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I got it today & it just walks so much better than the 2nd generation C-leg.  There is a huge difference walking uphill/downhill with it.

Frankly, I don't know why Otto Bock is calling it the "new C-leg" when it feels like it's completely re-engineered.

I couldn't believe how it walks uphill & downhill better than the new rheo. (I am talking about the new rheo knee before ossur began shipping out knees with defective parts in it; no one should get the rheo knee as the defect makes the knee quite dangerous.)

I have a suspicion that the new C-leg is really a version of genium knee without the gyroscope.

Any AK getting ready for a new knee should definitely try out the 3rd gen. C-leg.

It's simply awesome. 

The rep from Otto Bock won't tell you this but I just found out you can actually jog with this new leg.  LOL

That just solidifies my suspicion even more that this really is a watered down genium knee.
 

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General Discussion / Rheo knee can kill you!!!! Be very careful.
« on: July 15, 2011, 10:37:17 PM »
Since it was a time for me to get a new knee, I figured I go with the new rheo knee which I liked very much when I first tried it out last November.  It walks far better than the C-leg on incline/decline.

I had tried three rheo knee units that came straight out of the box.  All three were defective.  The new units that are being shipped out have defective parts that causes it to stutter/chatter. 

My prosthetist called other prosthetists across the country and they are all reporting the same problem.

It's not just the chattering that is my concern.  While trying out the new unit, it collapsed on me completely for no reason.  I was just standing still about to turn around.  Then bam!!  It just collapsed on me for no apparent reason.

This was the worst spill I ever had since becoming an amputee.  Very scary.  Even though one prosthetist who was standing next to me caught me, I hurt my arm and it's still sore.  My own prosthetist was just shocked. 

If the other prosthetist didn't catch me fall, I would have seriously hurt myself. 

If anybody got this new rheo knee recently, be very careful.  They are seriously defective. 

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General Discussion / Oh my, oh my, how we have been all deceived!!!
« on: April 12, 2011, 01:56:08 PM »
I am a democrat and I've been a supporter of Obama.  Before attacking me as a paranoid Republican, check my previous postings. 

In fact, I was an avid supporter of Obama.

Check out the link below.

http://sheikyermami.com/2011/04/10/the-unraveling-of-barry-soetoro-aka-barack-hussein-obama-ii/

If you can't go to the link above, try googling

"The unraveling of Barry Soetoro, a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama II"

Someone or some force is hard at work trying to block all these links concerning Obama, so you may have to use firefox or something other than IE.

I am absolutely convinced now Obama was not born in Hawaii & matter of fact, he's an illegal alien whose U.S. citizenship has been forged.

How shocking.  How sad.  How evil.

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General Discussion / Anybody out there in California?
« on: March 21, 2011, 05:14:03 PM »
Supposedly, a quite deadly earthquake will happen this week or the next week.

If anything close to what happened in Japan happens in California, it will be a total pain to amputees.

I hope nothing happens but there is a psychic up in Canada who's been quite accurate with earthquakes lately has been talking about it so I am bit worried.

http://blairrobertson.com/blog/

If it happens and if what my sister saw in her dreams many years ago happens this week or the next week in California, I would have to agree that Tribulation has begun. 

You can also look up David Owour who correctly predicted Katrina, Tsunami of 2004, Chinese earthquakes, earthquake near the U.S. border, & Chile earthquakes, etc.  He's been correct every single time.  Amazing. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwmi7Tj2Z0M&feature=related

I am just distressed that all these prophets, devil worshippers & what not, not a single one of them is telling us amputees what we need to do.  Do we not count?     I mean, we are more venerable than anyone else.  I lose electricity, I don't walk because I can't charge up my battery.   >:(

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General Discussion / Now, who is the pastor here?
« on: February 15, 2011, 02:10:05 AM »
I seek guidance and I find none. 

I am being dead serious.

I am in great distress.

Please private message me.


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LOL.  That's really funny.  Like that's going to solve the problem.   His budget cut will add $7.2 trillion while slashing $1.1 trillion.

For every dollar the US government is spending now, 40 cents are used to pay the interest, half of the debt which is owned by China.  Even if the American public is taxed at 100%,  we can't get out of this mess.

Obama wants to cut heating assistance to low income family.  Is he out of his mind?  People will freeze to death!!!

