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    Rods & lightning strikes

    So are we at an increased risk to get hit by lightning? And if so should we be buying lotto tickets too?

    But seriously.. My doc used to say not to go out in thunder storms, but since I was a kid when he said this... Is it actually true? And have there been any cases of people with rods getting hit by lightning and what does it do?

    Just curious is all.
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

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    Hi Brad,
    I didn't think it was safe for anyone to go out into lightening storms. I'm certainly not going to test that one with or without my rods.
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    Good question. Someone else had the same question, but didn't get answers from anyone sounding expert enough to know for certain:

    http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question...1083736AA7i6Jg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qikdraw View Post
    So are we at an increased risk to get hit by lightning? And if so should we be buying lotto tickets too?

    But seriously.. My doc used to say not to go out in thunder storms, but since I was a kid when he said this... Is it actually true? And have there been any cases of people with rods getting hit by lightning and what does it do?

    Just curious is all.
    Oh Brad,

    Must you put ideas in my head??? You know what a worrier I can be! I try to avoid lightening storms anyway, preferring to be in bed with the covers over my head.
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    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    This was a great question....I needed a laugh for the day.

    However, I don't think anyone should be foolish enough to go stand out in a lightning storm
    SandyC

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    Brad

    I dont know about lightning, but my cell phone reception has improved since I had my rods put in.

    Ed
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    Ed....you crack me up! lol
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    I've been wondering about this too since my surgery. My thoughts have been that the likelihood of being struck by lightning would not increase, but if we were to be struck, the damage would be much worse than in a person without rods. It would be nice to know though. I should ask some of the PhD's at work.
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    1998- 18 degrees
    2003- 33 degrees
    2005- 37 degrees
    2006- 44 degrees
    May 2007- 47 degrees
    December 2007 - 50 degrees X-ray

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    lol, Ed I often wonder what you are going to say next, you have such a warped sense of humour which is good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by briarrose View Post
    I've been wondering about this too since my surgery. My thoughts have been that the likelihood of being struck by lightning would not increase, but if we were to be struck, the damage would be much worse than in a person without rods. It would be nice to know though. I should ask some of the PhD's at work.

    If you ask them, let us know their thoughts!
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Brad

    I dont know about lightning, but my cell phone reception has improved since I had my rods put in.

    Ed
    Ed,

    Well I remember that (before cable) when I went to adjust the antenna of the TV, I'd get much better reception when I was attached to the antenna than my brothers would. Being the smallest, and youngest, they would want me just to stand there while they watched a show.

    I'm also wondering if the eating of pretzles made my curve worse. My doctor always told me to eat ONLY the straight ones, but being a child who liked to push the edge, I went and ate the curved ones too. *sigh* I think I may have doomed myself.

    Brad
    Surgeries July 26th & August 3rd 1983 (12 years old)
    Still have 57 degree curve
    2 Harrington rods
    Luque method used
    Dr David Bradford
    Twin Cities Scoliosis Center
    Preop xray (with brace on)
    Postop xray

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    This is just to good ROFLOL

    We all need a good laugh on occasion Qikdraw, the pretzel thing is great!!

    I'm in the middle of moving to a new house and to take a break and find this thread was perfect thanks guys

    Sandy
    SandyC

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    Twister anyone?
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    Ed, et. al

    Thank you all for a great laugh today.

    Maybe someone should write into Mythbusters. I saw a program just the other day where they tested lightning myths and golfers. It was hilarious (as Mythbusters often is).
    One myth they tested was that metal cleats are more dangerous than plastic cleats. Their testing showed that when it comes to attracting lightning, it makes no difference whether the golfer is wearing metal cleats or plastic cleats in their shoes. Maybe that sort of applies to us.

    Sheri
    At age 56 my curves measured: 48/60/30 with lots of rotation and getting worse
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    Lightning

    You guys have cracked me up today Thanks for the laughs (even though it does hurt a bit to laugh still!!). Funny that this came up though, because just the other day when I went back to my surgeon for my post surgical check up, it was storming and I told my sister, don't think I like being out here in this. I feel like a big lightnign rod
    Deb

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