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General Discussion / Re: yesterday's blizzard
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:21:29 PM »
Hi Steve.  I find that if I am active (shoveling, running the snowblower, walking the dog, skiing, etc.) that my residual limb doesn't get cold.  If I am sitting outside in the cold (at a Packers game) my residual limb tends to get cold.  I also wear long underwear over my socket.  It seems to help.  If I'm at a football game, I will also drape a blanket around it. 


General Discussion / Re: Hi-Fi socket by Biodesigns
« on: December 14, 2009, 04:06:46 PM »
Hi Randall.  Thanks for posting the great info.  I was under the impression that your BK socket was already available to the general public.  I apologize for any confusion that my post may have caused.

I am an avid cyclist and maybe someday I will be a good candidate for your BK socket.  I wish I lived closer to So Cal, I would love to be a test patient.  Good luck with your socket design.  I look forward to learning more about it.


General Discussion / yesterday's blizzard
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:29:49 PM »
Yesterday most of the midwest experienced significant snowfall.  Wisconsin got anywhere from 14 to 24 inches of the lovely white stuff.  We got 17 inches of snow at our house.  Yesterday was the snowiest 24 hour period in 121 years.  We have 4-6 foot snow drifts in the backyard.  I also had to remove snow from the roof.  It is nice and sunny outside today but it is bitter cold and very windy which is causing the snow to blow and drift.  It is 1 degree fahrenheit and with the windchill it is 15 degrees below zero.  Brrr.  I keep asking myself... why do I live here?  LOL    ;D             

Here is what our house looks like after yesterday's blizzard.

Maizy loves the snow a lot more than I do.   :)

General Discussion / Re: Hi-Fi socket by Biodesigns
« on: December 06, 2009, 04:02:06 PM »
I'd imagine something like that might be ok 4 cycling as the forces will be acting differently to those in walking

Whats the plan 4 the cycling socket? I usually use a lock and pin system (with a thin liner that will bend well at the knee e.g. Iceross Wave liner) with a low cut out at the back.

Other useful thing 4 (serious) cycling is getting a pyramid adapter attached to an SPD cleat and attaching this device to the tube from the prosthesis

Hi Chrysochloridae.  I use a pin-lock system for my "everyday" prosthesis and my cycling prosthesis.  I haven't had any problems with it so I'm going to stick with the pin-lock system for now.  I use Iceross sport liners for both cycling and everyday use.  I really like them.  Due to volume changes, I'm in the prcoess of getting a new "everyday" socket made.  After I get my definitive carbon fiber socket, we will use the last clear plastic "temporary" socket as my cycling socket.  (I will eventually have a carbon fiber cycling socket made.)  My prosthetist modified the last socket for cycling by trimming the back side of the socket so that it didn't dig into the back of my thigh when I pedaled.  He also altered the shape of the socket at the end of my tibia so that the end of my tibia didn't rub against the front of the socket with the force of every pedal stroke/revolution.  The last modification was to to add a longer pylon to the cycling prosthesis.  The additional length allows me to complete the pedal stroke without shifting my weight in the saddle.  I also don't have to swap sockets because I have the cycling socket mounted on my old pylon and carbon fiber foot so I have a separate prosthesis for cycling.  Due to the modifications, the cycling prosthesis is used only for cycling.  As for cycling, I ride mountain, road and track (velodrome) bikes.  All of my bikes use a cleat pedal system and have either SPD or Look pedal systems.  As long as I have a tight fitting cycling socket I don't have any problems clipping in and out of the pedals.     


General Discussion / Re: Hi-Fi socket by Biodesigns
« on: December 04, 2009, 06:02:22 PM »
Chrysochloridae, thanks for your post.

I was interested in learning about the socket because it is supposed to be good for high-energy activities.  I was considering it for a second socket/leg to be used only for cycling.  After talking to my prosthetist, we have decided to make another socket designed specifically for cycling (similar to the cycling socket I use now). 

Thanks again for your reply.

Recreation and Entertainment / New study on Oscar Pistorius' cheetah legs
« on: December 04, 2009, 02:36:40 PM »
I'm not trying to open a can of worms and start an argument over whether Oscar Pistorius has an advantage or not.  For those interested, the link below will take you to new a study on Oscar Pistorius' cheetah legs.

Oscar Pistorius' artificial limbs give him clear, major advantage for sprint running.

General Discussion / Hi-Fi socket by Biodesigns
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:05:25 PM »
Hello.  Does anyone use a Hi-Fi socket developed by Biodesigns or do you use a similar style socket? 

I am interested in learning more about their BK socket.  I will email the company for more info but I was hoping that someone used something similar and can tell me about it and how they like it. 


