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General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 07, 2008, 03:46:01 PM »
I thought I'd share our snowiest winter in 118 years.   :)

It's hard to tell from the pictures but the snowbanks are almost 5 feet tall. 

I know that a lot of locations in the country normally get this much snow but this is way above our average snowfall. 

So far, I've managed to stay upright and haven't fallen.   ;)

General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 07, 2008, 03:13:08 PM »
Hi Marilyn.  Yikes, 11-15 inches of snow.  Be careful if you have to go outside for any reason.   

Let us know what you think / Re: Karma
« on: March 07, 2008, 12:50:52 PM »
I think it says smite not smile.  To me, it likes like a T rather than an L.

I think smile would be much better.   :)

General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 05, 2008, 02:53:40 PM »
Hi Peter,


I'm not sure if they make sleeve art for AK's.  I believe they sell sleeves in different lengths.  Would a longer sleeve help??


General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 05, 2008, 12:37:43 AM »
I am a huge fan of U.S. Speedskating.  I laminated a portion of a 1998 U.S. Speedskating Olympic skinsuit on my definitive socket.  I am in the process of getting a new definitive socket made.  I haven't decided if I will use another piece of the same skinsuit or if I will sacrifice another skinsuit.

The skater pictured is Jennifer Rodriguez.  She was a member of 3 Olympic teams and a two time bronze medalist (1000m and 1500m) at the 2002 Olympic games.  I used a picture of her because she is wearing a 1998 U.S. Speedskating Olympic skinsuit.  (I did not get the skinsuit from her.  I got it from another Olympic team member.)  I used the picture as a reference only.  The USA logo shown on her leg is the same logo that I had laminated on my definitive socket. 

General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:23:50 PM »
Hi Jenise,

As you can see, there are a lot of great people here.  I know this sounds cliche, but we are all different.  Hopefully, you can take something from each of us and find something that works for you.   :)

As for disabled parking...  I too have experienced the stares and comments.  Try not to let it get to you, we have all been there.  I would like to share something that happend to me and my cousin last fall.  I had my 11 year old cousin with me last November and we pulled into a Texas Roadhouse in Northern Wisconsin.  My residual limb was very sore so I decided to utilize the disabled parking space which surprised my cousin because I rarely utilize it.  (I have always been very nice about explaining my amputation or totally ignoring the stares but for whatever reason I didn't let it go this time.)  At the same time, an older couple was exiting the restaurant and got into a car parked in the disabled parking space next to us.  They sat there waiting for us to get out of the car because we didn't look disabled.  My cousin said 'why don't you take off your leg and wave it at them.'  I laughed at her and said 'do you dare me?'  We got out of the car and I walked toward the restaurant and I looked back and they were still giving me the 'you don't look disabled look' even though I was wearing shorts and you could clearly see my non-cosmetic covered prosthesis.  What else could I do (lol) so I stood on one leg and took off my prosthesis and held it up.  They couldn't back out of the parking stall fast enough.  LOL  We laughed about it all though dinner.  My cousin is 100% okay with my amputation and doesn't think anything of it.  Kids are the best!  She sees me as "normal" because I can rollerblade, downhill ski, ice skate and bike with her.  That probably wasn't the politically correct way to handle the situation but it made us laugh and that is one more thing that my cousin and I can joke about. 

I totally understand the posts that have been made about wearing a cosmetic covering.  Wearing an uncovered prosthesis isn't for everyone.  I just wanted to make the suggestion that your prosthesis doesn't define who you are.  ...You are still you.   ;)

As for having insurance coverage that doesn't want to give you the prosthetic coverage that you deserve...  go to...

You might be eligible to apply for assistance.  You might qualify to receive a cheetah type running prosthesis or some monetary assistance towards one.  It might be worth looking into??


General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:39:50 PM »
Hi Jenise and welcome to the forum. 

I am a 40 year old BK.  I don't let my amputation define who I am.  I decided to embrace my situation and move forward.  I wear shorts all year long and I do not wear a cosmetic covering.  I am not embarrassed by my amputation or my prosthesis.  I don't like the fake look of the cosmetic covering and I don't mind if people look at it.  The prosthesis is a part of me but it does not define who I am so I don't care if people see it and ask questions.  I have always tried to remain positive and be thankful for what I can do.  I have found that with a little creativity I can do anything that I used to.  I enjoy educating the public when they ask questions.  I like to hear the positive comments about what I can do when people see me rollerblading or riding my bike.  For me, talking to people about it when they ask is my therapy. 

As for your 2 year relationship that ended... not everyone can handle and accept life changing events.  You did because you had to.  You are a stronger person than you think and you will get through this. 

There is no reason why you can't be a model again or return to piercing.  Don't sell yourself short, you can do anything you want to with a little creativity.  Start small, set realistic goals and good things will happen.   :)

Try to reflect on the past in a positive light.  Try to look forward to tomorrow and the things that you can do rather than what you can't do.  I know that at times it can be very hard, but I think the secret is to not let it overwhelm you. 

I'm not sure if my post was of any benefit but good luck and let me know if I can help in any way. 


General Discussion / Re: Parity insurance legislation
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:54:08 PM »
Snow... Ugh!!!!  I live in Wisconsin and we have had the 4th snowiest winter on record and the snowiest February ever.  It seems like all I do is shovel and run the snowblower.  lol  I can't complain too much because it gets me outside and I am able to do it. 

As for shovelling a roof, I've never done it and don't think I'd ever try it.  A friend comes over and uses his roof rake for me.  He can only get about 10 feet of the roof but it's better than nothing. 

