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    AK Sockets?

    Hello Paul: Well, long time no speak, but I want you to know that I am on the verge of a breakthrough in the socket problem. My socketless socket will be developed shortly for testing and I'll let you know how it works out. It will change the industry entirely by making limbs available 'off the shelf' and eliminate an aggravating problem -- crap that simply doesn't work worth a crap. Mack HAHAHA
  2. Well, summer is coming to an end. I hope everybody is making out well.
  3. Hey there blue leg. I understand. Let me say the summer has been very nice in Edmonton. I've been busy writing a lot of stories for the two newspapers that I work for, and had no holidays. But I have been enjoying the summer. As a matter of fact, my computer's power supply crashed so I needed a replacement machine. Now I'm back to computing and so on. My problem with conventional limbs stems from the intrinsic weakness of my stump, the result of the accident and subsequent surgeries that patched together a femur. Now, out of 25 years as an amputee, 7 of those were spent on crutches. My stump kept breaking down. In 1995 the stump exploded into osteomyletis and infection nearly killed me. I went without limb for another three years. Since wearing this system of J-LEG my stump has grown in muscle and health. I am not threatened by infection. I take no time off, ever, for recovering. I walk equal speed and strength to any able bodied person. Am I saying this properly? I wear it because it works, for me, and thanks for all the criticism
  4. this dislogue needs a shake up. Walking is impossible on the existing technology. What amputees need is something different. I am almost sorry I ever brought it up, except the truth is less painful from my point of view than from any other amputees. I thought this is something worth sharing. I no longer think so.
  5. Price is under $2,000 Cdn and may be adjusted downward depending on the finish. A BK situation is under $1,000
  6. to your site. The people here are engaging, honest, and open minded. It has become a lively debate on many levels and I enjoy cerfing through the posts. Thank you, kindly. Yours very truly Mck McColl
  7. Well, to each their own. I have to say that I can make no real argument for the lack of foot without sounding foolish. I have been an amputee for 28 years. I guess I am arguing mainly for a compromise limb, low-cost, extraordinarily efficient and healthy, that fails all tests of cosmetic demand. It really is lacking conventional form. But I must insist that it performs at a 'breakthrough' level. It really does restore leg function and stump health. But the free-rotating foot precludes a shoe and the locomotive aspect can only be obtained from the locked knee. I am not going to spring down a steep hill on a door hinge. I used to try, once, maybe twice, and then I only ran in my dreams for 25 years.
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    Fed Up with the NHS?

    Hello. The problems underway in England have a parallel here in Canada. The privatization of prosthetics is practically complete in my home province of Alberta. It was always part of the business in a province where politics are of a right-wing character. At the same time, private practitioners billed an agency of the government's health department. The health department, according to a source that is reliable, will be shutting down the funding agency funding limbs, and the shutdown comes next year. Soon, pricey private insurance will be the main funding source, except for charities, which do much good in limbs for people in Canada by the way. Nevertheless the limbs are terribly costly and wear out distressingly fast and will be very expensive to maintain. Charities will never be able to fill the coming funding void.
  9. Looks are important, but so is function. People who lose arms often get two pieces of prosthetic equipment including a cosmetic hand that interchanges with a hook. Why shouldn;t we have the same option on a leg? When you're working in a yard or a shop (or most office jobs for that matter) or backpacking in the woods, nobody sees you anyway. Shouldn't you have option to function at a higher level?
  10. Odd psychology to the amputee existence. Is it more important to look normal or act normal? Well, the question never arose before an alternative was presented. Everybody who saw this J-LEG Enabler first hand rejected it out of hand. Those who were barely convinced enough to try it will never take it off. This schism is a mystery. I suspect the psychology is rooted in the prosthetic industry's failure to manufacture function, therefore, the entire sales pitch to recovering amputees regards appearence. The argument of function is moot, an unapproachable discussion
  11. In the AK situation the maximum travel is 4". Correct calibration results in between .5 inch and 1.5 inch travel, depending how hard you are walking. I only ever collapse the full four inches when I jump off at least four foot height and plant both legs with equal strength. The BK situation has a maximum 2" travel. You are correct about the rotational pedestal foot. It rotates freely, two agreeable polymers allow this to occur without lubrication. It precludes a shoe horse and shoe scenario. I get one primary reaction about the foot from the line of sight in the herd. They look at the leg, the pedestal, then my eyes, and they smile.
  12. I humbly apologize for raising offense and alarm. I am serious about discussing a paradigm shift. This form of activity in the function of leg MUST begin somewhere. You may or may not agree, but the scientific community that examines prosthetic leg function sees the design as fundamentally flawed. A study was conducted of the human leg in motion back in 1997. Several laboratories cooperated independent of each other, all existing mechanical devices were examined (including military, industrial, toy, and leg prosthetic manufacture), and the only device in existence that resembled a human leg in motion was far from a conventional leg prosthesis. Conventional leg prostheses were dropped from the device list in every lab.
  13. Look, I admit the J-LEG Enabler is ugly. So too was the first automobile when parked beside the Royal Coach, ugly. That happens to be a matter of fact, obvious to everyone including me. But having lost a leg, I need more than an illusion of function, an illusion of wholeness that presents itself as part of me yet falls terribly short of working like me. I need more than to fool everybody. And never was anybody fooled. It has been my personal experience from wearing this leg that people are far sooner 'fooled' about my disability because the leg I wear is high performance, it delivers Full Function,, good as anybody on the street. They were never fooled by limbs that failed to deliver the necessary function. Example: One night early in my time wearing this limb I was on a hiking and backpacking excursion in British Columbia. I visited a Native camp in the Lillooet Valley. The chief invited me to a midnight 'sweat'. We walked the dark trail in the deep valley, and I, the one legged man, was the only one who did not fall on the way to the sweat lodge. Now THAT is function. Two very able-bodied friends of mine challenged me to a sprint down Jasper Avenue in Edmonton one summer afternoon. Neither one could beat me over the course of two long city blocks. I have worn the J-LEG Enabler through three winters in northern Canada. I have yet to fall down on the ice that is a constant in my living environment, a constant that used to be endless torment, and is now nothing. I have many more anecdotes, and others wearing it attest to the same return to function. That's all I am talking about. I am telling people that function is missing but available. It is far from pretty, but my health and well being are worth the sacrifice of ending the foolery. It is not enough in society to fool everyone. I have come to understand distinctly that running with the herd is the only way to stay in the herd.
  14. Perhaps you should think about this. How much of the dialogue you send to me contains the constant refrain that I should somehow think like you . Sod off, okay? I don't want you to tell me how to think, any more than I want to spend my golden years in a wheel chair. Think for yourself. Decide how you should think and feel and look. But please, remember this, I don't care what you think. I really don't. I don't care if you think it's real important to walk around with a foot growing out the side of your head. That's your business. Right?
  15. I am with Paul in those remarks. I live in the context of the possible. Right now, adding any of the existant so-called foot appendages will remove a large measure of the function that I enjoy. I will not be adding a different foot element than we have already designed until it adds or augments the function of this system. I don't need a shoe horse. I'll go without the conventional notion of a foot until convention delivers foot function. Appearence is nothing to me. I went through 20 years of trying and failing to look normal. Now I walk normal and look extraordinary doing it. Nobody has ever come up to me with anything but admiration for my level of mobility. I take the compliments for what they are, the truth.