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  1. mulerider

    what is wrong with prosthesisists

    I was fitted last month and got to take my new leg home 2 weeks ago and yes, the socket is giving me some problems. I CAN IDENTIFY WITH YOU! All the high tech hoopla is great, but if the socket doesn't fit right, and you cringe at every step what good is it? I would settle with a great fitting socket with a long john silvers leg! This is a test for my legman to get it right. So far his father made all my legs and I could walk out without going back for anything. His son is a conservative Republican, and not that I hold anything against him for that, but it would seem like "expertise" would compliment his personality-we'll see.
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    New C leg

    Gee Eddie, you are the million dollar man!
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    New C leg

    I am getting a new C leg and they are putting one cover-I guess there are some draw backs. they have said that it might take away from walking well. It is a soft foam cover-endoskeleton. The two piece is better for walking but the knee is blue and will be exposed. they said it is easier to charge the C-leg with the two piece. Anyone have some real life thoughts on this?
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    socket change

    I had a total suction socket, and one that your sit bone gave you support. I am now trying a leg with the inside bone pressure, and not a total suction socket. It lets air out of the socket, but i find that it lets air into the socket-I don't like this feature! does anyone have any advice? The fit seems pretty good, but am having some mental adjustment issues.....I am always one to try new things....but this time it seems difficult. Do people grieve over an old leg for a new leg-he,he. My old leg did the job! This new leg needs to prove itself.
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    Different knee!

    I had a mach hydraulic that served me well. I hardly ever fell, and it didn't lock up on me very offen. I am just trying out the C-leg and it seems alright until you hit uneven ground-still testing it out. Plugging it in every night is something I will get used to. It goes against my energy conservation thinking. And makes me wonder what do I do if I go camping? I guess they have a car adapter. Depending on a computer for mobility takes some guts.
  6. Like you, I have researched things after the fact. 30 years ago I had my leg made by Sampsons Prosthetics. They made a leg, I walked out of their place without ever going back-no lie. The second leg, same thing. Now his son runs the show and has gone high tech. I just went back to them because they are good. It is good to know what is out there, and since you put links and info out on this site...I am getting to see that there are many choices. So many legs so little time. Members could tell us exactly what they have and how they work. I don't know a MAS socket from a light socket. Isn't that terrible! I am just trusting that my leg man takes as good a care as his father. I hope everything goes well for you!
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    socket change

    Thanks for remebering my birthday-49! I am calling my leg man and asking if air is something I'll have to put up with.
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    New C leg

    I have tri-care insurance. It is through my husbands military. The C-leg cost $45,000 but I pay $3,000. Which isn't bad.
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    To be or not to be covered....

    Just came back from the ossur site...wowow! Leave it to a socialized country to make the neatest advancements. I love Iceland! I am Swedish decent and love the fact that Northern Countries are working for the betterment of mankind. This is money well spent. If things don't work out...I am heading to Iceland to get my next leg.
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    To be or not to be covered....

    Like Ampski, I weld, I am a metal artist, and this never entered my mind! If the cover caught a spark that would be scary. Maybe a leather apron will work. 30 years ago a friend (woman) had the soft cover and I chose the hard wooden leg. I walked better, but she looked better. From that point I decided I would rather walk better. I am a very practical person anyway. But things have changed, legs are working better...two worlds are coming together. I have been convinced that it is the way to go. Only I can put it to the test! I am an outdoors girl..ride my mule, fourwheel around the countryside, garden, fish, kayak, and travel..but I like to dress up and look as sexy as I can get away with. If the cover doesn't keep up with me I will rip the sucker off. Just kidding-probably get replaced 100 times.
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    New C leg

    So far there have been some helpful suggestions in case a problem comes up. I didn't know you could have a cover for the knee? And Krazy and I have the same long amputation which puts the knee in a spot. I am getting my new leg on the 28th of this month-my prosthetisis is on vacation to some wonderful Island resort.....spending my deposit at the casino. But I guess I would rather have a leg to stand on...somehow I just can't have both (A leg to stand on and a vacation)
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    Dissappointing Day

    I would make them get it right. I have just gone through two test sockets and now am having the finished leg made and picking it up on Wednesday. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will work well. What I have noticed with the diffeence between the past and present (and I have been an amputee for 30 years ) is that they seem to rush you along with confidence on their part that it will be a perfect fit. Where as before, they spent a lot of time making sure you were happy. It must be time and money. I heard that the insurance companies are getting more singy about every little thing and the pros-pethetic company has to almost do a one shot deal. Making limbs for people must be a humanitarian endevour, as well as a business. I think they are forgetting this very important factor. Too much greed in this world.
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    metal artist

    http://silverhorsearts.com/sculpture_metal_art.htm This is one of my metal sculptures. I use sheet metal and a torch. The MilkyWay hangs from the ceiling. Andre' Jones...And I am a woman, so don't let my name fool you. As a woman, I think my accident/amputation made me more adventurous. I probably was before too or I wouldn't of had my accident-he,he.
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    feeling very lonely and sad

    I get like that too sometimes, but the best thing to do is go out to a play, movie, join an organization. Whatever you are interested in go deeper-you meet people. If you think it is depression, don't mess around with that. I have seen therapist on and off in my life...it can get you back on track. If these things don't help, medication can also help. I was on Zoloft for a year and it did get me back into the main stream. The medication made me a bit more out going. Hope this helps.
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    Who gos Fishin?

