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  1. The Mauch works for me. progressive yield and the ability to look or be totally free (cycling) is very useful
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    Disability Living Allowance debate

    Like and agree with Kitkat's / Lizzie's last and the previous is all very interesting. I am above knee RHS with a weak left knee. On good days I am very active. On bad days due to stump issues, crutches only. On very bad days bum shuffling around the house is all I can do. My car is a adapted; it is essential. I want to work while I can. If and when my left knee gives up that will change. Whilst I hospital there were 2 very significant role models one good the other bad. GOOD: Consultant anesthetist above knee for 25 years and dodgy other leg - 50-60hospital working week, + a batch of hobbies. A full life at nudging 60. BAD: a 34 year old relative of a ward nurse, 3 years post work injury; below knee amputation , never planning on working again with insurance and state payouts. on another front, abuse of Blue Badges really winds me up!!! best
  3. Thanks all. and OneBlue - good to hear from you again! Had a 2-week trial on a 2nd hand C and was very impressed. Went out to France on on survey for a week and was very impressed on all fronts. Climb ladders, crawl in bilges ++. Compared to the Rheo the C is better. period. Noticed it most on down slopes. If I had the money I would go fot it; I havent and there is no insurance. I hear the Genium is better.... In the UK I guess there is a post code lottery. I am surprised Grum had to to fight for a Mauch (I think they are advanced rather thans simple in the mechanical hierarchy!). When I lost my leg If I had been Portsmouth based I could have ad a C!! I tried a number of knees and thought the Mauch was the best for me: control, stairs, free for cylicng, locked for ladders. I rejected the endolite ip. My NHS service has been brilliant from day 1. Just been given a water aciivity leg with a water reisistant verion of the 3R95 and an ankle that can rotate 90 degrees. So can get under boats when on a drying mooring (work); sail and dive. ...and with Grum's last point, yes I would sell the house to escape the castle/prison to go private if I had to; fortunately the NHS has delivered. i was working in Turkey and Spain last week; UK and Sardinia this week, Italy and France the week after. and best to all
  4. Hello All. Havent posted for a long time. My privately funded Rheo knee died a couple of months back; just heard it is not economic to repair it. I have been offered a new Rheo at a 20% discount. I haven't got the funds. Very poor considering that I have had it for less than 5 years and has only been used no more than 50% of elapsed time. My NHS Mauch has worked admirably without issues over the same period. My NHS socket on the Mauch is not as smart looking but just (possible more) comfortable. OK the performance of the Rheo is better than the Mauch but is it worth the cost? Is it worth paying double for a "C"? I have no diect knoweldge of the ever increasing intelligent knees that are on the market. Where I am now after a few years of being an amputee is that socket fit is all and technology is secondary. I would like to have a new intelligent knee but cannot justify the cost. I guess the same logic goes for prescribing within a PCT. I guess expensive components are only for those on an insurance payout. What are the thoughts of others regarding benefits of "going "private"
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    I have had a liner socket + bayonet. The legs I have now are all suction. Still not sure what works best on the underpant front: slim boxers, briefs, cotton, synthetic, in or out of socket etc. Tucked in I can get "wet blisters"; out I can get some friction sores (needs to be on feet for 4hours plus). not sure what is best: what is the view of you experienced guys (and ladies?) Sheepskin pads? cushioned leather? on the socket thanks
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    I am skiing again with my C-Leg!

    Have you progressed to reds+ since the video? I was was concerned about taking my weak leg out if I tried to revisit what I used to do (all ountain on and off piste) Goy the mojo fully back this year and will be closing out the year in Zermatt where younger daughter is doing a season.
  7. My main question is why you are swapping from the C to the Rheo? I never trialled the C - just went on on advice of prosthetist. In use I havent bothered with the infinite number of self progammable user settings; it just works. I swapped my freedom foot to elation so can walk bare foot, deck shoes/brogues/hiking boots.

    I use my NHS Mauch a lot too. I have learnt fit is everything.

