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General Discussion / Repairing a hole in a liner...
« on: December 28, 2012, 09:34:24 AM »
Any thoughts of repairing a hole in a Alpha Gel liner? I have a pea sized hole in my liner (on the side of my knee area) and it causes my skin to fill the hole and can actually be a bit sore. When I take the liner off I have a pea sized bump on the side of my knee (from the hole in the liner)

Is there a way to fix this?
Maybe putting superglue in the hole and pushing it together, sealing the hole?
Or even placing a section of band-aid or bandage across the hole? (which I assume wouldn't last)
I even thought about filling the hole with tub sealant but I wasn't sure if the skin would like being in contact with it...

Suggestions? (besides just buying a new liner... ;) )

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:00:47 PM »
Welcome to the forum Dave. I'm a BKA (maritime accident in 2000 in Ireland).

You'll get your socket right, sometimes it just takes longer than we think. My current one took a while too. By all means rant and rave, we've all been there and it can be nice to sound off to people who have gone through the same. No doubt some here will be able to give advice for somethings you may be curious about.

General Discussion / Re: CHRISTMAS!
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:30:14 AM »
Happy Christmas Ann and to all. Every year I'm half way to becoming a Grinch but I usually cave in and pull out the tree and hang the lights. Try as I might I just can't shake the warm feeling you mention.

One thing I do love to see at Christmas are the old Christmas programmes. Anything from the Rudolph animations to the old Norelco ad with your man Santa sliding down snow drifts on a electric razor head...

General Discussion / Re: Cloning a socket?
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:27:36 AM »
This wasn't cloning a socket what so ever but I did have a limbfitter create a test socket in what I thought was a advanced/odd way. He had a machine that I put my leg into and that scanned my leg. A bit like how a ships sonar can map the ocean floor. He then uploaded that information into another machine that created a mold of my leg that he built the test socket on.
It was years ago and I remember the socket wasn't great and I think he went back to time honoured way of using plaster of paris to create a mold of my leg...

General Discussion / Re: Cloning a socket?
« on: December 06, 2012, 05:13:01 AM »
I have often wondered this myself. When you have a socket that works well it is nice to get the same again. My limbfitter would much rather take a cast of my leg and basically start from scratch. Luckily they made me a good fitting leg, that said it is their job.

General Discussion / Re: Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 22, 2012, 05:21:02 PM »
I'm not actually sure when this litigation frenzy first started. I'm sure there are proper reasons to sue but it seems that people want to blame others for their own mistakes and make a few quid while they're at it.
I won't but I am sometimes tempted to hook up a horse to a cart for the quick trips to the shop. I usually feel that way after topping off the tank on the defender (around 50euro / $65). I will keep my under sheet warmer, mobile phone, laptop etc though...

General Discussion / Re: Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:42:47 PM »
Its sad times we live in when the fear of being sued is so common.

General Discussion / Re: Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:34:27 AM »
I agree with you all. Just the mere fact of wearing something strapped to your leg all day may overwork muscles, throw off a gait or alignment in the back etc. Even though a prosthetic leg weighs less than an actual leg (or so I was told) it feels like it weighs more and can probably throw things off as well and thats if the height and alignment is perfect.

What I will end up doing most likely is getting some sort of hot/cold spray, maybe some sort of muscle cream and see how I get on. Maybe try and get some good stretching in too.

The 'I am not a doctor' disclaimers made me smile a little. In these days where people sue for a sideways glance, giving what could be construed as medical advice can be risky I guess. This sort of thing has gotten so bad that back when I was dating a fully qualified medical doctor she mentioned once that even she would be weary of helping some random person on the road needing help in the fear of being sued. I'm not sure, but it could be by law that she may be required to help (I'm sure she would anyhow) but she would still risk being sued if any complications arose. Even with all her training, her safest bet would probably be to simply call an ambulance.

General Discussion / Back pain from using prosthetic legs
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:01:21 AM »
When I first had my amputation back in 2000, one of the things I heard was the possibility of future back pain. This being caused by the leg maybe not being exactly the right length or possibility that the leg not working the same as the real leg, the added shock being transferred up the spine etc etc

I'm sure as everyone is different with different backs, prosthetic legs, musculature and strength in their backs, and different strains/injuries their backs have been through that any back pain may be unique to the individual amputee. That said, do any of you have back pain that you think was caused by your prosthetic legs?

The reason I ask is I have some myself. The lingering spot is a bit higher than the bottom of my ribs (nearly the middle of my back), there is also a spot on the lower back just above the hips. I went to the GP and he had me go for xrays but they came back fine so I have to guess its muscles etc.
With some of the work I do, stone masonry (wall building using sometimes large heavy stones), ditch digging on my property etc, I tend to think I'm a prime candidate for back pain even with two good legs but I wondered if the prosthetics might have a hand in it.

If so, is there anything I can do for it?

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:52:49 PM »
Hey David,

This was nothing! I don't remember if you were here four years ago when the Obama/Biden V McCain/Palin duel was on. That little discussion here on the site was mental. Everyone giving out grief but for the most part respectfully. I think that is why Ann asked me what I thought as I bet she knew we'd be on different sides and a good argument can be fun sometimes.

As for the the other topics: Religion? Not a believer. Sex? All for it.

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:18:44 AM »
It seemed very close when I went to bed last night around 2am. I had been watching the results on CNN. I thought that Romney just might take it! When I woke up this morning the result was on the radio. I hope you're not too upset at the result. I will admit that Romney did seem like a decent man. Myself, I believe in Obama and hopefully he can change your mind about him in the following years!

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 06, 2012, 06:33:18 AM »
Thats not the case at all Ann. I never thought you were lying, I'm sure you believe what you wrote but I just don't believe it myself as it sounds like some of the fringe rhetoric that I hear.
Myself, I don't like Romney but I wouldn't think he hates America. Obama doesn't either, far from it. I don't doubt that he respects the military. Obama is the man sending men into battle, so he, above all others knows what they go through (I'm sure he hears things the general public never do).

Its easy, I'm sure I've done it myself, to frequent websites or TV channels/programmes that have a hidden or sometimes not so hidden agenda. During elections especially there will be loads of inflammatory, propaganda rubbish being said about both candidates. Voters need to weed through all of it and find the facts through unbiased reporting.

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:17:53 PM »
Did you take your posts down Ann? Now it looks like I'm talking to myself!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: November 03, 2012, 09:47:44 PM »
I did the news about the hurricane. I feel bad for any that were caught up in it.

As for Irelands government, its late here and I might just take the easy way out and put a link that explains it all.

And as for the Obama/Romney thing, I'd be curious if you have ever voted democrat. The reason I ask is if you haven't, you may just be a staunch republican, (as there are staunch democrats out there as well). Any one who only votes along certain party lines will see the opposing candidate in a certain light no matter what they are trying to do. Staunch supporters may get their information from completely biased news websites etc. Its one thing to not agree with certain polices but saying that he hates America, shuns the military and flag...that just sounds like right wing propaganda and I wouldn't believe it for a second.

General Discussion / Re: ELECTION
« on: October 29, 2012, 06:46:11 PM »
  Steve,  His butt is going down..

...into the chair behind the big desk in the Oval Office.  ;)

I wouldn't be a fan of Romney. As far as helping all people, I think he pretty much rode off a good part of the population in a speech behind closed doors but that was recorded. As for Obama I don't believe at all that he doesn't believe in freedom of the people, freedom of religion, nor respect the military and flag. I have no idea where you got the notion that he hates America.

Palin does have great spirit. Besides that and looks I don't see much else.

Back to you Ann!  :)

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