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  1. mulerider

    Flexible socket

    The flexible MAS socket, is great for me and the prostetisis. I needed to have some adjustments and they were easy to narrow down and fix. My sore spot caused by rubing on the sticky surface was cured with a glob of aqua-jell. I am finally giving this baby a test drive. Anybody watching the Indy today?
  2. mulerider

    Flexible socket

    Ally, is your prosthetics guy in Chicago or New York? Ask him if he has met or heard of Bill Sampson?
  3. mulerider

    Flexible socket

    Thanks Ally. There are so many variables to narrow down-but I should still have no pain to walk. It is happening when I first put it on now, and I have been putting it on 3 to 4 times to see if I can get it right....so it is back to the prosthetics department. I am sure they will figure it out. When things like this happen it is not our fault. I'll let you know more as to what they do. They are good.
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    Flexible socket

    Ally, I am having good and bad days. It seems weird that the prosthetic guy will fix the problem, I walk out of there and then I have the same problem a few days later-GO FIGURE? I don't know if it is the heat, maybe I am putting it on wrong, or have lost some weight....This is so new to me that it is getting rather confusing, AND I am sitting here a bit tryed and a bit sad-NEEDING SOME ANSWERS. Sorry I don't have any good news right now. I hope that the G-8 summit helps the world. What I didn't like is Bush did not address global warming as a problem. He said it will hurt the economy-but what about the ice caps, the world, the people and the animals?
  5. Heather Mills was on the today show this morning and will be on Days of Our Lives promoting No Land MInes. she will be on the 4th of July. One of the actors is portaying a soldier that lost his leg, and Heather is giving him the confidence to go on. She is so articulate and full of compassion. Very focused on the cause.
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    pressure wound - socket

    I always believed that there were exceptional doctors in the northern part of the continent-Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. It always seemed like they are very progessive with prosthetics. I sympathize with you because I have some bony contact with my socket. You can ask around but I think that a prothetisis can make this area more comfortable with a good fitting socket. There are so many space age materials that could be used-such as foam, like the swedish bed? I can't say for sure though, not knowing enough-I am not an expert.
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    blisters-soft water

    We have heavy iron in our water, and my husband boosted the salt in our water. Well the next day I had blisters. To make both of us happy I rince with distilled water. If anybody has blisters on hot days, it might not be you, it might be the added salt in the water. Many water treatment plants put additives that may cause irritations.
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    Leg Removal Etiquette

    I am glad I came to this board-he,he. An AKA has a much harder time poping the leg off. I did have a boy friend that once said "throw that chunk of wood off and get into bed." I did love his raw humor. Well, I do prefere more refined qualities in a man, but you pay the price of someone being a bit put off. I am a modest person. when I went to Iceland, to the blue lagoon, I was so emabarassed about taking my leg off and showering that one icelandic women came over and helped me. She was so kind! I was comfortable after that. After so many years of being an AKA I don't care about who I am. That sounded funny-It doesn't bother me any more and I figure if it bothers someone else it is something they must think about-not me, I am done thinking or worring about it.
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    fast up walking again

    Yes, my first stump (ihate that word) I use "nubby" my nubby shrunk quite a bit. They kept putting bondo inside to keep up with the increasing space. Then came the new socket. I do remember wearing an ace bandage at night to keep the shape into a roll of salami. GOOD LUCK and let us know what combination they are going to give you.
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    Flexible socket

    Wow Ally, It sounds awsome. I grew up in New York City and it was different; safe and personal. You could go anywhere and not worry, but not now. I don't live there any more, but I visit to get my fill of culture. And there is crime, and you have to be careful. Well, my flexible socket has been giving me some problems. There is a rough spot on the bottom that might be the culprit. My legman has gone on vacation-probably with the money I just paid him for my leg. He won't be able to see me until the 28th...nice vacation! So, I am using old faithful.
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    Flexible socket

    Ally, what is it like living in South Africa?
  12. mulerider

    Flexible socket

    My test socket was made of a different material than the new socket, and it took a little while for me to put a human patina on this sticky surface. I have found to go light on powder and I use a jel to reduce friction. I have gone all day on this leg and I am starting to really like it. My,my all of you have done your homework-and so smart as to knowing everything. I must say, that sort of energy has gone by the way side-and over time, because up until a year ago I was fine with what I had (good for 12 years) but now there are so many choices! I can see that it requires an education. I am so glad that WE are asking our prosthetic doctors to get things right. Mine works best in finding and solving the problem. At first I didn't think he was that patient, but now I know he is very good. Ally, I think that you will like this socket. It gives you some added flexibility, and freeness. I will keep you updated. :)
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    what is wrong with prosthesisists

    paul, is that a toilet plunger at the end of your long john silvers leg? he,he.
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    socket discomfort