People need to realize that no matter what the US government does now, it can't avoid the inevitable.  We will go bankrupt.  Soon or later. 

China & Russia has agreed to trade oil and other precious metals without the USD.  IMF proposed creating a world reserve currency that will replace USD.   USD will soon lose its petrodollar status just the the British pound did in 1970's. 

Former head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) David Walker says we are going bankrupt anyway!!!

The inevitable collapse of the U.S. economy is upon us.  Most economists and highly respected analysts are all predicting dollar collapse by end of this year/early next year.   Just check CNBC. 

We won't be able to import oil anymore.  Food price will skyrocket. 

Solution?  Get gold & guns because the food riot is coming near you. 

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General Discussion / This will shut down many prosthetic shops
« on: December 27, 2010, 03:07:59 PM »


As I had discussed few weeks ago, there is a 15 min. stem cell procedure that will prevent amputation of foot due to diabetic ulcer.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-hope-for-saving-diabetic-foot-from-amputation-112436169.html

FDA will fight hard to prevent this procedure from being performed in the U.S.  But FDA can't prevent patients from flying out to Japan or China to receive this procedure.  LOL  The cost of this procedure is under $1,000.00.  Lot less than what it costs to make a socket.

As most amputees in the US & rest of the developed countries are BK amputees who lost their foot from diabetic foot ulcer, this indeed is a really bad news for most prosthetists.

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A business associate of mine from Shanghai/Hong Kong sent me a prank e-mail this morning claiming he has this ointment/cream that's going to regrow my leg.  He says he sent this prank because I've been giving him this lamae excuse that I can't beat him in ping-pong because of my prosthetic leg.  LOL

The news is that scientists have identified an enzyme that allows salamender to regrow their limbs and internal organs and this was a big news in China today.

http://www.chinanews.com.cn/gj/2010/12-07/2706163.shtml

Don't ask me why this was such a big deal in China today cuz I have no idea.  ;D

The enzyme is called amblox and apparently, this works on humans as well as wounds heal much faster and without scar.

Here is the English version of the story.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/lizard-enzyme-could-help-amputees-regrow-limbs/136709-17.html

Of course further tweaking would be required before this can really regenerate human limbs but I think this is an exciting news.  Now that scientists know which enzyme they need to work with, I am sure it won't be too long before we start growing back our limbs just like salamenders do.  :D

The icing on the cake is that this ability to regenerate also comes with extended life-span.  This particular Mexican salamender lives for 25 years.  In human terms, that's like living for thousands of years. 

Hey, guess what? I think us amputees will end up living lot longer than non-amputees because of our amputation!!!!

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So the latest rage in microprocessor knee is the Genium from Otto Bock.  This new knee is essentially an upgrade of C-leg with one major difference.  $200 gyroscope (inertial sensor) that measures the movement of the knee has been added.  The result?   A prosthetic knee that allows users to walk up stairs step over step, walk backwards, walk over obstacle & all at the same time, much more stable than any other knee.

Since there isn't any competition around, (not even the power knee2 comes close) Otto Bock decided to jack up the price and decided to sell Genium for $40,000 or higher. 

I tried the Orion from Endolite other day.  Truly amazing.  No C-leg user will have any problem switching over to Orion as it walks almost as same as C-leg.  Other than the fact that the knee gives out its resistance completely all of sudden without any warning when sitting down, it's almost good as the old C-leg.  It has exposed wire & exposed circuits, not to mention that the whole thing looks like it was made by a cheap toy maker in China.  (Oops, I forgot to mention that it also has no function like free-swing mode or golf-mode.)  But performance wise, it's almost good as the C-leg. 

No, I am not amazed at how closely it functions like C-leg.  I am amazed that it took over a decade for Endolite to duplicate the C-leg.  It will probably take another decade before Endolite can work out its problems and make the Orion truly equivalent to C-leg. LOL

Hugh Herr's products

iwalk finally has realeased its powered ankle called PowerFoot BiOM.  This is the only ankle unit that allows BK to walk, kick, and run normally.  http://www.iwalkpro.com  The only other company that's even close to releasing a similar unit is College Park but don't hold your breath.  Their unit is at least another 5 years away.

Rheo2 is a prosthetic knee that has been vastly improved.  It's as good as C-leg.  It walks better uphill or downhill than the C-leg but on even ground walking, C-leg is still slightly better.  Also, rheo2 has no special mode like free-swing mode.

