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General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:12:00 PM »
I can't believe how quickly this thread on the U.S. election got out of hand.
 Steve was asked his opinion and when he gave it, the whole thing went downhill from there.
If you don't want to hear opinions that are different than your own, I would suggest don't bother asking. It seems that we may all be better served to keep politics off this board.
 If we just stuck to sex and religion, maybe folks wouldn't get their nose so out of joint when someone has a different opinion. lol just sayin'.

David in Canada.

General Discussion / Re: What has everyone been up to?
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:30:47 PM »
I've had a new set of legs just finished....better suited for golf than my day to day legs. My trike has had a new clutch installed but the differential and axle are hooped. I'll be replacing the faulty bits as cash becomes available. I've just had carpal tunnel release surgery on my left hand and will have a second carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand once this one heals and an OR time becomes available.

Steve, I've moved out of Victoria and to Cobble Hill just over the Malahat from Victoria. (about a 40 minute drive) So, now we have 2 horses, chickens and some quiet. A big change for this city boy.

I'm also nursing an ulcer on the underside of my right stump which has been there for a while now. Staying off the legs and healing the right stump and left wrist all at the same time. Things will get better!

Looking forward to riding and golfing in the Spring once the surgeries and leg are all healed.

General Discussion / Re: Touching Story
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:22:03 PM »
Wow. Very touching.

General Discussion / Re: I have a pretty happy dog
« on: March 28, 2012, 03:37:27 AM »
When I ride my trike I say hi to the dogs I see with their heads stuck out of the passenger side windows in the cars...dogs have always known the joy of getting the face in the wind! That's one happy dog!

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:44:43 AM »
I'm currently using custom liners on both legs made by Otto Bock. Prosthetist takes casting of your residual limb, (stump), and sends the casting to Otto Bock. They then manufacture the liner to match the casting. They are very durable and comfy but I don't know if they do them for pin system liners.

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:58:56 PM »
Some wearers, like myself, are not suited to pin systems. I tried them and always felt a severe tugging feeling at the end of my stump, especially the right one. Also, they said moisture in the liner would diminish as time went on but it never did for me. I would take off the pin system leg and I would be sore and swimming! I had them get me back to the no pin liners and sleeves pretty quick as I wasn't going to be doing much walking with the pin system. Just my experience of course. David

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 18, 2012, 05:02:19 AM »
My retired prosthetist once made an internal cast copy socket of an old leg of mine. He used what looked like an oversize condom type thing and filled it with mold or casting material and it made a very close copy of the original socket. I believe he did this to make new socket inserts for my right leg which had a soft leather insert to protect the short, bony residual limb. (stump)

I have some 9 mm. Alpha liners kicking around here, which I used on my old left leg, which I will wash thoroughly and send to you if you want to give that size a go without having to pay for them. (used of course, but in good repair). Let me know.


General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:41:10 AM »
I may be mistaken Steve, but I'm quite sure Alpha has a 9 mm. thickness liner as well. (this may allow you to not use the extra socks with your older leg.)
 I have the luxury of having full coverage for legs and liners etc. having gone under the train while working. Workers Compensation Board pays. I can't imagine what I'd do in your position of having to pay out of pocket. You may not have the option of shopping around for a prosthetist  considering your location.

Well, give the fellow the opportunity of making it all good for you. Take everything into him, the new leg, the old leg, liners and in no uncertain terms tell him the new leg is shite and you need it made right. Maybe copy and print the contents of this thread so he can see the comments we've made.

Please let us know how it goes. David

General Discussion / Re: A angry leg
« on: January 17, 2012, 11:55:18 AM »

I think in general, as end users of prosthetic devices and products, we need to be more assertive with our legists. If they are making sockets or pin systems or let's say, "upgrades" that make wearing the leg impossible, they are not doing their job. We are entitled to comfortable, functional prosthesis and if that's not what we are getting, they need to re-do them until they are right. Period.

Please don't sign off on the next adjustments or new socket until you know it will work for you. If you have a greater comfort level with the thicker Alpha liners and suspension sleeves, he should be able to retro-fit the newer leg pin socket to match your older leg's socket.

Just my opinion.

David in Canada.

General Discussion / Re: Check In,
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:50:20 AM »
It breaks my heart to hear that your daughter's cancer returned.

 I am also very sad to hear of all the medical problems you have had to face.

I'm still riding that trike, golfing not as much, but some, and I quit smoking cigarettes 3 months ago. 40 years of stupidity with that addiction.

I was so happy to see your post here this evening. Though we may never meet, your insights are often the only reasons I stayed on this forum over the years. I love you too.

David in Canada

« on: January 01, 2012, 10:41:22 PM »
I came right out of one of my legs some years back on the first tee at Cordova Bay golf club here in Victoria.

 My buddies had already hit their drives and I smoked one right down the middle, out past theirs, but put a little too much into it. No pin system, just a suspension sleeve holding the leg on. A help up, a quick re-adjust, and away we went!

It's always good for a laugh until someone gets hurt! lol

Happy New Year to all.

David in Canada

Health and Fitness / Re: Christmas!
« on: December 12, 2011, 04:29:07 AM »
I've bought a few small things and some decorations are starting to appear around the house but the tree has not been put up and decorated yet.

 I've quit smoking, on day 70 now after smoking for 40 years so I've been in a bit of a fog lately.

 Riding the trike and life is good. Have yet to golf this winter though. Hey, has anyone heard from JOE A. I haven't seen him post here for ages and really miss his wit and wisdom. Merry Christmas to all from Ireland to Alabama! Cheers. David in Canada

General Discussion / Re: Funeral for a friend
« on: September 09, 2011, 08:46:31 PM »
, on a dark and stormy night,

General Discussion / Re: Funeral for a friend
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:19:07 AM »
Well, I guess we've been "saved by the bell"! Apparently, they used to bury folks before they were dead on occasion.  They'd set up a string from the casket to allow the buried folks, who were still alive, pull the string to ring a bell to let the folks doing the burying know that they had jumped the gun. Which leads me to ask, where did the expression "jumped the gun" come from? Glad to see you cyber friends checked in. I'll try to post more often too.

The pic I attached is from Victoria, B.C. where I live, down by the water with Mt. Baker on the U.S. side in the horizon.

General Discussion / Funeral for a friend
« on: September 08, 2011, 01:50:41 AM »
This forum seems to be fading away....shall we start making arrangements and has the next of kin been notified...

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