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    06-20-1970
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    Lawnmower
  1. love your goodjob too.

    we need to do all good thing for anyone all which they need ..

    good thing will happen

  2. Ampcare

    Suction Socket

    There's a balance to be struck, but your weight shouldn't all be taken by your 'butt bone', it should be spread around the whole stump to some extent... persevere, it'll be worth it... don't accept compromise I agree
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    vari-flex foot

    Welcome to the forum. For a preparatory/temporary (wear to shape your limb, about 3-6 months) foot it will work well, lightweight and dynamic. I used one for a time and could run on it, and did very well. I currently use the RenegadeMX, by Freedom, and have been pleased with performance. I have tried many feet but what works for me, may not work for you. Once in your Temporary, any competent prosthetist will eval. your progress or limitations to decide what foot will work best for you in the defintive. Before going into the definitive system, you should be discussing with your prosthetist which foot you are interested in (actually they should discuss with you). Use the foot trial for the defintive, also it may help to try 2-3 to find which one you prefer. All feet must be aligned properly and may have different requirements. Make sure this is who and where you want to go before beginning the definitive leg. You do have options, well it could depend upon your insurance or coverage. God blessed Mark
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    Uncofortable socket

    The container, which is the Carbon bit, can be a lot more giving if it's made from Polypropylene or Northvane, I hate Carbon Fibre laminated outer sockets (containers) You just need to make sure you are working with a prosthetist that knows what will work best for you and incorporate his skill in that socket design. A good fitting true IC, muscle contoured socket is better than a poorly fitted MAS and vice-versa. Their are many out their that go to a week/end course and, wala, they can not do a MAS, IC, Comfortflex, well not all can. I personally did not like the MAS but may have not kept after the fit/control when my limb changed. I have always been comfortable with IC, anatomical control, muscle contoured, flexible inner, rigid outer carbon fiber (print design) frame design since my experience with a prosthetic research (CAT-CAM) center (CA) in the 80's. The key is ensuring you work with a competent prosthetist that will do what it takes to make you comfortable. Seems like Ally has a good leg man, Mark
  5. Great story, definitely some depth, she inspires me. Some of her legs are amazing, yea, I was looking at the legs Thanks for sharing, Mark
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    Greetings!

    Wow, I can't believe her parents said they would not want to be around her if she didn't get the leg covered. I have never felt ashamed as an amputee until I got around people that couldn't handle it, or felt sorry for me. I have learned to be thankful that they identify themselves, their problem not mine. I have not worn a cover since I was 14. My dad wanted to hide it at first, trying to reduce stares, but my mom always made me feel that it was not just who I was but what I did, being comfortable with my self and accomplishments. Stumpy even had a fun personality that I would often exploit on people that felt embarassed or uncomfortable. I'll always cherish some of the reactions. I hope her parents come around and she does what makes her happy, Mark
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    Uncofortable socket

    Welcome to the forum. I have a flexible inner socket that makes it more comfortable in the groin and for sitting. There is a rigid frame around that supports the butt bone but it is cut out in the back. I have tried the hard socket and will never go back. It also depends how someone casts my limb. I do have to admit that if I am sitting for more than 3 hrs., I prefer to remove my prosthesis. When I had a hard type they would also pad the top and back with a padding material which seemed to help a little. Take care, Mark
  8. Thanks Johnny, This is "messed up" but true of the world and how peoples perceptions are so shallow and outwardly.I have come to appreciate people on what is their inner spirit and character. It really doesn't matter what is on the outside, the physical appearance, thats not to say we shouldn't take care of ourselves. Take care, Mark
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    Amputee survey

    Hi everyone, Has there ever been a survey done about number of amputees using or not using a prosthetic device. ?Not using due to: level of amputation limb problems, more convenient, can't afford it, etc.? ?and those that use it: how long (if limited what is reason/cause), level of amputation, special activity or talent.? I am new to forum and appreciate your patients as I learn how to use. Thanks, Mark
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    Does it get any easier?

    Hi Bex, I have been an AK amputee since age 3, 38 yrs ago, some may say it was easier for me growing up as an amputee but I still remember the tough days and times. There are still times I might feel limited/loss when my leg is bothering me, like I wish I had a good/normal leg but that was not to be part of my journey and I have tried to make the best of what I have to work with. That is not to say there aren't emotional times, we are emotional people, let that emotion out and then move forward to achieve in life what you want to do. Go after it, set short term and long term goals, take life day by day. When you look in the mirror see the beautiful person you are and not what your missing, it is what you have left that matters. All this is easier said then done as I feel it effects and changes us all differently. I will be praying for you, Mark "It is not what happens to you but what you do with it"
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    Botox injections to decrease sweat?

