, depending on the person. Many paralyzed people take anti-spasm meds to keep these under control (basically, muscle relaxers). I don’t personally take these meds, because I want to keep the nerves alive in my legs, and because I don’t have pain with my spasms. Also, the spasms help maintain some muscle tone in the legs. Without the spasms, the legs would become super skinny. But some people have to take the meds because the spasms are so strong and painful.


Balance

Many paralyzed people (quads especially, but even some para’s) do not have control of their core, side, and back muscles….or have very limited function. This makes balance extremely difficult. In addition, legs play a HUGE role in helping us keep our balance, though we often don’t realize it. Without the legs, core, side, and back muscles, balance becomes a major issue, whether we are trying to sit up in bed, change clothes, take a shower on a shower chair, or just get around in a wheelchair. It’s very easy to fall over. We have to learn our body’s new equilibrium.


Hand Function

Quadriplegics get affected in their hand function, even if their arms work fine. Medically, I’m considered a quad, even though my arms work at 100%. Many times the arms are affected too for quads, but all it takes is the hands. And every person’s function level is unique. When your hands are affected, you have trouble gripping things, opening your hand up, moving your fingers individually, or getting any kind of pressure (like when trying to push a button). Your brain is telling your hand to move like normal, but it just won’t respond.


Fragile Body

Overall, the body is wayyyy more fragile than before. Any little illness or injury can send you to the ER, whereas, before, you could just eat some chicken soup and rest it off. Sometimes this improves with time, and sometimes it doesn’t.


Fatigue

Spinal cord injury generally causes very high levels of fatigue. Especially shortly after the injury occurs, but it can also last indefinitely. It’s a fatigue like I’ve never known before. It’s a constant battle. With this kind of fatigue, you can’t just drink a cup of coffee or take a supplement and push through the day. A night of low sleep can be almost impossible to recover from. Before SCI, if I had a sleepless night, I could just eat some protein, drink some coffee and push through. It wasn’t fun, but I could do it. After the injury, I can’t do that. A rough night means half of the next day in bed. Your brain and body shut down. Your arms ache, your eyes burn, you can’t think clearly or sit up straight. You have no other choice but to rest it off.  It’s quite frustrating, but it’s just part of the deal. And even with a full night’s sleep, you can still have high fatigue levels. The body is in a different condition now.


A Few Others

It is also common to deal with blood clots, pneumonia, UTI’s, and nerve pain (all of which I have experienced). Pneumonia is actually the number one cause of death among people with SCI, though advanced medical treatment is making it easier to overcome. Suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death.

Some people deal with more nerve pain than others. I get a lot of nerve pain in my right hand, particularly when the weather changes or my immune system is struggling. I’ll get bursts of pain that feel like someone stuck a knife in my hand and started twisting it. Then it will subside, then hit again without warning. Sometimes when it gets bad it will keep me up most of the night. It’s hard to sleep with those random bursts of pain.

Oh yeah, and you also can’t sneeze very well.

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Before this experience, I knew none of these things. I had absolutely no idea what paralyzed people had to deal with. From my personal experience and perspective, all of these other issues combined are harder to deal with than my legs simply not working. It has certainly opened my eyes, and opened my heart. I also went from not knowing a single paralyzed person, to knowing somewhere between 20 and 30.

I did not write this because I’m looking for pity from people. In fact, if you’re ever around me in person, please do not treat me like a 3 year old and try to do every little thing for me! Treat me like any other adult. The reason I wrote this is because I myself was so ignorant before experiencing this injury, and I figured, if I was so ignorant, then many other people probably are too. There are an estimated 8,000 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who have an SCI (spinal cord injury). There are 273,000 estimated to have SCI in the U.S., with 12,000 new cases each year. I just wanted to share what I’ve learned so far, because you’re likely to come across someone who is paralyzed at some point. I hope you found this helpful :)

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-Aaron
www.aaronloganmusic.com



It might slow you down, but don’t let it stop you.

08/12/2014



It might slow you down, but don’t let it stop you.



Sometimes life takes us places….

07/13/2014



Sometimes life takes us places….



Had fun catching up with my friend Jeremy the other day.

07/12/2014



Had fun catching up with my friend Jeremy the other day.



This is probably THE best article I’ve seen on spinal cord...

06/27/2014



This is probably THE best article I’ve seen on spinal cord injuries. Explains the symptoms, the challenges, the treatments, and the research:

Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sci/detail_sci.htm



Japan to start clinical tests to regenerate spinal cord

06/20/2014

Japan to start clinical tests to regenerate spinal cord:


Since I have an SCI, I follow this stuff. Pretty awesome!

-Aaron
www.aaronloganmusic.com



By The Cross - Live 2011 www.aaronloganmusic.comBenefit concert...

05/31/2014



By The Cross - Live 2011 www.aaronloganmusic.com

Benefit concert for baby Kenzie



By The Cross


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Freedom Calls


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Freedom Calls is not only a fresh sound in a flooded market....it's a cry of the heart. Aaron's desire is to see freedom released in people's lives. Freedom from sin, from bondage, from mindsets that hold us back and tell us we're not worth anything. Freedom to be who God has called us to be, and to do what He's called us to do. Please check out the album, add Aaron on your Facebook and Twitter, and also support one of his greatest passions....rescuing and restoring girls out of the sex slave trade....www.love146.org

 

Aaron was involved in music from a very young age, learning songs on piano from his dad by the age of 9, and learning to play the drums by age 11. At 12 he and his best friend started their first band and began a journey of songwriting, performing, and worship leading that carried on through college. In 2007 God opened a door for him to become the worship leader at a new church in Denton called The Bridge. It was during his first year at The Bridge that songs like Thankful and Your Love Is Everything were written. "It was like a new day and a new page in the story of my life. There was a new intimacy and dependency on God, and I think the songs just came out of that", says Aaron. He continues to lead worship at The Bridge and is excited to see what God does in this new chapter of his life.

 

Please check out the album, add Aaron on your Facebook and Twitter, and also support one of his greatest passions....rescuing and restoring girls out of the sex slave trade....www.love146.org

 

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