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Offline DaveC

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New guy says "hi".
« on: December 13, 2012, 03:31:16 PM »
I'm new to the forum, so fingered I'd at least say "Hi".
I've read some posts and find most of it quite interesting and self specific.

I am a LAK as of May 5, 2012
I was riding my motorcycle, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a GMC Jimmy coming directly at me.
but first, he hit another car, flipped on it's side, and then creamed me.
I was wearing my helmet and leather jacket.
I rolled 7 times, up on the curb and landed on the sidewald of a major road.
I landed on my back, got  up on my elbows, looked at  my leg, didnt see a foot and knew that something wasn't right.
My foot was severed and was in  my new sketchers in the road.

Anyway,long story longer:
Afer 4 suregeorys, my left leg was amputated above the knee cause my knee was just too shattered.
I was in ICU for a week
in the Hosp for a month
In rehab for a month
Waited 2 months for the VA to get me a leg.
Got the leg Oct 11, and my first phy therapy appt was Dec 6
By then, I was walking unassisted (no walker/crutches/cane)

The socket sucks, (or should I say, won't keep a seal) but it's only a temp socket till I learn to walk proper, then I get a new leg/socket.
Don't know exactly what yet

And, that's my story and I'm sticking to it
Still waiting on the truck drivers ins co to review my medical records and offer a settlement

I'm 63, did 25 years active duty, 20 yeras civil service, geting ready to retire, and now this.
But, I'm alive, no other injuries, and fairly healthy

Just venting (and ranting)

Look forward to learning more (cause the VA sure as heck don't tell me nuttin)

Tanks again

DaveSometimes I feel like Patrick (spongebob's friend)
And a couple pics

« Last Edit: December 14, 2012, 01:05:03 PM by DaveC »

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 03:34:41 PM »
a pic of the accident

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 03:36:58 PM »
Couldn't do a pic of the accident
pic to big and i'm too lazy to resize
new shoes (can you see me now)

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012, 10:00:47 PM »
Welcome to the forum Dave. I'm a BKA (maritime accident in 2000 in Ireland).

You'll get your socket right, sometimes it just takes longer than we think. My current one took a while too. By all means rant and rave, we've all been there and it can be nice to sound off to people who have gone through the same. No doubt some here will be able to give advice for somethings you may be curious about.
Where ever I go, I'll always have one foot in Ireland   /   I'm not a complete fool. Some parts are missing.

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2012, 10:15:41 PM »

By all means rant & rave., we all have done it {as Steve says}... & most of us have gone through the long fittings of R sockets.  Try to not get discouraged as sometime it takes quite awhile to get them to fit.  U sound as if U are healing well.  Hope UR socket fits quickly.

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2012, 04:02:35 AM »
Welcome Dave. I sent you 2 welcome messages yeaterday but they were both deleted when I tried to attach an "oversized" pic of my Harley Sportster trike for you. Lost both legs below knee while working for CP Rail under a moving frieight car when I was twenty. Hasn't stopped my from golfing and riding the trike. All the best with youf fitting with the upcoming difinitive socket. If it's not comfy or hurts in away way, don't sign off on it. Make sure they get it right once your stump has found it's proper shape and size. Cheers.

David in Canada.
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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2012, 12:34:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum Dave. I'm a BKA (maritime accident in 2000 in Ireland).

You'll get your socket right, sometimes it just takes longer than we think. My current one took a while too. By all means rant and rave, we've all been there and it can be nice to sound off to people who have gone through the same. No doubt some here will be able to give advice for somethings you may be curious about.

Steve
I've read a lot of your posts.
Thanx again
I'm sure I'll get a socket to fit. The one I have now is (hopefully) just a trainer.
No liner, no socks, just bare skin against the socket.
That can't be right, for too long

Yea, I know I'm preachin to the choir, but, I read a lot of useful information here, especially on the diff between a c leg, Rheo, etc.
Still don't know what I'm gonna get or what is best.

