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    New C2 SCI in Jackson MS

    Hi everyone, this is my first time on this site. I am writing as I sit in our sons room here at the Shepherd Spine Center in Atlanta. Our son was in a car accident on Feb. 17, 2006. He is 19. He was living in NC at the time of the accident. He was in The Carolina Medical center in the ICU for 2 weeks, then was sent here to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. When he leaves here, he will come back to MS to live with us. He broke his neck at C2 and is on a vent. They say he is incomplete so that gives us some hope that he will come off the vent, and maybe get some movement back. He does have some feeling and reflex, but no movement from th neck down. They are going to start doing the diaphramatic pacers here at the Shepherd Center some time in May. They put him on the list, so hopefully he will qualifiy and be a candidate. We are scared to death right now about caring for him in our home, but we are doing ok and getting more and more comfortable everyday with his care. He will be released from Shepherd on the 24th of April. From here he will go to the Methodist Rehab hospital in Jackson. The vent company wants us to train on their equipment in a hospital setting. They say he will be there about 4 days and then come home. Is there anyone in the Jackson area on this forum that is a SCI? We would love to hear from you and love to pick your brain for any and all information you can give us. We live in Ridgeland. Thank you in advance for any information that any of you can give us.

    #2
    Welcome to the club that no one wants to belong to!

    You are fortunate to be at Shepherd Center. Be sure you learn everything they have to teach you while you are there. We have other members here who have high injuries and are home on vents, so hopefully they will see your message and provide some personal information. Otherwise, ask any questions and we will try to 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
      Very sorry to hear about your son's accident. It is good to
      hear that he has been classified as an incomplete this early in
      his injury. He has a long way to go before you know for sure what
      function he will be left with. I have a good friend who is a
      C3/4 incomplete and after 6 months, he was off the vent starting
      gait training. He also had no movement from the neck down
      when he first got hurt. I wish the absolute best for him.

      Majed

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        #4
        Hi Suzie Q, thats great news. I am glad you are getting the pacer. Are you going to the Cleveland Clinic to have it done? Can I ask where you live? Good luck with everything and thank you for your words of encouragement.

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          #5
          so sorry for the accident of your son... it's always sad to hear of newly injured ppl. with SCI, but you are in a great facility. i too was in Shepherd 3 1/2 years ago. i do rehab at Shepherd 3x a week on M, W, and Fridays. i am not a vent-dependant quad, but a c5/6 complete. i would be more than happy to come by and offer any info. that might be of help to you, your son and the rest of your family. good luck..





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            #6
            Hi Jazzyjeff, that would be great if you could come by and see Adam, he is in room 215. We leave to go to MS on the 24th, so if you could come by this week that would be great! Can't wait to meet you!
            Doris

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              #7
              hey Doris, i'll be by Wednesday around lunchtime or just after. keep using the search option here on the home page and don't hesitate posting specific questions either. we are a very diverse community with an absolute ton of info. can't wait to meet you guys too. jeff





              Life isn't like a bowl of cherries or peaches. It's more like a jar of jalapenos--What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.

              If you ain't laughing, you ain't living, baby. Carlos Mencia

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                #8
                Sorry to hear about your son. I really hope he improves. Keep strong ddjdiver.

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                  #9
                  hey ddjdiver, when i was in rehab i had some friends who were high level, at the start no return at all but by the time they left they had enough function to operate a motorized wheelchair with their hands, they also got off the vent. Make sure to keep giving him hope of recovery. The doctors always want to think negative about things but the positive is what keeps you going. Goodluck and I wish your son the best of recovery.
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                  C7/C8, T1 incomplete;


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                    #10
                    Thanks Mr. Coffee. I just took a look at all your pics. You are a cutie! Thanks for the words of encouragement. You are doing awsome and I am so impressed by your determination. You are a great inspiration. Good luck with everything.

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                      #11
                      Well, we are getting everything together to leave Shepherd. We are going to miss everyone here. The staff are wonderful and I just can't say enough good things about the care Adam has received here. I will definately be logging on to this forum daily to get as much information as I can about caring for Adam at home. Thanks to all of you for all the support and information you have offered all ready. Wish us luck!!

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                        #12
                        I wish the best of luck to both you and your son. I hope the coming months will bring good health and recovery.

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                          #13
                          Here's another point of view- biased of course.
                          Healthcare professionals try not to be negative, they do try to be honest, realistic & prepare pts. and their families for the possibility that they may not recover all, or any function at all. Also, some people tend to want to wait till their function returns before they go home, do therapy etc..and since this can be a very long road, we have to encourage patients & family to learn what they need to learn because their insurance etc... will not just let them sit in the acute care or rehab hospital.

                          It is almost impossible to predict 100% of the time how much function a person will get returned. But believe me we are happy when that happens!!! And they no longer need the things we taught them or the equipment etc....

                          CWO
                          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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                            #14
                            dear doris,
                            i am sooo sorry to hear about your sons accident and injury. i am an c-6 but my injury is complete. after my surgery to fuse my arthritic neck, the docs weren't even sure i'd get off the vent or move anything from the top of my shoulders down.
                            well, i don't have much movement but i can use some of my arm and wrist muscles, so i can move my arms well enough to feed myself w/special fork and spoon. i can sketch and sign my name with a special splint (I WAS A PAINTER BEFORE MY INJURY) and i type on my keyboard with my page turner, there is also voice recognition software that i use.

                            keep in mind that his injury IS incomplete which greatly increases his chances for further return for a longer period of time.

                            you, your son, and your family are in my prayers,
                            and i please let me thank you, it's not often i take my mind off my injury long enough to pray for someone else, i hope you accept them,'
                            lori
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                            Shall renew their strength;
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                            They shall run and not be weary,
                            They shall walk and not faint
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                              #15
                              want to talk about a super kid with just a great attitude? Adam is ''the man''... as i turned the corner this past Wed. to go to his room, all i heard was ''Jazzyjeff'' coming from this good looking guy in this room that i figured had to be his.. we chatted for a bit and i was pleasantly surprised that Adam had such a great voice for being on the vent.. his laugh, at me, was so funny in itself, i think we hit it off as buddies.. i just wished i had met him, his dad, and stepmom Doris sooner because they are leaving Monday morning and are such great ppl.... good for Adam to be getting to get out of rehab and onto starting his rehab with the help of his family.. i can tell that he is loved so much and my heart goes out to Doris for stepping up and being the wonderful person that she is... she posted a thread b4, but i will refrain from linking it here w/o her permission, but will tell you that he is in a good place now... this kid has the determination, heart, and will power that i hope very soon that we see a follow-up post here saying ''vent who?'' being a thing of the past.. i am pulling for you buddy.. Jazzyjeff





                              Life isn't like a bowl of cherries or peaches. It's more like a jar of jalapenos--What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.

                              If you ain't laughing, you ain't living, baby. Carlos Mencia

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