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General Discussion / Re: NOW WHAT!!!
« on: June 28, 2009, 11:14:15 PM »
No problem getting the pig to obey any order, I simply mumble something about needing bacon and chops.  BTW, pigs name is Portia and her pearls are real.  She refuses to reveal her weight or age.


General Discussion / Re: NOW WHAT!!!
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:10:37 PM »
Go to your user profile, click on the notifications and email section of your profile, you will find three different selections you can choose from regarding being messaged on replies to your posts.


General Discussion / Re: Freedom Renegade Foot
« on: August 30, 2008, 05:46:03 PM »
Mr. P. L. Jack:

You mentioned that you lived in Fontana, CA.  Ever heard of the C. C. Crane company?  If so, what do you know and think of them?


General Discussion / Re: Freedom Renegade Foot
« on: August 22, 2008, 06:58:27 PM »
I use the Renegade low profile foot.  The low profile is necessary to allow clearance for a Harmony vacuum pump between socket and foot.  I tested a regular profile Renegade before going to a vacuum system and liked it very much.  The low profile Renegade is not near the foot the regular profile foot was, at least in my opinion.


General Discussion / Re: Pin System V Suction Sleeve
« on: August 08, 2008, 06:32:30 PM »

Would you keep us posted on your experiences and opinion regarding the seal in liner.  Also would you tell us about the style(s) of the seal in you are/have used.



Indeed be cautious.  Adding pressure locations inside the socket could affect blood flow and may appear to solve one problem while slowly and silently causing another.

Look forward to hearing how the concept works for you.


General Discussion / Re: liner length
« on: April 24, 2008, 12:20:11 PM »
I have heard that when a liner is trimmed, it should be done so using a "wave" pattern rather than a straight cut.  In addition, the cut edge of the liner needs to be surfaced so as not to have a sharp cutoff.  The latter is especially important for persons wearing a sleeve and suction system over the top of the liner, to eliminate the sharp cut edge of the liner from being drawn into the thigh skin by the suction.

Has anyone heard or seen such a treatment to a liner that has been trimmed?


General Discussion / Re: Elevated vacuum socket
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:20:48 PM »
P.L. Jack:
I really would like to try a pin system to rid myself of dealing with the wad of sleeve behind the knee and the weight/flex and shock of the Harmony vac system.  You indicate that your stumps are fragile, as is the skin on mine.  How has a pin system treated you stumps in regard to abrasion/wounds?  Do you use a shock system, if so what is your opinion?  Any other comments regarding a pin system would be appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Elevated vacuum socket
« on: April 02, 2008, 01:31:23 PM »
P.L. Jack:  I use rat poison and a vacuum socket.  I have no problems whatsoever regarding the bloody stump issue, nor did doc or leg man every express any concern.  In fact, I am a very slow healer and went into a vacuum socket with a small unhealed wound and the vacuum socket enhanced the healing process and stump condition.

Tony: I use a Harmony P4 vacuum system.  It is now outmoded, and replaced by motor driven electronic vacuum systems available from several suppliers.  Do NOT consider the manual vacuum systems and DO consider the current motor driven electronic systems.  Beware of the early breed of these systems that were very noisy when they cycled on to maintain vacuum.  The noise the pump makes would scare surrounding persons in certain environments (think elevator or church).  Newer versions of these pumps are much quieter.  The Harmony P4 is heavy and has the disadvantage of being placed above the foot on the socket system, making it function like a pendulum on a grandfather clock.  A lot of excess weight to move around on the end of the leg.  The electronic systems are very light and have a much smaller impact being mounted on the lower part of the suction system.  The suction socket system makes a very intiminate stump/socket connection.  The connection simply does not piston or move, it is "stuck" in place.  I do have some discomofort where the top of the socket (wings pressing sides of knee) squeezes the knee so firmly that when not bearing weight (sitting) causes the knee to ache.  Vacuum level on the P4 is NOT adjustable, where most of the electronic systems have adjustable vacuum levels.  If you elect to investigate the suction systems, write your comments.


Snowbear and any others:

Those that have used alternative devices for mobility when not wearing leg, could you post your experiences.  Much appreciated.


I know of one amp that has an extra leg that he can just "slip" into with a few ply of socks (no liner, sleeve or pins) to move around inside the home for brief trips.  I use a walker to move around the home without my leg.  I find it more secure than crutches in dark or dim room light.

Let us know what you think / Re: message order
« on: February 23, 2008, 02:55:57 PM »
JClark:  Try this-click profile,preferences and un-check the box titled "Show most recent posts at top".


General Discussion / Re: Recipe Request!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:45:54 PM »

Loosing weight means only one thing------------------your socket will no longer fit!


General Discussion / Re: This is a test message
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:42:48 PM »
There are several different packages of forum software available, some free, others not.  Invision Power Board is probably the most prominent.  SMF (Simple Machines Forum) is Aussie based and is the forum software that was chosen to replace the old package at the Amputee Treatment Center.

Now, if I can still remember how to post, and spell, and type, and and and.


General Discussion / This is a test message
« on: February 15, 2008, 01:32:12 PM »
Trying to figure out how to post a simple message.  None to sure I have it figgured out yet.  And to think that I moderated a SMF branded forum at one time.  Things change, I guess I don't change as fast.


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