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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    01-21-2019, 12:55 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread plugged catheter in Care
    Sounds like you are having on-going dysreflexia, most likely from the stone, which is also most likely interfering with your good catheter drainage...
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    01-21-2019, 12:47 PM
    Yes, dysreflexia can result both from the fracture itself, and is a risk during surgery (depending upon the anesthesia use) and during the post-op...
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