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General Discussion / Re: Genium
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:53:24 AM »
Over a year and no problems except I learned that you have to disengage the charger from the leg before unplugging it. Power lasts about a week in between charges. Still impressed with its workings.


General Discussion / Re: Genium
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:47:54 AM »
As far as I know, this knee is now also available in the States. I have private insurance through Bupa in England and I was 100% covered. They did ask my prosthesis for a discount but he said he could not do that and they paid a couple of days later with no more questions. I have put the leg to good use the last few weeks as I am back at work on an offshore drilling rig. Been going up stairs quite easily and am getting better at doing this. Just before I returned to work, I went horseback riding a few times with my daughter and I had a setting which allowed me to the leg stiff at about 3/4 extension which worked really well for keeping my foot in the stirup and controlling the horse in a gallop. Look forward to getting home and testing it on my bike to see if it will hold the weight when I am stopped.


General Discussion / Genium
« on: July 27, 2011, 06:17:15 PM »
I have not been on this site for a long time. I have just recently been fitted with the Genium knee. It was the first one fitted to a civilian as these have only been available to the military until now. I spent three days with Otto Bock and the following is what they told me. This knee is in limited release to 5 different countries. Canada will get 6 of these this year. This knee was developed in cooperation with the American, British and Canadian military. The cost for the knee only is a little over $50K.
For the last three years, I have used a PliƩ knee. I found this knee to be good and quite liked it, but it did have a lot of problems and I had it repaired at least 7 times in that time. The manufacturer was good as they always sent a replacement quickly every time. All in all I liked the PliƩ. Now to the point!!!
I have wore this new Genium for a week and in my opinion.... It is fantasic. I have never been so comfortable in the use of a leg. I have now started to walk up stairs leg over leg (and am using muscles for the first time in years). This leg will not cause atrophy but will probably increase muscle mass. In 18 years of being an amp, I have never been so happy with the performance of a leg (and I have always been very easy to please). I do not know what the future will hold and only time will tell, but if this knee continues to perform and is free from problems, I will be a very happy person. By the way, it comes with 6 year warranty which tells me that Otto Bock has a lot of confidence in it.
It does have 6 different settings 2 of which can be set by the foot and all by the remote. You can also adjust (limited) the settings with the remote to suit different circumstances. So only time will tell on it's reliability.

General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:21:08 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Waiting times
« on: September 29, 2009, 12:39:39 AM »
The waiting times seem excessive to me. I have never had to wait on a leg. The last time (Dec 08) was the first time in 13 years that i had a check socket made. After the check was confirmed the new socket was ready the next day. All the legs I have had made for me since I became a amp in 94, except for the first year, were built in a couple of days max. As my stump has not changed since the first eight months as an amp, I just email my request and what components I want and the date I will be in town. When I get there the leg is ready to go. A few adjustments and I wear it out, usually stay around town for a week to make sure there are no problems and then it is back to my home. I have what I think is very good prosthetist who from the first day has given me nothing but his 100% effort. That is why I am willing to fly half way around the world for his services.
My point is sometimes if possible, sacrifices have to be made to ensure a person gets a competent prosthetist who is willing to serve the customers' need. CUSTOMER being the key word. No one has to stay with someone that is dicking them around for weeks on end.

General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: August 21, 2009, 05:45:09 PM »
Canadian health care bad? When I lost my leg in Singapore, I went back to Canada and guess who supplied me with a top of the line leg? Canadian health care and that even though I had not lived in Canada for 12 years. I was able to go to one of the top sports doctors in Alberta, no cost, recieved all my rehabiltaion no cost, my leg no cost. Oh I lied, there was a cost; Alberta health care premiums I had to pay, then about $60 a month and Blue Cross about $25 a month. Does any body believe if an American had the same experience and went back to the States he would recieve the same treatment? For every horror story people hear about the Canadian system, I can find you 100 Canadians that will tell you different. Like the news, you only hear from the bad or the dissatified.
When my father had cancer, he was given top notch care and when he decided to die at home, home care as in nurses was supplied to help daily in his house. He didn't have to pay anything extra.
As for someone retiring and then moving to Canada, Should they expect free health care when they have never paid into it and are not Canadians? What right do they have to complain? Better they move back to the States and enjoy their retirement there.
Of all my friends that I keep in contact with in Canada, I have never heard any of them complain of our health care system.
I would never say the American system is bad; you know why? Because I have never lived there, so Americans should not say our system is bad if they do not live there.

General Discussion / Re: Words to live by and About getting hurt.
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:28:33 PM »
Sorry, but while I am thinking about books, another very good one (I forget the exact name) is about a WW2 RAF pilot Douglas Bader. Lost his legs in a plane crash but continued fly fighters.

General Discussion / Re: Words to live by and About getting hurt.
« on: May 22, 2009, 10:25:33 PM »
I was just out of the hospital after my accident/amputation and I received a letter from someone I never knew or heard of before. He was told about me by a mutual friend. His words to me were 'A man that knows what it means to struggle is to achieve '. This person was Dave Barr a motorcyclist who drove around the world on a Harley to raise money for the Cheshire Foundation. He is a double amp one below and one above. Later he sent me a book he had written about the ride 'Riding the Edge' and also another one about his ride across Siberia in the winter 'Riding the Ice' I recommend these books for any one that needs inspiration. I also believe anything is achievable, no matter the circumstances, with perseverance. Where there is a will there is a way.
Regards Jeff

General Discussion / Re: Harley's anyone?
« on: April 04, 2009, 12:14:00 AM »
My girls asked why I did not use a picture of them, so here is one to keep them happy.

General Discussion / Re: Harley's anyone?
« on: April 03, 2009, 05:43:10 AM »
Try my luck again.

My History / Re: Intro....
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:33:33 AM »
Hi Ally
I always enjoyed reading your posts, here and else where. Your a (mind the English) no bullshit type of lady. You will love bungy jumping, but you better use a harness and not tie it to your legs. He he.

General Discussion / Re: Harley's anyone?
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:56:01 AM »
I also cannot upload a file. I have reduced the size to 32kb.

General Discussion / Re: Harley's anyone?
« on: March 30, 2009, 09:16:39 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Reflex VSP
« on: February 03, 2009, 09:15:38 AM »
I used this foot for 14 years and quite liked it. You would have the newer version that comes complete with ceterus. There are two things that you can do. One check to see what size wedge is inserted into the foot. (Your Prosthetist should know as they come with a set of wedges, the bigger the more stiffness)(Also this becomes a minor maintenance factor, checking to make sure it has not dislodged every now and then) Second is the air pressure. Try pumping it up to 40 + psi for more stiffness (or alter pressure until you feel comfortable)(It should have come with a pump). I have just had a new leg made and I went with all new components to try something different. I got the Plie knee and also a Freedom Renegade foot. The foot has the same qualities as the VSP (good energy return) but without the ceterus which I do miss, especially on stairs. I found having the shock really helped as you should not experience any jolting if set up right.

I just figured out the prices here in Thailand. Gas is 23 baht/liter which equals .68 cents which is about 2.50 a gal. Diesel is about 3.15 a gal.

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