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    bilateral, below knee
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    blood clots in ankles

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  1. flip

    Well, What Happened in 2013?

    Neal, how big is this pump that it fits under the foot shell? I have had the electric pumps in the past, but they tend to go "off" when I am in meetings. I now use the elevated vacuum system. I know when I used the electric, because my limbs are long and where they placed the electric pump, I barely had room for them between my socket and my foot. I guess I am wondering just how small the new pump is?
  2. Cherylm, Hang in there...nothing beats the vacuum system. I have the same setup with an elevated vacuum pump. The electric one went off ALOT in meetings and I am happy with the system. My legs are so healthy, and if I remember you have had some problems, so this is what you will need. Take care, Flip
  3. I've tried both...I was started off by my first prosthetist in a pin system and was in almost constant pain...turns out my vascular problem was made even worse by the pin system that he tried to make work for 2 years. Switched to vacuum system and it is perfect...what a difference. Ann is right, a bad fitting socket will never work with any system.
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    Hey my friend - I haven't been checking this as often as I should...I am so sorry you are going through "stuff" right now. It is so frustrating for you I know...Heck, we don't have a great leg to stand on, so you have to rest up and save your strength to fight to get them to help you. I so wish you could come over here and use my prosthetist. You have to take care of yourself so you can be strong when they finally get you fixed :) I just want you to know that I'm thinking of you, hang in there. I just want them to get your fit right!! :) :) :)
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    I Am Still Alive!!

    You go Cheryl! I hate the thought of you back in rehab, but so glad that everything seems to be going well. I do remember that rehab wasn't ready for me either, I was speeding around all over the place in a wheelchair before I was fitted for prosthetics. I will never forget my time there, they were wonderful. Please know that we are all thinking of you :)
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    I am so sorry and so sad that I missed your birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day !!
  7. flip

    Contact dermatitis

    I have always used Ivory Soap with no problems...
  8. flip

    Happy Birthday Neal!

    Happy Birthday Neal!! Hope you are having a great day!
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    Thankful for Prosthetist

    Mine has come in on weekends, stayed until past midnight, he just traveled to London to the Paralympics to support one of his patients, travels to Ironman competitions no matter where to be there for his patients also. If there is something not right, he will think about it until he gets it right. He is compassionate, brilliant and caring. I don't know what I did to find him, but it was my lucky day when I did. As he says...."you (meaning the patients) will give up before he does". He is just the best. God bless our prosthetists
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    Sorry I missed your birthday! Happy Birthday Higgy!
  11. flip

    HO - Heterotopic Ossification

    Good luck Doug! We will all be thinking positive thoughts for you.
  12. flip

    Elevated suction socket or back to......

    I use the elevated vacuum system. I had the electric pumps, but being bilateral, I had more problems. I would be in meetings and the pumps would go on and off, too much vacuum for my legs, etc. The elevated vacuum system can be tricky for a bilateral, but have had no skin issues. I did have water blisters once with the electric system, and you are right...you have to not wear the legs and just let it heal. Things are good for me right now. I wish you would run down to Georgia and see Stephen or Rusty at ProCare. They are so good...
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    One of my friends who I met at my prosthetists will be competing in the paralympics in London. I happened to be there a year ago when he took his first step in his prosthetic and now...he's running in the Olympics. Everyone watch out for Jarryd Wallace who will be running in the paralympics with the help of the best prosthetists in the USA, ProCare, Beauford, GA. :) You have to love the Olympics.
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    Love them too Ann! I love it all...am also happy that track and field has started! Womens gymnastics and swimming events have been pretty awesome too. London has done a good job!
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    Happy Birthday Kep

    Happy Birthday Kep!