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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: Spinal Burst Fracture
Sure, I usually cringe when I see a poll so didn't spend much time on this. As Joy stated...More
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Reply: Man What A Day ~~
On another note. Joy, the reason you rarely hear of thoracic damage is that there are two...More
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Reply: Man What A Day ~~
Here's the metallurgy of Ti-23 which is surgical grade titanium alloy ...More
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Reply: spinal fussion L4-L5-S1
You need your scooter "Overhauled" Unfortunately at 71 I doubt many doctors are going to...More
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Reply: spinal fussion L4-L5-S1
It's ironic that the section of our spine with the least amount of nerves that for all...More
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Reply: OT - My Dad
Dave, Hope things are well and that you and your family are finding your way through this...More
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Reply: Man What A Day ~~
I understood your plight with the allergic reaction, I was only speaking to the physical...More
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Reply: OT - My Dad
Each generation passes. My dad was USN during the Koreon conflict. My dad passed over 4...More
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Reply: spinal fussion L4-L5-S1
Sometimes you really have to push hard with doctors to get what you need. We all must...More
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