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General Discussion / Re: What system is best for an AK
« on: May 14, 2014, 10:56:04 AM »
Thanx for the info
I'm pretty active and get plenty of exercise, which is what cause my problem.
But, the cut me open, found a 4"  suture that didn't dissolve, and a bone chip.
Removed em, had to dig deeper than anticipated, and took a little longer.
But, that part is done and time to get back on the new socket, and knee and then retire.
And then start my 3rd career: enjoying life with the kids and g-kids.
Rebuilding my dads 76 Ford Ranchero and give to my G-son.
Rebuild my VW Bus and put in a auto trans, and do some cross country road trips
Tow my scooter
Visit my dau in San Antonio and sit by the pool with a cold (insert drink here)
And my other dau in Colo springs and watch the deer in her font yard each morning.
Otherwise, enjoy the hell outa every day
Meaning retire while I can

And a pic of the stump AFTER surgery

General Discussion / Re: What system is best for an AK
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:44:25 AM »
Well, a little bump in the road, so to speak.
Seems I developed a sore/wound/blister at the bottom of my stump.
The Dr thinks there something inside trying to get out, like  a piece of bone, suture, etc.
So, they're gonna cut it open, remove 'whatever' it is, then I heal up and get back to getting the new socket.
Hopefully the wait will be worth it.
Just one of those things we gotta put up with.

But, hopefully I'll be all set up by this summer so I can get back to living, retirement, traveling, riding, etc etc.

love to all

General Discussion / Re: I'm Baaaaack
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:43:23 AM »
Did you miss me?

Were you gone?
Ummm,   guess so???

OK, just messin with ya
Glad to have ya back

General Discussion / Re: phantom pains
« on: March 27, 2014, 11:17:02 PM »
A lot of people are now using a drug called "Lyrica" specifically designed for nerve pain. Have your sockets checked for load placement. Remember you shrink and will settle deeper into your socket which puts pressure in the wrong place.

That was part of my problem.
My stump changed and my socket didn't
I got a different style liner, which helped, and they're working on a new socket.
Hope you get some new drugs or they figure it out
God Bless you all

I was sent this via I'd go for it but I am a below knee and the need a above knee. Suffice to say, the person applying should live in Ireland. Good luck!

Quote - Amputee Needed for TV show
Posted: 05/03/2014
Deadline: 05/03/2014

Role Information
Roles: Participants

Details of Role
We need an amputee for a role in a TV show!

Applicant must have leg amputation at thigh.

Date and Pay TBC

To apply please send the following details AND a photo of yourself to

1) Name
2) Date of Birth
3) Phone Number (and alternative number if possible)
4) Living Location
5) Availability

If you know anyone suitable please pass on the info! Thanks :)

How to apply



And I was just gonna ask if they paid travel expenses.
Oh well, guess I'll have to find another way to get there.

I was stationed in England (Ipswich) for 4 years with the USAF, but never made it to Ireland.
Made it to Wales tho,

Next time


General Discussion / Re: What system is best for an AK
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:56:45 PM »
I hate replying to myself, but, yesterday I was fitted for a new socket, given a better liner, and had the dep dir of the VA Hosp I'm going thru, oversee the process.
I've got a new Plie' 2.0 sitting in the box waiting for the socket.
And, it's going to be the right length, and attach directly under the socket.
 (the one I have now is offset to compensate for the articulation of my stump)
(my issues were: 1. Poor fitting socket, losing air while walking (let alone sitting)  2: too long by 3/8 inch 3: rubbed in my crotch)

My stump has now shrunk a little more and is now hanging down to almost the same level/angle as my good leg. (vs forward a little)

So, hopefully I'm on the way to a better gait and normality (whatever that may be for me)

Love, prayers, and the best of our situation to all.


General Discussion / Re: How is everyone braving the winter?
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:41:44 PM »
Here in central Ohio, we had a brief bit of warm (50) weather, but, then back to 0 and snow flurries.
I'm about had it with this long, cold winter.
Fallen a few times on the ice/snow, and get mad as heck.

I'm gonna retire soon and move SOUTH.
Where? I don't care, just SOUTH.
Texas probably. Daughter is there, and she's got a nice pool, and cold beer
Yea, that sounds god. Pool and beer.
Yea, I'm gonna move in with my daughter.
OK, Carry on

General Discussion / Re: phantom pains
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:36:10 PM »
It hasn't been quite 2 years since my accident, and I still get em.
However not as often. Maybe once a day.
My issue is, the seizures my leg goes into, mostly at bed time, if I don't keep my med level up there.
But, the phantom pain, yea, I just grimace and bear it.

General Discussion / What system is best for an AK
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:08:45 PM »
Well, I finally got my prosthesis's attention that my socket sucks, but, unfortunately not literally.
I got the Plie' 2.0 and it's a great knee, but my socket, as usual, doesn't fit right.

Other than it's too long (the ankle shaft is too long, but it's the shortest they got. My residual is long)
It rubs/chaffs/rash's which is partly due to the liner, but I think I got that worked out
But, as usual, it loses suction. It's a Neg Pressure system. Just the Liner, put it on,  push it in the socket, press the air valve and release when it's tight.

But, after a short time, it's back to pressing down on my stump, releasing air, etc, over and over again. Every time I stand up, and after a few minutes of walking.   I shouldn't have to continually bend over to release the air, get my suction back, before I walk another 50 feet.  And at the end of the day, my stump hurts, is sore, and it hurts to press down.

So, we're looking at a different system.
He suggested a neg pressure  with a pin.
Some people I've talked to don't like the pin system but they're BK's, so not sure it I can use that in my decision making process.

So, I'm asking  those AK's here, what attachment system you got, do you like it, what would you rather have if it isn't satisfactory, etc etc.

I know, it's only been not even 2 years since my accident, and I'm bitching, but, others in our support group that had their amputation AFTER me are already set with he best and walking fine.

My problem is, I'm going thru the VA, and, yes, most of what you heard about the long delays, I am experiencing. But, fortunately, one of our support group members is on the board, and put a bug in the Chief's ear, and now I'm starting to get attention.

But, I need to know what to ask for as far as what method of attachment is good/better/best.

And, here's a article on our group

I'm on the far right


Carry on


General Discussion / Re: vacuum system questions
« on: October 17, 2013, 03:38:36 PM »
maybe I should ask about the pump system
I just have the neg pressure (push down and hold the button to let the air out)
But after an hour or so, it starts sucking air, becomes loose (as my stump sweats/shrinks)
I gotta get a new system.
I'm getting a new socket maker guy, so maybe he can do better than my old VA socket maker guy did



General Discussion / Re: Update on my RAK Rig
« on: October 17, 2013, 03:36:13 PM »
Very true
I have the Plie' 2.0, and the battery swap is so easy, and I like the knee, but my socket sucks.
In the process of getting a new socket maker guy
Then maybe I can wear it every day without getting blisters/rash/sore/et
But, the knee is great

General Discussion / Re: I made an old lady cry
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:21:18 PM »
1. I'm so sorry for your loss
2. truer words were never spoken.
Tell your mom, dad, kids you love em, every day- AND MEAN IT!!!

General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:19:48 PM »
1. Just glad to hear you're up and around
2. A very concise review of the 3 knees.
3. I got the Plie' 2 straight outa the box, as the Gov't/VA has a contract with Plie and that's what they give ya
4. I gotta agree with ya on all counts. The battery replacement is so simple. I just put in a new one each morning.
Now, once I get a fuggin socket that fits, I'll be as happy camper.
5. But, I'm glad you're up and about.

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