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    was fine in europe! The sitski racing was very impressive!
  9. Caveman

    how did elective amp effect relationships

    Our relationship is stronger than ever. Sitting down or in the car, and affectionate hand may come across and she is still occasionally surpirsed to find a socket not a thigh! Losing a limb is unfortunate, but it is not a whole identity. Be of cheer!
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    C-Leg X2 Official News Release

    The owner of Otto Bock bought his 50meter Superyacht (a real peach) a few years back based on the expected sales of prosthetics after the start the start of Iraq/Afghan wars and projected sales to the military. He now has a bigger one on order, yes I think the prices for bock kit is high.
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    C-Leg vs Rheo knee

    I have had a Rheo for two years. I use an Elation foot, I find the adjustable heel very useful to tune a leg for the exact heel/toe action and have the same foot on my Mauch leg. I had a limp before losing my leg due to messy left leg; on good days and people who dont me are surprise I am am amputee. The gait is very natural. I did not get a chance to try the C. My Prosthetist thought was the best for me. When shopping around 2 other were going for the C; that I think is down to the ubiquity of the C its a safe prescription. The Rheo is cheaper. The C has 2 modes. the Rheo has as many as you wasnt which can be set up on a PDA. I don't bother as the knee adapts so fast. Will look to try a c when it is time to replace. there is nothing I cant do on the Mauch, but the Rheo is easier.
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    Disability Living Form - UK

    I suspect most of the people that use this site with varying degrees of reduced mobility should get some form of DLA. In the UK I get severely wound up by the abuse of the benefits system (various incarnations) DLA and able bodied builders/familes etc using their late Auntie Mabel's blue badge for car parking. At the same time the system doesn't always pay when there is genuine need. When I was scraped off the road after my accident I lost one leg above knee and the other was a mess. I was wholly immobile for 5 months. I tried to get a benefit for that period. Was told I had to claim against my employer. They were oblivious to to the point that as a one-man-band, the employer was me and the "company" had no income whilst I was not working. the only way I could get benefits was to wind up my company and lose 20 odd years of credit and profile. Was a good incentive to get back to worK ASAP. but grossly unfair.
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    Shave Hairy Stump?

    I am above knee and very hairy. I have a suction socket. Long hairs pull and I cant get sores from the hair skin abrasion. Shaving gives good suction but the ingrowing hairs can create "zits". The solution (for me) that is comfortable and stable is to use a hair/beard trimmer at 0 -length. I also make sure the skin is always clean and use adaptskin or babycream
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    where leg all day and am very actiive. mosturize stump at "contact" points getting up and going to bed. Have issues when very hot - not a callous but the skin gives up. Have discovered COMPEED blister plasters to be a brilliant fix
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    Rental car options

    works for me too I thought whe new the LH was the only option, its not!
  16. I have fitted spds which are fine once on the go What kills me is traffic lights; always try and find a post to lean against rather than "clicking out" Any suggestions on how to cope?
  17. keep it on but walk up and down every few hours (just like every one else!)
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    Is this a weird question?

    flabby. I had a strong thigh but that was b4. I have a weird stump due to massive ossification, its wider at bas than hip! It's healthy though and wear prosthetic all day. If the moderators allow. am happy to post pictures (not ssen any on the site)
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    Sir Douglas Bader

    Bader was my hero at school. Reach for sky is an inspiration.(book and film). Reread book 2 months by chance in summer 2006, then 2 months later had accident and amputaton - inspired to get me back in the sky too!
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    Beyond Boundaries

    no - Its last weekend instructing at Shoreham; its taking up too much time with the amount of other stuff I do. Will carry on instructing but hope to do more for amputees at Lasham, (and not every sat). Also need to do some sailing ......
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    Loss of suction!!

    getting it on properly taks some time, its 100% or not working properly. And when not working you know. Can lose suction on loo/cycling - I push the valve and re-seat - usually works without redonning.
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    biker ampute

    RTA Blakbird lorry. right above knee, left messed. Nov 2006 I have now managed to do everything I used to do before, sometimes takes longer, sometimes hurts. life is good and full. Welcome. used to do 20k miles per annum, would have a divorce if got on a bike again. fancey an aril atom tho'
  23. thats the kinda thing you conveniently cant do, you should be able to carry bags, bricks and all sorts up stairs but tea and breakfast is too much. p.s ive now learnt to do foot over foot so might be able to keep up with you next time. "one step at a time" sums it up!
  24. well done. I am now carrying up the morning tea on a tray (when up first which I admit is rare!) Another "normalisation"