    Fishing is so relaxing. I like to fish but my husband really likes to fish. Today is the first day of trout season...but the lakes are still frozen. What kind of fish do you like to catch?
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    I'm so sad...

    A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like Mother of Pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?" "This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked. Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked. "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. "Excuse me!" he called to the reader. "Do you have any water?" "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there". The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate. "Come on in." "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog. "There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them. "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is Heaven," he answered. "Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too." "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell." "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" "No. I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they screen out the folks who'll leave their best friends behind."
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    I'm so sad...

    Dogs give us unconditional love and are better than most people. I have three. I know you are having it rough. I feel for you!
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    Our Deepest Fear

    This was very up lifting. Our bodies are just shells for our spirit. And I plan to run my body into the ground. A person is very superficial if the exterior is more important than the feelings and intellect. Bravo for speaking out for us.
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    Disabled Stickers

    Would you believe another part of my personal life is that I married a guy in a wheelchair-a wheely-so, we only have one good leg between us. I thought we were crazy getting married but it happened to be the best thing. He can't feel the fact that I only have one leg....okay I am twisted. He has a wheelchair sticker on both sides of his van and sure enough people park as close to it as possible. I think it is a magnet for retards. I have offered to steel a cone, you know one of those highway cones that are bright orange to put out side of his doors, but he dosn't want me to get caught at this. I say pop the tires after you mannage to back out.
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    need help with spanish

    When my friends were off to Mexico, the only spanish I told them that they should know was "donde es bano" because they were going to need the bathroom. banio. Spanish in Spain is a little different or formal than the spanish they speak in Mexico. YOU WILL LEARN OUT OF NESSESITO. Actually spanish is easy to learn if you know some of the basics. Spanish for Dummies is a good start. From there it is not difficult to understand.
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    Drunken foolishness

    My friend and I went out on a 20 below zero night bar hopping and both of us had beer all night. On the way home we both rested on a snow bank. Then some guy walked by and we asked him to help us stand up. He grabbed my leg and said "man this leg is hard!" and I replied with a fat grin that "oh I think my leg froze while sitting here." He jumped back and said "I better call 911!" New York State is a big beer drinking state....cheers.
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    99.9% is attitude and humor

    I guess it is spelled duct tape. Duct tape and chicken wire works well for most female domestic repairs. It adds a womens touch.
  23. I was on my second leg in three years (this was a long time ago) I was in my twenties and dating a guy who was quite an athlete. He taught me to down hill ski from the top of white face mountain-He figured we should start at the top, and by the way to the bottom I would learn to ski. He also taught me to water ski on one leg. I was certainly a fool for this guy because I would try anything! Well, the next thing was cross county country ski-ing. This took a real toll on my prosthesis. When I got back from a 1 mile trek, my foot would spin on my ankle. then I took a few steps and my leg busted right off. I told him that I needed to get around, at least to the prosthetic office for a new leg, so he taped it back together with duck tape. This relationship lasted for just a few more months...he was too expensive.
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    carpets are dangerous

    Hi Carpet, Most people don't have a choice in the matter. And I found this to be a twisted comment; my step mother said "if I ever had to loose some part of my body it would be an arm, so I could still run." If they could have a choice? typically no one has a choice. But, If you are dragging around a leg, you will be much happer to really walk. Replacement parts are always better. Good luck and we will be here when you need us.
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    Hi, I am new. I have been an amputee for 30 years! I definately have denial to my disability. I do everything and nothing stops me. I have always been athletic and active. I was hit by a drunk driver when I was 18. I have been through a lot since then, sometimes worst things snice my amputation-but we won't get into that unless you really need to inquire. I have a great life because of my determination and desire to be all that I can be. I tend to very political and outspoken, more people need to talk and care about what is going on right now in the world. I don't believe you should keep your mouth shut because you may insult people. People that are unyeilding need a jolt and ask questions. I have a small farm, love nature, own a kayak, jeep, two mules and bicycle. I also have 3 dogs-a basset, a boxer, and a boston terrier. I like to travel, but since I loaded up on animals I haven't gone anywhere in a while. I am married to a great guy! We have been married for 18 years. He is handicapped too, but shares the same un-stoppable attitude as I have-he is in a wheelchair. We are so well suited for each other. At first I thought we were insane to be together, but then it turned out that we would be insane to not be without each other. I am a metal artist for a living. I make sculptures, metal baskets and lanterns.