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General Discussion / Re: What has everyone been up to?
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:31:05 PM »
Hi Steve Hi All

I have been vacationing in alaska for a month and was in seattle for 10 days  visiting my son and his family. I had a great time. I took the ferry from haines to bellingham. It was a four day trip and I met lots of great people from all over the world. Several had brought their antique cars, trucks and motorcycles  to drive the al/can highway. My leg held up well on the trip although on several occasions I was not able to do my daily care on my residual leg or change my liner.

General Discussion / Re: this jackass did it again
« on: July 22, 2012, 08:45:44 AM »
Hi Jack

sorry to hear that you have hurt yourself again with your saw.

you really need to throw that saw out and invest in a new one that is equipped with the sawstop technology that stops the saw instantly when flesh touches the blade. They are coming way down in price. It would be cheaper that a visit to the emergency room and a lot less painful.

hope you heal well and fast

General Discussion / Re: article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:16:54 PM »
Hi Annieg
I have always loved the outdoors and have always chosen to live in the country. I had planned to retire on the water somewhere. Of the places I would like to live, ocean properties are cheaper in alaska. I love to fish and love to
eat seafood. I like the people in alaska. They are very independent. The weather is actually milder than in NH. I would have liked to have moved to BC but it is a little expensive for me.

General Discussion / Re: article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:06:46 PM »
Hi Steve
I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the Icelandic ponies. One of my daughters is in Iceland right now. I know she plans to do some horseback riding there and may be on that breed. I weigh almost 200 pounds so I may be a little big for that breed. I have haflingers and mine get pretty hairy in the winter but they tolerate the cold well and never have to wear a blanket in the winter. They actually prefer to be outside even in below zero weather.


General Discussion / Re: article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:52:56 AM »
Hi Jack
Haven't seen many posts from you recently. Hope all is well.
if I sell my snowmobiles I will replace them in Alaska. There are plenty of snowmobile dealers there. I am also planning to buy a 4x4 UTV to use there. I have a lot of decisions about what to bring and what to give away or sell. I have been a hoarder for years.

General Discussion / Re: article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:35:08 AM »
Hi Ann Hi Steve

I would love to take my horses but it would be difficult to keep them on the road in a trailer for 9 days and pasture is very limited where I will be living and hay is very expensive. It will take a year or two of getting ready before  I have horses again. I have met several people there that do keep horses. One guy I met sprouts 100 pounds of barley indoors every few days to have green roughage to feed his horses.
It will take me two trips with large trailers to get all the things I want to bring. I have a huge collection of tools and a large woodworking shop to move. I have to sell two of my tractors but will bring my smallest tractor and several implements. I will have to sell my power boats but will bring kayaks and canoes. I will most likely have to sell my snowmobiles. I will bring my two large dogs.
Fortunately a few of my kids have offered to help with driving on the 4,800 mile trip each way.


General Discussion / Re: article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:25:10 AM »
Hi Steve
Hi Ann

I plan to move to Homer late this summer. Have seen several possible homes but have not made final choice yet. My only regret is leaving my plant collection behind. And my horses. The possible plant list for Homer is very much shorter than NH. Change is good and I am very much looking forward to the move.

General Discussion / article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:59:22 AM »
Hi All - I am back from alaska now and will be moving there late this summer. Hope I can find a good prosthetist there so I do not have to keep traveling back to NH

General Discussion / Re: Hi to all!
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:09:26 PM »
Happy easter to all

I haven't looked at the board for several weeks as I have been in alaska vacationing. I am looking for a place to buy to retire to but worry about finding a good local prosthetist. Does anybody know one to recommend?

General Discussion / Re: One of those days
« on: February 18, 2012, 09:44:02 AM »
Hi Steve =

It would be great news if it was your master cylinder that was no good. That is a very easy repair.

I got my c-leg back this week and it is great to be back on it. They replaced several parts including the shell which was also cracked. It looks and feels brand new again. Otto Bock asked my prosthetist how badly  I had been injured when it failed.

General Discussion / Re: One of those days
« on: February 08, 2012, 09:02:37 PM »
Hi Steve

sorry to hear about your clutch problem. It is not a very difficult job to change a clutch yourself. A transmission jack makes the job pretty easy. I do not have one myself but have rented one when I was changing a big truck clutch or transmission. For small transmissions like yours I use 2 small jacks set on a flat dolly. You need to work on a good flat floor so you can roll the transmission around.

I just got some good news about my prosthesis. I had damaged the pylon on my c-leg at the rotator for the foot. I was told it might cost several thousand dollars to fix. Otto Bock is fixing it free on warranty which I had been told had just ran out.
good luck

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:42:22 AM »
Hi Steve

we can arrange all your needs. We have all the brews you requested. We may even have some you might like better. I drink Sam Adams Double bock which for me is similar but much smoother than Guinness.

The are lots of beautiful woman around.

When I was a younger I had problems with sores on my stump, especially in hot weather when I was especially active. I know when to stop now and avoid most of the problems.

Hope all goes well with your limbfitter appointment.

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 21, 2012, 12:20:50 PM »
Hi Steve

sorry to hear you are having problems. My residual leg also has a lot of scarring and skin grafts. In two areas I have only skin grafts covering the bone. Because those 2 areas can not tolerate any pressure at all my prosthesis has small windows cut out over those areas in the outer socket and then the inner socket is heated and pushed out slightly in those windows so I do not get any contact on those areas. It works for my situation. I also check those areas every morning when I shower and if there is any tenderness or redness I use the crutches without wearing my prosthesis for a day or two to let the area heal. If I do not take that time off the prosthesis I am big trouble for a month with an infection.
I know you have been having problems for some time and you really need to find a prosthetist that can make you a properly fitting prosthesis.
Come to new hampshire and meet mine and visit for a while.
good luck

General Discussion / Re: Check In,
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:57:10 PM »
Hi Joe
We hadn't heard from you for so long I beginning to fear the worst. Sorry to hear of all your medical difficulties. Sounds like they have been very serious but you sound like you are better. Hope you can be fitted for a new prosthesis soon. Sounds like you are still in good humor. We will pray for your daughter and wish her comfort.
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou

« on: December 30, 2011, 10:15:44 PM »
Happy New Year Everyone

I will be having a few glasses of wine to celebrate, Of course I have a few glasses of wine everyday.

Steve - I always worry about hitting the scattered boulders that are everywhere in NH. A few years ago my youngest son fell off a horse and split his skull  on a large rock. He had to have emergency surgery and was in the hospital for 5 days. Fortunately he recovered quickly.

Steve - I have talked to a few other new amputees that have done the exact same thing. You must have been sleepwalking.

I have heard that lots of ak amputees ride without their prosthesis. I am afraid if I do that I will end up on the ground in the woods a mile from home with no way to get home. I ride a very young, spirited stallion who is barely broken in to riding. I've been getting on him everyday for only a few minutes.

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