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    What's your level of injury, Ouch? As a C5/6 I...

    What's your level of injury, Ouch? As a C5/6 I pushed a manual w/c for 15 years until I wore out my hands and shoulders. Switching to a power w/c in 2000 gave me a lot more independence and energy...
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    MPJ+ Joystick Speed Control Too Easy

    This Invacare joystick is nice, but the speed control knob (on the right) turns too easily. My hand always ends up pushing it to max. The supplier says there is no way to give it more friction, to...
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    Why is a smaller catheter better? I was given 24...

    Why is a smaller catheter better? I was given 24 FR (30 years ago) and I never considered that a smaller diameter would be better. I don't plan to change to smaller, but I just wonder what the...
  4. Thread: Long flights

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    Good point! I've learned that asking ahead of...

    Good point! I've learned that asking ahead of time (on the phone or email) doesn't often work because they get scared, or don't understand that it's a simple request, or don't want to commit to...
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    I use Roho all the time (high profile) and I have...

    I use Roho all the time (high profile) and I have a custom Ride cushion too. I have the same problem you do transferring off the Ride cushion. So I pretty much use it only when driving between Denver...
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    I'm surprised that so many folks here use a Roho...

    I'm surprised that so many folks here use a Roho during flight. I normally use a Roho (high profile) at home, but it get's too full due to the reduced cabin pressure during flight (set to 8000 ft...
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    This is what I do: 1. Remove gauze dressing,...

    This is what I do:

    1. Remove gauze dressing, then shower. Water and soap are fine, they help to remove the gunk that is stuck to the catheter.
    2. Clean with hydrogen peroxide mixed with water...
  8. Where in NY? I lived at Lawrence Center in...

    Where in NY? I lived at Lawrence Center in Schenectady in 1986, and it was pretty great (but it was new then). I'm a quad and got all the help I needed from their CNAs. I saw no direct web site, but...
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    Same as what others said. I'll add that I start...

    Same as what others said. I'll add that I start to worry when it smells bad. There's more sediment when I eat dairy, and when the catheter (sp) it older (3+ weeks).
  10. Would you really use a suppository (bisacodyl) or...

    Would you really use a suppository (bisacodyl) or Enemeez with a colostomy? I would make sure you talk to your WOCN (ostomy nurse) or colorectal doctor.
  11. What do you mean by BM? If you have a colostomy,...

    What do you mean by BM? If you have a colostomy, aren't you incontinent, with most of the stool coming out of the main stoma mostly randomly (going into a bag), with more activity when you eat or...
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    I agree with all of that, CapnGimp. Sounds like...

    I agree with all of that, CapnGimp. Sounds like my case. I'm a lazy vegan, going back to meat and dairy at times, mostly out of convenience. I have 2 questions:

    1) It seems like sleeping position...
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    Thanks for starting this thread. I think the...

    Thanks for starting this thread. I think the discussion is important, but I also wonder whether it is in the right place. I seem to recall in the past that caregivers got upset because we were...
  14. Thread: I went skiing

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    Wow Ryan, It looks like you are really moving in...

    Wow Ryan, It looks like you are really moving in that first video! You have amazing control on the turns, unbelievable for doing only 3 runs! You are a natural. I agree that you should come up to...
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    How To Modify A Java Ride Cushion

    Any of you ever cut a piece out of your Java Ride cushion? I am stuck in Phoenix, having to drive 12 hours to Denver. This new cushion causes red marks under my left thigh.
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    My BP is normally that low, even when using the...

    My BP is normally that low, even when using the standing table (not light headed). I get that tense, sweating feeling when there is pain (unfelt), usually bladder or bowels or skin pressure (butt,...
  17. If you get terrible headaches, etc, it is...

    If you get terrible headaches, etc, it is definitely dangerous. Can you do the bowel program less often? For me, it was the magic bullet that was the root cause.... Oh! This post is from August. How...
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    Wow! Can we really keep the same leg bag on for...

    Wow! Can we really keep the same leg bag on for more than a day? Some people actually use the same leg bag for 30 days without cleaning it?!? Even though I hook up the leg bag to the night bottle at...
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    I use an FES bike once a week, and a standing...

    I use an FES bike once a week, and a standing table about once a month (more when I have time). I stand for the stretch primarily, not bone health. And the standing table makes a great place to pile...
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    t8burst: I think that was a joke, right? ;)

    t8burst: I think that was a joke, right? ;)
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    Poll: Fascinating! Since 0 of 13 people said their...

    Fascinating! Since 0 of 13 people said their sense of smell improved after SCI, I think we can conclude that Christopher Reeve's experience was atypical.
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    Poll: Enhanced sense of smell

    I just read in "Still Me" by Christopher Reeve (pg 183): "...I had developed an extremely keen sense of smell, a typical consequence of a spinal cord injury."

    Have you seen any research to...
  23. I drive a 2004 Toyota Sienna from my power...

    I drive a 2004 Toyota Sienna from my power wheelchair. I use a Superarm lift instead of a ramp. It works great (12 years old and still like new). I weigh about 450 lbs, and it lifts up to 600 lbs....
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    Lowered Floor Van Is Too Low To Drive

    I want to get a 2016 Toyota Sienna minivan and drive from my wheelchair. All the conversion places seem to lower the floor about 14 inches, which puts me too low in the driver's position. I probably...
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    I've used Hollister for 2 years and change the...

    I've used Hollister for 2 years and change the wafer every 9 days. I don't use any added adhesive skin prep or sprays (I tried Cavilon and it seemed to make it worse, fall off sooner). I just clean...
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