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    Another year has passed.

    Today is the 62nd anniversary of my accident on a trampoline (aka ?quad maker?). There is still a little life left in me. As I slow down to ease the aches and pains, more of my time is eaten up just doing ADLs. I do manage to find time to mentor a few med students which I truly enjoy. I have worked with young people throughout my career. Hanging out with them has helped to keep me feeling and acting a couple of decades younger than my age, soon to be 79. It has taken a lot of patience, persistence, practice, and of course, pain to keep wheeling this long. Above all is my loving wife who serves as the ultimate motivator. On the darkest days she makes my life worthwhile.

    My wife and I will be observing the occasion by going out to dinner this evening. Nothing fancy. We will likely head to Longhorns where I have the staff well trained. They know where to seat us and to cut my steak before bringing it to the table. It makes dinning out quite pleasant. I will end the day with a toast to all those who have helped to keep me moving.
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    Raise your glasses, all to "55" (er 62)!
    GJ and NL

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    When I think how long ago my occurred, 26 years here, its good to hear/read that you've made it this long and are still going strong. Congrats and Bon App?tit!

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    Your are an example of life after an SCI. Cheers!!
    C-7 incomplete Since 2004

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    Senior Member Domosoyo's Avatar
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    Congrats! I like the idea of heading to a "well-trained" restaurant for the least amount of hassle.

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    62 yrs post. I am not worthy.
    "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook98006 View Post
    62 yrs post. I am not worthy.
    What Rook said. Cheers and all the best!

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    I have never tried to create some remembrance of my first bout with the bends (Caissons Disease). However, I am still in the learning stages of understanding what happened to my body when I had this accident. I have been fortunate the Neurosurgeon I stumbled across, understands the phenomenon of the bends! Most of the things he has corrected in my cervical, and lumbar spine had little direct connection with the bends. Old age, hard physical work, probably had more to do with what ailed me, NOT the bends directly. This is an amazing revelation to me. Another amazing thing to me is the way these symptoms were so seemingly coincidental!

    My neck had slowly over many years scrunched and my spinal chord had become pinched so slowly that it did not become severed, just extremely painful in my arms and shoulders as well as in my neck area. My loss of strength has been caused by a form of Duchenne Muscular sclerosis likely caused by nitrogen gas bubbles that had been caught in the muscles. He readily admits to not being a neurologist and if I wish to continue to try to understand the why of all this I would have to find a much better neurologist and/or geneticist than might be found locally here in Southeast North Carolina.

    Why should "I" at age 77 continue this seemingly dumb search? Of what value is my quest? I myself survived since 1972 with the second event with the Bends, and have lived a pretty full, and "I" think, productive life until age 65 when I did retire. I also was made aware of my neurosurgeon's assessment on Thursday November 3, 2016 (last Thursday).

    Well for now, I need to understand if this normally male genetic problem, could I have had some sort of affinity in my genetic code that might be passed on? I do have two male grandchildren? Two of my son's have had some back problems which tend to lay them up from time to time, did "I" pass that F'n genetic code to them? Can passing my tidbit of knowledge help their doctor's diagnose "them" and assist them in their lives???

    I read SCI for 55's life synopsis. It is a life full of hope and learning aside from the heart warming life story. WOW!!! I for an old fart did have tears in my eyes reading it. ..... Sully

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sullivan View Post
    ...I read SCI for 55's life synopsis. It is a life full of hope and learning aside from the heart warming life story. WOW!!!...
    This deserves repeating.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    "Happy" anniversary amigo. I'm catching up, but hearing from you, I feel like just a newb with my 40th just a few months away.


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