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General Discussion / Re: How much does it cost to produce a socket?
« on: August 02, 2008, 02:09:08 AM »
Hi all of you!
I'm back after a long long time. 
I am in the midst of redoing my socket to what is known as a MAS socket - it's a modified version of that kind!
Would you believe, i haven't paid anything yet, but they have already made 2 castings and 5 trial sockets.  I am right now on a trial socket, which I have brought home ... to see how it is coping with my day-to-day activities.
But at the end of it, if I go for the final socket, I will end up paying like 225$ or something like that.
If I don't like it, then I don't get to pay for it at all!

Definitely the developing countries are a lot cheaper when it comes to this -- but we don't have insurance covers here, which will cover this.  So, it basically comes out of our pockets - the entire amount!

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This is open ONLY for US residents ... and not for those outside, sadly :-(
Not that I would be interested otherwise ... but I could have given it a try, since I use OttoBock products.

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General Discussion / Re: Moving House
« on: May 08, 2008, 05:41:48 AM »
Thanks Herb and Pyourke and others who have read and have been thinking about my move.
YES, the move went well.
It is tough, realizing all the things you were once able to and now you have to rely on others to do ... it's a nightmare.
But thank God for His providence - there are always people around to help. 
Right now, I have a guy staying with us for a month to help us get settled.  Very handy person to have around.

Still a long way to go in getting or feel settled.  But we are getting there.
The transition to this city is definitely better.

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General Discussion / Re: Teo or others with MAS Socket
« on: May 08, 2008, 05:33:53 AM »
Thanks everyone for your response.
I was out of connectivity for the last 10 days, just got back on - in a different city, in a different location.  Thankfully near a Prosthetist, who can design a MAS socket.
I'd really like one, as this one is causing lot of irritations on my groin area.  It's so sore, that I can hardly walk without discomfort.  It's just ridiculous to have someone fit you a prosthesis and cause it to hurt so bad and not feel anything about it.
I wish the mas one really works out!!
Since I've had polio on that leg, I wish the muscles would hold on to the MAS socket.  It's going to be another week or two, before I try and visit the prosthetist.

Will keep you all posted.

Like Teo says, I was so traumatized when I was told that I need to be amputated ... and the doctors saying that the technology as so well developed that there was an amputee climbing Mt. Everest, etc.  I didn't even think about the cost of going above knee, though knee disarticulation could have been a possibility for me.
The doctor who attended on me was very blunt in his approach and wouldn't hear anyone else on this topic.  They wouldn't let me consult a prosthetist or do some research.
But all said, I think I'm glad that I'm still alive ....




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General Discussion / Moving House
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:46:00 AM »
We, as a family are moving from our current location (in Lonavala, near Mumbai) to Bangalore (down South) next week.
Will be back on this forum again by 2nd week in May.


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General Discussion / Teo or others with MAS Socket
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:34:42 AM »
Teo,
I understand that you have a MAS socket.  I'm interested in getting one.
Apparently, there is only one person who is trained for the MAS technology in India.
Anyway, how long is stump?  Or how high is it from your knee (i mean, where your knee would have been!!)

I'm a good 6-8 away from the knee.  Is that good for a MAS socket.
I will meet with this guy in 2 months time, but it's good to know what others have experienced.


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General Discussion / Re: My new socket
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:23:36 AM »
Well, looks pretty neat!
Amazing what all they could do ... yet, it's not nearly as good as the one God created in all of us.

All the best, as you start using this.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone on Facebook?
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:37:15 AM »
But ... you will come across people or old friends/classmates / school mates - only if they are registered with FaceBook, right?
So, what's the big fuss?  If I want to find a friend who is NOT registered with it, then good luck!

My inbox keeps flooding with so many new profiles or programs to keep in touch with friends.

I knooooww, people will say FACEBOOK is just different ... but I can name 10-15 like that.  But I guess people have different tastes and opinions .. and rightly so!
I'm not against anyone using FaceBook, but then there's:
Plaxo, hi5, Names Database, MySpace, Wayn, Flixster, jaxtr (for phone calls), and then there's Skype ...
these are just to name a few ...

All the best for those who pursue this.

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General Discussion / Re: Anyone drive a tractor?
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:28:15 AM »
I wanted to reply to this a while ago, but my internet browser has been playing up.  It keeps logging me off, whereas the other browser works well (which I just came to find out today)  :-(

Anyway, I'm a left above knee for a little over 2 years now.  I used an hydraulic knee joint known as the 3R60 from OttoBock ... and had a manual car.  We had a chauffeur driver us around for a while, but for one week ... we didn't have one.  I was desperate to get to work, so I tried driving a bit and it seemed okay.

