Alien!

Tetraplegia is out of this world!

You have arrived on another planet, one that is far, far away from planet Earth. On this planet everything you know does not apply. When you interact with the native species your perspective of them is so different – you have to crane your neck to look upwards as everybody is so much taller than you. Your neck hurts as you develop the new muscles and increase your stamina to adapt to seeing the locals in this different way. Food is very similar to that of planet Earth, except everybody eats in a different way to you and because you are unique the locals will stare at you or pretend not to, as you consume your food. You want to fit in and be the same but there is no way this can happen because you are alien on this planet, and look so different. Even your very appearance, though the natives may be humanoid, is obviously alien. You have markings on your skin, damage from the journey, that cannot be hidden.
Your movements will be limited and disjointed. The atmospheric pressure and gravity field do not allow your limbs the freedom of movement you had previously and so even the very way you hold your arms, hold your posture, and position your legs is alien to those around you. They are a constant reminder in front of you of your difference to the local populace. You may experience rapid limb movements or "spasms" as your body deals with the change. The nerves to your muscles will struggle to send the necessary messages from your brain and back. If you are lucky these spasms will be short and pain-free, though this cannot be guaranteed. For this reason you will find medication in the Medi-Doc, along with many other aids for supporting your life on this planet (though this will mainly be for pain management and waste management control). Managing your bodily functions on this planet will be difficult. For some reason these humanoids engage in removing their waste product in private and on their own. This is why it is essential you remain with the team you travel with. Do not expect the locals to understand why or how you deal with this matter. They may find it "disgusting" and is certainly a social faux pas to discuss in polite society.
Of course on this new planet you would want to be able to go and explore. Unfortunately you are not designed to be able to access their world. As they are giant humanoids able to jump great steps and squeeze through narrow doorways, able to scale any slope and breathe the air around them. To go out and visit this new place means that you have to wear a spacesuit especially designed to ensure your alien body does not get too cold or too hot. It is unable to access the planet's heat source and regulate accordingly. You will need specialist equipment to allow your body to move outside. A fully charged battery pack under a chair, fat air tyres with reinforced rubber tread, and modified steering controls to allow choice of direction. And of course, don't forget your seatbelt!
Before exiting your spaceship make sure all breathing apparatus is in place (I find inhalers work best, though occasional use of a nebuliser may be necessary). Never forget your lungs are not designed for this planet's atmosphere – you do not have the muscles necessary around your rib cage for taking in the level of oxygen you would normally acquire on planet Earth. When interacting with the planet's local populace you may find completing sentences difficult, as you take in a much smaller quantity of air. The natives may not have patience with you and become hostile. Take warning!
Lastly it is necessary to say you have my full sympathy and support for tackling this new world. It will be difficult, and dangerous at times. You will become hurt physically, emotionally, and psychologically but you will also learn a great deal about yourself, your fellow mankind and the humanoids of this new planet. Though every day will be a struggle for you, if you keep with your team and maintain as much of a positive connection with the local populace as you can, you will find each day will become just a little bit easier as you adjust to life there. I do hope for your sake that one day you may return to Earth, but for your own sanity do not dream it for yourself. The spaceship is only designed to go one way and we do not have the technology yet to enable a return flight. God be with you.

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