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    ja... The Ultimate Meal. I noticed the Vitamin...

    ja... The Ultimate Meal.

    I noticed the Vitamin D2 in the Ultimate Meal... hmmm.

    My Dad has a vitamin D and calcium deficiency -- and only recently started to take supplements.

    The...
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    You eat bok choy and napa cabbage... raw? Do...

    You eat bok choy and napa cabbage... raw?

    Do you know how to properly dry American ginseng? I am told that snow is necessary for the growth of good quality American ginseng, but hey...

    For a...
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    Hey Sue, I just noticed that you're in...

    Hey Sue,

    I just noticed that you're in Wisconsin where a lot of the American ginseng is grown. I tried a tea recipe with dried American ginseng and ginger -- it was fantastic for energy,...
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    Hey Sue, Thanks for the reminder to eat more...

    Hey Sue,

    Thanks for the reminder to eat more ginger. Frankly, I've never cared for ginger candy, ginger snaps, etc -- but, I was told that ginger has a lot of medicinal value so at one point, I...
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    1) At the ICU after the first operation just...

    1) At the ICU after the first operation just after his injury, my Dad was depressed and didn't want to live. He changed his mind and wanted to go to rehab -- however, instead of giving him the trach...
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    Many thanks, and just wondering... 1) National...

    Many thanks, and just wondering...

    1) National Seating. The Berkeley rep was kind enough to mention a competitor - National Seating

    Has anyone had good or bad or so-so experience with them?
    ...
  7. Chinese medicinal herbs such as Pyrossia,...

    Chinese medicinal herbs such as Pyrossia, Dianthus, Gardenia, Scute and Gentian represent a powerful cystitis fighting combination. The traditional formula Long Dan Xie Gan Tang or Gentian...
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    The doc said that if they were able to insert the...

    The doc said that if they were able to insert the coudre (sp?) catheter, this is indicative that my Dad does not have scarring -- because if he did have scarring, they would not be able to insert the...
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    Q: I've been reading posts and there's...

    Q: I've been reading posts and there's discussions about "leaking." My Dad does leak -- one time, this was the reason for 5 attempts for a foley change for the month. What is a leak indicative of?...
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    Thanks Ggerry! Just wondering - did you do...

    Thanks Ggerry!

    Just wondering - did you do any exercises which helped to get back the control?

    Hey Sunnydayz,

    My Dad was straight cath'ed when he was initially injured and in the ICU.
    ...
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    Hey KLD, Gosh, how can I submit for prior...

    Hey KLD,

    Gosh, how can I submit for prior authorization?

    My Dad's primary care doc would submit for prior authorization from the HMO, but his assistant said that now that we've switched, she...
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    Hi CWO -- thanks for the advice. Uh, so a danger...

    Hi CWO -- thanks for the advice. Uh, so a danger is that my Dad's bladder will shrink or his urethra will split? What is hypospadias? Will there be any warning signs before these happen?

    Okay...
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    Please let me quote you. My Dad has told me that...

    Please let me quote you. My Dad has told me that he wants "to have fun" and I think that he should invest in fun!

    When my Dad was initially injured, my sibling told me that if he were my Dad,...
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    Yikes, I'm really confused now. The...

    Yikes, I'm really confused now.

    The urologist just said that (1) it's okay to keep him on the foley cath rather than a suprapubic, (2) he's lucky that he hasn't had more UTI's (two in 19...
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    My Dad does not have voluntary control and cannot...

    My Dad does not have voluntary control and cannot hold it or go when he wants to -- but, he can at times feel when he has to go and when he does go.

    Yikes -- more dumb questions, what is "reflex...
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    My Dad is c3-c4, incomplete (sensory). 1) My...

    My Dad is c3-c4, incomplete (sensory).

    1) My Dad had changed his durable power of attorney (prior to his injury) -- so that two of my siblings would no longer have sole power DPA (their power...
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    Hi Lynnifer - which part is a "definitely not?" ...

    Hi Lynnifer - which part is a "definitely not?"

    Hi Betheny - thank you so much. Sorry, dumb question - what is IVP? Did you do any exercises or something "healing" to help to regain b&b control?
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    Bowel & Bladder Control for High-Level SCI

    My Dad is c3-c4, incomplete (sensory). When we've been able to provide regular exercise to him, he has had sensations in the buttocks and under-the-thigh area and bowel&bladder.

    1) Difficult to...
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    The wheelchair place at Berkeley informed me that...

    The wheelchair place at Berkeley informed me that Medicare will not pay for Permobils and that Medicare absolutely requires both the doctor and an OT (who works together with the wheelchair place) to...
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    I'll call SCVM back. I'll also take some pics --...

    I'll call SCVM back. I'll also take some pics -- but, wow, will Medicare help pay for a ramp?
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    Wow. Thank you very very very much -- I will...

    Wow. Thank you very very very much -- I will tell my Dad since he was kinda sad when the OT told him that she would not recommend (and this is needed to get the approval) a power chair.

    1) SCVM...
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    The RT put my Dad on 40 for both inhalation and...

    The RT put my Dad on 40 for both inhalation and exhalation. My Dad wanted it to be higher, so the RT said to use 45 for both.

    45 seems to work better. The odd thing was that the secretions...
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    Hey Bill, Last week, we finally got a cough...

    Hey Bill,

    Last week, we finally got a cough assist for my Dad. But, I'm a bit nervous since the RT mentioned that Medicare may not cover it.

    Btw, what are your settings?

    I also ordered...
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    Power Wheelchair and OT for C3-C4

    Hi Everyone,

    I'd appreciate your kind advice.

    My Dad is c3-c4, major fusion, incomplete, on a vent. He has very limited movement of his neck. His operating surgeons have recommended that he...
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    Gosh, I'll try to get a 2nd opinion. But, it's...

    Gosh, I'll try to get a 2nd opinion. But, it's so difficult since he's not mobile.

    KLD - Please tell me about mouth sticks... what can they help my Dad to do?
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