So, I took the car out ... the thing is, I didn't sense or feel anything when I was operating the clutch.  I went by previous judgement.  At times, when the gear wouldn't change, I knew I hadn't pressed hard enough.  It was always safer to press down a little bit harder, to ensure there was no jerk or engine going off.
It was hard work ... I wouldn't have coped where the traffic was heavy or up and down hill.
I managed for a week ... but then we got an automatic car. 
Now I am back on the wheels, no tension and have done nearly 26k kms in about 20 months.

If I am desperate and I had no other go ... then I can manage a car or any other vehicle ... and that's only because I knew driving before I was an amputee.
But the caution is:  IT'S TOO RISKY!

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YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS HIDDEN / Re: Hidden e-Mail
« on: April 15, 2008, 12:59:36 AM »
OK, thanks DeZiner ... it seems my IE browser has some problems.  It logged me out again ... but using FireFox 2.0, it works.
Any ideas as to what the problem may be????

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YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS HIDDEN / Re: Hidden e-Mail
« on: April 14, 2008, 03:11:04 PM »
This is DeZiner Testing King Rocky login. I am able to post without getting logged out

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In my opinion / 3R80
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:57:46 AM »
I'm now using the 3R80 (OttoBock) knee joint since 2 - 3 months.
It's a mechanical knee joint, with a bit of hydraulics. 
The big plus here is that, it offers STANCE RESISTANCE.  The swing phase is not as good as the 3R60, but that can be easily compromised.

I could descend stairs naturally (though it will be obvious, that I'm not normal!) .. holding on to the railing.
While standing and sitting and getting up suddenly, it offers the support, and it doesn't buckle.
I have not fallen since I've had this.

The movement is not natural or real as one claims it is with the microprocessor legs/joints ... but this will do for the price.

The disadvantage, it doesn't bend easily ... so, we have to press it down so it stays down.  Especially when sitting on a high chair, chances are it will be portruding itself a bit out and we don't even realize, unless and until someone trips on it and are upset that we didn't move out of their way in time.

Personally, I think this is a much better knee joint for active above knee amputees ...


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In my opinion / 3R60
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:52:14 AM »
I used a 3R60 knee joint (from OttoBock) for nearly 21 months ... and while I trained myself to walk with a Prosthesis and was thankful that I could walk again ... I realized that it didn't offer the STANCE support, which I was looking for.

Being an active above knee amputee, I was very limited and restricted with what it offered.
In a slightly tilted position it would buckle under the weight of my body and didn't provide much resistance, in fact ZERO resistance.
I had fallen down quite badly on a few occasions and hence developed a walking habit of drawing my foot, rather than utilizing the hydraulic knee joint to help me with the SWING PHASE.

The good thing about it was that if I were to sit down and lift both my legs up, this would bend down ... this is especially good, when I'm sitting as a pillion rider on a bike, while sitting astride.

But certainly this knee joint is not the one for me.
The 15 degree flex which they claim it offers, IT VIRTUALLY DOESN'T ... at least the one I had didn't and they couldn't do anything about it.


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In my opinion / Types of Knee Joints / Legs used ...
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:45:39 AM »
I know some of us in the forum have been amputees for a while ... and some are fairly new.
For those of us, who have changed either the knee joints or Leg/Foot ... can we post some details as to the benefit of one over the other and what the disadvantages are?

I'm wondering if we could do a NEW TOPIC with the title of the particular joint/leg or foot, we are talking about ... rather than just replying to this ... so, anyone who wants to get some feedback concerning a particular product, can get it.
And anyone having a differing opinion can raise that as well ... so, it's not lopsided.
Please, let's not use the sales pitch or copy from a brochure ... but share from our experience.  Thanks.

I'll get going with the 2 types of joints I have used so far ...

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In my opinion / Re: NEW LEG !!!!!
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:39:24 AM »
I have always used a Cosmetic covering for just about 2 years now.  And this is my second knee joint.  The first one was 3R60 and now it's the 3R80 - i got the new one basically for the stance support.
These 2 joints are slightly different ... so the same cosmetic covering didn't fit.  I had to get a new one done.
What I did realize though, even on the first one, was that if one needs a cosmetic covering, then the socket needs to be adjusted in a such a way, that it allows that extra bit of foam to compensate for the length, so it matches the good leg.
A good prosthetist would do that naturally - I mean, the ones with experience would be able to do that.
Since they do the adjustments prior to the covering, most of the time it's forgotten and people just go on with it.
I'm quite particular about it, so a few adjustments were made.

If I were to remove the cosmetic covering and when I sit, surely the prosthetic leg, would feel a bit inside ... but I don't have any intentions to remove my covering ... so it's not an issue.

The height below the knee can be adjusted, so it doesn't compromise with the overall length of the prosthesis.

Ann, you are an above knee, I presume!
I'm not sure how different it could be with below knee.

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