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General Discussion / Re: How is everyone braving the winter?
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:08:47 PM »
We had a bit of snow at Christmas, but all green now. Mild temps with forecast for rain. I insured the trike for another year and went for a good ride yesterday afternoon. I'm tying trout flies getting ready for spring fishing. Also, I have a new prosthetist and have had several initial fittings with him and it is going well. Hopefully, more golf this year than last year. All in all, nothing to complain about. All the scandal and drama is on the news or facebook really...

General Discussion / Re: online liner suppliers
« on: September 28, 2013, 12:09:17 AM »
Danny, I can call my limbfitter tomorrow and get in to see him for an adjustment. I had the good fortune of losing my legs below knee in a work accident, so it is all covered. I pay $38.40 per month for health care coverage. We have very good health care here, but like anything, one has to be proactive in their own care. I had 2 carpal tunnel procedures done in the last year, both by a top notch plastic surgeon, and I paid nothing outside of my monthly health care premium of $38.50. If I made more money than I do, the maximum monthly premium for health care is $64.00. Health care costs vary from province to province, but the standard of health care is good. No one ever gets turned away wheather they pay their monthly premiums or not. Kinda pinko maybe from an American view, but for the most part, the care is very good and the premiums are reasonable. If I wanted, I could opt to pay additional money each month for private, additional coverage from, let's say, Blue Cross, which would cover more dental and private rooms for a hospital stay and reduced rates on medication. I had the additional Blue Cross coverage, but cancelled it a few years back.

General Discussion / Re: online liner suppliers
« on: September 26, 2013, 02:26:20 AM »
I just fired my prosthetist of the past 6 years. He charged out a 500 ml. bottle of Otto Boch Derma Clean, which I use to clean my liners after wearing and for my stump cleaning. He billed out WorkSafeBC $132.00 for the one bottle. WorkSafeBC is now supplying me with the same product, same 500 ml. and they pay $20.00 per bottle. They were quite pleased when I pointed out the gouging that was going on. I'm looking forward to a new legist and possibly going back to Alpha liners or maybe I'll request the Willow Wood and give them a try. Steve, if I ever have any extras kicking around, I'll let you know, as I also don't use the pin system on either side.

General Discussion / Joe A.
« on: March 16, 2013, 01:29:35 AM »
I posted a while back to see if anyone had heard from Joe A. I sent him a personal e-mail a few months back.

I got a very brief e-mail back from him earlier this week. He has been recovering but it has been a lot of work and slow to come along.

I was just relieved that Joe responded.

General Discussion / Re: Has being amp held you back or pushed you forward?
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:21:49 AM »
As we only go round once, in this lifetime anyway, I don't suppose we'll ever know how things would have turned out had we kept our leg(s).

I know that people I love, places I've been, things I've done....a good part of that all would have been a much different script had I not lost my legs.

I don't regret a moment of the path except for a few lost years feeling angry and sorry for myself. Once I made the decision to fully participate and allowed some acceptance and courage back into my life, it became quite a ride! I'm still enjoying and learning, I just can't ice skate. lol Good question Steve.

General Discussion / Re: What to choose: Plie'; C-Leg; Orion
« on: February 09, 2013, 04:30:03 PM »
I've seen some C-leg users, single above knee, walk so well that one would not know they had a leg off if they hadn't been wearing shorts. That was on a flat surface. I've seen them in use at the amputee golf tournaments as well. I have some AK golfing friends that have less high tech legs than the C-leg that do very well with them on the golf course. If the VA is willing to part with the dough to pay for a C-leg, why not I say!

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:07:30 PM »
There are courses here in Canada to do peer support and peer support training. I have done a hospital visit to see a man in hospital but he had requested the visit. I would suggest enquiring in your area to see if there is peer support training available. From personal experience, there is a right way and a wrong way to do these visits. When I was recovering in hospital 37 years ago from going under the train, they sent an older above knee amputee in to see me. It was not helpful. With the gentleman I went to visit, he said it was very helpful. He joined our golf association and competed at our national tournament and said he was inspired by my visit while he was in hospital. So, I think it is important to match the peer support person to the person seeking help or information. One can't give opinions on doctors, which prosthetist to use and treatment options. You can however, by your actions and optimism, give hope to someone who has just suffered the loss of a limb. I believe I got as much, if not more, out of the peer support visit I was requested to do, as the man I went to visit did. You have to check the ego at the door and be sure you are doing the right thing for the right reasons.

