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    My Medicare part D had it on their formulary and...

    My Medicare part D had it on their formulary and I could get 75 vials for three month supply and the co-pay wasn't bad. All of the other supplies are not covered. This would leave you out of pocket...
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    I use the adopted shifter mentioned above. While...

    I use the adopted shifter mentioned above. While in theory it does work, it is difficult as a quad, and can exacerbate or lead to shoulder or hand problems. The force required is not exactly...
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    If one accesses the research papers on the...

    If one accesses the research papers on the subject, I remember one of them saying that the gentamicin absorption through the bladder wall mucosa is low, thus minimizing the systemic exposure to the...
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    My aide does my fingers and the podiatrist does...

    My aide does my fingers and the podiatrist does my feet.
  5. I don't like to doctor shop, but I saw 3 MD's at...

    I don't like to doctor shop, but I saw 3 MD's at the same practice, one a neurourologist. Couldn't get one to write the RX for gentamicin. They wanted to try hipprex first. I conceded and will try...
  6. 3 to 4 infections a year needing antibiotic,...

    3 to 4 infections a year needing antibiotic, while not great, my urologist(s) said is nothing to be overly alarmed that considering our situation. You say you are a (spontaneous?) voider using a...
  7. ER visits can be incredibly frightening. The...

    ER visits can be incredibly frightening. The gurneys do not afford sufficient skin protection and one can be on it anywhere from hours to most of the day. By the time one makes it to a room, if...
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    I don't know what your mother's injury level is...

    I don't know what your mother's injury level is (if it is SCI) but I am a C6/C7 and take baclofen 20 mg four times a day and tizanidine 4 mg three times a day for spasticity, as well as CBD oil at...
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    Sepsis seems like a "garbage can" diagnosis where...

    Sepsis seems like a "garbage can" diagnosis where when they choose one out what it is, that's what they call it. When I had three hospitalizations for cellulitis within six months without any...
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    A C4/5 should probably not be pushing a manual...

    A C4/5 should probably not be pushing a manual chair, except perhaps for a very limited time inside one's home. The downsides vastly outweigh any upside.

    If one gets projection (high or low) hand...
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    At the very least, every month you should bleed...

    At the very least, every month you should bleed out a bucketful of water out of the water heater or until it runs clear to drain out the minerals that accumulate in the bottom of the tank. One...
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    My caregiver coats the inside of my rectum with...

    My caregiver coats the inside of my rectum with lidocaine first to lessen the AD. We wait about five minutes then pop in the suppository. On a good day my caregiver will only have to go up there...
  13. Thread: Pseudomonas

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    Perhaps, but I wouldn't count on it. I've had...

    Perhaps, but I wouldn't count on it. I've had pseudomonas as a frequent flyer in my bladder is well over the years. As much as I hate seeing positive cultures without symptoms, most SCI positions...
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    Be sure to let your plumbing contractor know you...

    Be sure to let your plumbing contractor know you will need some way to drain the outlet of a water heater drain pan. This way you will never have to worry about being dependent on someone to be...
  15. Thread: stones

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    I took hipprex probably about 25 to 30 years ago...

    I took hipprex probably about 25 to 30 years ago and stopped, but recently started again (31 years post). I've been taking oral antibiotic about 3 to 4 times a year for UTI. I wanted to try...
  16. Thread: Fistulotomy

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    I had one decades ago and it worked out fine.

    I had one decades ago and it worked out fine.
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    I had an augmentation about 16 years ago and ever...

    I had an augmentation about 16 years ago and ever since I was doing 24 hour urines I was consistently low in the optimal level of citrate, which is protective against stones. I have been adding...
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    Will you be accessing the basement? If so, how? ...

    Will you be accessing the basement? If so, how? A cab style elevator which is expensive, or a less expensive stair glide or platform lift that you can roll on and stay in your chair? If you want...
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    My vendor, I believe most operate the same,...

    My vendor, I believe most operate the same, required me to sign off on the specifications before the order is put in. Unfortunately, doing so places most of the blame on the patient. If the...
  20. Thread: permobil f3

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    The Permobil website has your back options and I...

    The Permobil website has your back options and I believe there are only three. I'm a C6/C7 and use the Invacare deep matrix elite. I think it's nice as it has curved laterals low down around your...
  21. Thread: Pressure relief

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    Doing pressure relief is very hard on your wrist...

    Doing pressure relief is very hard on your wrist bones/nerves, as well as elbow and shoulder. This is especially so if you are a quad. I needed to use Hatch gloves just to be able to do so without...
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    X10 control system

    Does anybody use (or want to use) the X10 remote control system of outlets and light switches? I have an inventory of unused boxed outlets, light switches, and control pad that I was keeping in case...
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    My urologist has me doing semiannual...

    My urologist has me doing semiannual renal/bladder ultrasounds? Is that unnecessary? It does possibly identify something six months early though.
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    I too have Medicare and they will not pay for a...

    I too have Medicare and they will not pay for a private room unless there is a strict medical need, such as the need for isolation or you are a threat to other patients and persons. The need for a...
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    A private room is most likely not going to happen...

    A private room is most likely not going to happen unless you are either lucky or pay the difference between what your insurance company would pay for a semiprivate and hospital rate for a private...
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