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TRS1960

Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
Crushed by a falling tree December of 2000, suffering a subdural hematoma, eight broken ribs with a collapsed lung my spinal column was crushed over 3 inches. Now living with a spinal column having nearly as much titanium as a Ferrari holding 12 vertebrae, or what's left of them, together I've continued to work and raise my kids...well I've allowed my wife to raise our kids. For most of the time since my injury I've suffered horrific chronic pain and drug side effects equally terrifying. Speaking of my wife, it is true that the caregivers of those suffering debilitating illness or injury are angels of mercy. They often have a tougher time caring for us than we do being cared for. I've learned that knowledge is power and that to survive we must learn how our body works in order to use the tools given to us as we map out our new life. Back to the Ferrari, one could have the best mechanic's tools in the world, but without knowledge such tools are merely useless pieces of forged steel.

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Reply: Joy wondering how you are?
Wow, good luck getting the wounds to heal. I'm doing well. My biggest problem is budgetary...More
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Reply: Thrown To Wolves Again
That's good news about the doc...I'm glad he realized you need help. I hope you can find...More
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Reply: Pill count
Yep, I think we've all been there, if not we probably never really needed the meds anyway. ...More
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Reply: Joy wondering how you are?
I've been wondering about the both of you. My best to you both. Life's not easy and when...More
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Reply: Pill count
I would like just one of these bastards to walk a mile (10ft) in our shoes!
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Reply: TLIF Spinal Surgery
It's tuff staying at home. I do find I'm much nicer. I just ran to the auto parts store...More
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Reply: Acquiring Pain Meds
If they can't fix you need to demand a referral or switch primary doctors!
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Reply: Pill count
Drug (pee) tests are required by the DEA, but I've never heard anything like what you...More
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Reply: What helps prevent lower back pain
Dave, I can answer this though...good health, good genetics and good luck More
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Reply: Kyphoplasty update: Success--but bad back spasms 3...
Proper PT is sometimes more important than the pathology. It's great that the fracture is...More
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