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General Discussion / vacuum system questions
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:31:35 PM »
I'm looking for the pros and cons of a vacuum system.  I would like to get rid of the pin system but it seems like either people love or hate the vacuum system. 

If I decide to do it, I'll be driving 15 hours and staying in OKC for 2 weeks to get it made.  I can have another pin system made locally so I want to be sure that this is worth my time. 

I'm very active and always have a lot of sweat in my liner.  I was told that the sweat issue would be greatly reduced with a vacuum system.  Some people have indicated that the vacuum system does not work well for very active people.   Is this true?  I will still use my other prosthetic leg(s) with a pin system for cycling and running.  The vacuum system would be my "everyday' leg.

I'm looking at getting an Ottobock Triton Harmony vacuum system with a Triton foot.  I'd greatly appreciate any feedback.  Thanks!!

Recreation and Entertainment / Snowboarding
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:59:02 PM »
Has anyone tried snowboarding?  If so, any advice?

I'm thinking of trying it but I'm a little leary. 

General Discussion / Medicare Rx costs - link to article
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:56:43 PM »
For those of you who are on Medicare and have prescription drug coverage, this article might be of interest.  It's about the rising premium costs for Medicare drug coverage.

General Discussion / Segways for veterans
« on: September 02, 2010, 06:43:18 PM »
Here is a link to a news story about a man who modifies segways for veterans.  The video features an amputee riding one.  The program is called 

If you or someone you know can benefit from the program, please visit their website.

The video is from channel 15 in Madison, WI... The Unsung Hero segment from 08/26/2010.

Recreation and Entertainment / amputee video/story featured on ESPN
« on: August 30, 2010, 08:58:48 AM »
Here is a link to an amputee video/story that was featured last night on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" segment.  It's about a 10 year old boy and a 72 year old man and how their chance encounter of meeting formed a friendship.  The video is called "Friends of Fate."

General Discussion / yesterday's blizzard
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:29:49 PM »
Yesterday most of the midwest experienced significant snowfall.  Wisconsin got anywhere from 14 to 24 inches of the lovely white stuff.  We got 17 inches of snow at our house.  Yesterday was the snowiest 24 hour period in 121 years.  We have 4-6 foot snow drifts in the backyard.  I also had to remove snow from the roof.  It is nice and sunny outside today but it is bitter cold and very windy which is causing the snow to blow and drift.  It is 1 degree fahrenheit and with the windchill it is 15 degrees below zero.  Brrr.  I keep asking myself... why do I live here?  LOL    ;D             

Here is what our house looks like after yesterday's blizzard.

Maizy loves the snow a lot more than I do.   :)

Recreation and Entertainment / New study on Oscar Pistorius' cheetah legs
« on: December 04, 2009, 02:36:40 PM »
I'm not trying to open a can of worms and start an argument over whether Oscar Pistorius has an advantage or not.  For those interested, the link below will take you to new a study on Oscar Pistorius' cheetah legs.

Oscar Pistorius' artificial limbs give him clear, major advantage for sprint running.

General Discussion / Hi-Fi socket by Biodesigns
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:05:25 PM »
Hello.  Does anyone use a Hi-Fi socket developed by Biodesigns or do you use a similar style socket? 

I am interested in learning more about their BK socket.  I will email the company for more info but I was hoping that someone used something similar and can tell me about it and how they like it. 



Here is a link to a strange news story about a man who was asked to provide a thumb print to cash a check.  The man doesn't have any hands and the bank refused to cash the check because he couldn't provide a thumb print.

General Discussion / Currahee
« on: August 24, 2009, 09:31:54 PM »
 A friend of mine sent me this video.  I uploaded it to Photobucket so that I could share it.  Hopefully the link works...

