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Another casualty of the crumbling U.S. economy.   :(

News story...  Amputee, doctor of poor faces losing home

Recreation and Entertainment / Article in Runner's World
« on: September 11, 2008, 01:11:16 PM »
There is an article about an amputee runner in the October 2008 issue of Runner's World.  It is entitled "Life and Limb."

The article is about Tom White's decision to amputate, his recovery and his return to running. 

I enjoyed the article.  If you get a chance, you might want to read the article.

Recreation and Entertainment / another use for my cycling prosthesis
« on: August 22, 2008, 02:56:43 PM »

General Discussion / Waterparks and a prosthesis
« on: August 10, 2008, 12:21:07 AM »
Has anyone ever gone to a waterpark and used the waterslides with their prosthesis?

I recently won a raffle for 4 passes to a very large park and I would really like to go.  I called the waterpark and they said that "it is a case by case basis which is determined upon arrival by the management who would visual inspect my lower leg prosthesis."  The manager was very respectful and truly wants to help me use as much of the waterpark that I can.  I was told that I can probably use the majority of the waterpark but that my prosthesis may not be appropriate for the entire waterpark.  I have no problem with being denied access to some of their waterslides.  I understand that my uncovered prosthesis might damage their waterslides.  I would be happy with utilizing the lazy river ride. 

I was just curious as to whether anyone has been to a waterpark and if you had any restrictions imposed.

Also, I have never gotten my prosthesis wet... how do you dry the sock that is between the carbon fiber foot and the foot shell?


Does anyone have any tips to make our lives easier?  I'm sure that we've probably all discovered something on our own.  Maybe those discoveries will make someone else's life easier.  I know that what works for one person may not work or be appropriate for another person.  I am hoping that our suggestions will provide another approach to dealing with the issues that amputees face.

Today's discovery...
I am a BK and I use a locking liner/pin system.  I have been having problems with the heat and excessive sweating in my liner which then leads to pistoning.  I've tried wearing a thin sock underneath my liner and I've also tried using antiperspirants on my residual limb.  They both irritated my skin and didn't produce the outcome that I had hoped for.  I went back to my old routine of taking a break from any outdoor activity about every half an hour and drying off my residual limb and liner.  Today, I decided to use a few layers of pre-wrap under my liner.  I have a spot on the end of my Tibia that gets irritated and I thought the sponge type pre-wrap material might provide some relief.  The pre-wrap worked great.  It provided just enough cushioning on the end of my Tibia without bunching up and causing any other problems under my liner.  It also seemed to help with the pistoning that I get when my liner becomes wet from sweat.  I was able to work for 3 hours and move 2 tons of decorative stone before I had to stop to dry off my residual limb.  When I finally took a break, I dried off my residual limb and liner and I also changed the pre-wrap because it was soaked.  I was able to move another 2 tons of decorative stone and finish my project without stopping again.   :)

For those of you who may not be familiar with pre-wrap, it is used by athletic trainers and it is applied prior to using athletic tape.  It prevents the athletic tape from adhering directly to the skin.  It can be purchased at sporting good stores, discount stores and pharmacies. 

I know that my suggestion may not work (or be appropriate) for everyone but if it helps one other person, then it was worth posting it. 

I look forward to reading everyone else's suggestions!      :)

General Discussion / Weather
« on: June 14, 2008, 01:38:24 AM »
Does anyone else live in the midwest?  Have you been affected by all of the rain?

I live in Oshkosh, WI and we have gotten almost 9 inches of rain in less than a week.  Last night, over 70% of the homes in Oshkosh had water in their basements.  I am one of the lucky ones, we are dry.  My neighbors, 2 lots over, have over 2 feet of water in their basement.  Some houses in Oshkosh have up to 5 feet of water in their basements.  It could very well have happened to my house, we were spared by the grace of God.  The mayor has declared a state of emergency.  After the horrific winter that we had, we should have had an easy Spring.  LOL.  The corn crop here has already been declared a disaster.  Expect high prices at the supermarket.  I'm just worried about how the farmers are going to feed all of their animals!! 

Hopefully the weather will improve soon.

General Discussion / How much does it cost to produce a socket?
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:50:02 PM »
Has anyone had a socket made and paid for it out of pocket?  If so, how much did it cost? 

I would like to have a second socket made specifically for bicycling.  It would be trimmed very low in the back so it wouldn't be appropriate for everyday use.  (The socket will be placed on a separate prosthesis.  I already have everything else that I need to complete the second prosthesis.)  To keep the costs reasonable I would have it made out of plastic instead of carbon fiber.  Does anyone have any idea of much it should cost?   Thanks.

General Discussion / My cat - Bear
« on: May 27, 2008, 11:05:47 PM »

General Discussion / Rash from liner
« on: May 07, 2008, 01:13:26 PM »
I wear an Iceross Sport locking liner.  Occasionally I develop a rash on my skin along the top edge of the liner.  Usually it goes away on it's own after a few days but this time it is sticking around.  I wash my liners daily and take good care of my skin so I don't think that it is a bacteria issue.  I think it might be some sort of allergic reaction.

Does anyone else ever get a rash and how do you treat it? 



General Discussion / 3 legged pets
« on: May 05, 2008, 11:37:55 AM »
I know that other people on this forum have 3 legged pets.  I thought that I would share a couple of photos of my 3 legged cats. 

Dell was about 8 weeks old when he was found wandering downtown Wisconsin Dells with a badly broken front leg.  A nice person took him to the animal shelter.  Unfortunately, his leg had to be amputated.  I adopted Dell shortly after his amputation. Dell is also pictured in my avatar. 

The other 2 cats pictured are brother and sister.  Cody (the orange and white cat) and Deanna (the black and white cat) are each missing their right hind leg.  Their mother chewed off their legs when they were born.  They also came from the same animal shelter as Dell.   :)

I have also owned several other 3 legged pets (2 other cats and 2 Golden Retrievers).  IMHO, three legged pets make great companions.   :)

General Discussion / liner length
« on: April 22, 2008, 07:19:30 PM »
Does anyone cut their liners to make them shorter?

General Discussion / My new socket
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:41:27 PM »
I picked up my new socket yesterday.  It fits great.    ;D

I had a piece of material from a US Speedskating olympic skinsuit laminated on the socket. 

General Discussion / Liner Dryer
« on: April 01, 2008, 08:23:26 PM »
I purchased a liner dryer from an ad that I saw in an ACA magazine last year.  I love it and I would like to purchase another but I don't have the invoice or any old ACA magazines. 

If anyone has any ACA magazines from last year, I would greatly appreciate it if someone would find the ad and provide me with a website address or a phone number.  Thank you in advance.   :)

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