I haven't seen any birds at the bird feeder other than the sparrows.  Hopefully, the migratory birds will be returning soon.  I'm looking forward to going outside to do something other than snow removal.  :)

I know this thread was originally about parity insurance legislation, so I apologize for derailling this thread but I couldn''t resist adding to the snow/winter posts.   ;)

In my opinion / Re: Prosthetic Feet
« on: March 02, 2008, 06:22:46 PM »

In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 02, 2008, 04:35:23 PM »
I'm not speaking for everyone and I'm not trying to be politically correct but I think the reluctance to recommend a specific product is because every amputee really is different.  I know that it sounds trite, but I don't think that amputees want to recommend something to someone and then find out that what they recommended didn't turn out to be "the greatest thing since sliced bread."  (I know a person that absolutely loves their Ossur Re-flex VSP and I tried it and thought it was heavy and cumbersome.) 

I understand that you are looking for the pros and cons of the various products.

I hope that you get the info that you are looking for.

In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 02, 2008, 04:18:00 PM »
I also elected to amputate my lower leg.  I had a consultation with Dr. Jan Ertl as well.  He is a great surgeon but due to logistics I ended up having my Ertl type amputation done in Wisconsin.  When I knew that I was going to have to amputate my lower leg, I also did lots of research.  I went to the Medical College of Wisconsin and used their library to search the medical journals for amputation info and that is how I found out about the Ertl procedure and located Dr. Ertl.  I educated myself as best I could so that I would ask appropriate questions and have realistic expectations from the procedure.  I also met with my prosthetist prior to my amputation and asked him a ton of questions.  I had researched different sockets and feet on the internet.  My prosthetist's advice was to try several different feet and through trial and error I would find what worked best for me.  He was right.

I'm glad that I took the time (and had the time) to educate myself but the most important thing that I learned from my amputation is that while research is great, actually trying different products when you are building your prosthesis is what is important.  The foot that I thought I wanted, turned out to be something I didn't like at all.  I was able to try several different feet and find the perfect foot for me.  The foot I'm currently using isn't anything that I had done any research on or even heard of.   ;) 

You will find what works for you through trial and error.  Try the products that you have researched but keep an open mind to any other products that your physician or prosthetist may recommend.

Good luck and I hope that you are walking soon.   :)


In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 01, 2008, 01:39:38 PM »
My first foot was an Ossur Re-flex VSP.  I didn't know what to expect so I thought it was good.  After a couple of weeks, my prosthetist asked me try a another foot for comparison. I chose to try a Seattle Catalyst.  I liked it much better than the other foot for various reasons.  I ended up keeping the Seattle Catalyst and I love it.  It probably doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that other feet have but it is a good match for me.  It is carbon fiber and it is light weight.  I am a K4 activity level and do everything except run with this foot.  I use it for all of my everyday activities as well as sports.

Here is the link for the Seattle Catalyst in case you want to see what it looks like...

Let me know if you try the Perfect Stride foot.  I would like to learn more about it as well.

Be sure to try a couple of different feet before you choose one.  Good luck and I hope you find the foot that's right for you.

General Discussion / Re: One legged Freak
« on: February 24, 2008, 07:45:02 PM »
Hi Ginger.  I'm sure that comment really hurt.  I'm sure that she was just being a kid and didn't realize that it hurt your feelings.

Today's kids are bombarded with slang and comments that they hear everywhere (at school, on the school bus, hanging out with friends, TV, radio, video games, etc.).  It's hard for them to know which comments they can say and when and if they are appropriate.  This makes it a very tough job to be a good parent. 

I would politely explain to her that comments such as that can be hurtful to people.  I'm sure that a gentle explanation will eliminate any future comments. 

I'm sure that your daughter didn't mean it to be hurtful and was kidding.  Sometimes kids have a hard time expressing their feelings, if she was kidding that might be her way of letting you know that she is okay with your amputation. 

Does she talk to you about your amputation?  Kids worry too.  She probably has some questions but doesn't know how to ask them.  I would suggest keeping her involved in your care.  Tell her when you are able to do something as an amputee that you couldn't previously do or tell her when you are able to do something that you used to do.  She will think the milestones are cool and she will like being kept in the loop.  Just keep it simple and positive and she will follow your lead.   :)

Good luck and please keep us posted.


General Discussion / Re: New amputation questions
« on: February 21, 2008, 04:58:09 PM »
Hello.  I am an LBKA for 14 months.  I suffered from numerous infections including antibiotic resistant staph and osteomyelitis prior to amputation.  I was on IV antibiotics for several months at a time.  (I chose to amputate my leg due to chronic pain.  It was not infected at the time of amputation.)  I had multiple surgeries in an attempt to reconstruct my left ankle.  When I suffered from infections, I knew that something wasn't right.  I didn't feel like I did after all of my other surgeries.  The pain was different.  I knew something was wrong.  My surgeon knew that I thought something was wrong so he was proactive in my care.  Unfortunately, not all surgeons are in tune with their patients.  Pain and recovery are different for everyone but if you think that something is wrong, it probably is!  You know your body better than anyone else.    Ask for a second opinion if you do not like the doctor's answers of if they are too vague.  Don't be afraid to ask to see another doctor.  If you don't look out for your health, no one else will.  I would also ask for a bone scan of the residual limb.  If they won't do a bone scan I would push for an MRI and a CT.  This would also provide a baseline for comparison of any scans that you might have done in the future.  The nausea and vomiting might be caused from any antibiotics that you may be taking.  Mention it to the doctor, he should be able to give you something to help with the nausea. 

Please remember that most of us are not physicians (including me).  The info that we provide comes from our experiences and should always be discussed with a physician before implementing any of our recommendations.

Good luck and please update us on how everything is going.     

Let us know what you think / Re: new web site
« on: February 15, 2008, 06:02:03 PM »
Hi Pegleg Jack.  Thanks for posting the info about this site on the 'other' forum.  I look forward to reading the posts here.   :)

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