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  1. Austin

    How Have You Aged?

    Does it get relatively more difficult to be an amputee the older you get?
  2. Austin

    travel crutches

    Higgy - yes, that's basically what you're doing. The whole spring tip is the 3/4" section. Pull that out (and get rid of all the guts) and put a 1" tip on what's left.
  3. Austin

    travel crutches

    Sorry, if you're from one of those sensible countries that uses a proper system of units, you want to use your favorite 25mm tip. (1 inch = 25.4mm)
  4. Austin

    travel crutches

    I don't think the wooden dowel idea would work well here. Much easier to simply remove the entire spring tip assembly. The spring tip end has a standard 3/4" diameter, and the outer tube has a standard 1" diameter. The easiest and most solid option is to remove any extraneous spring tip parts and put a 1" tip on. First pull off the 3/4" tip, then pull off the cap on the 1" tube. They use a cyanoacrylate glue on this cap - so it will pull off with just a bit of force. Under the cap, there is a roll pin you need to punch out. This will allow you to remove the spring assembly. Now you just have to clean the CA residue off the 1" tube and use your favorite 1" tip.
  5. Austin

    Jan Ertl contact info?

    Update?
  6. Austin

    travel crutches

    After using these Millennial travel crutches a bit, I have to say that I like most everything about them except for the "shock absorber" tip, which is really just a spring loaded end (there is do damper unit). The tip compresses fully each time weight is put on it - it's really quite annoying. I'll soon be fixing this - somehow making the tips solid.
  7. Austin

    Back from ERTL surgery...

    Thanks for the post Chris, looking forward to updates.
  8. Austin

    Ditch and Run

    That's great that you're able to forgive him - must be a hard thing to do.
  9. Austin

    travel crutches

    Hi Beth, The gal at Award Prosthetics called me yesterday - they are finally shipping the crutches I ordered. She said they'd received quite a few complaints of the crutches being too difficult to fold, so the manufacturer has loosened them up quite a bit. They are much easier to fold now. Also, she said that because the mfr has started listening to Award and adopting their suggestions, it is no longer necessary for Award to do as many modifications to the crutches as before - so the price has dropped. I think she said somewhere around $55 or $60, although I don't recall exactly (and I don't remember if that was Canadian or US dollars). I don't have mine yet, so I can't give you any first hand feedback - but at the very least I would recommend calling Award to see if there is anything they can do for you.
  10. Austin

    An amputee job

    Sounds like a great job, and a great way to learn. Can you give more details - what exactly are you doing, what materials are you working with, etc?
  11. Austin

    Tiger's Debut

    You're really making progress David. I think you should at least contact Jan Ertl and see what his schedule is (and how well his schedule fits your schedule) before you decide which surgeon to go with. I know if it were me and I lived almost next door to Jan Ertl, I'd try my hardest to get him as a surgeon.
  12. Austin

    New York Triathlon

    Gwen - When I say this, it sounds (to me) as if I'm being very sarcastic... please know that there is absolutely no sarcasm intended when I say: Someday, I hope I'm as awesome as you. When I had two normal functioning feet, I never thought or cared about running a marathon or doing a triathlon. Now that I can't, though, I find that I really want to.
  13. Austin

    Tiger's Debut

    Jim, I hope to have the kind of easy going, great fit that you have. Wow... no offense, but I really hope I have better luck than that. I'm tired of surgery - you must be also. Looks like you've had about 2 per year, which has been my rate for the past few years. What I'm really hoping for (and what the ERTL seems most likely to provide) is to have ONE more surgery on this leg. I don't want to be in and out of surgery for the next 20 years. I just want to do it, get it done, and move on.
  14. Austin

    HP plakes

    Wow, my state is really serious. http://www.handiplate.com/Washington%20summary.htm You get a $5000 fine and/or a year in jail if you lie or misrepresent yourself to get a placard. Here in Washington you get (free) either 2 placards or a single license plate. One benefit of living in WA and being a disabled vet - I have a lifetime pass from the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission. That lets me enter/park/camp etc. in any WA state park for free. Not a bad little perk.
  15. Austin

    Tiger's Debut

    Here's a page concerning the new ertl study (Jan 2006 - December 2008): http://www.ertlreconstruction.com/documents/161.html They say they're getting early results back, but they don't present any actual results. Here's the 138 of 143 I remember: http://www.biomech.com/db_area/archives/20...mp;P3.bio.shtml In a paper presented in 1997 to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Ertl assessed 143 patients who had undergone the transtibial procedure. The long-term results were evaluated with a 30-point clinical score that assessed pain, function, stability, swelling of the residual limb, hours of prosthetic wear, and synostosis of the limb apparent in radiographs. Each symptom was graded on a 1 to 5 scale. The results indicated that 138 patients were rated as good or excellent (20 to 30 points), eight as fair (15 to 19 points) and four as poor (fewer than 15 points). The poor results were in vascular amputees who reported persistent residual extremity pain, but also reported improvement in other parameters, Ertl said. Here's a document detailing the ertl procedure and the 1980-1995 study (presented in 1997): http://www.ertlreconstruction.com/documents/108.html
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