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Eldar last won the day on March 5 2014

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  1. Eldar

    Hello everyone!

    Hi Andrew and welcome to the forum. I'm sorry you had to join it this way.We never know what future has in store for us, right. But if it's any consolation, if you're 'hangning around' with Hanger guys, you're surely in cabale hands. So it's your third month....but if you really think about it, you're not 44, you're actually three months old with a 44-year-old mindset. Isn't that exciting? I'm sure you know what I mean. Back to the C-leg and this OB's state-of-the-art X3 'killer'. I've been on the former for almost four years. I'm 45, right AK, by the way, and I can't say I'm limited in any activities I used to perform before the amputation. Biking , walking on slopes or different kinds of uneven terrain are no problem, not by any means. Though swimming in the C-leg is out of the question. Other than that, you'll really get used to 'use' it to take the most of it.There's this feature in the C-leg, a standing mode, that I sometimes find particularly helpful. You can lock the knee agianst flexion between 7 and 70 degrees. It can help you save a lot of energy if you have to stand for longer periods of time. But make no mistake about it. No matter what kind of fancy-schmancy high-tech X-whatever $80,000 worth of killer-leg you have, the most imortant thing is a well-fitting socket.( Wow, that was one hell of adjectivilal premodification, was it not? ) You won't go far without it. Of course, not everything will be the same. That's what I meant by that three-months-old age. You basically have to learn how to walk again, and unfortunately in our case ( of transfemoral amputation), it always results (again) in greater energy consumption during ambulation compared to transtibial one. Generally, like they say, things always have to get worse before they can get any better. I'm sure you'll be no exception to this rule and you will get your life back on track again soon. Hang on in there, buddy, and keep everyone here posted on your progress.
  2. Eldar

    Donate used Knee

    Jim, look up here: http://www.vetsfirst.org/vetsfirst-qa-what-can-i-do-with-my-old-prosthetic-limbs-and-parts/ Some of them may accept used units and parts I guess Here's a pdf version from ACA http://www.amputee-coalition.org/fact_sheets/pros_limb_donations.pdf
  3. Eldar

    Hi from the pacific northwest (usa)

    Hi Brent, Basically, I've been on that OB trias 1C31 one since the very beginning and it worked for me just fine. http://www.ottobock.com/cps/rde/xbcr/ob_us_en/06061137.1_1C31-TriasIFU.pdf Although they say it's designed for quote,"amputees with low to moderate activity level who require a lightweight functioning carbon fiber foot", the shock absorption at heel strike is very gentle and rollover is pretty good as well. And I'm on locking pin liner ( Ossur Transfemoral) too. The pin worked for me better than vacuum but that was just me. Anyway, good luck and stick around
  4. Eldar

    Tumbleweed Time again?

    Hi Jim, I got your message and I sent mine back to you. Glad you're fine.
  5. Eldar

    Hello from a Vietnam Era DAK

    Hi Erk, When I started reading your post and and read this 'circa 1969' and about wooden legs I thought to myself 'Oh my God, I was born in 1969' To me you're a hero, period. Although I'm not a double AK ( I'm a right AK), I can tell you that the C-leg is a 'legitimate' unit no matter who says it's otherwise. Well, at least it's been that for me for the last four years. I lost my leg in 2008. It will save you a lot of energy, and that is essential because you're a double. My first impression? It gave me some real sense of security. But you probably know it better than me that the most imortant part is a perfectly fitting socket, which again is another pain in the ..... Hang on there and keep everyone here in the loop about your progress
  6. Since we're on the sockets, I thought I'd post the picture of mine here, just to share the thoughts I've been having about it. It's a pin lock socket made out of carbon fibre, like they all are, I guess.The brim is padded with soft foam, nothing 'fancy' The liner is Iceross Transfemoral (Ossur). I've been wearing this socket since 2009. As far as fitting goes, I think I should consider myself reatively lucky as my leg guy basiacally hit a home run right away with the first test socket (with the only difference it was after I dumped my first CPO). I can't really blame the guy, he was a nice person. Well, they're all nice and decent, I'm just saying, you know. But somehow he just couldn't get it right with a good fit no matter how hard he tried. Problems: Daily volume loss is not a big deal. No pistoning, no turning arround. The only problem I see is drastic (and rapid) weight gain. Here again I'm a lucky B.....D I guess. Thank God I 've been able to control my weight to maintain a comfortable fitting till this very moment and I don't think I'll become Chris Christie ( no disrespect intended ) anytime soon. I'm sorry. I'm a pictographic speaker. I always picture words when I speak or write. As for this 'hard-to-fit' notion; with hindsight it's now clear to me it pretty much looks like once we're on the warpath against our prosthetists we're already 'guilty until we prove oureselves innocent' . That should be translated as something like " Oh yeah, now you got it right, now you're talking..". , that what you're saying to your leg guy after five test sockets .., and now I'm a 'good fit' , right? Yep, that's about it. God bless you all.
  7. Thank you Eag for your kind words. I'm sorry if it was too 'graphic' on my part but I like you liked it.
  8. Cheryl, I hope this third test socket will be your last one, but even if it’s not, there’s nothing much to worry about I guess.Precise socket fit is essential but I’m sure you know how it works with all these modifications and tweaks till you get that ideal one.You seem to be a very seasoned and experienced person in this regard..... in other regard, well, I see you’re an enchantingly adorable and nice individual, in fact like many others here on this great site. As for this suction suspension system, I basiacally had a similar experience to yours. I was once fit with one and it felt damn good too at the beginning. Though again, I’m an AK and the whole system was a bit different as it wasn’t exactly a roll-on liner just being put into a rigid socket but a direct (flexible) contact suction socket ( also called a ‘dynamic suction socket’ I guess) being fit into a hard carbon supportive frame. The whole thing is based on the idea that it should be the most intimate fit possible between the human body and any mechanical ‘thing’. The limb then is in full contact with the socket wall with nothing in between whatsoever. I don’t think they use these direct sockets for below knee amputess. Like I said it felt great at the beginning but with the a couple of test sockets to go through, the longer I was on that system, the more I could feel it was not for me. One day the leg just fell off just in the middle of a crowded street. That was a real ‘bummer’, to say the least. Can you imagine a 6’2, 220-pound ugly-as-a-mud-fence guy starting to leap and tumble like crazy all of a sudden, trying to prevent himself from hitting the ground, almost like that Jackie Chan? I was on the Rheo knee then but it didn’t help much. I hit the ground like a sack of wet cement. After that I remember I even tried a couple of seal-ins with rings and stuff but apparently I didn’t feel it was any better alternative either. That was basically my last ‘fling’ with the suction any-system. That’s pretty much it. I’m sure it can work perfecrtly for some AKs and even for more BKs. I wasn’t the one. Then I switched to C-Leg and this old good pin-lock socket , like you’re saying.Oh yeah, ‘walk baby walk like no ever does’. I’ve been on the pin lock since then. It never fell off and it never will. Well, I mean it could but only together with the stump I guess. I categorically reject such ‘possibility’ though. Take care Cheryl, and thank you all good people for being here. Whenever I happen to lurk on this forum, I feel real good. I don’t know, it somehow feels like ‘home, just like that.
  9. I don't think you're a hard fir, Eag. They're simply wrong. They just didn't try their hardest to make all the adjustmnents to the socket. Eeven when you finally get to the point you think you got it all 'in the bag', you will still have some tweaking to do. Personally, I've been sceptical about any vaccum system since I can remember. Maybe I'm biassed here, I don't know, maybe it's just me, maybe it's beacuse I'm an AK and the issues of volume fluctuations. It probably works better for BKs. Anyways, you hit the nail right on the head here - being an amputee just sucks
  10. Eldar

