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    yes i did. great info. thanks a bunch.

    yes i did. great info. thanks a bunch.
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    do my own bookkeeping?

    Thanks for all of the fine input. What do you mean by using a bookkeeper service (or am I interpreting this wrong?). Obviously you guys have to bring me up to speed. So far, I have left it up to the...
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    clarification

    I didn't explain myself well at all. I am on workers' compensation insurance in which I fought to get caregiver assistance. That's because I have other serious issues — such as extreme pain and...
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    caregiver tasks/contract

    My insurance company is screwing me by not giving to my caregivers, saying they do not do enough and my level of care, T10 para, does not require intensive care. Baloney! In fact my caregives bust...
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    stationary hand cycles

    What are the best stationary hand cycles, from moderate-priced to high end?
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    What's better: a StimMaster or FES bike? I have...

    What's better: a StimMaster or FES bike? I have to make a decision soon and I would desire your input. What's the difference between them and what have been the results?
  7. This is helpful information because I didn't...

    This is helpful information because I didn't understand flaccidity. I have to do some research of my own to see if the exercise equipment ordered by my nurse caseworker is right for me. I'll study...
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    Here, here. You're a socially conscious person....

    Here, here. You're a socially conscious person. The Bush administration gives huge tax cuts to the rich while scaling back domestic programs. Many of his right-wing friends also want to get rid of...
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    Yes. I have spasticity in the bladder and legs....

    Yes. I have spasticity in the bladder and legs. In fact, the leg spasms are a problem with transfers, sleeping and other things.
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    Dr. Young, can you answer my earlier question...

    Dr. Young, can you answer my earlier question about lumbo-sacral matters and whether my T-9 complete injury is too high?
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    Kenney, we have to look at the good and the bad...

    Kenney, we have to look at the good and the bad to make balanced judgments about things. I've seen SCIs and others who consider anything negative as sinful because it shakes your faith. Amway, quacks...
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    Dr. Young: You said: "However, the spinal cord...

    Dr. Young:

    You said: "However, the spinal cord between T10 and L1 contain the lumbosacral enlargement. The neurons that control some of your leg muscles and bladder/bowel/sex function reside...
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    People saying they had no or minimal followup is...

    People saying they had no or minimal followup is one reason why I didn't have Kao's surgery.
    And I disagree that he isn't in it for the money.

    There's been some good comments on this topic and...
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    This is a worthwhile read, Max.

    This is a worthwhile read, Max.
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    Thanks for your input, Marcomo. It's stories like...

    Thanks for your input, Marcomo. It's stories like yours that should give people pause before they have Kao's procedure. A friend said he told Kao he hadn't gotten anything back. Kao's answer: "You...
  16. What do they mean by lower back injuries? I...

    What do they mean by lower back injuries? I presume the mean T-12 or lower. I'm a T-9 complete.
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    Thanks again King Tut and ChrisD for your...

    Thanks again King Tut and ChrisD for your insightful comments. I wish more people would visit this forum. It may inspire them to think about vulnerable we all are to anyone who promises a cure. I...
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    Originally posted by Dr. J. J.:

    Scribe:

    Kao's treatments have been mostly on completes that are 2 or more years post injury. Recovery in these individuals, without any treatments, are usually...
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    In this most belated response, I want to warn...

    In this most belated response, I want to warn people not to drive Ford Bronco IIs, which are unstable and prone to rollovers. Shoemaker, a Wyoming friend, and I suffered catostrophic injuries in...
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    King Tut, what do you mean half of Kao's patients...

    King Tut, what do you mean half of Kao's patients have made progress? That's about the same rate of progress that SCIs have without the surgery. Moreover, even if there's progress, his results are...
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    Jan, thanks for your thoughtfulness and...

    Jan, thanks for your thoughtfulness and articulate response. I agree about the decompression surgery. And I do not disparage your faith, prayers, and penchant to ask God for divine wisdom to make the...
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    Is Dr. Kao for real?

    Deciding not to have Dr. Kao's procedure was the best decision I made last year. He had examined me in March 2002 and told me he could restore my bowel, bladder and sexual functions.

    Dr. Kao is a...
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    I think I'll wait

    vgrafen and mkowalski, thanks for your input. I could be wrong but it appears that Dr. Kao hasn't changed his procedure or added much to it over the past several years. This concerns me.

    Another...
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    Should I wait?

    MKowalski, Dr. Kao is not doing OEG-bone marrow combinations. This tempts me to think I should wait until his procedure includes this. It may be good to wait if something better is forthcoming in 18...
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    Kao's procedure. Do you like it?

    What about Dr. Kao's procedure? Would you add or substract from it? Why do some want to wait until there's better, more proven procedures? Does Dr. Kao's procedure help completes?

    What kind of...
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