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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    I'm sorry to somewhat hijack this, but the subject of longevity, for example, is so important and it seems there may not be current studies on that.
    I would encourage you to look for scholarly papers by Michael DeVivo, DrPH. He has written a whole series of papers over the last 20 years on life expectancy, longevity, and relative risks for comorbidities in persons with SCI, among other topics.

    (KLD)

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by ZenBiker View Post
    Nice posts in this thread and I dont want to sound like a downer but everyone is talking as if our societal infrastructure does NOT break down in the next 10 years. Will save this for another forum but I do have a degree in social science and some of the models show basic services of our society breaking down in the not too distant future with the aged and disabled being the most effected.

    Having said that live today, we dont know if theres going to be a tomorrow.

    There are other problems emerging. My greatest concern for you young'ns is the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. UTIs may again rise to the top of the list of death causes if this trend is not stopped or reversed.
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    I have been C4 since 1965 age 18. Let me echo some of the advice of others; enjoy life, find something useful to do and only worry about the things you can control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomRL View Post
    I have been C4 since 1965 age 18. Let me echo some of the advice of others; enjoy life, find something useful to do and only worry about the things you can control.
    Respect.

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    I have been C4 since 1965 age 18. Let me echo some of the advice of others; enjoy life, find something useful to do and only worry about the things you can control.
    Good words to live by.

    Hopefully our life spans won't be effected too much. Avoiding pressure wounds & possible infection is huge...though I'd be the first to say sometimes you end up with a wound even though you've been careful. I've had several surgeries to fix wounds. Two people I was at rehab with at Kessler in NJ back in 95, Stephen Mahoney & Christopher Reeve, passed away from pressure wounds & infection. Health can be fragile.
    C4/5 incomplete, 17 years since injury

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    This is not correct. See this link for the actual statistics. Keep in mind that this is an AVERAGE. Many people live much longer...and some shorter, often because they don't take good care of themselves.

    According to Model Systems data, a person with a C6 injury who is injured at age 20 is expected to live an average of 40.3 MORE years (ie, to age 60, not just to age 41), compared to an average of 52.7 (aged 72) if the same person does not have a SCI. I have many clients who have exceeded these numbers.(KLD)
    I am engaged to an awesome Angel, My Fiancee Renee was injured c6,c7 ten yrs ago in an auto accident. She has partial use of upper limbs, We just had a beautiful baby girl born to us last june, other than hip pain from the removal of bone for the fusion, virtually she stays pain free...

    Talkin with her father the other day, and he said that he believes she is already in the bottom end of her life expectancy.

    She was injured at the age of 23, and just turned 34, carried our daughter the complete nine months amazingly, not so much as even morning sickness, Unbelievably Strong determined woman.. Is there any stats for mid twenties sci life expectancy of females?

    Just really scarred me out of my mind when her own father said that with out any emotion on his face... I cant imagine my life without her, shes my hero, my inspiration.. And our 11 month old daughter now???

    Any help or encouraging words, PLEASE



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  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by ZenBiker View Post
    Nice posts in this thread and I dont want to sound like a downer but everyone is talking as if our societal infrastructure does NOT break down in the next 10 years. Will save this for another forum but I do have a degree in social science and some of the models show basic services of our society breaking down in the not too distant future with the aged and disabled being the most effected.

    Having said that live today, we dont know if theres going to be a tomorrow.
    And its possible we could get nuked by NKorea too plus the USA is sliding downhill quickly. But I try not to think about that stuff too much because there always seems to be some sort of new doomsday prediction every other day. I spent too much time before my accident obsessing about these things. On the other hand it is good to stay informed, so thank you for your specialist viewpoint. Too be very honest I am very curious what exactly you mean by social infrastructure. Are you referring to things like SSI and government social programs? I took an anthro. class but I definitely dont know as much as I should.
    T6 complete since 3/21/2012

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by KyleP2112 View Post
    Good words to live by.

    Hopefully our life spans won't be effected too much. Avoiding pressure wounds & possible infection is huge...though I'd be the first to say sometimes you end up with a wound even though you've been careful. I've had several surgeries to fix wounds. Two people I was at rehab with at Kessler in NJ back in 95, Stephen Mahoney & Christopher Reeve, passed away from pressure wounds & infection. Health can be fragile.
    What do you mean by wounds regardless of how careful you are, are you referring to pressure sores?

    And I agree with everyone to enjoy life but at the same time I think it would be very irresponsable of me to also not plan ahead since I might have a long time.
    T6 complete since 3/21/2012

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by TomRL View Post
    I have been C4 since 1965 age 18. Let me echo some of the advice of others; enjoy life, find something useful to do and only worry about the things you can control.
    yep stay in today

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by havok View Post
    And its possible we could get nuked by NKorea too plus the USA is sliding downhill quickly. But I try not to think about that stuff too much because there always seems to be some sort of new doomsday prediction every other day. I spent too much time before my accident obsessing about these things. On the other hand it is good to stay informed, so thank you for your specialist viewpoint. Too be very honest I am very curious what exactly you mean by social infrastructure. Are you referring to things like SSI and government social programs? I took an anthro. class but I definitely dont know as much as I should.
    I agree there is a new doomsday prediction everyday and they never come true and I hope mine is wrong, hope out society keeps chugging along making life better for everyone. However, and yes this is very subjective because I am an SCI, but I am concerned about the health of our society and its ability to meet the needs of the fragile.

    If our society began to breakdown because of a natural disaster or any other reason trucks were not able to bring food or clean water to the grocery store, the pharmacy was unable to stock new meds for our UTI or the doctors stopped coming to work because there were armed gangs roaming the streets would or needs get met? If that state of political unrest where the poor were not following the laws went on for weeks or months then I would have a hard time surviving. That is what i mean by a break down of our infrastructure.

    Our polititions and other lawmakers are trying to keep that breakdown from happening by having a strong police force and strong welfare program(ever wonder why the poorest receive the most welfare benefits?) but money is tight and funding for The Red Cross and FEMA has been reduced plus there is becoming a disconnect between the poor and the very rich so if something does happen are gangs going to break into grocery stores for food and meds? Today the poor are following the rules to get their welfare but tomorrow it could be like New Orleans right after Katrina where many of the poorest go off the reservation and dont follow the rules and clean out groceey stores and pharmacies.

    What can a person do? First thing is dont worry about it much, worry is just trying to make your bad dreams come true. I try and live in the day but I have prepared my future by working at a full time job thus being able to buy property and gear. Now I live somewhat off the grid with my own water and supples and guns outside of town so if society does crash my neighbors and I will do what we can to help everybody get by and wait for structure to return.

    The main thing I am concerned about it the possibility of a natural disaster that might cause a mini breakdown in our society. There are only 2 roads that lead into this area and not a lot of people so if a tidal wave our earthquake happens it might be sometime before trucks are able to being in supplies like water food and meds.

    Oh well I am hoping if that does happen it is far off in the future. I try and just live in today and tomorrow will take care of itself, or it wont but I have done what I can.

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