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General Discussion / AK's: Any tips on cushioning the socket rim?
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:31:48 PM »
Greetings, everyone, and welcome to the newbies; this site is such a gift! 

This is a little embarrassing, but it's been a pesky issue for over 40 years for me and all my CPs.  The top of my socket, no matter how well rounded or curved, cuts into the groin area unless it's well cushioned with some soft material taped down over the rim,  but then the cushion tends to throw off the fit some days.  The only thing that works pretty well is wearing a 1-ply sock over my gel liner and keeping it pulled up and over the top of the socket, which means constant readjustments during the day when the sock rolls back down in the socket.  It doesn't help that the top of my thunder thigh has a lot of excess skin because I lost a lot of weight quickly a while back. 

It's so frustrating since I just got a new leg that's an awesome fit and I'm aching to break out and take it for a way-overdue long walk, but I'll give myself a leg-ectomy if I'm not careful, and it's just not ladylike in the mall to constantly be reaching in and pulling up my sock to keep the socket cushioned  :o.

Any tips?  Seems like it should be a simple fix, but it ain't!!! 

(FWIW, I have a narrow ML socket with a pin-lock gel liner, which works great for me except for the cushion problem).

General Discussion / Need hints for used and homemade parts :(
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:21:31 PM »
Greetings, Amp Center friends. I'm so pleased that I rediscovered the link and password for this site. It's great to see the new format, and so many familiar names.

I never thought it would happen, but I've lost my insurance and am not eligible for any financial help to keep my aging and ill-fitting but functional AK prosthesis going (pin/lock/liner system). My immediate problems are my raggedy Otto Bock liners that are separating at the edges, and my stump socks that are all but dissolved after 40 years of washings.  Are there any suggestions for a temporary fix to mend the liner edges, or a way to make handmade stump socks?  Are E-bay and Amazon reliable places to buy gently used or new supplies? 

I am really, really hoping to have new insurance by the end of the year so I can get back to a CP and get my leg back in the hands of a professional (pardon the pun :).  In the meantime, I'm literally falling apart. Help! 

General Discussion / C-Leg booboo....HELP!
« on: July 09, 2009, 10:13:20 AM »
When I pulled the cord from the knee of my 4-year-old C-leg after charging it, I pulled it in the wrong direction and the teeth came out of the blue USB-looking thing and are now implanted in the knee. 

Can anyone tell me how much hassle and expense it will be to (a) replace the cord, and (b) remove the teeth from the outlet in the knee.  My CP is out for a week or so, so I can't get info there and I'm freaking.

(Apologies for my lack of tech-speak).

General Discussion / Otto Bock 3R90 Knee versus Total Knee?
« on: May 14, 2009, 11:22:17 AM »'s a busy time for me and knees.  I had a total knee replacement in March (it's so nice to be pain-free for a change!), and now my artificial limb has gotten raggedy and needs replacement.  I'm an AKA with a relatively sedentary lifestyle but I still do my share of walking and moving around.  I currently have a Total Knee which has served me well, though it has felt a bit bulky at times.  I feel secure with it.  It pretty much bites with hill-walking, but I assume that's true of most AK knees?  (BTW, I've already tried a C-Leg and didn't get along with it...we have control issues :)

My CP has suggested I think about an Otto Bock 3R90; he says it should function the same as the Total Knee but will be more lightweight and has a better bend (I think).  Any opinions out there about which I should choose?

General Discussion / Good leg versus bad leg.
« on: March 28, 2009, 05:27:26 PM »
My real ("biologic" leg) has always been the "good leg" and my prosthesis (my adoptive leg...though I love them both equally) has been my "bad leg."

This week I had a total knee replacement on the "good" side.  My prosthesis has been a lifesaver the past few days and I am sooooo grateful I have it.   The labels have switched, at least temporarily.   I'll never call my prosthesis my "bad leg" again.

I'm back now.   ;)

Looks like I finally need a total knee replacement on my "good" left knee.  I don't know how much weight I'll be able to bear on the surgical knee to make my AKA prosthesis on the other side do its thing, especially in the beginning, so I don't know how much this will effect my recovery.  Anyone had any experiences with this?  Frankly, I'm a little freaked   :-\

General Discussion / Liquid silk
« on: October 21, 2008, 05:25:48 PM »
I'm finally running out of my sample bottle of Liquid Silk after a year (the stuff has been a miracle).  Do I have to get it through my CP, or is it hiding on line somewhere?  The only liquid silk I can google is an..ahem..."personal" lubricant. 

P.S.  I've tried talc and Vaseline; they both work but leave a nasty residue and cooties on my stump.

General Discussion / Upright versus recumbent exercise bike...
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:00:42 PM »
I'm an AK and am reasonably mobile but spend waaay too much time at my desk working.  I want to get in some exercise breaks throughout the day; a stationary bike has helped in the past.

Any recommendations on upright versus recumbent, especially as far as how it affects my prosthesis?  Any advantages/disadvantages for using either (with or without my leg)? 

Thanks.  I lurk but don't post near enough here.  It's wonder to see how this forum as evolved!

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