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Jan 19, 2009

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Grand Rapids, MI

Remembering the Blizzard of 1978

We lived in Williamston and I worked at MSU Physical Plant, senior maint supervisor. Drove my '68 front wheel drive OLDS Toro(1st of front drives) on old M45, picked up fellow eployees on way. About 24" of snow in road and no tracks from Williamston to East Lansing. Made it to MSU office and sent 4wheel drive trucks to pickup maint workers. Remember, even in 1978 MSU was like a city of 100,000 with around 30,000 students in dorms on campus plus all the other bldgs. All kinds of problems: students(now they are 50 yrs old and parents) were jumping out of 2nd floor windows into snow drifts, some forgot about the bike racks/ yes broken legs. Elevators were being diabled by overloading by students, heating sytems were down,power outages, air vent were blocked by 8/10' drifts. All kinds of issues for several days. Where snow was hauled and piled melted in late May. Also the snow in my 36 mile round trip wore off all the rust and even metal on my car exhaust system, needed complete replacement. There was a steady stream of students to Tom's party store. East Lansing was dry at that time. All generations of college students are the same.  (Jan 26, 2009 | post #47)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Rotator Cuff Repair

My profile says it all, have to signoff 66 bithday, taking wife to dinner Olive Garden. May have to fix post later tonight  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #2)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Rotator Cuff Repair

New to site couldn't find discussion/ comments for Rotator cuff repair. Must be one, just I can't find? On Dec 2nd 2008 had repair of full tear of left supraspiatus tendon. Graft cap and bone anchors, Doc said tendon looked like mush, damaged over time and finished off by a 12'X32' lumber frame garage addition last May. 14 foot 2X10's did it in! Took 3 months of doctoring before MRI and then Ortho and surgery. I am retired active 65 yr old, construction,remod eling, hunting, fishing my hobbies.(5'9'175# was good condition. Had been using treadmill, 10# weights, and rubber tubes) Recovery going well at 7 weeks, pain med @5 hs. Doing execises as per Doc and range of motion ahead of schedule. Can touch top of head, put on socks and such. But since surgery my right hand has been an issue. More painful than left cuff Somehow the ulnar nerve at elbow is detached,right side palm and little finger and one half ring finger numb. Classic ulnar nerve damage. Got into a 5star hand surgeon in 5 days,Dec22, took him 2 minutes to confirm serious ulnar nerve damage ,had to wait for left cuff to heal a little more, EMG on Jan 7th, almost no signal elbow to fingers. Hand Doc added extra surgery day Feb 6th to get me in ASAP. Taking neurontin 4xd and it helps along with pain meds. He says may never get full hand function back or could take a year. Help, any experience out there?  (Jan 19, 2009 | post #1)

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