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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    You should contact the OP via our Private Messages. We discourage members from posting their personal e-mail, phone number, or address on these...
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    Yesterday, 05:05 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread In need of some help. in Caregiving
    Flagyl is the first line drug used for c. diff. Is that what you had? Failure of Flagyl to treat it is common, and if you have been taking for...
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    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    Doing surgery when it is still growing can cause a "rebound" effect, which is why it is very important to be sure the HO has "matured" prior to any...
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    Yesterday, 12:49 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Celebrate life! in Life
    Ketamine Kitty is a man. He is on FB but doesn't come here much. (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 04:02 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Blood in urine in Care
    Yes, an indwelling catheter may be a better option than reflex voiding if the OP is not willing or unable to self cath. (KLD)
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    Yesterday, 03:58 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Celebrate life! in Life
    The white is a mix of dandelion fluff and spider webs, the best I can tell (there are a bunch of dandelions right next to my rose beds). I will...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Recipes for avoiding UTI's in Care
    Two liters a day is the minimum you should be drinking; more if you sweat or exercise a lot, or live in a very hot climate. Your urine should be pale...
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    Yesterday, 03:49 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Diarrhea BM Question HELP in Care
    Flu does not cause diarrhea or vomiting (it is a respiratory illness). Most likely you had either a viral or bacterial gastroenteritis, or food...
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    01-22-2019, 05:33 PM
    Most insurances, as above, follow Medicare guidelines, so will not pay for "regular" beds, including Sleep Number. Sleep Number refuses to release...
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    01-22-2019, 05:30 PM
    I thought you were looking for transportation assistance? If instead, what he really needs is a PCA, then he can also get information through his...
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    01-22-2019, 04:42 PM
    SCI-Nurse started a thread Celebrate life! in Life
    Totally off topic, I know, but I had to share the brand new hummingbird nest and eggs I discovered in my rose bushes when pruning yesterday. The nest...
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    01-22-2019, 04:39 PM
    I don't know of any PCA or nursing agencies that provide transportation for medical treatment. Can he go in his wheelchair and take paratransit or...
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    01-22-2019, 04:33 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread plugged catheter in Care
    Instructions on how to make normal saline (NaCl 0.9%) solution. (KLD)
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    01-22-2019, 04:29 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Blood in urine in Care
    I know many men with SCI/D at C6 who do intermittent cath themselves using their tenodesis. It is challenging but not impossible to learn using clean...
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    01-22-2019, 01:24 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Blood in urine in Care
    Reflex voiding is generally not a good way to manage your bladder long term. What type of neurogenic bladder did your urodynamics reveal? What was...
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    01-22-2019, 04:10 AM
    Please clarify if you are looking for a bed frame, or a mattress, or both. Medicare will not pay for anything but a hospital bed frame, and has...
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    01-22-2019, 01:17 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread plugged catheter in Care
    I believe she means she started taking her blood pressure. Impossible to say anything about this low pulse and high blood pressure without...
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    01-21-2019, 07:00 PM
    Current drugs used for active HO include Indocin (indomethacin) and Didronel (etidronate disodium). Treatment has not really changed in the last 27...
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    01-21-2019, 06:45 PM
    If you are talking about a girdlestone procedure, yes, I have had a number of SCI/D clients who had this, either due to HO or osteomyelitis. As I...
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    01-21-2019, 02:46 PM
    Do you have a ceiling track lift by any chance? Several of these companies have turning sheets or slings that can be safely operated by one person. A...
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    01-21-2019, 02:43 PM
    Aggressive ROM and stretching may help to maintain range of motion in these joints, but you should also see your physician to see if you are in the...
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    01-21-2019, 01:42 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Wrist dislocating? in Care
    I would also recommend you have an evaluation of your wrist by an orthopedic hand specialist and an OT specially trained in hand therapy. A splint...
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    01-21-2019, 01:38 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Hello & bladder stones in Care
    Stones should be analyzed to determine the type of stone before trying to use a medication to help prevent them. Your urologist should send the stone...
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    01-21-2019, 01:19 PM
    Alternating pressure mattresses or overlays do not reduce pressure as effectively as low air loss mattresses or fluid immersion simulation...
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    01-21-2019, 01:14 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Afib in Care
    Also keep in mind that in people with cervical SCI/D, transient Afib can occur in association with other medical problems, such as UTI, pneumonia,...
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    01-21-2019, 01:11 PM
    This device possibly could help to reduce bladder spasm, but it does not work to empty your bladder, unlike a device like the Vocare (Brindley)...
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    01-21-2019, 01:06 PM
    How long has the pressure injury actually be completely closed? Is it possible to post or send the SCI-Nurses a photo of the area? Is this an area...
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    01-21-2019, 01:03 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread A good clean out in Care
    For what purpose? There is no scientific evidence that a bowel "clean out" has any medical or health benefits, and repeated use can actual cause...
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