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  • What will happen in your future?

    Are you going to be ready?

    Here is the (possible)scenario. In the future, stem cell therapy advances to the state were spinal cord injuries can be repaired.

    1) OK. The cure is here. Does your insurance cover the cost of the operation? Have you got the cash to cover all the other expenses?

    --Since I live in a social medicine country, the costs would be covered. The way things are going though, that could change.

    2)Are there rehabilitation centers ready for you?

    --Not nearly enough were I live. They are jammed full as it is taking care of the newly injured.

    3)Are you fit enough? Too fat? Too weak? Can you stand without passing out?

    --I could be fitter and maybe slimmer. I can stand at least 2 hours in a standing frame.

    4)Will there be a draft or lottery to see who can "go first"? Or is it going to be based on who has the connections, who has the best coverage and who has the cash? Could you be rejected or "postponed" until a later date until your "fit" enough?

    --Connections? You bet. Also as the saying goes: cash talks, bullsh*t walks (or won´t walk in this case)

    One thing I will predict...when the cure is here, these message boards will be screaming with cases of despair, of joy, and even more prevelent, those of hope. I hope there won´t be people having to sit because they can´t afford the cure. I´m afraid that those who are injured in other than first world nations will have almost no chance of being cured. I hope this does not happen
    "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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    I agree with you Mike. I just hope and pray that, if a cure is found, SCI persons like myself in Africa, will not be left behind. As it is now, we are way behind first world countries in terms of SCI treatment, research and rehab.

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    • #3
      Shawn

      Knowledge precedes implementation. I believe that the doctors in South Africa really want to help their patients with spinal cord injury. I believe that this forum provides cutting edge information on both care and cure of spinal cord injury, containing much information that would help doctors take care of their patients better. So, keep posting and asking questions, reading, and finding out. If you educate one doctor, that benefits hundreds of other patients in the long run.

      Wise.

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      • #4
        Well,,,

        I am more than sure my insurance will cover surgery and rehab,,,, as for being physically ready, well there is some work to be done there but I have lost over 30lbs and could stand to lose about 20 more.

        Have a local rehab with a specialist that had worked with SCI'd individuals for 16 years at a Dallas rehab center prior to moving to where he is now. He is a friend and has told me whatever it takes he will be there for me.

        As for others less fortunate than I,,,, I promise that as I live and breath, if I ever walk again I will work my heart out and ass off to make sure that others have the same chance, I think it is the responsibility of all of to do what we can for others.

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        • #5
          I like to think im ready physically,just to be able to walk with crutches or a walker would thrill me.Im fortunate that i live in a country that would cover all medical expenses,and a benefit package that would cover rehab,and like Max said theres no way i would forget those less fortunate,and fight for all i was worth to see nobody misses the chance to walk..

          ........\/PEACE
          ~Shaun~

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          • #6
            It's very re-assuring to know that, there are people like you Dr. Young, Shaun, Max and many others, who care and are willing to help. Good Luck and GOD Bless! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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            • #7
              Max

              Nice job losing that weight! Did you just starve yourself silly or work it off with a hand cycle? Good luck in the future. Don´t forget to start standing unless you already are. [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img]
              "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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              • #8
                My Diet

                I went on the most powerful diet in the world, a 3 month hospital stay. Anybody can lose weight eating hospital food.

                Have a great day.

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