Table 2

Representative quotes about the comprehensive recovery of the body and the self, level of engagement in the recovery process and subjective assessments of recovery outcomes

Comprehensive recovery of the body and the self
Quote 1Patient 2:“I realized… that I wasn’t going to be able to go back to my hobbies. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go back to my job. I didn’t think I had anything left… this was extremely depressing. I’m alive, but for what?”
Quote 2Patient 12:“…so you could jog every day and eat perfect and then get wiped out by a bus, right? So, the doubt crept in, which it hadn’t for a while”.
Quote 3Patient 3:“The thing is, though, it just sucks a lot. So, there’s just no way around it. It sucks from the way that people treat you, like you’re a—like you’re very different from them and interactions with strangers is, on a normal level, is totally impossible now. (cries) And it sucks because you just feel constantly that the world is not built for you, so you always have to worry about steps and stairs and curb cuts. And as someone who really enjoyed going off the beaten path for all of her life, I really loved going out in the wilderness and resented the things that were paved over. And now I really depend on that pavement. (cries) It’s kind of ironic and really hard for me to still come to terms with”.
Level of engagement
Quote 4Patient 11:“Well, I figured I had to take charge of it. You can’t just lie there… and go “why me” and cry and moan and wait because you’re not going to end up as healed as you want to be if you just sit there. You’re going to end up worse off. So, I knew I had to be proactive and that’s just the way I attacked it”.
Quote 5Patient 12:“…you try to do things you could do yesterday, and you can’t… You keep it at it. This is what I would tell the new people. I would say if you have a setback, expect that. There is no straight line…… You’re going to have a day that nothing works. Don’t give up. Don’t blame yourself. Just say I’m going to do better next time. Go to bed and do better next time”.
Quote 6Patient 2:“Right now, I don’t do very much… in general, I think I’m too tired”.
Subjective assessment of recovery outcomes
Quote 7Patient 5:“I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, man. I got run over. Oh, man’. [Instead] I felt like really lucky. I just remember feeling like so lucky all the time. Just feeling so grateful like, ‘Oh, man. It could have gone so much worse’. So, I was really optimistic and felt good about life, I would say. I almost felt like I’m glad it happened”.
Quote 8Patient 11:“I think my quality of life is very good…there are some extra aches and pains and limits in motion here and there. But you combine that with having a good attitude and appreciation for surviving it all and it bumps it up from a baseline good to a pretty good, right? You can’t complain about it, right? It’s just not much to be gained about complaining about it. And again, it’s something that you get used to anyway, right?”
Quote 9Patient 11:“Overall the experience was a positive one because it saved my life (laughs). You can’t argue with results, right? I lived, it didn’t look like that was going to happen when I was laying on the road breathing less and less every moment”.