Thanx again
Dave
« Last Edit: December 14, 2012, 01:05:32 PM by DaveC »

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2012, 12:36:37 PM »

By all means rant & rave., we all have done it {as Steve says}... & most of us have gone through the long fittings of R sockets.  Try to not get discouraged as sometime it takes quite awhile to get them to fit.  U sound as if U are healing well.  Hope UR socket fits quickly.

Welcome to R club.

Ann
Again, Thanx for the encouragement and the welcome
Yea, I'm doing fine.
Been 7 months now, I've had the trainer leg for 2 months.
I'm trying to keep positive.
But, I'm dealing with the VA, so, that kinda speaks for itself

Thanx again
Dave

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2012, 12:42:57 PM »
Welcome Dave. I sent you 2 welcome messages yeaterday but they were both deleted when I tried to attach an "oversized" pic of my Harley Sportster trike for you. Lost both legs below knee while working for CP Rail under a moving frieight car when I was twenty. Hasn't stopped my from golfing and riding the trike. All the best with youf fitting with the upcoming difinitive socket. If it's not comfy or hurts in away way, don't sign off on it. Make sure they get it right once your stump has found it's proper shape and size. Cheers.

David in Canada.

David
Sporty Trike
Sounds interesting
I've still got an old Goldwing and a Honda Shadow in the garage.
May put a Voyager kit one em for now, and get a Goldwing Trike when I get the ins settlement.

This is my Honda Shadow Sabre, may make it my in town hot rod trike

I'll keep riding, but gotta retire first, get my house in Denver modified/updated/remodeled/new deck the same level as the house family room leading out to the deck/patio, things like that, then get a trike.

I'll survive this, but, I'm impatient, and want it now, before I get too much older and wind up back in the damn wheelchair.

Thanx again
Dave
« Last Edit: December 14, 2012, 01:06:02 PM by DaveC »

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2012, 12:46:08 PM »
And, most of all, I Thank all of you for puttin up with me
I know I ain't the first.,
Y'all been there done that, and my prayers go out to all of you.

God Bless you all and to all a very

MERRY CHRISTMAS

and a

Happy New Year

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2012, 06:37:32 PM »
Hey DaveC, welcome!

I'm LAK like you. It took a couple of years after I lost my leg, but I did get back on my motorcycle, and I still ride every chance I get. The only modification I made was the addition of a Kliktronic power shifter -- it's a double-acting electric solenoid, connected to the shift pedal, and puts a couple of buttons on the handlebar for up/down shifting. But I would urge you to consider carefully...it's definitely less stable than a trike/sidecar or a landing-gear rig. I've never dropped it on the street, but I can't say the same about parking lots with loose gravel.

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2012, 06:48:37 PM »
Scott
I've seen the Kliktronic shifter plus a few other less expensive ones.
I don't think i'll ever get back on two wheels but definitely three.
I'm ready now, but gonna wait till everything settles down.
I'll either trike my wing, or get a newer Goldwing trike, add a pushbutton shift, and not look back.
I so wanna bungee my prost leg to the trunk of the wing and freak out little kids on road trips with mom and dad.
Life goes on and so will we
Thanks for the info
Dave

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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2012, 11:29:30 PM »
I have the kliktronic on the Sporty trike. I investigated the Pingle, but went with the kliktronic. When I did have some minor issues with the kliktronic, one of the owners of the company dealt with it quickly and to my complete satisfaction. (and it was outside of the warranty time). I can't say enough how excellent their customer service is.

I understand how you want everything to move a little faster Dave...the leg, modifications to the house, insurance....but remember it will get better, all of it and it can't all happen at once. Be kind to yourself and you have been through a lot. Take strength and resolve from those around you that you love and you'll do just fine.

David in Canada.
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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2012, 11:34:12 PM »
attempt at trike pic
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Re: New guy says "hi".
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2012, 02:06:17 AM »
attempt at trike pic

Kool
Is that a full conversion or a voyager kit?
Either way, you're riding
A sporty trike may just be the right size for around town.
Yea, i'm wanting a lot.
But, i'm ready and anxious to get on with life
Thanx again for sharing
Dave