    I recently got a new socket, and have used aquaphor. It doesn't dry out like petroleum jelly. Adding powder however, ;) has a cement effect-and this has lead to irritations, so I go light on the powder. And Krazy is right-use it in the groin area. I have had some nasty things happen here-not to write home about. Lately life has been a B..ch for me....one day is good, one day is not so good. I remember when I was a kid we didn't wear shoes all summer, my feet were so tough I could walk on glass, but then school started and we got new buster brown shoes; I'd walk on them the first day of school and have blisters so bad I had to double up on sox the next day! This is the only consoling fact I have for what I am going through now. ;)
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    Flexible socket

    Well, not that fast. I wore it today, all day, and the same spot is giving me a problem. My thought is to break it in slowly. I feel a little down in the dumps at the moment. I haven't had a socket change in 30 years. But I remember when I first started out they told me to wear the leg for a few hours at a time. I don't know. This socket is so different from my old one.
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    Where Are You From?

    I live in central New York....not the city. It is really beautiful here; rolling hills rivers and streams, mountains in the distance. Contrary to my name, I am not a red neck. I am a moderate. I liked Bill Clinton as a president. I can't stand George Bush.
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    yet another new socket/leg

    Do you have a clear plastic type of socket? I have changed from the old suction to the new and it is a clear plastic, rather sticky and hard to get off! It is best to take off slowly-you can get road rash if taking it off too quickly. I have had a sore spot too. Just got my leg and couldn't bare weight on it. but the leg man put a spacer in to relieve the pressure. I have put some aqua-jell on the sore spot, then put my leg on and this seems to help! We think the socket rubs there. Hope you have fun this week-end.
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    I lived in the south for many years and have some great tips! This may not help you in making 1000 canapes, but....it may be done to small pieces of boneless chicken. The best fried chicken! soak chicken in a lot of garlic powder for at least 5 hours, then drain, and place chicken on a slanted plate in the refrigerator. Drain again. Season your chicken, not your flour-I make a spice rub of-Paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and a dash of cayane. Then dip in buttermilk-drain then flour and put on a platter-do this to all chicken parts and let rest in the fridge for about an hour before frying- It is best to start with as high a heat (peanut oil) at first, and then stay with 325. I love fried chicken and these tips will satisfiy! It also goes for chicken wings.
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    yet another new socket/leg

    The incredable shrinking problem-yes, it happens. Especially if you are new to all this. It takes a while for your stump (I hate that word) to shrink. Watching your weight has everything to do with good fit. I have been the same weight give or take 5 lbs for 30 years! I love going to my high scool reunions, but when I tell them why I have stayed the same-nobody wants to loose a leg. Sometimes I think if it weren't for my leg I would weigh a lot more.
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    Discount Cremation

    At a lions club meeting I was joking with the funeral director that I wanted to be creamated and I got the kindling to start the fire!
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    Cancer, Amputation and now Divorce. Whats next?

    Johnny, I have had quite a life too-I won't get into it, but trust me, things do work out. Water seeks its level even after a hurricane. He,he, listen to all this bull crap! Hope things are better.
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    Larry, the south of France would make anybody happy! but here in the real world, ugh! I am having trouble with a fit too. South France is calling ! Andre'
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    faulty valve

    When everything is brand new and different, you don't know any better- but you know it ain't right if it doesn't work. Air was coming in to the point that I lost suction, but it ended up as a faulty valve. My prothetisis felt so bad for me. The problem I have now, is my socket fits alright one day, and kills me the next day. I have tryed putting it on several times to get the angle right but I think it still needs work. Very discouraged right now, but have a goal to getting it right.
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    This is a great site!

    Thanks, and I am really appreciating this site. Many of us are getting new legs and it is really nice to hear the different experiences everyone is having. It is good to compare notes and exchanging information. It is also helpful to hear everyones trials and tribulations; you don't feel like you are the only one going through the motions. The support is extremely helpful, because it gives you the umph to get things right for yourself. Thanks everyone. Looking forward to reading all your stuff. Don't ask me to look up umph in the dictionary.
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    Amputee Glossary

    MUZ, I LIKE YOUR DEFINTION OF UMPH. I have the vacuum plug on my socket and it sucks! I can't get use to air going into the socket. I'm afraid if I ride my mule my leg is going to fall off. I wish my legman told me that was going to change this part. I hope he can give me a total suction socket.