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 06, 2013, 11:04:52 PM »
I think there is about 5 or 6 that post with any regularity here.

 I preferred the old forum format. I also miss Joe A. posts.

I've posted quite a few times and when I've tried to attach a picture to the post, when the picture is too large, the forum deletes the text I've typed.

That's why I only check in once and a while.

David in Canada.

General Discussion / Joe A
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:09:20 AM »
I sent Joe a private email the other night and no answer. I know he was having lots of health problems the last few times he checked in. Does anyone know how he's doing. Miss ya Joe.

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:05:22 AM »
full conversion. If I had it to do over again, I'd recommend the Frankenstein conversion kit for a Harley Product. There are lots of quality kits out there for the Honda and other models as well. As for Voyager kits, I've literally read hundreds of reviews and some are happy with the "training wheel", easy on, easy off aspect. The ride will never match a true conversion or purpose buit trike from the manufacturer. I'd wait a little longer, do your research, save a few extra dollars up and do a full conversion. There are independant suspension and solid axle trike kits of good quality. It's all the additional costs that can add up like installation and paint unless you are really handy. Some can only be dealer installed, such as Leahman, others, you buy the kit and either do it yourself or find a good wrench that you trust to do the work. Champion, Roadsmith, California Sidecar, Motortrike, even DFT if you like the rear corvette style styling. Now, I bet you wish you hadn't asked. lol Good luck Dave. First thing first. Get a good comfy permanent socket going. There's all kinds of gel and silicone liners to increase comfort for us below knee amps and there should be comfy options for AK amps as well.

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:34:12 PM »
attempt at trike pic

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:29:30 PM »
I have the kliktronic on the Sporty trike. I investigated the Pingle, but went with the kliktronic. When I did have some minor issues with the kliktronic, one of the owners of the company dealt with it quickly and to my complete satisfaction. (and it was outside of the warranty time). I can't say enough how excellent their customer service is.

I understand how you want everything to move a little faster Dave...the leg, modifications to the house, insurance....but remember it will get better, all of it and it can't all happen at once. Be kind to yourself and you have been through a lot. Take strength and resolve from those around you that you love and you'll do just fine.

David in Canada.

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:02:35 AM »
Welcome Dave. I sent you 2 welcome messages yeaterday but they were both deleted when I tried to attach an "oversized" pic of my Harley Sportster trike for you. Lost both legs below knee while working for CP Rail under a moving frieight car when I was twenty. Hasn't stopped my from golfing and riding the trike. All the best with youf fitting with the upcoming difinitive socket. If it's not comfy or hurts in away way, don't sign off on it. Make sure they get it right once your stump has found it's proper shape and size. Cheers.

David in Canada.

General Discussion / Re: Cloning a socket?
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:52:45 PM »
They can line your exsisting socket with a condom-type apparatus and pour liquid material into the socket which will harden quickly and create a positive solid mold of the socket. I had a prosthetist do this for me once when I wanted an exact match for a new pealite insert for my right side bk prosthesis.

General Discussion / Re: Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:22:28 AM »
I think it may be more likely for prosthesis wearing amputees to have mid and lower back pain than for folks without amputations. No matter how perfect the fit of our leg or legs, there will be some unusual strain on our backs due to varied gait patterns attributed to wearing prosthesis.
 I take an extra strength Advil if my back gets sore and it relieves the pain. I suppose one could go for massage therapy or even seek a consult with a chiropractor if the pain gets to be too much.

I too must add the disclaimer that I am not a doctor nor do I have any expertise in diagnosing back pain. Just an opinion and some sympathy Steve!

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