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General Discussion / Re: AK's: Any tips on cushioning the socket rim?
« on: July 26, 2012, 11:57:12 AM »
This was helpful, Dolphin...thanks.  I was wondering if the liner could be cut higher; I'll talk to the CP about it.  I'm glad I'm not the only one who has had this problem!

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 / Re: Pegleg Jack!
« on: July 28, 2009, 02:14:45 PM »
Snowbear, funny you mention that!
Last week I was at work on a very warm day. It was break time at about 2 p.m.. My leg had been pistoning a bit from perspiration, so I went to take my leg off to dry my leg and liner as I usually do several times per day. When I pushed the button, it wasn't there!! Fortunately, my leg was so sweaty that I was able to slide it from my liner. The button had fallen off on the roof and rolled down into the rain gutter. My helper found it and I was able to continue working. Water does work to slide from the liner.

Same thing happened to me when I was in Costa Rica.  I got back to my room after visiting a large local mall and discovered the button on my leg was gone.  You'd think the humid tropical heat would make the liner slide off, but there was no way that leg would come off without a hacksaw.  I rushed back to the mall in a cab and the driver insisted on helping me scour the mall until we found the button hiding under a bench.  He wouldn't even accept a tip.  God bless Good Samaritans!

General Discussion / Re: C-Leg booboo....HELP!
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:27:44 PM »
Bless you, Herb.  I rarely use my C-leg and was having problems getting it to charge; I had been trying to reposition the cable to get better contact when I pulled it the wrong way and pulled its teeth out.  I'll contact Otto Bock tomorrow.  Thanks a million!

General Discussion / Re: Don't expect coverage for prosthetics
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:11:40 PM »
I guess I never got the memo on this whole amputees-don't-work-or-contribute issue.  I think I've been unemployed for a grand total of two weeks since I lost my leg in 1972. 

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).

My background of ending up in Hawaii for a while is similar (went on vacation and didn't come back for five years), except I think Oahu on it's worst traffic day is still one of the more beautiful places on earth.  It calls me back a lot. 

I hear a lot about North Carolina being a good retirement place.  I need to check it out one of these days (sooner rather than later).

General Discussion / Re: update on getting my new legs
« on: May 21, 2009, 04:46:49 PM »
I'm so happy for you and your improved mobility, Jack; you sound so excited.  I hope it lasts forever for you.

General Discussion / Re: So Then...
« on: May 19, 2009, 04:30:00 PM »
Welcome back, Joe.  You're missed when you're not around.  I wish there were magic words to make some of your days better.  One day, one breath at a time, heh?

General Discussion / Re: Otto Bock 3R90 Knee versus Total Knee?
« on: May 15, 2009, 06:33:58 PM »
Thanks, Ally!  I saw equally mixed reviews on both knees on the Net, so I've decided to stay with my tried and true Total Knee (albeit a new, shiny one!).  Since it appears I'm going to spend the better part of a year training and getting used to my new biologic knee replacement, I decided against having to learn the quirks of a new prosthetic knee at the same time. 

Between the knee replacement recovery, being unexpectedly fitted for a new prosthesis, and getting treatment for unrelenting jaw pain (including a trigger point injection next week), it's been an interesting May.  June should only be REALLY boring.  :)

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 / Re: update on getting my new legs
« on: April 10, 2009, 03:33:52 PM »
Oy. It's rough to get stuff done on a holiday weekend, but it will go fast.  I'm glad you and your wife weren't seriously hurt.  I'm looking forward to the update on the new legs!

General Discussion / Re: Willow - my dog passed away
« on: April 10, 2009, 03:31:10 PM »
My heart goes out to you. I don't have a pet, but the older I get, the more I see how much comfort and dignity they bring to the humans close to them.  You and Willow were very lucky to know each other.  I'm so sorry for your loss.

LOL!  Good to see you again, Ally!  This surely has been a great forum, especially since it got remodeled.  I lost it for a while too and was glad to rediscover it after I had mislabeled it Irish Potato Famine. 

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