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Title: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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

Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on December 13, 2012, 03:34:41 PM
a pic of the accident
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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)
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Steve C 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.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: ann 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.

Welcome to R club.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: pin-hi 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.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: uScott 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.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: pin-hi 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.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: pin-hi on December 14, 2012, 11:34:12 PM
attempt at trike pic
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC 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
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on December 15, 2012, 02:21:38 AM
attempt at trike pic

"Legs"

Cute
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: pin-hi on December 15, 2012, 03:05:22 AM
full conversion. If I had it to do over again, I'd recommend the Frankenstein conversion kit for a Harley Product. There are lots of quality kits out there for the Honda and other models as well. As for Voyager kits, I've literally read hundreds of reviews and some are happy with the "training wheel", easy on, easy off aspect. The ride will never match a true conversion or purpose buit trike from the manufacturer. I'd wait a little longer, do your research, save a few extra dollars up and do a full conversion. There are independant suspension and solid axle trike kits of good quality. It's all the additional costs that can add up like installation and paint unless you are really handy. Some can only be dealer installed, such as Leahman, others, you buy the kit and either do it yourself or find a good wrench that you trust to do the work. Champion, Roadsmith, California Sidecar, Motortrike, even DFT if you like the rear corvette style styling. Now, I bet you wish you hadn't asked. lol Good luck Dave. First thing first. Get a good comfy permanent socket going. There's all kinds of gel and silicone liners to increase comfort for us below knee amps and there should be comfy options for AK amps as well.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on December 15, 2012, 03:14:28 AM
full conversion. If I had it to do over again, I'd recommend the Frankenstein conversion kit for a Harley Product. There are lots of quality kits out there for the Honda and other models as well. As for Voyager kits, I've literally read hundreds of reviews and some are happy with the "training wheel", easy on, easy off aspect. The ride will never match a true conversion or purpose buit trike from the manufacturer. I'd wait a little longer, do your research, save a few extra dollars up and do a full conversion. There are independant suspension and solid axle trike kits of good quality. It's all the additional costs that can add up like installation and paint unless you are really handy. Some can only be dealer installed, such as Leahman, others, you buy the kit and either do it yourself or find a good wrench that you trust to do the work. Champion, Roadsmith, California Sidecar, Motortrike, even DFT if you like the rear corvette style styling. Now, I bet you wish you hadn't asked. lol Good luck Dave. First thing first. Get a good comfy permanent socket going. There's all kinds of gel and silicone liners to increase comfort for us below knee amps and there should be comfy options for AK amps as well.

OK
You convinced me
I'm gonna stay with a fully converted Goldwing trike
Don't make no sense to spend $4k on a voyager and put it on a $3k bike

But, you're right, first things first
Leg
Insurance $$$
Retire
Live life
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: annieg on December 22, 2012, 02:06:26 PM
Dave, Welcome to the site!  I love the way this went from a rant (which we all do) to a motorcycle club!  LOL  It just goes to show, you just have to keep moving or you'll rust! Good luck.  It will get better you just have to have a ton of patience.  annieg
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on December 24, 2012, 08:40:39 PM
Dave, Welcome to the site!  I love the way this went from a rant (which we all do) to a motorcycle club!  LOL  It just goes to show, you just have to keep moving or you'll rust! Good luck.  It will get better you just have to have a ton of patience.  annieg

Annie
Yea, I get off track quite a bit
But, I'm thankful for, after almost getting killed 7 months ago, to driving from Ohio to Colorado springs, alone, to visit my kids and 4 grand kids.
Life is good

Walked all tru Walmart and Target
Something I never thought I'd be able to do only a few short (or maybe long) months ago.

Thanx again
and
Merry CHRISTmas
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Dolphin on January 16, 2013, 10:44:53 PM
Kook bike only in my dreams.  Also do not give up the fight to get a leg that fits, you may have to fight for it but well worth it when said and done I have a great prosthetists here in the states and if it was not for him do not know what I would do.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on January 17, 2013, 12:04:04 AM
Kook bike only in my dreams.  Also do not give up the fight to get a leg that fits, you may have to fight for it but well worth it when said and done I have a great prosthetists here in the states and if it was not for him do not know what I would do.

I'm going to work with what I have for now, jump thru all the hoops they want me too, and then meet with the doctors that decide what I'm gonna get.  I'm still active and want a leg that lets me be active.

But, I'm working with the VA, so who knows.  I was hoping they would have the best and newest, and, maybe they do. I'll give em a chance.

Thanx again
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Dolphin on February 16, 2013, 09:47:46 PM
Awesome bike! 
Dave don't give up the Va is different depending where you live, I have some friends with no trouble and others with lots.  Good luck! Hang in there
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on March 05, 2013, 03:22:15 PM
Awesome bike! 
Dave don't give up the Va is different depending where you live, I have some friends with no trouble and others with lots.  Good luck! Hang in there

Dolphin
I waited to reply on purpose.
I've got my VA appointment on teh 13th.
I meet with the panel of Dr's and have been given some 'key words' to use.
Stumble recovery, and the like

The VA is slow, and I'm sure if I went with a civilian co., they would have me on a MPC, and a big claim into the ins co.
But where would I be 5 years from now?
I'll since have moved, and they won't be here.
The VA will always be here (until obama care and the national debt shuts em down)

I'll be fine

Thanx again
Dave
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Dolphin on March 29, 2013, 10:44:27 PM
Keep it up, and you will do fine be sure to check out Plie2 it has faster response so the leg is always where you want it when you want it. Good luck.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on March 30, 2013, 11:42:01 AM
That's exactly the one I told my prothesis I wanted.
They should have the new socket ready next week then he's gonna have the Plie rep fit the knee.
I'm excited about it
Thanx
Dave
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Dolphin on March 30, 2013, 04:16:24 PM
Best of luck,
If you have any questions I can try to help.
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on March 30, 2013, 06:49:35 PM
Best of luck,
If you have any questions I can try to help.

I really appreciate that.
Thanx

Dave
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Dolphin on April 05, 2013, 08:35:16 PM
Any status on your new leg?
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: DaveC on April 08, 2013, 12:31:40 AM
Any status on your new leg?

Go in tomorrow for the fitting of the new socket.
Then after that an appointment with the Freedom rep for programming the Plie'

So, albeit slow progress, still progress

Had to post a pic of my new scoot
Title: Re: New guy says "hi".
Post by: Steve C on April 08, 2013, 07:09:59 AM
Lovely looking bike! (I like the BBQ too!  :D )