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« on: December 28, 2011, 10:10:06 AM »
Hello Jack

Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope it doesn't interfere too much with your holiday enjoyment.

I had a little mishap on christmas day. I was out riding and my horse spooked unexpectedly and I went flying. When I got up my foot was sideways and  I feared that I had broken my hip. It wasn't but it was very painful. I have  fallen a few times before but this was the first time I landed with my full weight on my prosthesis. I may try riding with out my prosthesis next time.
Happy new year

General Discussion / Re: Insurance and pre existing conditions
« on: December 09, 2011, 11:30:00 PM »
Hi Max
Purchasing insurance on your own to cover prosthetics would be way too expensive to buy. You are going to need many legs before you can get on medicare.

I got help back in the 1970s from vocational rehabilitation. They were an enormous help to me.

I do not think that there are any easy solutions.

I have known people who have changed jobs just to get the insurance offered by the company. Another option is to find a woman who works at a company that offers good insurance and marry her to get on her policy.

You could temporarily move to another country that offers free medical care.

good luck

General Discussion / Re: Who is my "doctor"?
« on: November 24, 2011, 11:47:55 PM »
Hi Scott

I do not think you are going to find the doctor you are looking for. I could not even find a physical therapist in my insurance group that could give me much help learning to walk.  I got all my help walking from my prosthetist. Since my amputation I have had to go back for some minor work (surgery) on my residual leg several times. None of the orthopedic surgeons and certainly not my gp knew much at all about prosthetics. They were willing to take advice from the prosthetists and even let the prosthetist in the or. I have 100% faith in my prosthetist's skill and ability to make the best possible leg for me. I have been using a c-leg for 10 years now and it just seems to get better every year.
I think you just need to find the right prosthetist. I talk to people in my prosthetist's office who  travel thousands of miles every time they need a leg because they can not find a good one locally.
good luck Scott

General Discussion / Re: Crap
« on: October 25, 2011, 08:17:33 AM »
Hi Guzz

I have heard that auto stem cell transplant is the best treatment for this type of cancer. Don't let the insurance company tell him that it is "experimental'
good luck

Hi Steve

I have 2 nieces who both work for large companies that do biomedical research. I have asked them about animal cruelty and they both assure me that they are required to be very careful about the care of the animals to avoid discomfort to the animals. I think that it is probably the only way to make some medical advances and assure human safety.
Be Well

General Discussion / Re: Knee problems
« on: September 24, 2011, 07:42:18 PM »
Hi Steve
It might be time to invest in a tractor with a bucket loader. I have three tractors and could not get my work done without them. In the meantime it would be good to get a well fitting work leg. I move a lot of soil around in my garden by shovel but would not move soil in a wheelbarow. I do use a wheelbarrow to move horse manure from a stall to the bucket of the tractor. Recently I have been hand digging my potato harvest which was exceptionally good this year.
Be well

General Discussion / Re: Woman Catches Prosthetic Leg While Fishing
« on: August 28, 2011, 10:59:48 AM »
Hi Steve - great story

I have almost lost my leg a few times swimming when the foot sinks deep and gets stuck in the muck. So far I have always been able to dive down and recover it. Recently I have had  the foot get stuck in the muck  and separate from the leg.

Right now New Hampshire is under attack by Irene. It is raining hard and very windy. A large tree just came down on one of my trailers. I had a family party planned today which will have to be rescheduled.

Be Well

General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Mach knee
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:55:17 PM »
Hi Jek

I walked using the Mach knee for many years and still occasionally use one when I worry about getting my c-leg knee wet. It is a fine knee but will take some time to master. It will get much easier to use with time and you should eventually be able to walk all day without too much fatigue. Walking with a prosthesis is always to be more work than walking with your original flesh leg. I like to think of the extra work to walk as my exercise program.

When I am going to swim or boat or go to the ocean I wear a peg leg that can get wet with out being harmed.
Walking with a c-leg is just as much work as walking with the mauch knee.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Forum Upgade >>> PLEASE READ
« on: August 19, 2011, 08:05:40 PM »
Hi Scott
they recently removed a couple of posts and now the general category is immediately visible.


General Discussion / Re: Forum Upgade >>> PLEASE READ
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:05:13 PM »
Hi DeZiner

I would like to see the general category at the top of the page when I open the site so I do not have to scroll down to see if there are any new posts.

General Discussion / Re: Horse back riding for amps?
« on: August 17, 2011, 08:00:00 PM »
Hi Steve
I am hoping that you get some responses from above knee amputees. I do a little riding but am never comfortable for more than ten minutes or so. I can not keep my prosthetic foot in a stirrup and do not like my prosthesis flopping around when I ride. I have thought of using  a strap with velcro to keep my leg in place. When I do use a saddle I either mount with my flesh foot in the right side stirrup and swing my prosthesis over the horse. I usually just ride bareback and use a small step ladder to get on.
be well

Hi Jason

this guy had half a lap because he was a below the knee amputee on one side. He did have both arms to hold on with. Maybe he was not holding on. If his arms were not strong than maybe he could have worn a light weight climbing harness and used a safety lanyard. I go zip lining at ski areas and they make you wear a harness that allows you to let go with your hands and safely hang upside down.

General Discussion / Re: Genium
« on: July 27, 2011, 07:51:08 PM »
Hi Jeff -  I have only heard glowing reports about the Genium knee. Your post did not mention if it is available in the US. Did your insurance pay for the knee?  Do you know when it will be available to everyone? thanks

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