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General Discussion / Re: road trip
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:59:44 PM »
Enjoy and be safe! I assume you'll be taking I-80/I-15 south, wave to me when you pass through SLC. (I'll be out there...somewhere...)

If I may suggest a scenic route, from Spanish Fork take US-6 east to US-89 south, it's a quiet and pretty drive that will take you to I-70 west and thence back to I-15 south.

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:46:51 PM »
DaveC, post pictures of that trike when you can!

Don't underestimate a mere scooter. We've got a Silverwing that's "only" 600cc, easily makes freeway speeds and a lot more, a very nimble and capable machine. Anything that get your knee(s) into the breeze is good by me!

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General Discussion / Re: Cloning a socket?
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:30:38 PM »
Dolphin, there haven't been many changes in my socket technology. Plain old AK suction socket, no liners, no socks, simple as can be.

Turns out, what they were doing was taking a cast of my old socket, and then instead of making a duplicate, they were making "corrections" to the mold -- changing or removing the features that make my old socket work so well. Yes, instead of making the duplicate that I asked for, they were making something that was quite a lot not very much at all like my old socket, and then wondering why I couldn't walk on the stupid thing.

I finally got ticked off enough (stop wasting my time!) to demand that they make an EXACT duplicate, do not alter the trim lines, do not smooth out those big ridges, do not adjust the volume. They did. The lab tech actually bet money that this weird socket was going to tear me up, that I wouldn't be able to wear it for 15 minutes, let alone walk on it. He lost his bet. I walked on that sucker for a solid week, and it felt pretty good.

They're pulling the 2nd test socket now, with a couple of minor tweaks. I'm optimistic.

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General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« 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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General Discussion / Re: CHRISTMAS!
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:59:00 PM »
I love those old animated Christmas specials. My favorite has to be The Year Without a Santa Claus, mainly for these two characters:


Also, that one with Fred Astaire, but only because of this awesome half-track mail sled.





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General Discussion / Cloning a socket?
« on: December 05, 2012, 05:33:43 PM »
Should I expect a prosthetic shop to be able to fabricate a perfect (or near perfect) duplicate of an existing socket? Especially a shop associated with a large, national, unnamed O&P conglomerate, who presumably has access to state-of-the-art CAD/CAM equipment?

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General Discussion / Re: AK's: Any tips on cushioning the socket rim?
« on: July 26, 2012, 05:12:09 PM »
Maybe if you had a way to secure your 1-ply to the outside top of the socket, to mechanically prevent it from sucking itself down? Some hook-side velcro maybe? Depends on the texture of the sock I guess.

FWIW my socket brim gives me constant grief as well. I think it's the lot of AKs who aren't lean and athletic. So, most of us.

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General Discussion / Re: Anniversary
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:08:36 PM »
How about that, my 10-year was two days ago. It completely slipped my mind. Time flies when you're having fun!

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General Discussion / Re: Hi to all!
« on: April 09, 2012, 02:55:29 PM »
First half of the day, spent on the garage floor, installing new drive chain and sprocket into my motorcycle. >:(

Second half of the day, riding said motorcycle in the warm spring sunshine.  :D  Funny how a quick trip for milk & bread can take several hours and a full tank of fuel sometimes.

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General Discussion / Re: Where to sell a leg I do not want?
« on: March 19, 2012, 03:08:29 PM »
I've thought about selling stuff but my Prosthetist told me (if I remember correctly) it was illegal for him to get used parts for my legs.

Right, illegal for him, but not for you. You bring your own parts into the shop (however you get them), there's no law says he can't install them for you. He may decline due to personal ethics, but that's his natural right, not the law.

I'm not just making this up, this is from experience.

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General Discussion / Re: Where to sell a leg I do not want?
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:55:24 PM »
I've never heard it being illegal to resell this stuff. There might be something about selling medical equipment, but if you're just selling a knick-knack and not representing it as medical equipment....

A prosthetist can't buy used goods for your leg, but there's no law against bringing him stuff for your own leg. He might refuse to install it, that's a judgment call, not a legal issue. The manufacturer will probably refuse warranty coverage, and may refuse to support it (repair/overhaul) at all. So there are a few things to consider, but nobody's gonna go to jail over it!

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General Discussion / Re: Any plans for St Patricks Day?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:55:11 PM »
I thought the traditional Irish bacon was pork belly/side meat, cured, but not smoked like American bacon. Am I misinformed? American ham is typically a wet-cured leg/shank portion.

Me, I'll be braising a nice lean slab of corned beef. It's American, and it's delicious. To be fair, I cook corned beef several times a year anyway. But I'll serve it with a side of colcannon to complement the stewed cabbage and onions, so there's that.

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General Discussion / Re: Where to sell a leg I do not want?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:38:51 PM »
Yep, EBay, or maybe Amazon. Perhaps your prosthetist could put you in touch with a potential buyer.

Sadly, I think you'll find the second-market value of prosthetic components is only a tiny fraction of what they cost new. Back when the original C-Leg was still somewhat new, you could find lightly used units on EBay for something like 10-20% of the "new" price. But I wish you the best of luck nonetheless.

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General Discussion / Why are you even talking about this?
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:55:50 PM »
So I was sitting in my office today when some anonymous student[1] wanders in and starts asking me about my leg. Hey, how's the leg? Oh, I was a student here back when you lost it. Wasn't it above the knee?

And I'm like...umm, it's fine...and...ah...you know, this isn't a topic for conversation, is there anything else I can help you with today?

And the guy gets this hurt look on his face, and then he goes away.

Back when I lost my leg, it wasn't a big secret, I went to work on crutches for a while and when people were curious I put them at ease. Even now I'm not shy about dressing for comfort. If I'm in shorts and someone's just curious, that's fine. It's just life, and when I show that I'm OK with it, it's easier for you to be OK with it too.

But to bring it up apropos of nothing, or quiz me down on gritty details...I'm sorry, but that's beyond curiosity, edging past inconsiderate into frank rudeness. I'm not inclined to indulge that, and I'll shut you down in a hurry.

Am I wrong? I mean, I'm still gonna do exactly what I do anyway, but...dang, it's just been a while since anybody got in my face like that, and I did not like it today. Just venting a little I guess.




Note [1]: I work in higher education, "student" can be any age from 16 to 90+, and some of them hang around for years....

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General Discussion / Who is my "doctor"?
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:45:19 PM »
It's been almost ten years since my amputation, and I'm beginning to realize that for the most part, I haven't actually had much if any medical care or guidance. Apart from one meeting soon after where I selected a prosthetist (which was a disaster unto itself), practically everything I've done has been dealing directly with prosthetists, with no involvement from any kind of physician. With the sole exception of my GP, who writes my prosthetic scrips purely for insurance paperwork purposes. He freely admits he knows virtually nothing about amputees or prosthetics. I don't blame him, he's a good GP, but not a specialist.

Anyway, so I've had almost ten years of marginal-at-best experiences with my prosthesis. I'm beginning to wonder if these two facts are related. Would I be doing better if I had a doctor who was actually in charge of the situation, who actually knew what he was doing with it, maybe seeing a larger picture that my current crew is somehow missing? What medical specialty should I look at, how can I identify someone who can give me more insight into how I should manage things?

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