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  • Keep the area as clean and dry as possible. There is nothing that I know of that will treat this any better than soap and water. Alcohol dries out the skin and other cleansers have the same issue. Back to basics on this one.
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Finger twitching non-stop
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    It could be a result of fatiguing muscles that may not be totally innervated or at normal strength. When muscles are overly tired they can twitch as sort of a mechanism to say - whatever you want me to do, I can not do it anymore.
    I don't know that specifics of your injury, but I would guess from...
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  • I would agree with KLD.

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  • Another thought is to check your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Many maintain an equipment bank for their members with MS who may not be able to get funded for such a chair through their insurance, or who are uninsured.

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  • I would recommend contacting your local acute rehab center's social work dept., and let them know you want to donate this chair. So many people with a variety of disabilities could use a power chair, but their insurance may not approve it. Tell the SW dept person you talk to that you want to donate...
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  • Did you look at the Unjury product above?? Their unflavored protein powder has NO sucralose or any other artificial sweetener or sugar.
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  • Since you are in CA, you may want to do a community college based associate degree program that can be done on-line. An associate degree would be the minimum requirement. Here are some accredited community college-based programs, which include Santa Barbara Community College, San Diego Mesa College,...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Kyphosis causing stretched cord
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    You need to call the neurosurgeon immediately if you have loss of sensation as a result of taking the methylprednisolone. It is common to have a small syrinx at the site of your spinal cord trauma, and generally unless it gets bigger and bigger or causes loss of sensation or motor function, the normal...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Colloidal Silver for UTIs
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    While you can certainly find a lot of claims made for colloidal silver on the internet, little if any of it is based on scientific research of this product. Silver in other forms is used for some wound care, and there has been some use of silver compounds in catheters (with no proof that it works for...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Terrible bladder infection - please help!
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    Colonization is a condition that is considered normal in most people with a neurogenic bladder, and rarely should be treated. It is only considered a true UTI in this population if you have signs (fever, elevated WBC in your blood, urine leakage around catheters, blood in your urine) and symptoms (chills,...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to sucralose free, high protein sources
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    I used to buy Unjury non-flavored protein powder for my mother. You can mix it in anything from juice, to milk, bake with it, add it to soups and stews, etc. Not the cheapest, but it was the best we could find that didn't have a lot of unnecessary additives or give a funny taste to food. It does not...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Bard 802001 drain bags
    Hollister also makes a bedside drainage bag with a plastic clamp. Generally Hollister is more expensive than Bard, but you can actually get a sample from them through their website to evaluate if it meets your needs:

    https://www.hollister.com/en/product...roducts/urine-...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    commented on 's reply to Terrible bladder infection - please help!
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    Cranberry juice or capsules are of questionable benefit for any UTI. Studies done in elderly women without a SCI found it may help prevent some infections with e. coli only. The same goes for other juices. Citrus actually makes your urine more basic, so if you are trying to get your urine more acid,...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Kyphosis causing stretched cord
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    How long ago did you notice the kyphosis? Did he mention any syrinx (cyst) in the cord at all? Was your physiatrist talking about a cyst in the spine (bone) or in the cord itself (a syrinx)? Did the NS mention the term "Charcot joint" for your kyphotic area? This is not a common condition,...
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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 08-08-2020, 12:40 PM.

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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Bard 802001 drain bags
    When we used the Bard drainage bags with the plastic clamps, we had problems with the plastic breaking under repeated use, so actually preferred the metal clamp.

    If you want a bedside drainage bag with a plastic clamp, you might try this one from Medline, although we did experience bag...
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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Cushion covers
    It is important that your cushion cover is made with a stretchy knit material, as otherwise it can cause hammocking which is a non-stretch fabric holding you up from sinking into the cushion. This is why cushions should not be covered with woven pillow cases or even with Chux.

    The more...
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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 08-06-2020, 01:50 AM.

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  • SCI-Nurse
    started a topic COVID-19 and SCI
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    COVID-19 and SCI

    This is a good quick reference for all:


    I just learned that one of my former SCI patients with a C6 injury is in the hospital with COVID-19. Bad diarrhea, fever, & coughing, but has managed to stay off the vent. I worry about him!

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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Small sore on stomach
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    I wouldn't jump to any conclusions like this without seeing the wound.

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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 08-04-2020, 06:17 PM.

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  • SCI-Nurse
    replied to Blood pressure problems
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    Are you very skinny? Do you get full quickly when eating? You may have a condition called superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS). Low blood pressure after meals can be associated with this.

    Much more likely is Postprandial hypotension, an excessive decrease in blood pressure that occurs...
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  • You might also want to try a fine-point Sharpie.

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