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My History / Re: Hello
« on: May 08, 2008, 07:44:44 PM »
Welcome Ed,
We are glad that you have found our site and are joining in the forum. I am RBKA since Feb 0f 06 and live close in NE Pa.

There are many knowledge people here, that can answer your questions, or direct you to a website that might help. I hope that you are up on a leg that allows you to do the things that you love doing. We say " we can do anything, but we might need to do it a little differently"

I do work around the house, and enjoy photography: and could not live without the computer.

We hope that you will continue posting

Dave S
NE Pennsylvania

General Discussion / Re: Book Launch
« on: May 06, 2008, 09:32:59 PM »

Good luck with the book. The topic address a serious problem for children, being different. I too hope in would be available in the US.

Dave S

General Discussion / Re: How do I solve this problem?
« on: April 29, 2008, 12:45:42 PM »
I have had the same problem with my new socket. To help the problem, my leg guy changed the alignment of the leg to the socket for a better walk and to reduce the knee rubbing the top front of the socket.
We also added a pad in that area.

Dave S

General Discussion / Re: liner length
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:14:03 PM »
Hi Mitchee,

My liner is about two inches above the side of my socket. I like it that way because any sock I wear is about one inch above the socket.

I find that this prevents irritation and cushions the top of the hard socket. You did not say Why do you need to cut the liner?

Dave S

General Discussion / Re: phantom pain
« on: March 31, 2008, 08:22:19 PM »
Welcome back to the new forum. I know that you have tried many ways to reduce phantom pain.

It might be of help to you to check out the links to the CNN article that says that Walter Reed is using this treatment on the soldiers with success.

The New England Medical report describes in detail their study showing a reduction in phantom pain.
You never know which treatment might work for you.

Dave S

General Discussion / Re: phantom pain
« on: March 20, 2008, 07:53:39 PM »
Herb and All,

I did some digging and found an article of interest about mirror therapy

The New England Journal of medicine did a study that showed mirror therapy did reduce phantom pain in many amputees.

Also found another website that explained mirror therapy and how to use it in laymans terms.

They also link to site where you can purchase a mirror box. It seems that this therapy is not brand new, but has been around for a few years.

north east Pennsylvania

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: hobbies
« on: March 19, 2008, 07:30:11 PM »
The ship is beautiful with all the detail we can see. You must have a great deal of patience to complete this kind of project Glad that you are sharing with us.
 How long and how tall is the model?
Do you use a plan or are you also the designer?


General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 15, 2008, 02:46:26 PM »
Pegleg Jack
ditto for me. Feel free to use anything I post. I am looking into peer visitation. I was lucky to have such a visit during my rehab


My History / Re: Introduction
« on: March 14, 2008, 02:49:46 PM »
Welcome Jeff,
we are glad that you have joined us on the forum. This is a great bunch of caring people, willing to share their knowledge. Look forward to hearing more from you.

North east Pennsylvania

General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:10:34 AM »

My grandfather always said " If a person has 3 true friends in life they are very lucky"
I don't always quote him, but this is simple wisdom !!!

Second quote " When you feel down it is like being under water hanging on to a water wheel, HANG ON and the wheel will bring you around.

You bring so much to this forum with your wisdom, knowledge and the ability to say just the right thing. You are a leader, so keep on leading and we will follow.


General Discussion / Re: New
« on: March 11, 2008, 07:54:05 PM »
I have had my share of encounters with handicapped parking abuse. I have seen people both with out placards and people who have a placard for a family member use the spaces because they are close. I once asked this young able women if she was mentally or physically handicapped, and suggested she move her shinny little sports car. After giving me a dirty look, she did move,

PJ. I like  both of your posts listing the websites for abuse. There should be a way to educate these people, just let them try to manage as we do. The support group that I attend did have a disability awareness evening for scouts to educate them.

My best encounter was at a local supermarket. A chief was demonstrating and selling his products for a three hour time period. He parked his delivery van, with advertising on both sides,in a  handicapped space in front of the store, while his personal SUV with handicapped plates was parked further out on the parking lot. I approached the manager on duty and asked him what he was going to do about it. He spoke to the chef, and returned to show me his handicapped wallet card with the message that was all he needed. The young manager then asked me if I was having a bad day. I showed him my leg and explained to him that his handicapped customers needed the space to shop in the store.

My silent protest to this treatment is to shop less in that store and never to buy any of that chef's products.


My History / Re: Introduction from another club member
« on: March 08, 2008, 07:57:29 PM »
Thank you all for the warm welcome to the forum. I had been reading the posts in the old forum, (lurking) and feel that I know some of you. I am now able to be on-line and contribute here.

MRSA is very easy to pick up today, because hospitals don't always use the procedures to prevent contamination and the spread of MRSA. You never get rid of it, but only keep it colonized. In the fall of 2006 after healing and learning to manage with my leg, I had on open area on my residual leg that became infected with MRSA. Here we went again with a six week round of IV Vanco< The drug of choice for MRSA (no pun intended). Right now things are quiet,as far as infection, and I hope to keep it that way.

I feel that the new forum gives us many options to be creative as we share our problems, and give our support to each other. We are here with a common bond. I have learned from each of you, and will answer any questions that I can help with.

I am comfortable with being am amputee, and when I get up each morning I put my leg on just like getting dressed or putting glasses on to see. It is now part of who I am, and who I will be. My feeling is that if I am comfortable with the leg, it will help other people look beyond it.

North eastern Pa.

My History / Introduction from another club member
« on: March 05, 2008, 08:42:10 PM »
I am a RBKA since February 2006, and also a diabetic. My problems started with charcot, first in the left foot in 2001: which is under control, and then in the spring of 2005 I began having the same problem in the right foot. To make the story shorter, I developed ulcerations on the bottom of my right foot that became infected. We tried surgery, but the MRSA infection could not be controlled and became septic, in the blood stream. It attacked my aortic valve. They started me on IV Vanco for six weeks to colonize the MRSA.

The heart surgeon would not operate until the source of the infection was eliminated. I was told that to survive, I need a rbka, and then an aortic valve replacement. They did both operations in the middle of February 06 with the amputation first followed a week later with the open heart valve replacement.

I spent a month in a rehab hospital, for both cardiac and amputee rehab: and was fortunate to make a recovery with out complications. I was able to walk out 30 days later with my temporary leg. I continued with outpatient therapy, progressing from walker to cane to being able to walk without any aids.

My permanent leg is a gel liner and sleeve without a pin lock. The foot is the Freedom innovations "Silhouette" I am back to doing 90% of my previous activities. I have learned that we can do any thing we want, but just might do it a little differently.

I hope to be an active group member, both learning from all of you, and sharing my thoughts and experiences.

North East Pennsylvania

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