Victhom

The rumor has it that the developer of power knee is close to going belly up.  It’s power knee2 is lighter than the original version & its price has been halved but it’s performance has been surpassed by cheaper Genium already.  So when power knee2 is finally released some time next year, there won’t be any buyer wanting to buy this unit.  Basically, it’s DOA, dead on arrival.

And fianally, Plie2?  hahaha LOL  It’s waterproof and performs worse than any decent mechanical knee.  Yeah, my $1,500 mechanical knee is also waterproof.  Enough said.

If you think you don’t have enough time left in your life wating for all these wonderful gadgets to develop, think again.  Harvard just managed to reverse aging in mice, making the old mice young again. 

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-11/harvard-creates-mice-grow-younger-which-could-lead-human-anti-aging-treatments

If you are young enough & manage to stay around for another 30 years or so, you will live long enough to grow your leg back & more.



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General Discussion / Yeah, nothing can compete against this
« on: August 21, 2010, 01:13:30 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwbAlI8fxxo

compared to motorized power knee2, Genium can walk up stairs much more smoothly & effortlessly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFRw4Ze_V-w

but is it worth $40,000?

hmm....

something to think about.

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General Discussion / Hugh Herr at it again
« on: August 18, 2010, 09:45:13 PM »
Not so long ago, Herr at MIT was telling media how his motorized "powerfoot one" was going to allow BK amputees to jump over buildings and run faster than Usain Bolt.

Looks like the money dried up for that B/S project.

Because now, Herr is promising the world that he will build a thought controlled leg equiped with five motors and AI.
Oh, wait.  Didn't Hugh Herr build that already?  I thought that was called Rheo knee.  LOL

http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2010/08/tradeshow/Intelligent-Prosthetics-for-Natural-Movements.aspx


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General Discussion / Concerning Genium knee (aka X2/New C-leg)
« on: August 12, 2010, 01:39:16 PM »
With plie, rheo, & endolite desperately trying to sell their "piece of crap" (not my word but plie rep said plie2 is also a "piece of crap" & others confirmed that rheo2 is a crap & endolite is a crap.) before Genium is released, limited number of Genium (aka new C-leg) has been released in Germany for "supposed" test trials.

The thing that bothers me is, DARPA commissioned the new knee with US taxpayer dollar.  Why is it that not even test trials are being done in the US but the knees are available in Germany, albeit in limited numbers?  Does this make sense at all?

It's not that I have anything against German amputees but they are benefitting from the DARPA research money now yet US amputees haven't even seen the new knee.  

Shouldn't US tax dollar benefit US citizens first instead of Germans?

And all this secrecy and being tight lip about the new knee being released in Germany doesn't suit me well.  If Otto Bock is so concerned about the US backlash, they should have considered not releasing the knee in Germany in the first place.

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Guys at UC Irvine made retinas using stem cells.  No, no, no.  Not for rats.  For humans.

http://sify.com/news/retina-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-created-news-international-kf1mOkjjicd.html

I am just glad I will get to grow new teeth soon.  Supposedly, growing your own tooth will be cheaper than doing an implant.  I guess now is the time to short dental implant companies & cash in on my options. hahaha

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth

I just can't wait for a day when I can short Ottobock.  Hopefully, in not so distant future, we could grow our legs back cheaper than getting a c-leg. LOL


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General Discussion / How do you all cope with sweating?
« on: April 12, 2010, 08:05:24 PM »
Everytime my liners starts to fill up with sweat, I head for the nearest restroom.  Well, this only works if there is a restroom nearby and my stump isn't sweating too much.

I do use over the counter anti-perspirant like Right Guard to reduce sweating but I am really worried as I have to be in China middle of July.

I didn't notice before my amputation but southern China is really humid and even in Febraurary, I had some difficulty due to perspiration. 

Is there anything stronger than the over the counter stuff?  Can anyone recommend me any product or let me know what I can do better to cope with the sweat?

Thank you all for your replies.
 

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"Making the blind see was once called a miracle," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "As we have expanded our understanding of evolution, genetics, and nanotechnology, chances are that "miraculous" cures will become as commonplace as those claimed by faith-healers past and present."

I've figured one person in particular on this forum may find this amusing. ^^

If you are interested in reading the article, just follow the link below.

Toward Making the Blind See: Gene Therapy Restores Vision in Mice

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100331141623.htm


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