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  • Amputation Date:
    11-06-1994
  • Amputation Cause:
    motorcycle accident
  1. jeff jester

    3R60 Tech question

    Ally I have had hydraulic mechanics take apart a hydraulic knee (Catech) before and they are very complicated. Both my mechanics could not figure out workings without blueprints (which of course are not availble). So I hope you can find someone that might be able to help, but wouldn't hold my breath. Jeff
  2. jeff jester

    Flying to China

    Having lived in Asia for many years, I can guaranty that is is much easier and simpler travelling over here then in Western countries. No one in the 18 years I have been an amp, has done more then ask simple questions. A far cry from what some Western countries have tried to put me through. Asians are a lot more courteous then you think. Jeff
  3. jeff jester

    Any other Genium users on here?

    Grum I have had my Genium now for well over a year with no problems of any type. Well almost none. I found that you had to disengage the charger from the leg before unplugging the power to it as sometimes that would throw the computer into a funk. But other then that, this has been without a doubt the best knee i have ever had. The only thing I wish is I had a prothestist near to program one of the settings for riding a horse. Will get that done next time I go back to Canada. Jeff
  4. I have not been on this site for a long time. I have just recently been fitted with the Genium knee. It was the first one fitted to a civilian as these have only been available to the military until now. I spent three days with Otto Bock and the following is what they told me. This knee is in limited release to 5 different countries. Canada will get 6 of these this year. This knee was developed in cooperation with the American, British and Canadian military. The cost for the knee only is a little over $50K. For the last three years, I have used a PliƩ knee. I found this knee to be good and quite liked it, but it did have a lot of problems and I had it repaired at least 7 times in that time. The manufacturer was good as they always sent a replacement quickly every time. All in all I liked the PliƩ. Now to the point!!! I have wore this new Genium for a week and in my opinion.... It is fantasic. I have never been so comfortable in the use of a leg. I have now started to walk up stairs leg over leg (and am using muscles for the first time in years). This leg will not cause atrophy but will probably increase muscle mass. In 18 years of being an amp, I have never been so happy with the performance of a leg (and I have always been very easy to please). I do not know what the future will hold and only time will tell, but if this knee continues to perform and is free from problems, I will be a very happy person. By the way, it comes with 6 year warranty which tells me that Otto Bock has a lot of confidence in it. It does have 6 different settings 2 of which can be set by the foot and all by the remote. You can also adjust (limited) the settings with the remote to suit different circumstances. So only time will tell on it's reliability. Jeff
  5. jeff jester

    back on the horse

    Good deal, I was never happier then when I got back on Harley after my accident. Been riding that harley the last 12 years now. Just came back from a trip down eastern Thailand and into Cambodia down to Shihounoukville. really good riding. Jeff
  6. jeff jester

    How Long Off Work??

    I went back to work just under one year, but i went on a 6 month holiday before then and maybe could have gone back sooner. I work on offshore drilling rigs so it was probably best I did not go back too early. As for not being able to get a job, I found the companies that would not hire me were American. Since my amputation, I have worked for Canadian, Singaporean, and my current Norwegian employer. But every American based company refused to hire me (they own the majority of offshore rigs). I couldn't go wrong although with my current employer, they buy me legs when I ever I ask (been with them 9 years now). Jeff
  7. It is not Asian countries you have to worry about. I have never had any problem in any of them. Never had to show my leg. Sometimes I do have to say wooden leg but thats it. The problem begins in western countries especially USA and Canada. The governments have people paranoid and the security people are mostly ignorant and rude. I am taken my family to Canada soon and the worst part is always going into and leaving the airport there. A couple of years ago they actually pushed my 5 year old daughter back because she was ahead of me and they couldn't see her boarding pass. Refused to let her pass even a few feet until I reached them. You won't have problems in Japan, I worked there and was going in and out and they never bothered me once. Jeff
  8. jeff jester

    The brick

    Another one for you. A professor stood before his Philosophy 101 class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students agreed with a unanimous --yes! The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents in to the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," the professor said, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things -- your family, your partner, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions --things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full." "The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff! " "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal." "Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers!!!"
  9. jeff jester

    C-Leg / Rheo Comparison

    There is a newer microprocessor knee on the market now. It is the Freedom Innovations Plie. I purchased one in December. It is getting good revues and is cheaper then the others. This one cost me (my company) 32K for everything. I went with their foot; the Renegade MX as I was going to try this foot on my next leg anyways. The Plie is water resistant , just cannot submerge it and has changeable batteries so I always have an extra charged up. As I have not tried any other micro knees, I cannot compare but am quite happy with this one's performance.
  10. jeff jester

    Exercise- what works best?

    Try a rowing machine. They give a good cardio workout. Plus you can strap your foot in.
  11. jeff jester

    Attitudes about "Handicapped Parking"

    I stand by my statement. We motorcyclists have the same right as everyone else. To say different is a form of discrimination. I encounter the same thing as an able body when I parked in a space and take up the whole space as is my right. Drivers of cars expected you to park on the sidewalk or somewhere else as they figure parking spaces are for cars only. With most motorcyclists it is our preferred mode of transportation. I will always defend motorcyclists if they are in the right.
  12. jeff jester

    Attitudes about "Handicapped Parking"

    Actually, Grum, to be perfectly honest with you, I'd have issues with finding a motorbike in a disabled parking bay. Can't you just park in a normal car parking bay and add a 'polite' message to other bikers, or possibly park in such a way that they can't park next to you? Or that, even if they do, you can still swing your leg over your bike? At the moment, for various fitting reasons, I feel as though I'm crawling on concrete with my AK and both my hips and my knee are playing up. If I came across a motorbike in a disabled bay now, then I'd do something pretty drastic ... disabled sticker or no. And, my reasons, apart from me being more disabled than you? It's simply that I can't balance on a bike and, more importantly, that motorbikes are easier to park than cars. Btw, I'm not agreeing with that bloke who stuck something on your car - that's just sheer laziness. I think you are getting away from the fact that someone is disabled has a right to use disabled facilities. Because he is less disabled then you, he is not allowed the same rights as you? I also know of double amps riding (BK and Ak) so would they not be consider as disabled as you? Who decides whom is more disabled? Just because someone rides a motorcycle, it does not mean they can walk long distances. As a motorcycle rider we have the same right to disabled parking of which I use when it is available which is not very much in Asia. To say that motorcycles are easier to park is a fallacy also. As mine weights 650 lbs it can be quite hard rolling it backwards with one leg especially on any type of grade or bad surface. Just as you expect able body people to cut you slack and respect you; you should do the same to those that you feel are not as disabled as you. Don't use double standards.
  13. jeff jester

    let's see your bikes

    My main ride - 97 Fatboy
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