    Hi Diane I once new of an AK amputee that used Botox to try and relax a hip flexion contracture. It did not work. I have not heard or seen any significant study that supports Botox injection in your limb to help reduce sweat. Would exhaust all options first. If you are sweating just in your socket some common causes of sweat are: socket/liner fit too loose, lack of limb contact, certain medications, change of life, poor suspension causing your limb to have movement=friction=heat=sweat. Using Ag Comfort sock or any quality sock designed for under your liner will help. Different things work for different people. Hope you find what helps you Take care, Mark
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    Active Vacuum Leaks

    This does work very well for those kneeling often. Some don't like the bulk or addition. Make sure your prosthetist provides rounded edge/brim on your socket. There are sleeves that have an inner fabric reinforcement but found them restricting knee flexion (bend). You should be able to find Euro Int'l web site or it may be Ortho Europe, I think their the same, sorry for the confusion. If you still have trouble finding this I can provide exact item #'s and/or location. You can always go to O&P Edge for the latest to check out product. Take care, Mark Mark, for your future info everything comes up under Ortho Europe now. Which seems to be just a generic supply house similar to SPI or Kingsley here in the USA. The liners they carry are all Ohio Willow Wood, Alpha line and the suspension sleeves all seem to be Silipos. I have extensive lists of products and manufactures but information from a manufacturers site is completely worthless because they all tell me their product is the best. This is why I ask for input from BK amputees who have used these products and who have gone through the trial and error process themselves. Anyone who hasn't personally used these products can only make generic, blanket statements that don't really help me pick out the products that work best for this situation. companies that make liners and sleeves 1) Ohio Williow Wood -- http://www.owwco.com/ Sleeve -- http://www.owwco.com/pdf/catalog/B/FlexSleeve.pdf 2) Otto Bock -- http://www.ottobockus.com/ Sleeves -- http://www.ottobockus.com/cps/rde/xchg/ob_...s.xsl/1760.html Liners -- http://www.ottobockus.com/cps/rde/xchg/ob_...s.xsl/1749.html 3) Ossur -- http://www.ossur.com/ Sleeves -- http://www.ossur.com/prosthetics/locksandsleeves Liners -- http://www.ossur.com/prosthetics/liners 4) Alps -- http://www.easyliner.com/ Sleeves and Liners -- http://www.easyliner.com/Prosthetic.aspx 5) ESP -- http://www.wearesp.com/site/index.php Sleeves -- http://www.wearesp.com/site/knee.php Liners -- http://www.wearesp.com/site/liners.php 6) Evolution Liners -- http://www.evolutionliners.com/ 7) Silipos -- http://www.silipos.com/home/home.aspx Sleeves -- http://www.silipos.com/002_prod/subcategor...at_name=Sleeves Liners -- http://www.silipos.com/002_prod/subcategor...cat_name=Liners I guess you didn't notice my reply to Neal? I had gone to the Euro International web site, I just goggled Euro International prosthetics. Yea I'm just an AK amputee, just trying to help but I should stay in the AK arena. Thanks for all the cool links. Hope you find what your lookin for-
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    Active Vacuum Leaks

    This does work very well for those kneeling often. Some don't like the bulk or addition. Make sure your prosthetist provides rounded edge/brim on your socket. There are sleeves that have an inner fabric reinforcement but found them restricting knee flexion (bend). You should be able to find Euro Int'l web site or it may be Ortho Europe, I think their the same, sorry for the confusion. If you still have trouble finding this I can provide exact item #'s and/or location. You can always go to O&P Edge for the latest to check out product. Take care, Mark I had a minute to check Euro International web site, the product is ContexGel Sleeve, the lighter model is there standard, they don't have the heavy duty one shown, the darker gray. Also Otto Bock finally has a better sleeve Derma ProFlex. Your prosthetist will need to measure you for size to ensure a correct fit. I hope this helps, Mark
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    Active Vacuum Leaks

    This does work very well for those kneeling often.Some don't like the bulk or addition. I agree Alps is among the best. Make sure your prosthetist provides rounded edge/brim on your socket. There are sleeves that have an inner fabric reinforcement but found them restricting knee flexion (bend). You should be able to find Euro Int'l web site or it may be Ortho Europe, I think their the same, sorry for the confusion. If you still have trouble finding this I can provide exact item #'s and/or location. You can always go to O&P Edge for the latest to check out product. Take care, Mark
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    Active Vacuum Leaks

    Remove any sharp edges, if material/carbon is to thin a gator (thin protective sleeve) or protector (Otto-bock, Euro Int'l.) I have seen some good results with the Euro Int'l sleeve (one is dark grey, more heavy duty), Alps and Ottobock (new flex one). Also if you get in a jam and need to temporarily restore a seal you can use saren/plastic wrap- go around your knee at hole area. If you are kneeling use an old sleeve and/or pad the kneeling area. I have also padded the top of the socket with 1/8 spenco. You can expect 2-5 months out of a sleeve, not to say I haven't seen longer or shall I say smelled longer. So keep em clean so you can keep clean Oh and you can move the sleeve, perodically up and down, different placement. Hope this helps, Mark
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