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General Discussion / Endeavor Games and my new puppy :-)
« on: June 23, 2009, 12:56:01 PM »
I was in Edmond, Oklahoma, June 10th - 14th for the Endeavor Games which were held at the University of Central Oklahoma.  The Endeavor Games are a paralympic style event for athletes with physical disabilities.  I competed in the cycling event and I had a great time.  I met a lot of wonderful people and I hope to attend the Endeavor Games again next year.  For anyone who might be interested in learning more about the Endeavor Games, please visit their website or feel free to contact me with any questions.

I also brought a new family member home with me.  While in Oklahoma I adopted a Golden Pyrenees puppy from a rescue group.  She part Golden Retriever and part Great Pyrenees.  She did great on the 17 hour car ride back to Wisconsin.  She is 10 weeks old and her name is Maizy.  She is a wonderful puppy and she has a great temperament.  She is already best friends with my blind cat (who is featured as my avatar).  They play together and sleep together. 

Wayman Tisdale, an above the knee amputee, passed away this morning.

From CNN...

 -- Wayman Tisdale, who became a successful jazz musician after retiring from pro basketball, died Friday morning following a two-year battle with cancer, his agent said.

Wayman Tisdale established himself as a jazz musician after his NBA career ended.

 Tisdale, 44, died in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, hospital, where his wife took him when he had trouble breathing early Friday, agent Scott Pang said.

Tisdale's death was "a complete shock" and came as he prepared to return to the recording studio next week to work on a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown, Pang said.

"He was a real testament to the power of positive thinking," said Pang. "Even after the cancer and amputating his leg above his knee, he never lost that smile on his face."

Doctors discovered Tisdale's bone cancer after he broke his leg in a fall down a flight of stairs, according to the official biography on his Web site.

"It really showed me what's important in life, man," he said in his bio. "It's not getting as many houses as I can, not driving the biggest cars. What's important is family and being healthy."

Tisdale averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game over a 12-year NBA career, during which he played with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, according to the NBA Web site.

His jazz recording career began in 1995 -- two years before his 1997 NBA retirement -- with a debut CD that rose to No. 4 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart and crossed over onto the R&B charts, the bio said.

Subsequent songs -- including "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," "Can't Hide Love" and "Don't Take Your Love Away" -- were top radio hits.

Tisdale is survived by his wife, four children and one granddaughter.

General Discussion / Willow - my dog passed away
« on: April 08, 2009, 06:46:42 PM »
This isn't amp related but my dog passed away this afternoon. 

Willow was humanely euthanized by my veterinarian.  Although Willow wasn't an amputee, she had severely damaged hind limbs.  She was born with excessively curved hind leg bones that didn't allow her stand up all of the way.  She couldn't straighten out her knee joints.  She should have had surgery when she was a puppy to correct the problem but no one did it.  Her legs couldn't be surgically straigtened as an adult dog.  I adopted her last Thanksgiving after she was left abandoned at a farm.  She was found tied to a fence post.  Even though we only had a few months together, Willow was a great dog who only asked that she be loved.  In return she gave her love back ten fold.  She was a gentle and loving soul who touched everyone she met.  Even the cats loved her.  She loved to go for a walk even though it was extremely painful for her.  The past few weeks have not been good for Willow.  Her hind legs deteriorated rapidly and she could no longer walk short distances painfree.  She whimpered from the pain and her legs started to give out.  After consulting with my vet, the painful decision was made to euthanize her.  She crossed the rainbow bridge this afternoon with dignity and grace.        :'(

I would recommend that everyone attend a town hall meeting when your Congressmen and Senators have them.

This morning I drove to a neighboring community to attend a town hall meeting that my Congressman was having.  I had the opportunity to speak directly to Congressman Tom Petri about HR 5615 and ask him to vote in favor of it.  He was receptive to my statements and I left some literature (fact sheets) that I had printed from the ACA's website.  I also gave him a copy of HR 5615.  Hopefullly he will vote in favor of prosthetic parity. 

I believe we can all make a difference by visiting with our representatives in person.  Meeting in person puts a face with issue you are asking them to support.  Please meet with your Congressman and Senators when they are in your area.

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