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    I am not a medical professional, but any time a...

    I am not a medical professional, but any time a bump or lump is warm to the touch, I wonder if there's infection. I'd err on the side of caution and have it checked. Good luck to you!
  2. Sorry, I've been out. Thanks for the info, gjni,...

    Sorry, I've been out. Thanks for the info, gjni, I will discuss it with the nurse who changes out the Foley when she comes next week. Thankfully, ever since putting the extra water in the balloon (...
  3. Thanks for all the feedback, y'all! I texted our...

    Thanks for all the feedback, y'all! I texted our friend who changes the Foley each month (she's a nurse) and she suggested adding a bit more of the sterile water to the balloon (currently 12 CCs in a...
  4. gjnl -- no, she has never taken anything for...

    gjnl -- no, she has never taken anything for spasms. She doesn't feel them (she has a neurogenic bladder, so that may be why), so the doc never felt the need to prescribe anything. I will look into...
  5. She has urethral and doesn't want the suprapubic....

    She has urethral and doesn't want the suprapubic. Her last scan showed a healthy bladder and she rarely gets an infection. She went from a 14 Fr. to a 16, so not that big of a change. Thanks for the...
  6. Exercise with an indwelling (Foley) catheter

    I'm a caregiver for my adult sister. She's para from birth (spina bifida) with limited use of one hand due to a childhood cerebral hemorrhage. She uses a motorized wheelchair and can't stand. She...
  7. '97 Ford Econoline with Ricon lift for sale in central Texas

    Original owner -- van was purchased new as cargo van and converted for wheelchair use in the passenger area. Front bucket seats -- no driver conversion done. Under 63,000 miles. 15 passenger size...
  8. I'm sorry, I think I wasn't clear -- the...

    I'm sorry, I think I wasn't clear -- the Procellera I mentioned was the wound dressing fabric with the little metallic dots. I never heard of a Procellera mattress.

    When my sister used the...
  9. Thanks, SCI-Nurse -- my sister has a gel mattress...

    Thanks, SCI-Nurse -- my sister has a gel mattress topper. She tried one of the LAL's back when she had a pressure wound, but it didn't work well enough to justify it. The doctor ended up recommending...
  10. Thanks for the info! We do use a washable bed...

    Thanks for the info! We do use a washable bed pad, topped with a disposable one. I will check that link -- so far, we have tried various brands that are available in-store, and it seems that they all...
  11. My sister's hospital bed was done through...

    My sister's hospital bed was done through Medicare/insurance, not sure what the copay was, now I think it's 20%. We had one of those arrangements where after a year or so it was ours. My advice would...
  12. Need recommendations for disposable underwear

    I'm a caregiver for my adult spina bifida sister. We've found that many of the makers of disposable briefs have redesigned them to be "more like real underwear!" Great, thanks a lot -- those high-cut...
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    Hello! My sister (spina bifida from birth) has...

    Hello! My sister (spina bifida from birth) has had a couple of sacral pressure sores in the past, so she uses a chair that has a power seat tilt feature, and she uses a Roho cushion. Her chair is 10...
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    I'm self-employed (design) and am most often paid...

    I'm self-employed (design) and am most often paid as a contractor -- 1099 as mentioned above. If you go that route, make sure your caregivers familiarize themselves with all the forms and taxes they...
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    Alternative leg bag straps

    I noticed a few leg bag discussions so I thought I'd pass on the solution I came up with for my sister. When she started using a Foley cath a couple of years ago, we had problems with the elastic...
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    Thanks, y'all -- I will check those out. Until a...

    Thanks, y'all -- I will check those out. Until a few days ago, I wasn't aware of fold-up lifts. I'll have to do some online searching, thanks for giving me some model names.
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    Travelling with patient lift

    Hello, new member here -- not SCI, but caregiver for spina bifida para. First my question, then a little background info.

    Questions: Does anyone travel in a Braun-conversion minivan with a power...
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