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  1. Happy Anniversary 2ndChance!

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    Greg - what was the reason Voc Rehab didn't assist you? They are required to by federal law.
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    Just got back from my second round of Botox. It was pretty easy this time. I still have no real functional movement, but I did not realize how much pain I was having from the spasticity. My only complaint is that my bicep is so relaxed, when I walk it swings, then bangs my hand right into my crotch (just a bit embarrassing!) I still think I'll try at least one more round before making a final decision as to whether to continue. At $15 per injection appointment, it's hard to turn down! Rene
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    Find a neuropsychiatrist and a physiatist first and take the names with you to the PCP. Most PCPs will not have a handy referral for these types of stroke specialists. They will be on your insurance list. Physiatrists may be listed under "physical and rehabilitation medicine." You might also ask the PCP to start him on a mild seizure drug like Lamictal to stop the outbursts of anger/rage. It stopped mine after the very first dose. My husband thinks it was sent by God himself.
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    Ask a rehab nurse to talk to your Mom? keep stressing that you have a permanent brain injury?
  10. Letting them see first hand what you two are dealing with might have been a psychological slap in the face. You should now be comfortable asking them for physical, emotional and financial help.
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    Dianne - I sent you a PM for a referral for services for your parents in case they disrupt at their current placement. I hope you don't need it, but hang on to it! Rene
  12. I get my second round next week. It immediately relaxed my fingers and stopped all pain. My bicep is much improved as well. My tricep and wrist extensors have started to fire. After the first round I mainly stretched my fingers by wearing a soft splint with finger seperators at all times and using my e-stim unit once a day. I had no movement at all before the Botox.
  13. Joy - you are grieving in your own way. Ignore outside standards. Listen only to your own heart/soul. Kuebler-Ross did not base her 5 stages of grief on any research whatsoever. It was just her theory that people who moved through her 5 stages of grief in any order would achieve relief. Research has never supported her theory and she never attempted to prove her theory herself. Apparently she was trying to tie her 5 stages of grief into her belief in transcendental meditation and out-of-body experiences.
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    I suspect they intend to tell your insurance company that you are making process, but not walking yet so they can get more PT sessions approved, because that is how the system works - but ask them! Go ahead and complain and cry, its your money and your health. I have always pushed myself at home a bit more than I was technically approved to do by my physiatrtist and PT, but if you leave the house - take a cell phone with you in case you fall. And have your local fire department pre-programmed in the cell phone. As to the the hemi gait - you may or may not ever overcome it. I am
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    Nancy: seeing as you haven't applied for SSDI yet, State programs will have trouble establishing your eligibility. I'd simultaneously apply for SSDI and apply for Washington's health insurance for the medically needy with spendown for the disabled: https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/f2ws03esaapps/.../abdmedical.asp All they can do is say no. I was in a similar position - my Husband makes good money, but we were caught off guard by the loss of my income. We just tightened our belt and have learned to live on one income.