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General Discussion / vacuum system questions
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:31:35 PM »
I'm looking for the pros and cons of a vacuum system.  I would like to get rid of the pin system but it seems like either people love or hate the vacuum system. 

If I decide to do it, I'll be driving 15 hours and staying in OKC for 2 weeks to get it made.  I can have another pin system made locally so I want to be sure that this is worth my time. 

I'm very active and always have a lot of sweat in my liner.  I was told that the sweat issue would be greatly reduced with a vacuum system.  Some people have indicated that the vacuum system does not work well for very active people.   Is this true?  I will still use my other prosthetic leg(s) with a pin system for cycling and running.  The vacuum system would be my "everyday' leg.

I'm looking at getting an Ottobock Triton Harmony vacuum system with a Triton foot.  I'd greatly appreciate any feedback.  Thanks!!

In the 1990's Wisconsin had a budget surplus.  Instead of investing it, they decide to send everyone a check for a couple of hundred dollars.  Personally, I think they should have invested it or at least put it away for a rainy day. 

Re-reading my original post, I should clarify a couple of issues.  I'm not implying that the State of Wisconsin employees don't work hard and deserve benefits.  I think that they should have to pay a little more for their benefits.  I'm against eliminating collective bargaining but I think that budget cuts need to happen.  I also think that there is plenty of other waste that can be eliminated from the budget. 

I don't know how we (the State of Wisconsin) arrive at a solution but I'm pretty sure that elected officials running from the issue (and hiding in Illinois) isn't the answer. 

I usually don't post anything about politics because it is a can of worms.  I'm sure that I'll hear plenty of negative feedback but I feel that the Wisconsin budget story is getting very one sided media coverage.
Regarding the Wisconsin fiasco...
I am a Wisconsin resident.  I am extremely disappointed that some of our elected officials (democrats) have fled to another state so that the State of Wisconsin can not vote on a new budget.  (When the going gets tough, those who don't want change flee to Illinois.)  Like it or not, change is coming.  Gov. Walker (republican) stated in his campaign speeches that he would make changes to the benefits that state employees receive.  Now that he is trying to do it, state employees are angry.  The State of Wisconsin is broke.  The Governor isn't trying to eliminate their jobs, he just wants them to pay more for their benefits.  Most state employees pay very little for their health care and retirement.  When private businesses in Wisconsin make employees pay more for their health insurance and/or reduce benefits, no one seems to care.  The state employees certainly didn't care about everyone else's rising benefit costs.  Now that it affects them, it's a big deal.  Companies with unions have had to make sacrifices but the state employees want to continue the gravy train.  Even after the proposed cuts, state employees will still have better benefits than most people employed in the private sector.  If the State of Wisconsin employees want to continue to have their current benefits then they can pay for them out of their taxes and not mine. 

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: Snowboarding
« on: December 23, 2010, 04:00:41 PM »
Herb, thanks for the reply.  I used to downhill ski before my amputation.  I tried skiing last year for the first time post-amp and did okay.  I had a hard time using my edges on my left ski.  I'm sure that would improve with practice but I didn't have an opportunity to go skiing again last year.  I thought maybe I'd try snowboarding this year.  However, since I initially posted this thread, I found out that I won't be learning how to snowboard this year.  I have a stress fracture at the end of my femur at the hip joint.  Ugh.  3 months of taking it easy.  I'm looking forward to riding my bike in the spring. 


Recreation and Entertainment / Snowboarding
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:59:02 PM »
Has anyone tried snowboarding?  If so, any advice?

I'm thinking of trying it but I'm a little leary. 

General Discussion / Re: Missuse of handicap parking
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:55:07 PM »
More "food for thought" on the subject

I'm not sure if this is true or not...
A few years ago I was told by a local police officer that unless a business owner calls the police to issue a ticket that the police can't write a ticket for violating the disabled parking law.  The police won't go on private property to issue a ticket unless they are notified by the business or the business has given them the authority to patrol their lot.  I was told that if the disabled parking spaces aren't at a govt or public owned parking lot that there isn't anything that they can do (because it's privately owned) unless the business requests that they issue a ticket. 

I'm hoping that what the officer told me is wrong.  If the above statement is true, then why bother to have disabled parking spaces if no one is going to enforce them.     :(

It's been my experience that most businesses are hesitant to call the police because they don't want to lose any customers so the violators go unpunished and think it's okay to park wherever they want.  Businesses are more likely to announce that someone left their lights on than to request that someone move their vehicle for violating disabled parking.  Disabled parking issues are very frustrating.

General Discussion / Medicare Rx costs - link to article
« on: September 23, 2010, 05:56:43 PM »
For those of you who are on Medicare and have prescription drug coverage, this article might be of interest.  It's about the rising premium costs for Medicare drug coverage.

General Discussion / Segways for veterans
« on: September 02, 2010, 06:43:18 PM »
Here is a link to a news story about a man who modifies segways for veterans.  The video features an amputee riding one.  The program is called 

If you or someone you know can benefit from the program, please visit their website.

The video is from channel 15 in Madison, WI... The Unsung Hero segment from 08/26/2010.

Recreation and Entertainment / amputee video/story featured on ESPN
« on: August 30, 2010, 08:58:48 AM »
Here is a link to an amputee video/story that was featured last night on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" segment.  It's about a 10 year old boy and a 72 year old man and how their chance encounter of meeting formed a friendship.  The video is called "Friends of Fate."

General Discussion / Re: vidio on commercial
« on: July 07, 2010, 03:11:24 PM »
Here is the direct link to the Patriot Paws news story...

Good job Jack!

General Discussion / Re: INDY 500
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:09:42 AM »
Congrats, she's adorable! 

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 18, 2010, 02:58:56 PM »
Love the video.  Great job walking!! 

General Discussion / Re: new sockets allready
« on: April 02, 2010, 04:31:25 PM »
I'm pretty sure that Medicare has specific guidelines for getting a new socket.  I thought it was every few years or if you had a certain amount of change in volume then you could get a new socket.  Your prosthetist should know the Medicare guidelines regarding how much volume loss is required for a new socket and he/she should be able to get it pre-approved.  Otherwise, I would suggest calling Medicare and ask to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about and can answer your specific questions.  It's worth a shot to see if you can at least get Medicare to pay for your new sockets. 

I can't offer much advice in regards to your supplemental policy.  Your supplemental policy may have a yearly cap or a lifetime cap.  As stated by Herb, file an appeal.  Make them review your case and thoroughly explain why they are denying it. 

Whenever you call Medicare or your insurance company, always document who you talk to, and the date and the time of the call.  Be persistant and thorough.  It's the best way to get an insurance company's attention.

Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: More stupidity at TSA
« on: March 16, 2010, 07:23:34 PM »

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