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  1. Gil Davis

    Prevention of Phantom Pain

    I have a friend who is a surgeon and who would be very interested in what kinds/types of anesthetic procedures result in the least phantom pain. I've seen a lot of postings that tend toward an epidural as the best method. Many of us (myself included) are amputees due to trauma, so we had little choice in anesthesia. If you take this poll please note the kind of anesthesia you had and the outcome. Thanks,
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    Mostly For Over 40's

    Those were the happy days...they seem so far away. My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning. My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then. The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system. We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Keds (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. Flunking gym was not an option...even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym. Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything. I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. Oh yeah...and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed! We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat. We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home. I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck. To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many social ills that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive? LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA, AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T— SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING. Pass this to someone (over age 40, of course), and brighten their day by helping them to remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the best! :D :D :D :P
  3. This one is for everyone who... a) Had kids B) Has kids c) Is going to have kids d) Knows a kid e) Was a kid I was packing for my business trip and my three year old daughter was having a wonderful time playing on the bed. At one point she said, "Daddy, look at this," and stuck out two of her fingers. Trying to keep her entertained, I reached out and stuck her tiny fingers in my mouth and said, "Daddy's gonna eat your fingers," pretending to eat them. I went back to packing, looked up again and my daughter was standing on the bed staring at her fingers with a devastated look on her face. I said, "What's wrong, honey?" She replied, "What happened to my snot???"
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    Musicians on the Forum

    In my wanderings around the forum, I've found out by various means that there are quite a few musicians here. Who knows? We might have the beginnings of an orchestra. I'm excluding myself, since I was a drummer only for a little while as they say "in a galaxy far, far away". Give it a try, it should be fun and informative. Please list the instrument/s you play. The quiz just establishes where you'll sit. :D :D :D :D :D :P :lol:
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    A Wild Wheelchair Ride

    A young man in Michigan was crossing the street in his wheelchair. The light changed and a semi took him for a wild ride at up to 50 mph. See: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19088976?GT1=10056 For the full story. Very lucky guy! :o :o :o
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    Musicians on the Forum

    Ah Hah Glad you could join us, Joe. Next time we're both in Hawaii, I'll treat you to a Spam Platter at Burger King.
  7. Gil Davis

    Heels?

    In case no one noticed, Heather has a quite high heel. Probably specially made, but ....
  8. Gil Davis

    Musicians on the Forum

    Well sure, Cheryl. I'll let you organize the choir.
  9. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Cheryl Personally, I would consider personal integrity the most important, with patience a close second. Can we continue this? Is there another trait that someone feels is more important?
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    Rehabilitation

    BethMarie I have had zip, zero, nada PT of any kind. I know that others have, and if I pressed my ins co. I might get some.
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    Skin Grafts

    Lisa, I, too, thought that I would be totally self conscious - but I am not. My theory is if someone doesn't like the way it looks - thenthey can look the other way. Be proud, hold you head up. You have come through a lot. JudyH Lisa There are a lot of us with grafts/scar tissue. Judy has the right idea, try to think of the skin grafts and scars as a badge of courage. It's probably harder for the ladies, but I did have this image of you as a "strong confident woman". I don't know what to say about your "poor body image". You're the only one that can do something about that.
  12. Gil Davis

    Arms, and hands

    Snowboard (I hope you don't mind me calling you that) I think you're right about the differences between upper and lower amps. Let's face it, they make a ton of different devices for leg amps. There are definitely advances in upper limb prosthesis, but they are slow coming and are quite expensive. Us leg amps are happy to be able to walk. If we demanded the ability to wiggle our prosthetic toes we would be just out of luck. For upper extremity amps that "wiggle", however achieved, is essential, and it's diffucult to achieve. I had a counselor in hospital, a middle-aged asian lady, who showed up in a cape and kept her hands in her pockets. When she finished and told me I was in good enough shape, I insisted on shaking her hand. She didn't hesitate, and extended her hook. Then I discovered that she had lost both hands 20 years ago. I believe a lot of the younger members lost limbs in motorcycle/ATV accidents, but that's just an impression. Let's see who "pops up". :P
  13. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Oh yeah, fudge brownies! French Vanilla with Blackberry Liqueur. What's your favorite breakfast?
  14. Gil Davis

    losing my marbles

    Examples of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertaline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), and citalopram (Celexa). Examples of serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) are venlafaxine (Effexor), and duloxetine (Cymbalta). An example of a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI) is bupropion (Wellbutrin). All of these are good medications. Always watch for side-effects, but there aren't usually many. If you're wondering where I get all this Stuff, I have two nephews who are drug-pushers (Pharmacists). ;) ;)
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    The Question Game

    Yup, a Fisher is the North American Marten cousin. Since it's American, it has to be bigger so some get to be 20 Kg, while the Marten is usually around 3-4 kg. In a silly attempt to re-capture this thread (un cross-thread, as it were) my question is: Which do you prefer, cookies or doughnuts?
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    how do I deal with this???

    Eric I was surprised to see the progress you had made yesterday when we visited. I see that you are taking charge of your life and treatment. That is a very good thing. Everyone will have some advice, take as much as fits your plans and life-syle. It's all meant well. Remember, all therapy is or should be designed to make you better. All that BS about "No pain, no gain" is just that. When it hurts, stop. Your mother is a fine lady, although I will say she seems to "hover" a bit much. I think that's normal for a mom to be. You should be thankful she was able to come down to the "lower 48" and stay with you. You will need that help for a while yet. See ya later
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    TATTOOS!

