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    I have the body support system when I first got...

    I have the body support system when I first got my lift. However, after a period of time I started experiencing very bad shoulder pain when I was in the lift. I since went to their basic sling, I...
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    I break my caregiving duties amongst several...

    I break my caregiving duties amongst several people (days, overnights, weekend AM, weekend overnights). It runs me probably about 20% more than if I went with a straight live in (M-F, Sat-Sun), but...
  3. I had a Urolume urethral (not ureteral) stent put...

    I had a Urolume urethral (not ureteral) stent put in some years back and I was still bleeding a year after the insertion. Not to mention pieces of tissue sloughing off on a regular basis. Not...
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    c5/c6 may make it difficult to cath. i'm c7 and...

    c5/c6 may make it difficult to cath. i'm c7 and it's not so easy, especially with winter clothing and/or having to do it in locations other than one's bathroom.

    I would say practice your technique...
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    do you have a chair w/ power...

    do you have a chair w/ power tilt/recline/footrests?

    if not, you'll need to get one to give yourself the best chance to survive sore free,
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    I broke my ankle a number of years back, the...

    I broke my ankle a number of years back, the fibula and the lateral malleolus, nothing too devastating, but not unsurprisingly slow healing because of my inability to weight bear and create the...
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    In my C300 they were able to recess the pan...

    In my C300 they were able to recess the pan between the two side rails such that even before I tilted back the chair I had almost an inch of dump so that the rear seat to floor height was about 17...
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    I got a Permobil F3 in July and am currently...

    I got a Permobil F3 in July and am currently going through the vehicle lockdown process myself. I currently have a Permobil C300 and use a quickie GP swing away with the power assisted extender...
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    They will definitely help you get up the ramp in...

    They will definitely help you get up the ramp in a minivan, though you may have to lean forward to keep from popping over backwards.

    As far as increasing the width, I wouldn't consider that a...
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    Yes, the wheels do pop off. There is a ring on...

    Yes, the wheels do pop off. There is a ring on the hub, which gets lifted while you must simultaneously pull outward on the wheel itself. The wheels are heavy and this cannot be done by one of us....
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    What causes me great problems is that I also have...

    What causes me great problems is that I also have a severe amount of pain on the medial side as well. This could be from ulnar nerve compression in the notch right behind the medial epicondyle.

    I...
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    Medicare coverage for transportation

    I was reading the Medicare book that is sent in the fall of every year and I was curious about the section on transport.

    Has anybody had any success in having Medicare cover ambulette...
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    I use the body point dome mushroom shaped on my...

    I use the body point dome mushroom shaped on my joystick. It greatly alleviates the joint stress created by a joystick pushing back to the webspace between the thumb and index finger, which hyper...
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    Power chair elbow

    I have excruciating pain in my elbow on the same side I use the joystick. Never had it until I was in the power chair. Everything seems to be adjusted properly in terms of armrest height. I use a...
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    Never roll the dice with taking things down to...

    Never roll the dice with taking things down to the wire if you don't have a backup chair. If you only have one chair and you wait until it's too late you could really be in a jam, given that it...
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    I've been using the extender system for about 10...

    I've been using the extender system for about 10 years. Good system. One does have to be careful about battery usage. If one is out all day and very active. You will need two batteries. I went...
  17. I have a very serious problem whenever I am...

    I have a very serious problem whenever I am hospitalized. I have an augmented bladder is very overactive, despite Botox, and there is no way I can reliably utilize a four hour cath schedule in a...
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    I wear a hat pretty much all the time, starting...

    I wear a hat pretty much all the time, starting in late October and lasting until probably April. Not having to work anymore makes that easier, though I was completely miserable being under an...
  19. Thread: Armrest height

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    Too high and your shoulder joints will be...

    Too high and your shoulder joints will be unnecessarily compressed as your upper arm is hitched up against your collarbone, acromioclavicular joint and other structures. In addition, your neck and...
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    I have a Permobil F3 with an aftermarket back...

    I have a Permobil F3 with an aftermarket back (Invacare matrix elite deep) and had an issue with the back snapping out of the bracket on the chair. They said they did resolve it. I haven't had it...
  21. Thread: colony count

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    I currently take a pretty large dose of cranberry...

    I currently take a pretty large dose of cranberry concentrate, four capsules a day a.m./p.m., that I get from Puritans pride. I haven't used d-mannose in years, maybe it's worth a shot.

    The...
  22. Thread: driving

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    I don't know if you use a power chair or manual...

    I don't know if you use a power chair or manual chair. The only other lockdown is made by Qstraint, but that too involves mounting bracket on the chair. If you use a power chair weight is not an...
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    My advice is to pay it out-of-pocket if...

    My advice is to pay it out-of-pocket if necessary. It is only nine days, and if the person is worth it you do not want to financially hurt that person. And besides, taking care of you on such a...
  24. Thread: colony count

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    colony count

    Always had deep pelvic pain and always thought it was bladder related. Possibly bladder spasm, chronic colonization/infection, whatever.

    I'm going in for Botox, having done it close to a dozen...
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    In my C300 laterals, as installed, when even...

    In my C300 laterals, as installed, when even allow me to rest my arms on the armrests without compressing very uncomfortably my inside arms. I could not even eat comfortably. I opted for the molded...
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