Thankful for Today’s Medical Capabilities

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Thankful for Today’s Medical Capabilities

While it could be a function of age, it seems as if recent years have been marked with operations and health issues for some of my friends and medical collagefamily members.

There have been several hip replacements, a few knee and Achilles tendon surgeries, a young neighbor living with MS, multiple Myeloma in two I know, and the list goes on.

And yet I think there is much to be thankful for. Each year progress is made in many areas that previously would have left the patient with severe life-altering results.

One of our friends had a stem cell treatment for a leg injury, and another is considering a stem cell treatment for his other Achilles tendon.

 

Larry had a torn rotator cuff last year. He had Arthroscopic surgery which is amazing. When the bandages were removed, all you could see were 5 little pinpricks where the surgeon went in.

 

But what I am most thankful for is the surgery he had this past August when he had a shunt inserted into his brain to help drain the fluid that was accumulating because of his Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.

We have no idea how he got this. Some neurologists thought it may have been congenital. But however it came about, it left him with balance issues which impacted his walking and energy level.
 

Our neurosurgeon showed us the shunt as well as the magnet that he (Dr. Sachs) can use to adjust the flow. All he has to do is place it where the valve is and turn it. He said that improvements are always being made and these are surgeries that they now routinely perform.

For this reason alone, I am so very thankful for the advances we have in medicine and treatment today.

Yes, we have a long way to go but that will be said until the day comes when every injury, disease, or malady can be successfully treated.



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Nina Hollander so much has been accomplished just since I was born. Remember the children in the iron lungs?

Sharon Lee health is everything.

William Feela you're right. Healthcare costs are expensive, no doubt. 

 

Nov 14, 2017 04:27 PM #23
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Barbara Todaro and we need to all take a lesson from you...take care of what we have with diet and exercise. 

James Dray When we went on all of our Civil War tours, I remember they said that back in the day, just getting shot could have meant death. 

 

Nov 14, 2017 04:30 PM #24
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Dorie Dillard Which is why I get very upset when I read about people not receiving the treatment they need. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I read today that scientists have used brain implants to enhance cognitive ability. 

 

Nov 14, 2017 04:35 PM #25
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Wayne Martin please take care of yourself!!!

Joe Pryor And the way you're going it will be beyond 100.

Kat Palmiotti Thank you. Children have a harder time because as they grow they have to continue to have operations for the shunt. 

Nov 14, 2017 04:38 PM #26
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Hi Brian England I wish that were the case but yes, progress keeps being made. 

So many things now Sheila Anderson We need funding for a lot of the research still, but headway is being made in so many areas. 

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD thank you so much and I am so happy that your dad is still with you and your family!!!!  Larry had neurosurgery and was out the very next day. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel that is amazing!!!! I love what they're doing with 3D printers!

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Belinda Spillman Every year some advancement is made in some area. We just have to hang in there. 

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Larry's was totally torn and yes, most of those in our age group will be recipients of new knees, hips and Achilles tendons as well. Our doctor says he chuckles when he sees everyone pounding the pavement when they're running because he figures he'll see them in a few years for some kind of replacement. 

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Will Hamm our friend is looking into some kind of stem cell treatment for his heart. If I could back in life, I'd love to do research in that area...either that or come back as the owner of the Patriots. LOL

Dick Greenberg I am old enough to remember when they came out with the sugar cube that we took for the Salk Vaccine?!

 

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Sharon Tara We were heartbroken when we learned our young neighbor who used to live across the street has MS.  I hope they find a cure or something that can help that. 

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI I bet 5 years from now, we'll all be scratching our heads in amazement at some of the cures that come out. 

 

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George Souto the new surgical techniques help in smaller incisions or no incisions which means less exposure to germs and quicker healing. That itself is huge. 

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We have come so far Kathy in the medical field. I have a friend that was just diagnosed with breast cancer and the doctor said that they have such good treatments for it today that it is 99% curable. That and other cures and treatments are awesome.

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Hi Kathy Streib  - Now this is a post to be thankful for. I am so glad that Larry was able to get that surgery.  Sometimes we take these medical advancements for granted and you have given us all reasons why we can't do that. 

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Hi Kathy Streib, we are so very fortunate when it comes to medical advancements. I remember what a huge ordeal was just to get your tonsils removed. Glad to hear Larry's surgery was a success.

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Hi Kathy

Wow, you have some stories to tell, especially about Larry. Medical technology is certainly pretty impressive these days.

Jeff

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Now that I have bionic knees, I am just moving up to the back Kathy Streib 

Nov 14, 2017 10:42 PM #37
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Hi Kathy... I sure do remember those iron lungs... a fixture of my childhood. And I remember the fear of polio and lining up for polio shots.

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Kathy

WOW . . . . the power of modern medicine.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 15, 2017 06:32 PM #39
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i’m very thankful as well! I heard somewhere that they think that tthe first person to live to be 140 has already been born.

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I would say that I’ve never seen you speechless, Lou’ You must be very moved to say that little! All the best! Lou Ludwig

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Hi Kathy -- so many miracles to be thankful...

 

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