    Kitty here

    Kitty I know how you feel. I’m sure others do so too because they’ve all been through what you’re feeling now. But I can assure you that this “phsycological impairement” won’t last forever. Don’t fight it. It will go away as time goes by. Now and unfortunately, you will be ‘surprised’ to find out how amazingly you body will be adapting to that new situation. Slowly and gradually but it will. Human body is a remarkable organism. Cry if you need to. People will always be staring at youbecause you’re different ( in a way) We’re all different but at the same time we’re all the same. The second ‘chapter’ of your life has just begun and you will have to read its every page form cover to cover. Maybe you don’t fully realize it now but eventually it will make you stronger than you think you were. Remember that you’re not alone. You have your nearest and dearest, your loved ones and and friends I’m sure they will always be there for you . There’s also that one advantage of being an amp. Now you will have the golden opportunity to see what stuff others are made of. You hate when they pity you ? That’s the spirit. Maybe you don’t know it yet but I’m telling you it at this very second you‘ll be ok. I’m not sure if this is the reply you were expected to get but hope it gives you some relief. Cheer up and keep us posted
  11. Eldar

    Rheo knee

    Hi Jim, It's interesting what you're saying about stairs and ramps and how the Rheo behaves in this regard. Personally, I've never experienced such problems with the C-leg as for now, going down the stairs and slopes step over step is pretty good. I mean it's quite safe and I always know the knee will never buckle under me unexpectedly. Sitting in a chair is ok too, although it took some time to my leg guy to find the most appropriate settings in the C-Soft. My major 'pain' are, however, constant sores and chafes in the groin area. Not that the socket is too tight. Nor have I put on weight for that matter. Really don't know but it really gets my back up when I have to switch to crutches for a couple of days to 'lick my wounds', so to speak. Does anyone else have the same problems with sores ?
  12. Hi Lisa, Running again is possible provided that you have both the spoon-like carbon foot and special knee. My second anniversary of being a right AK falls this January. I'm happy with things stay right now as I can walk unaided and can do most of the things in almost the same way as I had done them "before". Personally, I'm somewhat lukewarm about running ( I can't do it with the C-leg) but I've been thinking I would take up boxing . I know it sounds crazy but what the heck I'm as right as rain 40-years-old one-legged man and probaly in 15 years I'll be a "perfect wheel chair material " , so there's no much time left for me. You'll be ok , think of only those positive sides of being an amputee. It's true that you don't have a leg to stand on but some day bipeds will admire the way you handle your daily grind. Hang on in there.
  13. Eldar

    two years later and it sucks again

    My heart goes out to you Joe. You're a tough guy and you will be much tougher by having gone through such experience. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Remember ? When I lost my leg ,the fisrt thing I told my wife was: I won't harbour a grudge against you if you leave me. But she didn't as for now at least. It's sad thing but you can't do anyting about it . Some people in this world just can't and don't want to share and bear the "burden" of being with such people like we. But there some who can and still want to do this. And there are around you Joe , but may be you just don't "see" them at the moment. Hang on in there buddy.
  14. Eldar

    Question for AK

    Cari, Here is the link where you can read about the M.A.S. socket by Marlo. You can also ask your leg guy what he thinks about it. It's needless to say that the M.A.S. socket may work brillinatly for many AK amputess but it also may not work for another half of them. Warm reagrds Eldar
  15. Indeed. Let's hope that the socket ( or liner ? ) is not chafing her stump. I wish her luck in her "new career".