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Thread: lighting rod???

  1. #1
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    lighting rod???

    ok im 14 and i had my scoliosis surgery almost 3 yrs ago. i have a titanium rod & screws in my back. well, there have been alot of electrical storms recently so ive been wondering if i would be more likely to get struck by lightning or sumthin like that
    Marlana
    16, Senior
    Spina Bifida
    Boston Brace for 2 years
    Spinal Fusion July 25, 2002
    Post-Op Brace for 6 months

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    I was wondering about that too actually.

    I haven't had surgery yet but I've been getting the same storms here and it made me wonder. Also I was trying to think of how to run downstairs when there is a tornado.. but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. (Maybe my fiance can carry me down! haha)
    Age 28
    diagnosed at age 12
    wore a boston brace until age 14
    No surgery, was on "wait and watch" till recently. Got a SpineCor (Jan 27th) to help ease the pain.
    T-curve 73 degrees with severe rotation (curves to the right)
    L-curve 45 degrees with slightly less severe rotation than my T-curve (curves to the left)

    1994 - 5'10" - T-?/L-? (i forget what they really were)
    2006 - 5' 4" - T-56/L-40
    2008/09 - 5' 4" - T-73/L-45

  3. #3
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    that's a really good question beacause i am three years post op and never even thought of that...if anyone could help answer this it would be greatly appreciated!
    ---Alicia---

    Age: 16
    Scolioisis surgery: 6/26/03
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  4. #4
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    when i was researching surgies and such i can across a website with this one persons questions that she had asked her doctor and one of the questions was: am i more like to be struck by lightning now that i have the metal rods? and the answer was no.

    I think its somewhere on this page:
    http://www.vh.org/pediatric/patient/...questions.html

  5. #5
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    Hey
    I thought about your question and I'm thinking that if it does/would atract lightning then doctors would use somthing else like hard plastic or so.
    I mean I hope doctors dont want us to get shocked ......or would they
    Mák Veronika
    14 yr.o. girl 9th grade
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  6. #6
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    That question actually made me chuckle. When I was a girl (back in the 80s) I went to girl scout camp and all the girls refused to bunk with me during an electrical storm because they all thought they'd be struck if they were near me. Luckily I had a camp counselor with a brain and a backbone (pun intended) and we all had a good laugh TOGETHER during the storm.

    My boys and husband just asked me that question a few days ago during a storm. I told them I made it this far and I think that they're stuck with me

    Always Smilin'

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