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Aaron got a spinal injury when he was 19 years old. He was shot by gang members in front of his own house. When he came home from the hospital, he felt that he had to earn money to look after his mother and nieces. He didn't feel able to get a job, however. So he tried to make money buying, fixing up, and selling cars. Sometimes he also sold drugs. Aaron was put in jail twice. Both times he was in jail, he got pressure ulcers (which is what a doctor or nurse calls pressure sores or bedsores). Back home, Aaron got more pressure ulcers after injuring himself, and because of worn-out padding on his leg brace.

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Aaron lived in a house with stairs. He sat on the steps. He dragged himself upstairs. He dragged himself downstairs. Aaron got a splinter in his bottom when he dragged himself. The splinter got an infection. The infection caused a pressure ulcer. Aaron had to have surgery.

→ read more in What Causes Pressure Ulcers: Injury and Rubbing

A person who is drunk or high might not be careful. Aaron stepped on a nail while he was high and didn't notice it. He got an infection that led to having his foot amputated, that is, cut off.

→ read more in Drinking or Doing Drugs

Aaron and his family lived in a neighborhood with lots of crime. He worried about money. He worried about safety for his family. Aaron had chronic (KRON-ick) stress.

→ read more in Stress

Aaron fixes cars.

→ read more in Don't Overdo It!

Aaron "likes to look good for the ladies." He knows that pressure ulcers look bad and smell bad. He tries not to get pressure ulcers so he can keep dating.

→ read more in Dating and Marriage

Aaron said pressure ulcers are "going to happen just as a cost of living your life."

→ read more in "It Just Happened"