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    Recent Accident to My Son

    My son was in a automobile accident on 2/9/2007. He sustained a spinal cord injury to the C6-C7 vertebra. He's currently being treated a Barrow's in Phoenix. Does anyone have an opinion on where to go for the best physical therapy? Is the therapy at Barrow's as good as say Craig Hospital in Denver

    #2
    I can't speak to Craig (other than I know it's the "gold standard") but I too was injured here. I was at Good Sam and the care was quite good. As a mentor, I go to St. Joe's too. HealthSouth has an autoambulator.

    Make sure you get in touch with AZSCIA (azspinal.org) and ABIL (abil.org) for resources and support. I personally have not found AZSCIA all that responsive.

    If you need info in PHX, feel free to PM me, I'll see what I can find for you.
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      #3
      Phoenix Info

      Yes. I would appreciate any information regarding much support we can expect. My son lives and works in San Francisco. He was home for his grandmother funeral. Does that affect how much support we would receive from the local agencies. He has Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage through his work.

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        #4
        Given his excellent insurance, I would suggest that you go with a model SCI program. There are some excellent checklists to use in choosing a facility. I would go to Craig over Phoenix because Craig is a Model SCI facility.

        Have you called the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center? Visit the website www.paralysis.org or call 800-539-7309 and ask to speak to an Information Specialist. Not sure how bad the Eastern storm hit them but maybe you can reach someone tomorrow. As for new injury info as well as CA and AZ resources. If you need checklists, they have been posted in this forum before, I will do a search.
        Every day I wake up is a good one

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          #5
          Roger,
          you might want to use the search function on this site for methylprednisolone.I don't recall what the time frame window is (for administering), or if the hospital where your son is has any available. I will hold out a good thought for your son.

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            #6
            Between the two, if his insurance will cover Craig, I would definitely go there. Good Sam is not what it used to be, and Craig is a Model SCI System Center (Good Sam ironically was the first Model System Center back in the 1960s, but they lost their designation in the early 1980s).

            I assume your son is not a military veteran. If he is, then a VA SCI Center would be best. He could choose between the one in Palo Alto or the one in San Diego (which is the designated center for all of AZ).

            By the way, an acute rehabilitation program is MUCH MORE than physical therapy (of which we will get 1-2 hours daily). Just as important is the occupational therapy, rehabilitation nursing, SCI expert physicians, social workers, psychologists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, etc. etc. etc.

            Please ask questions. We will try to help in any way we can. As we always say, we are so sorry that you had to find us, but glad that you did.

            (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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              #7
              Try this

              It was developed by a nurse whose son is SCI, she worked with families to sort out what their needs are as well as used the CARF guidelines.

              Hope it helps and keep asking questions.
              Every day I wake up is a good one

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                #8
                Methylprednisilone must be started within 8 hours after injury, so it would be too late to start it now. I am sure if he met the criteria, and has been at Barrow's since his injury that he would have received it, as all the patients we get from there get it consistently (if they meet the criteria).

                (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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                  #9
                  Thank you all for all of your messages.

                  Roger

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                    #10
                    I edited the previous message so that it read properly. I didn't know that I could do that.

                    Roger

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                      #11
                      Yeah, if you can afford it, I'd go to Craig too. KDL is right about Good Sam. It was one of the very best but lost its designation. If you can't leave PHX, that's another story. Good Luck
                      My blog: Living Life at Butt Level

                      Ignite Phoenix #9 - Wheelchairs and Wisdom: Living Life at Butt Level

                      "I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."

                      Dawna Markova Author of Open Mind.

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                        #12
                        roger, be careful with his bc/bs insurance...he was out of his coverage (state) when he had his accident, so was i with same..and bc/bs coverage changes when youre out of area...keep in close communication with them so you know what they will or won't cover, in fact they're out of area coverage kept me from going to craig (and i was IN denver already) bc/bs left me with 1/2 of all my bills because i was out of area..be careful with them for your son's sake....

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                          #13
                          I think the key to insurance coverage here, is to determine if he has a PPO. With a PPO you are eligible for the same coverage outside your home state. My son has BC/BS PPO and they have been wonderful. Hard to believe I actually feel that an insurance company has been wonderful. I have had my share of ups and downs with other companies. BC/BS has been helpful, informative and professional through this entire ordeal. It might help to ask for a case worker at the insurance company. I had one and she was invaluable getting answers and insuring that things moved forward without a hitch. In addition, if given the choice, I would choose a model SCI program over anything else.
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                          we become silent about things that matter."
                          - Martin Luther King Jr

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                            #14
                            I am sorry to hear about your son's injury. I hope the social workers help you with the insurance web.
                            Daniel

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                              #15
                              hi roger -

                              don't worry about the methypred., from what I understand it's on it's way out of the standard of care in the US.

                              I also have Blue cross blue shield health insurance, and was injured away from home, in my hometown as well actually. it did cause quite a few "wrinkles" since I was injured out of network, harder to eventually get paid. I've got several letters to them in my e-book.

                              aside from PT, start getting your social work contacts to meet with your son - Center for Independent Living, OVR for driving lessons/home mods, etc. attendant care can be a long process to line up, so you'll want to start asap for when he comes home.

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