    Ladies Here s an informative article about tatoos. http://health.msn.com/general/articlepage....0&GT1=10109 Skully had a good tip about getting a teeny one first to make sure you're not allergic/can handle the pain.
  18. Gil Davis

    Mostly For Over 40's

    Q: Where can women over the age of 50 find young, sexy men who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction. .. Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause? A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you are done, you will have a place to live. .. Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 50+ husband? A: Tell him you're pregnant. :( :( .. Q: How can you avoid spotting a wrinkle every time you walk by a mirror? A: Take off your glasses. .. Q: Why should 50+ folks use valet parking? A: Valets don't forget where they park your car. .. Q: Is it common for 50+ folks to have problems with short-term memory storage? A: Storing memory is not a problem, retrieving it is a problem. .. Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly? A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon. .. Q: Where do 50+ folks look for fashionable glasses? A: Their foreheads. .. Q: What is the most common remark made by 50+ folks when shopping in antique stores? A: "I remember these."
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    500

    This is a tough subject. Despite the quote below, taken from the article, I'm not sure how many of the 500 feel "blessed". I think we sometimes forget that this is an "all volunteer" military and any of these young people could have "opted-out". At some cost, yes. I'm not making any statements about the "rightness" or "wrongness" of the Iraq war, or any war for that matter. I personally abhor war and any kind of physical violence. Having said that, I admit to having employed physical violence to protect myself and those close to me. I am aware that many of us on this forum would not have survived 30-40 years ago before EMT's and trained personnel were available. "Despite the devastating loss, amputation is actually a blessing for many Ward 57 patients. That's because they wouldn't have survived in past wars without today's body armor to protect vital organs and better-equipped medics to quickly stop hemorrhaging and deliver the wounded to hospitals. The extraordinary rates of survival in this war — 9 of every 10 soldiers wounded make it, compared to 7.5 of 10 in Vietnam — explains the larger number of casualties who survive with severe and lasting disabilities, including loss of limbs. " OK, it's your turn.
  20. Gil Davis

    Hello from AK Drummer in Tampa!

    Hi Mike I played the drums a long time ago. I bought my grandson a set a couple of years ago for Christmas. His parents still talk to me, so pay little attention to Cat, at least on that score. Most people don't realize that the drummer keeps the beat for the group. I think you'll like it around here.
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    The Ultimate Amp, almost

    LINCOLN, Neb. - Most days are good, some not for a woman who is recovering from what has been called "internal decapitation." Shannon Malloy suffered "atlantooccipital dislocation" — that's what doctors call it. The force of her head hitting a car dashboard separated her skull from her spine. Though rare, it's more common in children and is usually found during autopsies. Speaking from her mother's home in Denver, Malloy, 30, said she remembers no pain from the crash near Tecumseh in southeast Nebraska on Jan. 25. "I remember being slumped over and not being able to respond," she said. She was a passenger in the car. She would not provide details of the accident, she said, because she's suing an insurer. "Stay alive," Malloy said she told herself while still in the car. "I can't die." She said she heard her boyfriend, Graham Neary, say to her: "Please stay with me." "Then I don't remember much until the paramedics pulled me out of the car," Malloy said. She recalls parts of her next three weeks at a Lincoln hospital, on a ventilator, unable to talk. "At some point in the ICU, I remember writing a note (to her mom), asking if I was paralyzed. "She said, 'No.'" Physical challenges Surviving the catastrophic injury has become more common because of faster protection of the airway and better spinal isolation at accident scenes. Malloy also suffered a broken pelvis and ankle. Yet she remains mostly upbeat. "My family keeps joking that I must be brain-damaged because I'm so positive," she said. After three weeks in intensive care and two weeks of rehabilitation, she walked out to begin her new life with daunting physical challenges. Her eyes remain crossed, awaiting surgery. She can turn her head only an inch side to side, but the restrictive halo apparatus she was wearing came off April 13. She can't swallow yet. "My esophagus muscle is so tight that even water won't pass through," she said. "I can't even swallow my own spit." No surgeries have been scheduled to address her vision or inability to swallow. Money remains a problem, as has the paperwork required to get help from Medicaid. Sometimes, Malloy said, "I feel like I'm on the outside looking in. At other times, I wish I was on the outside looking in." "I'm not a religious person, but there's a reason for me to be here," she said. "And I've got to find out what that reason is and fulfill it." Found at : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18841567/?GT1=9951
  22. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    UMMm Cheryl/Higgy Be aware that possums can be RABID! Especially one that chases a person and a dog. FYI ladies.
  23. Gil Davis

    The Question Game

    Steppenwolf, specifically "Magic Carpet Ride" Anyone else have a favorite band or group?
  24. Gil Davis

    My Stump Surgery Is Set

    Freddy We are all with you. I may have to have a revision on my stump, for similar reasons. Mine is especially "gnarly" and has been infected several times. If you've been "under" several times the chances of a problem are very small. It's usually the FIRST time that's a real problem.
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    TATTOOS!

    Well, other than the fact that you probably shouldn't wear your prosthesis until the tattoo is fully healed. Are you aware that there is some bleeding associated with a tattoo? The other thing is that it won't be easy to show your new tattoo without removing your leg.
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