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    Yesterday, 06:10 PM
    Try posting this on eBay. This is really a chair designed for the frail elderly population and not for active people with SCI/D. You are much more...
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    Yesterday, 12:41 PM
    You do know that in much of the Southern USA it gets pretty cold in the winter, right? Just a few suggestions: Drive the Natchez Trace from...
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    Yesterday, 12:01 PM
    This type of brace is called a KAFO (Knee, ankle, foot orthosis). They really need to be custom made by a good orthotist to fit properly. Have you...
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    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    Where was the cancer originally? what is your level of spinal cord injury? pbr
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    Yesterday, 03:44 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bowel regime in Care
    Metamucil works to hold water in the stool and keep it soft, as well as increase the bulk of the stool, stimulating more peristalsis. Combined with a...
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    Yesterday, 03:34 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread hemorroid ? in Care
    That would be up to the colorectal surgeon treating you. The least invasive procedure is best if possible (banding or injections) but not all...
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    10-20-2019, 04:07 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Gentamicin Not Helping Much in Care
    You should get an annual screening (at least an ultrasound) of your kidneys, ureters, and bladder, looking for stones, hydronephrosis, and other...
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    10-20-2019, 04:03 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Older Members Still Around? in Life
    Sadly, we lost a lot of women members to a few male members who were very sexist in their remarks, and which Wise was reluctant to ban. By the time...
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    10-20-2019, 01:31 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Older Members Still Around? in Life
    NoDecafPlz was a very active member, but unfortunately has not visited here since 2016. (KLD)
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    10-19-2019, 08:07 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Gentamicin Not Helping Much in Care
    Kidney stones don't cause bladder spasms, but they can seed bacteria over and over into the urine, causing UTIs, which can cause bladder spasm....
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    10-19-2019, 06:17 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread hemorroid ? in Care
    Yes, hemorrhoids are common in people with SCI, for several reasons, including: Sitting most of the time when out of bed (truck drivers get them...
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    10-19-2019, 06:08 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread sp tube? in Care
    Are you maintaining a closed system? Do you clean the catheter outside the stoma when washing the stoma area daily? Do you use an antibacterial...
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    10-19-2019, 06:05 PM
    So sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis. Will you be having surgery? Radiation? Chemotherapy? Immunotherapy? (KLD)
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    10-19-2019, 06:25 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Gentamicin Not Helping Much in Care
    No. Have you been screened for kidney stones? (KLD)
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    10-18-2019, 07:40 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bowel regime in Care
    Metamucil is not a laxatives. It should be taken daily. Why do you need a neurologist? A good physiatrist who specializes in SCI/D would seem more...
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    10-18-2019, 07:33 PM
    Most experts in kyphoplasty are orthopedic spinal surgeons, not interventional radiologists. Find one through you closest university hospital or...
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    10-18-2019, 07:12 PM
    Impossible to tell from just a photo. Shingles will follow a nerve path. You need to get a swab or scrapping of the area by a physician to get a more...
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    10-18-2019, 07:01 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Gentamicin Not Helping Much in Care
    Vancomycin installation really is indicated for prevention of UTI & colonization, not for treatment of UTIs or eradication of colonization. It...
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    10-18-2019, 09:40 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Mitrofanoff scar tissue in Care
    In my experience, surgical revision is usually required eventually. Urethral dilators used for a Mitrofanoff may indeed damage the continence...
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    10-18-2019, 01:47 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bowel regime in Care
    No more than one change per week. Why do you think Metamucil will cause accidents? It takes15-30 min. for the gastrocolic reflex to kick in...
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    10-17-2019, 07:32 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Quad leg bag setup in Equipment
    Bard flip-flow or Hollister vinyl bag (as above). (KLD)
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    10-17-2019, 05:55 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Quad leg bag setup in Equipment
    Are you using the standard twist valve on your Urocare bag or the add-on flip valve? (KLD)
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    10-17-2019, 05:50 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Vacation at nursing? in Caregiving
    You would have to pay for this unless you have long-term care insurance or a private insurance that covers respite care, and few facilities would...
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    10-17-2019, 05:44 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bowel regime in Care
    No, obstructive megacolon is not diagnosed with a colonoscopy. You should have better bowel care results doing it 30 after a meal that includes...
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    10-17-2019, 05:36 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Mitrofanoff scar tissue in Care
    If you use a straight catheter with a funnel end, you can attach any drainage bag to it easily. You don't need a prescription to buy a drainage bag....
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    10-17-2019, 05:27 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Quad leg bag setup in Equipment
    Do you use a power chair? If so, have you considered an electric leg bag drainage valve? (KLD)
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    10-17-2019, 12:34 AM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread Bowel regime in Care
    Actually, there is little evidence that long-term use of bisacodyl suppositories causes any problems. Chronic long-term use of strong stimulants,...
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    10-16-2019, 08:35 PM
    SCI-Nurse replied to a thread My Health ? in Care
    Prolonged bed rest can be very debilitating, resulting in easy fatigue and muscle weakness and atrophy. You need an intensive rehab and exercise...
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    10-16-2019, 07:55 PM
    From current issue of New Mobility, by Bob Vogel: http://www.newmobility.com/2019/10/rehab-after-shoulder-surgery/ (KLD)
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    10-16-2019, 07:31 PM
    You should be seeing a good urologist for this. Prostatitis does not usually cause swelling or redness of the penis or scrotum. You could also have...
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