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General Discussion / Re: So Then...
« on: May 17, 2009, 01:33:25 PM »
Hi Joe

Shoo-wee.....yip, bubble wrap is in order  ;)

Hope you're doing great,
Ally
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General Discussion / Re: Otto Bock 3R90 Knee versus Total Knee?
« on: May 17, 2009, 01:30:42 PM »
Hi Susan

It's a Chinese curse, you know? ..... "May you live in INTERESTING times".    :D

I think you made a good decision regarding the knee, it would be hell to walk on a new arty knee as well as a new real-knee.  You can always change later on.

Enjoy the rest of May...  ;)

Ally
xx

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General Discussion / Re: Otto Bock 3R90 Knee versus Total Knee?
« on: May 15, 2009, 08:00:00 AM »
Hi Susan

I also had a Total 2000 which I adored!  It served me so well.

Then my CP asked me to go to a seminar with him and be his "patient" while explaining various pressure points in a socket.

He made a new socket and said I had to wear another knee....a 3R60.  Man I hated it.  It felt very different to the Total, completely, even though my CP said it should feel almost the same, just safer.

Well........hurtling on a little to where we are now, a year later....

I pay for my own expensive bits, so my CP always keeps an eye out for me when 2nd hand parts pop up.  And, yip, a 3R60 popped right up.  Dirt cheap.  What to do, what to do!

He made me take it home to test drive for a couple of weeks and I fell in love with it.  Properly.

I am going to need a new knee in the future, and if I had the finances, I would go with a 3R90.  As it stands, we are looking at another 3R60.

I wouldn't go back to the Total knee.  Not now.  But it took some getting used to. 

My story anyway.....  :)

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General Discussion / Re: Am I doing something dangerous?
« on: May 14, 2009, 03:10:19 AM »
I'm up to 14 ply socks now, my stump has shrunk considerably as I walk more and more.
How much is "too much"?
I'm getting stronger by the day, so it all seems good to me now.

In my last socket, I was wearing 10 ply.  My CP raised his eyebrows....time for a new socket.

It's a tricky question.  Too much is when the socket bothers you and hurts you.  In my humble and completely thumb sucked opinion, 14 sounds like a lot......quite a lot really.....

I'm an AK - 10 has been my limit.  And thinking back, I did sort of OK with that, but it wasn't spectacular.  It certainly indicated that the socket was far too big!

Luck
xx

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General Discussion / Re: Am I doing something dangerous?
« on: May 13, 2009, 05:15:56 AM »
Oof, shame man....

But you know, if this leg is hurting you so much that you have to take Lyrica (can be a very nasty little med), then that should be a very good reason not to overdo it.

I have worn an old and "too big" socket while waiting for a new one.  My activity level dropped drastically, but at least I could get a cup of tea from the kitched to the lounge.  ;)

All the best,
Ally

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General Discussion / Re: Intimicy question
« on: April 24, 2009, 10:57:03 PM »
Hey

I am a girl, and I reckon that boys and girls go through different things.

But here is mine...............

Sex hurt me......brought on phantom pains like you cannot believe...eish, bad!
I was very busy trying to cope with general life, just love me dammit, don't LOVE me - if you know what I mean
You have (really) at least five years to come to grip with your new life (stats say so).
Babe, the more you stress about this, probably the more it will nail you.

So there, I have said almost nothing, but I believe that there are many of us who go through this and feel guilt.  No, not on.  Tis time that heals......

Dare I say it.......................over a decade later, sex is good.  Very good. Don't push it.  It will come (Jeez, I will get banned from this forum, the pun was SO not intended.)

Blessings
Ally

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General Discussion / Re: update on getting my new legs
« on: April 24, 2009, 10:44:10 PM »
Your "latest" sounds like fantastic news J.

Whoooohooooo < does happy dance for Jack!
 :D

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Playing devil's advocate..................they better keep her going......oh yes, they must.

You SO don't do this and then disappear.

<hopes valiantly>

 :-X

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Ally,

What does the avatar mean?  It looks as if someone is falling out of a wheelchair { but what is the meaning}   ???


LOL - dare I say it...............  sh*t happens......my sense of humour often leaves a lot to be desired.

Eish, sorry........ ::)

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General Discussion / Re: Willow - my dog passed away
« on: April 24, 2009, 05:16:44 AM »
Hi Mitchee

I never posted anything earlier because I really didn't know what to say.  Our pets are so very precious, I understand the heartbreak that goes hand-in-hand with losing them.

Special people have special pets......your soul must be blessed and fulfilled  :)

I too have a blind kitten....eish.....and MANY fish ponds.  They adapt so beautifully - my kitty can swim now (what's that about necessity being the mother of all....?).

We need more people like you to love our animals.  Thank you for being one of them!

xxxxxxx

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Herb, if you check you will find that they will sell most of the stuff that they charge use a high price for, a lot cheaper over seas, they charge us high prices cause they know that they can get away with it, and over there they cant because of goverment controls that we dont have here.

Jack, there is no control here in SA over prosthetic prices.  There are other CP's in SA who are charging more for a MAS for various (stupid IMHO) reasons.  The only control comes when a medical aid company is going to pay for the prosthesis.  Then they have a price-ceiling.  Otherwise, our CP's can more or less charge whatever they want.  Well, that's been my experience so far....


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Hi Ally - that is a lot cheaper than here in NH. I am getting a new standard above knee socket next week and the cost is almost $12,000. Maybe I should come to South Africa for my next socket. I would save enough to take quite a vacation. Do you have to be a citizen of South Africa to get that price? Do you like your MAS socket? thanks, Herb

My CP has seriously considered taking in overseas patients.  He has a cottage, as well as a guest house over the road.  He has chatted to me about this in the past, and he reckons that he can make a socket AND the patients can have a holiday at the same time.  So no, you don't have to be South African.  Absolutely not.

And yes, I ADORE my MAS socket.

 :)

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Hi Genki - rocket -

The video was interesting. I would have liked to have seen someone using it who was missing only one leg and outside on rough terrain and on steps. 

I would really like to see some major research done on developing a good comfortable socket that doesn't cost $12000 and does not fall off when you are climbing a tree or perspiring. I have never seen the need for a power knee but imagine they might be nice for climbing several flights of stairs. Herb

Hey Herb - that guy on the clip had 2 MAS sockets.......still my favourite  ;) 

Here in SA, the socket is around R35,000 which I reckon should be between $3000 and $4000 in the States.  I think........

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General Discussion / Re: update on getting my new legs
« on: April 21, 2009, 04:33:53 AM »

The only good news that has happened today is we got a round trip all expensices payed trip to LAS VEGAS, so we are going to take that one along with 100 dollars worth of gas and a 40 gift card we can us at WALLY WORLD, for what ever we need or want.

Eish - if that's the only good news, then it's fantastic news!

Way to go Jack!  Hope you have FUN FUN FUN - you SO deserve it!

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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General Discussion / Re: SUSAN BOYLE
« on: April 21, 2009, 04:29:55 AM »
Last week my prosthetist sent me a You Tube link of Susan singing on Britain's got Talent.

I had to scrape myself up off the floor and put my makeup back on.

This lady is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 :)


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