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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: Dr said I waited too long
This wasn't complete as my finger touched "post now" and into the ether it went. (#% ^%#....More
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Reply: Dr said I waited too long
He mentioned early on that that was one of his problems as the levels of acetaminophen...More
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Reply: Dr said I waited too long
That's a lot smaller than a 10 awg wire. Size 10 wire is a little under 1/8" in diameter...More
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Reply: Dr said I waited too long
I can see why you'd be upset. For years you've been doing everything right only to find...More
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Reply: fired from doctor
Was your doctor a pain management specialist? Is that why you were drug tested...as part of...More
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Reply: Medicare in August
My max out of pocket is $1,000 for me and $1,000 for my wife so it's a little painful the...More
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Reply: Medicare in August
So do you pay $1,000 out of pocket by the end of the year, scrips, X-rays, epidurals etc? ...More
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Reply: Medicare in August
Thanks Dave, I have until August so I will be researching. I do believe there's a knee...More
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Medicare in August
My 25 months will be up this summer and I'll get Medicare in August. I need to start...More
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Reply: Back Testing
Sometimes we just hope for the best while we expect the worst. It's not healthy to...More
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