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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: Can anyone here interpret/read Xrays?
Most of us probably could tell something from them, but even doctors rely on radiologists...More
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A Conundrum Joy, Deb and to all who care.
Joy, I hope this day finds you well and that any opinions that were stated in here have...More
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Reply: I just learned today
Deb and Joy, I've started to reply to this a few times and got side tracked. First, I feel...More
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Reply: Complete Lumbar Fusion
Heck, for me that's a concise summation! TimMore
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Reply: Disc bulge leads to SI joint pain
I'm shooting in the dark, but I have had experiences in which my PT was a bit to aggressive...More
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Reply: Spinal burst fractures
It's typical to use some of your own doner bone and bone extender (I think it's called) to...More
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Reply: extra half formed lumber disk
If your ex is a dentist didn't you get medical insurance in your divorce?
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Reply: 8th level fusion - worse decision of my life
It's only August'd you have surgery in November? If it was 2013 it's been...More
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