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brookey

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    Amputee
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    RAK
  • Amputation Date:
    06-14-1983
  • Amputation Cause:
    congenital (P.F.F.D)
  1. Hello, As I was reading The New York Times this evening I came across an article about a company in California, Bespoke, that designs customized covers using 3D printing. They are pretty expensive, but look amazing! You can see photos on their website here: http://www.bespokeinnovations.com/ Best, Brooke
  2. I would be very interested in this as well! I've been an amputee my whole life and as I am very comfortable, I tend not to challenge myself as much as I could (and probably should). This may help me try some new things.
  3. Hi, I actually just got United Health Care to pay for a new Plie microprosessor knee. It was a huge pain to get the authorization, but it worked out in the end! The way I did was to request a pre-authorization before it was billed to them. They denied the pre-authorization and then I appealed. They denied the appeal and gave me the option of pursuing a second appeal with them or appealing directly with the State of New York. I opted to appeal with the State of New York, and their denial was overturned. United Health Care was then legally obligated to pay for the new prosthesis. I am not sure if Georgia has a similar appeal process, however if they do, I would recommend appealing with the state as opposed to with United Health Care. I hope this information helps! If you want any other information about the information we included in the appeal just let me know. Good luck! Brooke
  4. MAS socket info

    Hi Ally, Thanks for sharing this video! I've had the MAS socket for about three years now and love it as well! My prosthetist has a video on the MAS socket on his website if you're interested http://www.amputee.com/videos.php. It has a photo of Marlo and goes into more detail about why it was developed. I'm being fitted for a new socket next week and am very excited! Brookey
  5. What do you say?

    I used to teach elementary school and my second week teaching one of my students asked where I got my "robot leg". I told him that I was actually a robot and not only did I have a robot leg, but also eyes in the back of my head, so he better behave himself. I did not realize that any of them had actually believed me until a new student came into the class a few weeks later. As soon as she sat down my other students told her very seriously that Ms. DeLano was a robot! I laughed so hard I almost started crying and then told them that I was actually an amputee. The name "robot leg" stuck though.
  6. Greetings!

    Hi Scott, First of all let me say that your girlfriend has an awesome boyfriend! It is really wonderful that you are reaching out to a community that can offer her some support. I have been an amputee my whole life, and am lucky enough to have had a family that has always supported me. I recently met a little girl who is 4 years old and has just received her second prosthesis. Her parents were very embarrassed about the fact that she is an amputee and her first prosthesis had a cover on it so it looked more "life-like". The little girl hated the cover and told her parents that she did not want a cover on her next leg. She got her way and now has a bright-pink Barbie prosthesis with no cover. At first her parents were apprehensive about this, but they see that she is much happier and more comfortable with the new leg, and are warming up to it themselves. I hope that your girlfriend's parents will have a similar change of heart! Brooke
  7. seal in socker and liner for AK

    another thing i noticed: i think as the liner is too long (he needs to cut it some more), when i lift the leg up, it does go out of round with 2 "rings of air" . maybe this could be solved just by cutting the liner .. Hi there, I just wanted to reiterate what Tomer was saying about the fit of the socket. I have used Ossur liners for about 7 years now, and I have NEVER had a problem with them slipping off while sitting down. I have a relatively short residual limb, and my liners have always been cut so they don't roll down. As long as the liners are the correct length, and more importantly, as long as the socket fits correctly, it shouldn't slip off. Good luck with your fittings! Whoops, I meant to say that I wanted to reiterate what cwrm4 was saying.... Good luck with the fitting, Tomer.
  8. seal in socker and liner for AK

    another thing i noticed: i think as the liner is too long (he needs to cut it some more), when i lift the leg up, it does go out of round with 2 "rings of air" . maybe this could be solved just by cutting the liner .. Hi there, I just wanted to reiterate what Tomer was saying about the fit of the socket. I have used Ossur liners for about 7 years now, and I have NEVER had a problem with them slipping off while sitting down. I have a relatively short residual limb, and my liners have always been cut so they don't roll down. As long as the liners are the correct length, and more importantly, as long as the socket fits correctly, it shouldn't slip off. Good luck with your fittings!
  9. Runway foot

    I have used the Runway foot for the last three years and really like it. I have the older version where you can only adjust the heel height with a button that is located on the inside of the foot. The button has been very convenient for me (as long as it doesn't stick, which happens more the older the foot is!) and I think it is easier to use than having to adjust with an allen wrench. It is my understanding that when you use an allen wrench to adjust the heel height, you must do so at the back of the foot, which would be more difficult to do if you already have the prosthesis on.
  10. Ossur Ceterus?

    I used the Ceterus for about a year and have switched to a different foot because I didn't really like it. It was very heavy and I also didn't really notice any advantages in using it (I never used the torque adapter, for example.) I now have a foot with a shock absorber and like it much better.
  11. I am going to have a new prosthesis made soon and I asked my prosthetist about whether he thought the Plie knee would be good for me. While he has not yet fit a patient with one, his colleague has, to great success. The amputee who was fit with it had used a Total Knee for quite some time and was able to adjust to the Plie after a few months. I am going to try it out once my socket has been made, so hopefully I'll be able to let you know what I think of it soon! Also, I have the Runway foot from Freedom Innovations and love it. =)
  12. Pieces of Eight

    How funny....I'm planning on going sky diving with some friends at the end of the month. If you want to come across the pond and sky dive in New Jersey, you should let me know!
  13. Congenital Amputees using the C-leg?

    Hi Sara, I'm not a congenital amp, but wanted to comment on the above. I wore the Total Knee for about 12 years before switching to the C-leg, and more than one Prosthetist told me that it's the hardest knee to transition from, into the C-leg. We are so ingrained with the TK to get that heel strike down, and you don't have to do that with the C-leg. I would highly recommend getting some PT with the C-leg, just so you can "un-learn," a few things. I did not get any PT and wish I had. I also had someone who did not know how to properly program the C-leg (I'm sure he does now, I was his second C-leg fit at the time). So, my first 2 years with the C-leg were AWFUL, I hated it. Now, I love it. Sure, there are still things I miss about the TK, but it's always a compromise for us amps and the C-leg benefits me overall the best. Good luck, hope you get to try the C-leg! Dear Cheri, Thank you so much for responding to my question! It is really good to get advice from someone who has switched from the Total Knee to the C-leg. If you don't mind my asking, what have you found to be the greatest benefits of the C-leg? Are you able to go down the stairs step over step? (I've never been able to do this and think it would be great!) Also, what do you miss about the TK? I hope I'm not bothering you with my questions. Hope to hear from you soon! Sara
  14. Hello, I am a congenital amputee and have used a prosthesis for 20+ years. I am currently using a Total knee from Ossur, and while I like it, I would love to try out the C-leg. I am mainly interested in using it so I could learn to go down the stairs foot over foot (I live in New York city and go up and down stairs daily!) and also so that I could go down inclines without shuffling to the side. I have talked to my prosthetist about this, and he said that I may benefit from using a C-leg, but that I would have to completely relearn how to walk (which he said could take a very long time) and that I may not be able to manipulate the knee well enough to reap the benefits of the the C-leg. Are there any congenital amputees who have switched from a traditional knee to a C-leg or similar? If so I would love to hear about your experience and your thoughts on the C-leg. When you switched to the C-leg did you go to physical therapy? How long did it take before you were able to use all of the functionalities of the C-leg? Sara
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