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General Discussion / article/ video double amputee afghanistan
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:59:22 AM »
Hi All - I am back from alaska now and will be moving there late this summer. Hope I can find a good prosthetist there so I do not have to keep traveling back to NH

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/26/sport/afghanistan-paralympian/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43692529/ns/us_news-life/


In the comments after this article several people faulted this disabled veteran for getting on a rollercoaster. Some even called him an idiot. These people seem to think that amputees should sit around at home and not try to participate in life. I ride rollercoasters and once I was denied entrance when they saw my prosthesis.

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General Discussion / crutches
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:21:33 AM »
A long time ago I learned that forearm crutches were much better than underarm crutches because they leave your hands much more available for most tasks, but they have always worn out quickly. Recently I was walking one of my dogs at at 6 am in the dark wearing almost nothing ( I live in a remote area) when it suddenly started pouring. I turned to get back in side quickly and one of my crutches snapped at the hand grip. I got up and had to hop back on one crutch. I was using aluminum crutches because they are much cheaper than titanium crutches. I got on line to search for titanium crutches that might be cheaper than fetterman's. I found some steel forearm crutches that were rated for three times my weight and had a much longer warranty than any of the aluminum crutches. I bought them and they are great. The additional weight is not even noticeable. They feel very solid and were actually cheaper than the no good, light weight aluminum crutches I have been buying. Herb

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General Discussion / US slips to 49th in life expectancy
« on: October 18, 2010, 11:07:04 AM »
We spend more than double what all the countries that are ahead of us and what do we get - poor results that keep getting worse. Columbia University just did a study that ranks our privatized health care industry way behind all the major "socialized systems" around the world. When are we going to stop being brainwashed by all the people who make big profits with the status quo?

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General Discussion / Missuse of handicap parking
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:22:43 PM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/26/AR2010092603823.html

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=130162191&m=130162179

Here are some links to a story about abuse of handicap parking. Some investigations in several cities found the level of abuse was between 33 and 75%. People not handicapped were using the permits. Many of the actual permit holders were deceased or were other family members not present or the permits had been stolen.

I recently took my son to a concert at the comcast center and parked in the handicapped lot. After arriving I found that the performer we came to see was being preceded by six hours of other very loud, lousy acts. After an hour I went out to read in my car. While there, the handicap parking lot filled up. I would say that over 90% of the people parking there were 20 year olds that looked very able bodied.

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General Discussion / something for wheelchair users to try
« on: September 13, 2010, 01:03:33 PM »

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Ten rabbits fitted with the  new joints were hopping around within three to four weeks. Here is a link to the story about manmade joints said to be much better than metal joint replacements.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38457744/ns/health-cloning_and_stem_cells/

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General Discussion / quadruple amputee soldier
« on: July 04, 2010, 09:56:54 AM »
Here is a story that brought me to tears several times

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38083693/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/

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