General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: September 08, 2009, 11:54:04 AM »
It is easy to see the insurers as bad guys but based on my own personal experience of people I have known with cancer, all had unlimited resources and insurance.

Hi Joe.  You must have great health insurance.  By the sounds of your coverage, I wish my health insurance coverage was half as good as yours.  I used to work for one of the health insurance giants and my coverage from them wasn't all that great.  I have better coverage through my current employer than I did when I worked for a health insurance company.  My mom works for a hospital and her health insurance coverage isn't all that great either.  My father passed away from Leukemia and he had max'd out his lifetime limits before he died.  My mom was left with over 100 grand in debt because the health insurance company didn't have to pay it.  My mom certainly didn't have unlimited resources to pay the debt.  Who thinks that they are going to ever use a million or 2 in coverage?  My dad never thought he would.  He wasn't sick a day in his life and never used the insurance plan until he was diagnosed with Leukemia.  So he should work hard, pay his premiums and not be covered when he needed it?  He didn't have a say in how much the lifetime cap was.  His employer provided the coverage and thought that they had a good health insurance plan for their employees.  His employer thought that the lifetime cap would be adequate.  Needless to say, after my dad was diagnosed with Leukemia his employer found out that their plan wasn't as great as they thought it was. 

Most policies have lifetime caps and most people don't have unlimited resources.  Should you pay for my coverage? No, but I work and I should be entitled to good health insurance coverage too. 


General Discussion / Re: new health care bill
« on: September 08, 2009, 10:22:41 AM »
Hi Herb.  Thanks for the links to the articles about the horrors of the health insurance industry. 

The health insurance industry is not about providing you with health care, it's about profits.  I would love to see major changes, especially in the areas of eliminating pre-existing conditions, eliminating the ability to delay medically necessary procedures/treatments and eliminating the ability to cancel coverage for asinine reasons.  If those areas were changed, the health insurance industry would probably go bankrupt and we would have gov't run health care.  For me, I don't care if we have gov't health care or insurance companies.  I just want a system that works better than what we have now.


My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 07, 2009, 09:50:14 PM »

My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 07, 2009, 02:05:07 PM »
Hello again.   

Recovery time is different for everyone but below the knee Ertl's generally have to wait 6-8 weeks because the bone bridge has to heal.  I didn't get my first prosthesis for 12 weeks because I didn't have enough bone growth in the bone bridge.  Looking back... Even though I was disappointed at my 8 week appointment, I'm glad that I had to wait another month because my residual limb felt a lot better at 12 weeks post op than it did at 8 weeks post op.  I think I was trying to rush it.  3 months after getting my first prosthesis (6 months post op) I was riding my bike and rollerblading.   

I can bear weight directly on the end of my residual limb.  I can push with full force with my residual limb into my doctor's hand without any pain.  The doctor can also squeeze my residual limb and I don't have any pain because of the bone bridge.  (There isn't any chopstick effect of the Tibia and Fibula.)  I can also place my residual limb on the floor and bear full weight on the end of it without any pain. 

I'm not exactly sure how much of my weightbearing is done thru my bone bridge but I know that I don't have a traditional style socket that off-loads the weight from the end of the residual limb.  I bear some weight directly thru the bone bridge.  To me, my socket looks like any other carbon fiber below the knee socket.  I use the pin/lock system and I don't have any problems with it.  The pin/lock system isn't for everyone, I know several Ertl's who use a vacuum system and love it.  I wear my prosthesis painfree for 12-18 hours a day.  I carry heavy materials (40-80 lbs) for my job and the additional weight is not painful for my residual limb. 

I was also surprised by the weight of my prosthesis.  It took a couple of weeks to get used to the weight.  I don't notice the weight of it anymore.  If you have a proper fitting prosthesis, you shouldn't notice the weight of it.  I really don't think about my prosthesis unless I notice that I need to add or remove a sock.  I don't think about walking unless I am on very uneven ground.  It sounds strange, but using a prosthesis seems normal to me now. 

I hope that I was able to answer some of your questions.  I hope your appt with Dr. Ertl goes well.


My History / Re: Hey All From a Symes
« on: September 06, 2009, 01:52:25 PM »
Hello and welcome to the forum.  I'm an Ertl LBKA.  If you have any Ertl questions, please feel free to ask.  Hopefully, myself and others will be able to answer them.   :)


General Discussion / Re: ROAD TRIP ==ROAD TRIP
« on: September 04, 2009, 03:14:10 PM »
Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

General Discussion / Re: Trike is finished and I'm ridin' !!!
« on: September 04, 2009, 03:12:06 PM »
Looks like fun.    ;D


Here is a link to a strange news story about a man who was asked to provide a thumb print to cash a check.  The man doesn't have any hands and the bank refused to cash the check because he couldn't provide a thumb print.

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