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    Default Cyclist seriously injured, staying at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington

    Posted in Stephen Szibler's Facebook account: http://www.facebook.com/stephen.szibler
    Attention Friends! I fell off my bike earlier today, and I have broken bones in my neck and face! I've been admitted to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. I don't have my phone, and it's hard enough to go through this at all, let alone by myself! Please come and visit me! -This note written by his Physician Assistant since he is in a neck collar on his hospital bed. (please come... he'd do it for you!)

    I don't know any detail about how this happened. Does BikeArlington ever organize efforts to be supportive of people seriously injured in bicycle accidents?

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    Ugh. Poor guy. Please give him this stranger's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CultureFuturist View Post
    Does BikeArlington ever organize efforts to be supportive of people seriously injured in bicycle accidents?
    Since BikeArlington is part of Arlington County government, we don't really ever get into anything like that. We provide tools (like this forum!), if you want to get the word out yourself. Also, WABA would be a good place to start since they are the region's advocacy group.

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    Stephen Szibler is an active member of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club. Word of Stephen's injury and hospitalization was conveyed to the club and posted on the club's unofficial Google Group on June 6. On June 9, Stephen himself posted that he has been released from the hospital and is healing at home.

    Stephen wrote, in part, "What I know so far is that I have a broken neck in three places, but that it is a stable break - chipped - and I don't have to wear a cervical collar according to the neuro-surgeon. Although PT people have said I should be wearing it - so contradictory information. The surgeon advised fusion surgery, but after I mentioned the type of insurance I have the "team" came back with a "wait and see" plan. I have some continued paralysis of my right hand and arm. I'm unclear if the origin is cervical, shoulder, or arm related. I'd kind of like to know! The surgeon was uncertain whether full use would return."

    "I've been able to get out for walks, but the biggest challenge is trying to rest with all these insurance and care fears constantly running through my head, as well as possibly not being able to work for 3 of the biggest weeks of my year. My job is "as needed" in clinical education, again without any benefits - ironic. On the positive side I had some fantastic caretakers while I was in the ER and surgical suites until Wednesday."

    Although I've never met Stephen in person, I wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

    Allen Muchnick
    Arlington VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Muchnick View Post
    The surgeon advised fusion surgery, but after I mentioned the type of insurance I have the "team" came back with a "wait and see" plan.
    This makes me so angry I don't even have the proper words.

    Best wishes for a complete recovery, and I'll keep a lookout for any fundraisers or similar.

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    On the other hand, many surgeons have been accused of recommending fusion surgery too frequently because it's more lucrative. There can also be severe complications from fusion surgery, including death. He may actually be better off not having that surgery. (Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor or a medical professional, but I've done a fair amount of reading on the topic.)

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    Ditto, I'm REALLY not a doctor, but I have done reading on fusion/disc surgeries - it is often better to leave it be.

    Hibbert: [whistles] Your spine is more twisted than Sinbad's
    take on marriage. [chuckles]
    Homer: So? Just give me some drugs and surgery.
    Hibbert: Oh, I'd love to but, uh, to be honest, modern
    medicine has a lousy record of treating the back.
    We spend too much time on the front.
    Homer: Yeah, there's some neat stuff on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveK View Post
    This makes me so angry I don't even have the proper words.
    I do. "Universal healthcare."

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    Quote Originally Posted by PotomacCyclist View Post
    On the other hand, many surgeons have been accused of recommending fusion surgery too frequently because it's more lucrative. There can also be severe complications from fusion surgery, including death. He may actually be better off not having that surgery. (Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor or a medical professional, but I've done a fair amount of reading on the topic.)
    They have quotas to make. I don't blame the doctors, I blame, mostly, the insurance companies and hospital administration. No, I'm not a doctor, I'm a patient. I had one neurosurgeon literally tell me "there's nothing I can do for you" once he realized I was not a surgery candidate. Yes, I get he's a "surgeon", but his office was a "pain center". It was very clear that he was just a mass production line for surgeries and had no interest in treating people. I ended up going to an anesthesiologist and have managed to maintain an acceptable level of pain reduction. (my X actually saw the same doc, had a spinal fusion, and is in as much or more pain these days than she was in before)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Blacknell View Post
    I do. "Universal healthcare."
    +1

    I lived in the UK for a while and even though the National Health Service there did have some problems it provided an excellent and more equitable service at about half the price most of us pay here for healthcare.

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