30 Days

Season 3 Episode 2

30 Days in a Wheelchair

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 10, 2008 on Planet Green
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30 Days in a Wheelchair
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Retired NFL cornerback Ray Crockett attempts to spend 30 days confined to a wheelchair.

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  • Very good premise. Poorly executed.

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    I looked forward to this one eagerly. My wife is a wheelchair user, so it was particularly one I wanted to watch. To say I was disappointed was the least of it.



    I was disgusted. Yeah I think it's great that they want to do a disability show, but why are they portrayed as poor accident victims who have to put their lives back together after an accident. There are loads of wheelchair users who didn't have the option of jumping off a cliff to get there. They were born disabled (I come from the UK, where "Disabled", not "Handicapped" is the normally acceptable term).



    Here in the UK, if you have an accident, there are loads of grants to help you adapt, but far less if you were born that way.



    The main problem my wife has with society is the attitude of the "normal" population. The show glossed over the attitude thing and went straight for the "oh aren't they clever! They have adapted to our society", "Oh look at how everybody has to pitch in and help the poor disabled person" and "Oh look, they can do sports and have sex".



    What about the doctors who don't want them to have kids? Or the hospitals where the staff think that as you've had one baby, you won't make that mistake again!



    What about the people who assume that if you're in a wheelchair, the kids with you belong to the carer!



    What about the people who ask questions of the carer like they're the only person there (to be fair, that was mentioned, but no examples seen over a whole month? I think not.)



    What about the disabled people who are too afraid to ask for help because they've heard about people who have had their kids taken away because they appeared to not be able to cope without help.



    Good premise. So much potential. Try again.moreless

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    • Ray Crockett: Can I put myself in their shoes? No. But if nothing else comes out of this, I will definitely view life differently.

    • Matt: I made it a point. If I can help someone figure out how to start their life like this, then that's what I'll do. It's kind of a way of giving back. You know what I'm saying? And that's one of the reasons I go to Baylor to continue to volunteer just to talk to new patients, because, you know what I'm saying, they have no idea what's happening. When I was there, I didn't have nobody to show me the ropes. If I was chosen to be in this chair, to show others that's it not that bad, and that you can do it, then so be it. Don't get me wrong, there's days I shut my door, and turn my tube on, and I'm just like, "It sure would be nice to do something else for a change." You know, but you can't stay depressed. If you want to succeed, you cannot be a negative influence on anyone or be depressed.

    • Ray Crockett: It's the hardest thing I've ever done. Getting ready to play the Super Bowl and all that, that was easy.

    • Ray Crockett: There will be a part of me that will always remember the chair. I will always remember the obstacles, struggles. I will always remember all that stuff. I think it taught me a lot.

    • Ray Crockett: You learn so much, not only about yourself, but about people that are, quote-unquote, what we consider "different". But they're really not different. They just live differently, but they're not different. They are the same people.

    • Ray Crockett: I'm a be honest; I'm a little scared.

    • Morgan Spurlock: For the next 30 days, Ray will have to roll with these three rules: First he'll be confined to a wheelchair. He won't be using his legs at all, but to avoid permanent side effects, he'll get to stretch them once a day. Second, Ray might've endured fourteen punishing years in the NFL, but that's nothing compared to 30 days in a wheelchair rugby league. And third, Ray will be tagging along with patients at a local spinal cord rehabilitation program.

    • Ray Crockett: When guys are paralyzed, you hear about them right after the injury, but you never know what happens to them. I can remember when Mike Utley was paralyzed, a lot of us wondered, "What is he gonna be able to do? What is his life going to be like?" I don't know, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

    • Ray Crockett: You see that happen, you have to think about, "What if it was me?".

    • Morgan Spurlock: In 1991, Ray was on the field when teammate Mike Utley was attempting to throw a block and sustained a devastating injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    • Morgan Spurlock: Even though it's in our headlines, how much do us able-bodied people really know about the day-to-day lives of people in wheelchairs? We'll find out when an NFL superstar gets a firsthand look at an athlete's worst fear, by living in a wheelchair for the next 30 days.

    • Morgan Spurlock: In an instant, a player can go from competing on the field to living in a wheelchair by sustaining a life-changing spinal cord injury.

    • Morgan Spurlock: The football field can be a dangerous place, and most of the time, guys just get a little banged up. But you never know where the next big collision will come from.

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