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    AT Centers

    There are regional Assistive Technology (AT)centers through out the US, about 10 in all. They do assessments, assist with funding, grants, proposals, etc. I am trying to locate my database from SpineWire where I listed them all. When I locate it, I will place it in Links.
    Every day I wake up is a good one


      AT Center

      Idaho Assistive Technology Project
      (206) 885-3559

      Melissa, you may be able to obtain some low cost/no cost equipement from this group and it may be faster than VR. Let me know if you have any luck. Sorry but they are the closest I could find to you.
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      Every day I wake up is a good one


        typed by melissa's mom

        thanks for all the help everyone. between all of you i don't know why i need a vocational rehab counselor lol

        i did get an appointment set up to meet with the guy from the state voc rehab though. it's on february 19 and i am anxiously waiting for him to come. i'm just worried about how long it's going to take after that to get the computer and software. hopefully it's in time to start school this fall.

        if it doesn't work out though i got the contact information for iowa's assistive technology program. too bad i don't live in idaho because the lady from there is really nice.

        thanks everybody, melissa

        Life is a lesson you learn when you're through.
        Life is a lesson you learn when you're through.


          Orthopedic surgeon

          For most of my adult life, I have believed that the relationship between a doctor and a patient should be a partnership. However, a doctor's worst nightmare is a patient with an education!

          I went to see my orthopedic surgeon today, Tuesday, January 29, 2002, about the carpal tunnel syndrome that I have been living with for the last three years. I should add, that in these years, I have been to this orthopedic surgeon at least four times. He has sent me to see a neurosurgeon, neurologists, along with x-rays, MRI, and painful nerve conduction test. All three doctors believe that I have a pinched nerve in my neck and this is causing the pain in my left hand. My brother-in-law is an M.D. and a few months ago he suggested that I see a hand specialist for this problem. The hand specialist believes that I should try a cortisone injection before I have any surgery. Today, the orthopedic surgeon told me that he does not believe in giving cortisone injections for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. He is suggesting that I have surgery on my left hand and his odds for a good outcome are only 30 percent.

          Using the critical thinking skills that I learned in college, I have come up with an idea that may resolve the issue of whether the pain is emanating from a pinched nerve in my neck or is really carpal tunnel syndrome. I have called the orthopedic surgeon and explained that if he gives me a cortisone injection and I still have the pain in my hand, then there is no doubt that the pain is coming from my neck. If a cortisone injection
          relieves the pain in my hand, then this would mean that I have carpal tunnel syndrome and I do not have a pinched nerve in my neck.

          Today, January 31, 2002, the doctor's nurse called me and said that Dr. Afazali will give me a cortisone injection. However, he does not believe in my theory and doesn't think that this will work. I told the nurse that I would think about it for a couple of days and call her back with my decision. The doctor told me when I went to see him on Tuesday that the cortisone would only mask the symptoms and it also can do harm to the tendons and the ligaments. The last thing I want to do is to make this condition worse! The nurse also said that the cortisone would last up to 8 months before it wears off. Does anyone have any suggestions?
          The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
          --General George Patton

          Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
          ––Paul Nussbaum