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    Poll: Experiences at Southwestern SCI Centers?

    Craig, Rancho Los Amigos, or Santa Clara?

    I need to go in for another general evaluation, and have some specific issues. Last time was over 10 years ago when I went to Mayo in Rochester. They did...
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    difference with latitude?

    Does the best time to get a shot vary with latitude? I live in Las Vegas. We are in the middle of a cold snap right now -- high temperature today was 98. We usually get the flu shot in November....
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    About 20 years ago my mom designed and made pants...

    About 20 years ago my mom designed and made pants for me that do a pretty good job of looking like pants, but I can disconnect the Velcro belt connections, open up the pants and make a transfer out...
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    I've been on Midodrine for only a few months (5...

    I've been on Midodrine for only a few months (5 mg, three times per day) and it seems to have helped, though I'm unsure whether I really need to take it. Have an appointment with my cardiologist in a...
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    I went to Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota in...

    I went to Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota in November 1999. They have an excellent rehab unit, I got a very thorough evaluation, lots of help with adaptive equipment, excellent diagnosis, and advice and...
  6. Choosing a Hospital to evaluate/treat my several problems

    About a month ago while wearing a Foley catheter I put enough pressure on the catheter to tear my urethra/bladder. My urologist reports that it is healing, but recommends that sometime within the...
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    I used Dr. Sam Wise for about 20 years until we...

    I used Dr. Sam Wise for about 20 years until we moved up to Henderson. He was very conscientious and was willing to spend time explaining things to me. He made arrangements for me to have a thorough...
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    I've been paralyzed for 26 years. For about 20 of...

    I've been paralyzed for 26 years. For about 20 of those years I attempted to work out daily during the week (stretching and strength with the help of a physical therapy or exercise physiology student...
  9. Thanks for Comments, additional thoughts?

    I'm taking proscar (to keep the prostate small) and methanimine (to maintain bladder pH low enough to discourage bacterial growth). Urodynamics was done about five years ago. Results of that test...
  10. Relative Risk: Foley, suprapubic, intermittent with wet pants

    I'm 17 years postop, incomplete quadriplegic as a result of successful removal of a spinal tumor extending from approximately C4-T6. About seven years ago I had to begin intermittent catheterization...
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    Several years ago, after doing intermittent...

    Several years ago, after doing intermittent catheterization for about a year, I began to get frequent bladder infections. After checking all the usual, and obvious opportunities for infection, my...
  12. Thread: 3 questions

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    Thanks for your comments and references! I have...

    Thanks for your comments and references! I have been attempting to keep my bladder volume below 500 cc by adjusting fluid intake. However, obviously I have been erring more often on the high side,...
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    Thanks for the comment. I couldn't believe...

    Thanks for the comment. I couldn't believe Medicare would limit me to four per month either, especially with prescription and letters of medical necessity from my urologist, and with a three-year...
  14. Thread: 3 questions

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    3 questions

    Indwelling catheters? I noticed a comment by the SCI Nurse indicating that you no longer use latex indwelling catheters. What other kind are available? I have just begun using a Foley catheter,...
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    I was under the impression that the Foley latex...

    I was under the impression that the Foley latex was the only available indwelling catheter. What kind of non-latex indwelling catheters do you use? (Jim)
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    I am a C-3 to T-6 in complete with neurogenic...

    I am a C-3 to T-6 in complete with neurogenic bladder. I have been using intermittent catheterization for about five years. Initially I was getting about one UTI per month using clean intermittent...
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    A colleague of mine came up with the concept for...

    A colleague of mine came up with the concept for special the designed "breakaway" pants. My mom developed it into something that looks very much like normal pants, except for the fact that the front...
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    urethral damage

    I'm an incomplete quadriplegic. For the past five years I have been on a program of intermittent catheterization. My wife usually performs the catheterization, but at times it is done by another...
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