Thomas Maske
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I have a problem with curiosity and I have one question that entered my mind about 20 years ago, and that was "what is the longetivity of a person who has had polio?" I knew it had to depend on the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Polivka Oct 18, 2015.

Polio Eradication

Read in a local paper: Today is the day (March 27, 2014). For many around the world, celebrations are happening as Southeast Asia is being officially declared polio-free by the Regional Certification…Continue

Started Mar 28, 2014

2 door cars
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Been a full time wheelchair user since 1950 and cars back then were very easy to put the chair in the back seat but over the years cars have gotten smaller and narrower. Have been driving a 97 Monte…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Maske Mar 29, 2014.

Polio the Book

Ran across the book Polio by David M. Oshinsky and  was reminded what the time was like back in the 50's and the polio epidemics. It gives a good history outline of developing the vaccines and the…Continue

Started Aug 11, 2013

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Susan Polivka replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Congrats Thomas another milestone for you... doing the Happy Dance!!  In my eyes you can draw ss but the government that a whole different ballgame... My surgery went well the out come not so well.... I've got the hinged knee & to be…"
Oct 18, 2015
Frank A Hoover replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Forgot to add that I've progressed or regressed, first to a cane, now I have a electric scooter (a Pride Victory) which is a great help saving me steps around the house. I still get out and drive but I limit my shopping to big stores with…"
Oct 17, 2015
Frank A Hoover replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"I thought I answered this before but when I read Cheryl's, I saw that I had not. The first time I read the post I considered myself excluded but on reflexion I realized that if the survey were restricted to people completely paralysed, how…"
Oct 17, 2015
Cheryl Stanton replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Contacted polio in 1951 in utero, mother was pregnant with me when she contacted polio. Was in Quarrentine for awhile they said I wouldn't survive but obviously I'm 64 now and lived a somewhat normal life until about 10 yrs, ago and PPS…"
Oct 16, 2015
Thomas Maske replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Hey Susan, I made it to 81 and 65 years of polio. Suppose I can draw SS for the polio as that was work? How did the knee replacement go? Hope it was successful."
Sep 25, 2015
Dan Hicks replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Understand that people our age (PPSer or not) are apt do die from one of three things:  Cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.  And for post-polio folks with significant paralysis you can add in the complications of bedsores and…"
Apr 5, 2015
susan fuentez replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Thank you! I have wrote all these books down, and will look into them... and the library will be the first place I look! It's difficult to find information on our condition, as we have seem to be forgotten. I will never give up and  I know…"
Mar 28, 2015
Nancy Nye replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Susan, It's been about 7 years since I read Dr Bruno's book, and I had another book at that time, but don't remember the name - it was not the best, and not pertinent to helping 'me' work through my process.....Dr.…"
Mar 27, 2015
susan fuentez replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Thank you Nancy, I agree my doctors have my best interest at heart. I have read Dr. Bruno's book and funny, I am currently reading it again. It is a great book, and I am still learning about my condition. I will look into contacting Dr Bruno,…"
Mar 27, 2015
Nancy Nye replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Susan You have a very intelligent doctor - so many don't believe in such a thing as PPS.  I have found that Dr. Bruno's book on PPS is extremely good for both the physicians and for others wanting to find out more about it.…"
Mar 27, 2015
susan fuentez replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Hi, I suppose I'm one of the younger polio survivors, I contracted polio at 2mths old ,in 1970. I am now 45. I have a weakened right leg, and walk with a limp. My right foot is about 1 inch smaller then my left foot.I have had 2 surgeries that…"
Mar 27, 2015
Nancy Nye replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"I contracted polio in October 1951 at age 3, I am now 66, so I have lived with polio for 63 years.  My left leg was the most affected by the polio, and the right has been the 'good' leg.  I have problems straightening out the…"
Jan 6, 2015
Greg Nedrow replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"I contracted polio when I was 8 months old in July of 1955 and just had my 60th birthday! 59 plus years after polio. My right leg was paralyzed and 12-13 surgeries through my 8th birthday and I was off a running (literally). At age 9 my horse fell…"
Dec 11, 2014
Thomas Maske replied to Dan Hicks's discussion Colorado "mystery illness"
"Have you seen the maps of where this children have been placed throughout the States? This could be a real serious problem more so than keeping them in one location. BUT CDC has it all under control! :-(("
Oct 13, 2014
Thomas Maske replied to Salk Institute's discussion Take part in a Polio Genomics Study
"I did sign up for this and found out that also  the University of Washington has similar type of studies and are looking for volunteers as well. I signed up for one of their studies which will be for 5 years. Each year they will send a survey…"
Oct 9, 2014
Susan Polivka replied to Thomas Maske's discussion Survey
"Being the oldest is an accomplishment!!! Polio really did a number on you but you have a wonderful attitude & hearing your strength will give me strength for my upcoming surgery.... I hope they are giving you some mild exercises for your…"
Sep 11, 2014

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Do you have Post-Polio Syndrome?
When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
10 years ago
List any assistive devices you are using...
Wheelchair from the beginning
Please describe how polio has changed your life.
Having polio at age 16 changes ones dreams and goals from able body to disable body.
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At 2:48pm on December 30, 2010, Ted Granger said…

Welcome to Polio Today.  This is one of those double edge sword for both of us.  I got it at age 6 while you got it at 16.  You were able to have a childhood free of polio while it was taken from me.  My dream at 6 was to have my bicycle that was promised.  That was taken from me.  I had to develop goals from that point which was probably easier.  You had the childhood and had developed goals during that time to have those taken away.  I have surmized  that may have been harder. 

One thing for sure - polio was never fair as to when it destroyed dreams and altered our outcome.   It just did what it did when it did to each individule.



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