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    Hello everyone.

    My story is probably not much different from many on here: my father crashed his motorcycle a week ago and the most severe injury, aside from lacerated kidneys and liver, and bruised lungs, is that he will no longer be able to walk.

    It's still very fresh, and my whole family is still in a bit of a state of shock. He is over 25 years a police officer, been riding a motorcycle about as long. He is a loving husband, father, son, and a truly caring man.

    All this is to say, I am looking to find ways of supporting him through this traumatic shift of lifestyle. A few google searches led me here, and I thought I would say hello before going on to look at more info. Seems as though I might find some answers to questions I have yet to ask. So greetings. I look forward to conversing with you all.

    - Ryan

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    Welcome to our forum, Ryan. As we always say, we are glad you found us, but sorry you had to.

    So I assume that your father has a spinal cord injury in addition to his other injuries? Do you know what level and degree of completeness (ASIA level and AIS)?? It is very important that you all become as familiar as possible with the exact nature of his injury in order to be able to both understand and have some control over what is likely to be life-time management issues. This is an excellent article that will help you all understand the technical aspects of this a little better, and guide you in asking more questions of his physicians and team:

    http:///index.php?page=viewarticle&a...nalLevels.html

    Also read these articles while you are there:
    http:///index.php?page=viewarticle&a...3@AcuteSCI.htm

    http:///index.php?page=viewarticle&a...adjustment.htm

    Where is he now? If he has a SCI, it is critical that he get moved ASAP to a major spinal cord injury center. Don't let this decision be made by an insurance company or case manager without you all having major input into the decision, and based on what is best for him (not what is cheapest or most convenient for them). We can help you identify the best centers if you let us know where he is now.

    You did not mention if he is a USA military veteran. If he is, a VA spinal cord injury center might be the best bet for him to receive top notch SCI care.

    It is critical that at this point everything possible is being done to prevent complications such as pressure ulcers. The nurses should be turning him at least every 2 hours, inspecting all of his skin at least 2X daily, and he should be on a specialty bed.

    Please come back often and ask questions. We can help.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      Ryan, we have a few members who were cops before their injury. One is Herco; he might be a good contact for your dad. Good luck, and stay tough - it'll come together, friend.
      Please donate a dollar a day at http://justadollarplease.org.
      Copy and paste this message to the bottom of your signature.

      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Sorry to hear about your dad. It's a terrible shock for any family, your dad is lucky to have you trying to find out all you can. Lots of good info here, don't hesitate to ask anything. Best wishes.

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        • #5
          im sorry for what happened to you and your family.
          sorry you had to find care cure community, but glad you did.

          welcome.

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          • #6
            Right now he's being treated at OHSU in Portland. I will post more info when I have more details. He does have an SCI -- I don't recall how far down, but the spinal cord was severed in his lower back... he has no feeling or motor control below about belly-button level. As I'm sure you can imagine, the technical details have gone by the wayside when we have been waiting to see if he would pull through this week. Looks like his survival is pretty assured now, hence the start of my search for info. Thanks for the replies, seems like you guys have a good network of support here.
            Last edited by rgeorgioff; 07-25-2011, 12:28 AM.

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            • #7
              Hi Ryan, There is much information here.

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              • #8
                Welcome, Ryan. This is the best place ever for information and talking to people who really know what you're going through. Best wishes to you and your family.
                MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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                • #9
                  Dear rgeorgioff wishing your father / family my regards
                  Been through a Motorcycle wreck myself

                  Care Cure is a knowledgebase plus great support

                  Sincerely ; GL

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                  • #10
                    Ryan, so sorry to hear about your Dad. You've found a great place here. The nurses really have vital info that can make a difference in the outcome. You're in the information gathering phase now. Very important that you get him to a specialty SCI center.
                    All the best to you and your family, Lynne

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                    • #11
                      Hi Ryan! Welcome to CCC. Sorry to hear about your dad!

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                      • #12
                        Ryan, the shock will wear off and then reality will set in. Life is different but different does not have to be bad. My heart goes out to you and your family. Get your dad to a model SCI rehab center as soon as he is able to transfer. That is his best chance to get what he is going to get, learn to deal with what he has, and most importantly, learn about the health care issues related to his injury.

                        You did not mention what his level of injury is but regardless, you and he have much support here while you travel the very individual path that is SCI rehab.--eak
                        Elizabeth A. Kephart, PHR
                        mom/caregiver to Ryan-age 21
                        Incomplete C-2 with TBI since 3/09

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                        • #13
                          Welcome to Carecure Ryan. Sorry to hear about the accident. There is lots of information here and if you can't find something don't hesitate to ask.

                          (((hugs to you and your family)))
                          T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

                          My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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                          • #14
                            Welcome Ryan

                            Hi Ryan!!! Gosh so sorry to hear your story. My wish was that our family was the last family to ever have to go thru this. Our son, 16 yrs old, broke his back, T6, on 11/20/10 on his dirt bike. His diagnosis is ASIA A at T6. He is doing awesome. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email me with any questions, our family is more than able to help with any questions support etc that you need. WE live in WA so not sure where you are tho we are only an email or phone call away.
                            Have you checked out the following link??? Since your dad was a rider this may be a great place to go for him.
                            http://www.riderdown.org/forum/index.php
                            I hope to hear from you, stay strong and you can do it!!
                            Debbie, David, David and Haley

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                            • #15
                              Hi Ryan,
                              I am sorry to hear about your dad's accident, but you found the right place to have both support and questions answered as you navigate this new way of being for your father. Ask whatever questions come up.

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