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    The break at Hopkins ends next week. Brian starts the next clinical rotation on August 20.

    Last week Brian took the psychiatry shelf exam that he missed because of a bladder infection that seemed to go on forever. Hopefully he's done with the UTI's and bladder infections for a while.

    Last weekend one of Brian's college friends from San Francisco came to visit him in Baltimore. My wife left town for the weekend so that she wouldn't be under foot. Ann took the train to Atlantic City and met up with a lady she met when Brian was at the Shepherd Center.

    Roger

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      Things are moving along at a steady pace. Earlier this month my wife was away for three weeks and Brian was on his own. We're very pleased things went well during the time that Ann was away went well. Ann is back in Baltimore and I'm go to Baltimore Oct 11. There are a number of little things that need to be fixed at the condo, that's work for me to do.

      Brian is in the last three weeks of the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) clinical rotation. He was working in the clinic and now he doing a research project. Pediatrics is Brian's next clinical rotation. After pediatrics he's hoping to get into the radiology rotation but that hasn't been scheduled yet. I think radiology would be a good fit for Brian. He's very observant and has great concentration. Of course none of that matters unless he likes it.

      Roger

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        Brian is working on his PM&R research project. Friday he has to make a presentation to his adviser. I though Brian was doing the pediatrics rotation next but I found out last week that he's doing a four week neurology rotation and then a four week radiology rotation. The pediatrics rotation will start in January.

        I'm flying to Baltimore tomorrow afternoon, I fly back to Phoenix Monday evening. There are several things at the condo that need to be worked on. A bedroom and a bathroom door need to be rehung. The foot rest on the power-chair hits the edge of the door and pulls the hinges loose. This has happened before but this time I hope that I have a solution. I purchased some Stanley Swing Clear Hinges. These hinges swing the door completely clear of the door opening.

        There's a problem with the hydraulic door actuator on Brian's Honda Element. I think there's a hydraulic leak because the fluid level was low on the hydraulic pump. I want to see if I can fix the leak because the dealer has estimated $360 to replace the hydraulic line. This hydraulic line broke last year and was replaced under warranty. Unfortunately the warranty has now expired. I'm hoping that it's just a fitting that's leaking. If not Ann will have to take it to the dealer.

        Brian purchased a new programmable thermostat that I he wants me to install.

        Six weeks ago Brian purchased seven motorized shades from Budget Blinds for the condo bedroom windows. These windows are very large, 12 feet wide by 10 feet high. The installer has been back twice but the blinds are still not hung and working. Three of the blinds have come crashing down in the middle of the night and the other shades unroll by themselves. This is so unbelievable all we can do is laugh. The Budget Blinds installer is totally lost, he's asking me installation questions over the telephone. I've never installed a motorized shade and obviously he hasn't either. We're going to give him one more chance on Monday to get the blinds installed properly.

        Roger

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          WOW!!!i just got finished reading most of this thread and I can see everything happening,from his accident - clinical rotatations and ALL...the B.S along the way My friend is a third year student and she is always tired....being a quad myself, I couldn't imagine doing that much work...I WISH all parents were like you and your wife, it would make alot of people lives SOOO much easier...but you can't choose your family.
          I think everyone can learn something from all of you,never stop fighting for something you want....
          Thanks,
          Nelson.
          C-6,complete

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            Kudos to Brian !

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              Ann came back to Phoenix on Tuesday so Brian is on his own in Baltimore. He's finishing the PM&R research project this week. Next Monday he starts a four week neurology rotation.

              I was in Baltimore last weekend and fixed several things at the condo. On Monday two Budget Blinds installers came to the condo with seven new motorized roller shades. They worked for about four hours and decided that the motors in the shades were not the correct size for these shades. So now, they're ordering seven new motorized roller shades with the next size larger motors. They left with most of the shades and said they would be back next week with seven new shades. I don't believe that changing the motors is necessary but these men were determined that was what they were going to do. I wasn't in a position to argue with them because this is their problem to fix. Brian paid them a lot of money to install seven working motorized roller shades. If they fail then they have to return the money Brian paid. Next week is absolutely their last chance to get this job done.

              Roger

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                Boy, it never seems to end Roger. Your families tenacity is really amazing.

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                  Patrick

                  I feel guilty for posting what seems to be just one trivial problem after another. Everyone has problems and for me it's easier to talk about a problem and the solution rather than just talking about each success.

                  The issues with the motorized blinds is comical. Eventually it will all get fixed. When we were looking at roller shades I was going to buy the components from AVOUTLET.com and fabricate the motorized roller shades myself. Brian firmly told me no he was going to hire a company to install the shades. I couldn't convince him that the typical blind installer didn't know anything about motorized roller shades. I was so right about the motorized shades maybe next time I'll be able to convince Brian to listen to me.

                  Roger

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                    Originally posted by Roger View Post
                    Patrick
                    ... maybe next time I'll be able to convince Brian to listen to me.

