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    Hand mirror for driving assistance

    I wanted to share my ah-hah moment that I had today while driving to pick up my daughter from practice. Has anyone used a hand held mirror for the over the shoulder head turns like when pulling out in traffic? It just occurred to me today that was needed in my car and should help me see when I cannot turn my head far enough before pulling out into traffic.

    Hated to start a new post, but wasn't sure where to put this.
    Last edited by TwinmomTN; 09-14-2012 at 09:20 PM.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
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    T-3 to sacrum

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    I just put comdex mirrors (little round mirrors you stick to your rear view mirrors) on each side. They are rounded so they give you a better visual scope. I put them on the bottom outside corner of each side mirror.
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
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    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
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    But doesn't the comdex only help with rear views and blind spots??? I am talking about side views for pulling out into traffic.
    Last edited by TwinmomTN; 09-16-2012 at 09:29 AM.
    Pam, age 49
    Thoracolumbar curves 80 and 40 corrected to 20 degrees
    April 20, 2012 surgery with Dr. Lenke
    T-3 to sacrum

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    You are right--that doesn't help when you need to look to your side to pull out into traffic. I would be too clumsy to hold a mirror and then zoom out into traffic :-) .

    I do remember being at that stage (at one year I can turn my head better), but I remember one trick entrance ramp, I would move my rear view mirror (electronic) so I could see the traffic and then move it back once I was on the road. I also would delibertly manuever the car so I had better views.

    If you are not so clutzy (like me), I think the hand mirror is a good thing!
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
    Before and after xrays:
    http://www.valley-designs.com/myspine

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    too funny, I also keep a hand mirror in my suv, on the bottom 'pocket' of the door for the same reason...thought I was the only one! lol I also have the comdex mirrors on my side mirrors and a HUGE rearview mirror but nothing will help you in certain situations like a handheld mirror. When I use it I wonder what the other drivers are thinking....ha ha, great minds think alike
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    Milwaukee braced 1983 to 1989
    was told my curves would never progress
    at 19yrs old 1991, T30-L38
    2010, T38-L56--progression in one year 2011, T40-L67
    new diagnosis-kyphoscoliosis, DDD, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, 73 degree Kyphosis
    Surgery 1-09-12....10 hrs all posterior T4-sacrum & 2 cages
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    hand held mirror

    GREAT idea! I'm going to the dollar store now....
    57 years old.
    thoracic curve 68 degrees
    lumbar-sacral curve +/- 41 degrees
    Cspine C3- C7 fusion Nov. 2011 <done! success!!>, then scoli surgery T2- L4 or maybe to sacrum.
    Discogram/ myelogram pending. Surgery to be scheduled, maybe fall 2015. <scared but I know this is not going to get better>
    THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE!

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    Hand held mirror

    What a great idea. I'll add it to my list of car items. I bought 3" blind spot mirrors for my outside review mirrors but haven't stuck them on the mirrors yet.

    Marjorie

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