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General Discussion / Re: Painful skin graphs
« on: July 24, 2011, 08:45:16 PM »
Hi Steve

With the high cost of anything to do with prosthetics, It is rough having to pay out of pocket. I thought Ireland had a national health care program that paid for all residents' medical care. When I had some surgery on my residual leg last year I was on crutches for a few months and my leg swelled some so I had to wear a shrinker for a while. It is essentially a tubular ace bandage. When I picked them up I thought it would be inexpensive and pulled out my wallet to pay. I was shocked to see that they cost around $200. My new socket cost over $11k. My out of pocket expense is 20%. I would have to do without is I had to pay 100% of my $50k c-leg.
be well
herb

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General Discussion / Re: Painful skin graphs
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:17:46 AM »
Hi Steve - it really sounds like you need a new prosthetist. You should not be having pain with your prosthesis when you get home from their office. It sounds like you need a whole new socket. I have several skin grafts on my residual leg where there is little more than the skin graft covering my femur. My prosthetist bumps out my socket on those areas so there is no contact in those areas. I am curious about the spelling you use for grafts. Is skin graphs an irish or european version of skin grafts. i

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Hi Steve

Last summer I took my son to ride on a go cart at a local track. After buying tickets for my son and myself I was refused to get on a go cart because of my prosthesis. I have a no restriction drivers license but they would not let me get on. It had only 2 pedals - brake and accelerator and had a sign saying not to step on both pedals at the same time which meant to me you could easily operate it with one leg.  I was pretty pissed off.
herb

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43692529/ns/us_news-life/


In the comments after this article several people faulted this disabled veteran for getting on a rollercoaster. Some even called him an idiot. These people seem to think that amputees should sit around at home and not try to participate in life. I ride rollercoasters and once I was denied entrance when they saw my prosthesis.

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General Discussion / Re: Brief Rant
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:43:40 PM »
Hi Steve - sorry to hear of the troubles you are having with your leg. A few times over the years my prosthetic foot developed a squeak. It bothered me that others could hear me walking. Both times my prosthetist took the leg into their shop and brought it back a half hour or so later without the squeak. I never asked what they did.

It really sounds like you need a whole new leg top to bottom. Grinding out the inside of your socket sounds like an awful idea.

On a personal note, I am recovering from getting my shoulder rebuilt and went swimming in the lake for the first time this season. Doing power strokes with only one arm took some getting used to. My doctor says I am about 25% strength on the repaired shoulder. It has been hard getting my leg off with one hand as I have pretty a pretty tight fit and a long suction socket.
Be Well
Herb

Herb

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General Discussion / Re: Squeaky foot
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:55:42 PM »
Hi Steve have you tried any no seize or lithium grease? How are you doing with that new pony? We have plenty of rain so our pasyure is growing faster than they are eating the grass. I save a lot of work and money when I do not have to feed hay.
be well
herb

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General Discussion / Re: Ordering new sleeves and liners
« on: May 29, 2011, 10:29:16 AM »
Hi Steve

I looked into direct buying several years ago and ran into several problems, gut it was doable. For me the biggest problem was payment because the would not accept payment from my insurance company. I have seen prosthetic liners listed on ebay. Try a search there.
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=prosthetic+liner&_sacat=0&_sop=1&LH_PayPal=1&_dmd=2&_odkw=c-leg&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1311

Herb

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: May 07, 2011, 07:34:35 AM »
Hi David - great looking trike.
I see you live in Victoria. I get out there once a year or so when I visit my son/family in Seattle. I was amazed at all the flowers in bloom in Victoria in February while we in NH are still in the middle of winter.
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: getting a passport
« on: April 27, 2011, 07:32:19 AM »
Hi Jack
I was able to find some proposed changes in passport requirements. The are only proposed, not enacted. The changes only apply to people who want a passport but do not have a birth certificate to prove that they were born here. There are a lot of new questions to be answered about birth hospital, baptism, medical care, schools attended, they even want to know if the applicant has been circumcised.
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: getting a passport
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:02:28 PM »

Hi jack

State department employees are civil servants and not political employees. Do you have a link to the changes you mentioned. I need to get a passport for my youngest son next month and hope it will not be too difficult. Hopefully changes would not affect me as I already have my passport.
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: article on nerve controlled prosthetic leg
« on: April 24, 2011, 10:45:56 AM »
Thanks Steve - I will buy one
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: article on nerve controlled prosthetic leg
« on: April 23, 2011, 09:11:10 PM »
Hi Annieg
I have always enjoyed my standup showers but I am going to have to look into using a chair now. Thanks for the well wishes on my surgery. I am going to have to wear a large bulky sling that totally immobilizes my arm 24 hours a day for 3-4 weeks and can not even take it off to shower. They want me to sleep in a chair for the first 2 weeks. I am not looking forward to the recovery period.
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: article on nerve controlled prosthetic leg
« on: April 23, 2011, 09:03:22 PM »
Hi Steve - the swivel chair sounds like a great idea. It would be very secure unlike the plastic chairs I have seen other amputees using. I will try to find one. thanks, herb

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General Discussion / Re: article on nerve controlled prosthetic leg
« on: April 23, 2011, 09:00:17 PM »
Hi Ann - the walk in bathtub sounds like a good idea. I am used to filling the tub before getting in. I saw one on display at a home show last year. It was quite expensive and I think I would always worry that it would start leaking.
Herb

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General Discussion / Re: article on nerve controlled prosthetic leg
« on: April 23, 2011, 09:45:06 AM »
Hi Steve - they are already doing similar work with arm amputees to make a functional hand. Ankles should not be as difficult. A controlled power ankle would be even more useful for above knee amputees.

On another topic here is an example about how little doctors understand amputees. I am going to have surgery in a few days to get a rotator cuff repaired. The surgeon said I would not be able to use my arm to get into the shower for 6 weeks. I normally go into the shower on crutches and help balance myself with one arm on the wall of the shower.He told me I would just have to take baths for that period. It is far more difficult and requires use of both arms to get into and out of a bath tub. Even with 2 good arms, I find it difficult to bath in a tub so I usually shower. I am going to have a difficult time for the next 2 months doing everything since I depend so much on my arms.
Herb

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