                    Roger
                    Good luck with that, Roger!
                    Don - Grad Student Emeritus
                    T3 ASIA A 27 years post injury

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                      Donno

                      It's funny how children resist their parents advice. I suppose in some ways showing independence is good but it never feels good to be overruled or ignored. I remember something that General Arnold Schwarzkoph after he retired from the army.

                      When I was commanding the troops in Desert Storm I had 500,000 men who did exactly as I commanded. After I came home I couldn't even get my daughters to brush their teeth before bed.

                      I'm no General Schwarzkopf so maybe Brian resisting my suggestions should be expected.

                      Roger

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                        Originally posted by Roger View Post
                        Donno

                        It's funny how children resist their parents advice. I suppose in some ways showing independence is good but it never feels good to be overruled or ignored. I remember something that General Arnold Schwarzkoph after he retired from the army.

                        When I was commanding the troops in Desert Storm I had 500,000 men who did exactly as I commanded. After I came home I couldn't even get my daughters to brush their teeth before bed.

                        I'm no General Schwarzkopf so maybe Brian resisting my suggestions should be expected.

                        Roger

                        Ha ha ha... Thanks for this. It made me feel better after struggling to get my FATHER to go to bed...

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                          checking in

                          Nice to see things have been progressing upon checking in here.

                          Few suggestions, having been through training w/C6 injury myself, see p76 this thread:

                          -begin thinking NOW about internship and residency. To which programs will you apply? Will a PA be required? Who will pay for that? Sensitive issue, tread lightly when broaching.

                          -research precedent cases exhaustively (quad doctors)- accommodations in training, practice choice, workplace accommodations, privileging. This will help guide the applications and eventual job search. Recall the tough cases - quad trained through fellowship, then no job.

                          **identify mentors/advocates among the faculty, and cultivate relationships with them. Good recommendation letters and CONNECTIONS will carry the day.

                          Can't overemphasize that last one. My own positive rapport with the Dept. of Medicine at my alma mater led to an offer of an internship (transitional year-preliminary medicine PGY1) - they knew me well, and several faculty (and the Chair) were big supporters. That is exactly what you need, whether you're going into psychiatry, or rehab. Would look hard at the former.

                          Boards get easier after pt 1, you're set now.

                          Regards

                          ECN
                          Ed from Detroit

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                            Ed

                            Thanks for your comments about mentors and residency. Your suggestions are about mentors is timely. Brian knows that getting residency is going to be a major challenge. He recently completed the PM&R rotation and received an excellent critical evaluation. Brian hopes to get a letter of recommendation from that doctor. Last Friday Brian completed the neurology rotation and has the Thanksgiving week off. He waiting to hear about his next rotation.

                            I fly to Baltimore Wednesday night for holiday. Monday the Budget Blinds installer is coming for the forth time to install the motorized shades. We'll have to see how that goes. I told my wife that if the blinds are not 100% functional that she should tell the installer that we want a refund and we'll pay for the shades when the work is completed. It was a mistake to pay prior before the installation was completed. I'm sure Brian has learned from this experience.

                            Roger

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                              Brian was just just told that he'll start the radiology rotation on Monday.

                              Brian's rotation schedule has been messed up for the last few months ever since he fell in the shower when the Active-Aid shower chair collapsed. After the accident he missed the last portion of the psychiatry rotation which messed up his rotation schedule. Even since then he has been on the wait list for each rotation. Hopefully Brian will be back on a regular rotation schedule. He's been told that he'll be doing the pediatrics rotation starting in January.

                              The Budget Blinds installer was suppose to install the motorized shades on Monday of this week. He called late Sunday and canceled. Now he's suppose to install the shades on Friday. I leave for Baltimore Wednesday night so I'll be there on Friday when he's installing the shades.

                              Roger

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                                Brian started the radiology rotation on Monday. He's doing the rotation at the Hopkins Baywood hospital which is about 4 miles from the main Hopkins Hospital. On the first day he reviewed ~170 x-rays learning what to look for on the films. This morning Brian told Ann that he might be interested in being a radiologist. I was happy to hear this because I think that radiology could be a good fit for Brian.

                                On Saturday we noticed that the cushion on the ActiveAid shower bench extension had come loose from the metal frame. This could be a serious problem because the cushion could slide off of the support frame while Brian was transferring. I glued wooden dowels into cushion wooden base but it didn't seem to be very secure. If anyone has an ActiveAid shower bench they should check the screws that attach the cushion the metal frame. On Monday I called ActiveAid and left a message for the ActiveAid president. Much to my surprise he called me back today. I explained my concerns to him about this shower bench safety issue. He seemed genuinely interested in resolving any safety related problems. At the conclusion of our conversation he offered to replace the shower bench extension and I told him that we would mail the old cushion to ActiveAid so that they can examine it and determine why the attaching screws pulled out of the wooden base. I'm happy with this resolution to the problem.

                                The majority of my weekend in Baltimore was spent hooking up the motorized shades and getting them to work properly. Brian now has motorized shades in both bedrooms.

                                Roger

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