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Let us know what you think / Re: Suggestion?
« on: February 26, 2008, 08:52:08 AM »
I think it would be helpful to be able to see the post you are replying to in the box above the box you are typing your reply in to. herb

General Discussion / Re: Hi from Ontario
« on: February 26, 2008, 08:48:57 AM »
Hi Peter - welcome to the forum. It sounds like you have done amazingly well for the last 34 years. I have a left aka and get along well, but I could not imagine with having to deal with 2 prosthetic legs. My amputation resulted from a 1968 motorcycle accident, although a had many years of surgeries trying to save the leg before I gave in to amputation. My knee on my flesh leg has worn out and I have had several operations and a replacement. My recovery from the knee replacement has made me think a lot about being a double amputee. I admire your success. herb

General Discussion / Re: One legged Freak
« on: February 24, 2008, 09:21:37 PM »
Hi Ginger - your daughter is only 9. It is unlikely that freak means the same to her as it does to you. I have 5 children and they each reacted in their own unique ways to my amputation. One of my daughters is capable of make such a statement, but I know her well enough to know that she speaks sometimes without regard for the feelings of others, but she does not really intend to hurt. You need to speak to her about how disability in some form comes to everyone eventually.She will come to realize that you are still the same mother you were before your amputation and with some adjustments life will return to normal. Good luck. Herb

General Discussion / Re: agility microprocessor knee
« on: February 23, 2008, 04:24:30 PM »
Hi Robogirl - thanks for your response. The kids in my son's school call my leg "roboleg" Have you had experience walking in deep snow with your agility knee. My c-leg does not perform well at all in deep snow. Here in NH we have had over 8 feet of snow already and I have to walk outside every day dealing with my animal and bringing in firewood. Also how does your knee perform going up and down  steep hills? Do you ski with it? thanks, herb

General Discussion / Re: agility microprocessor knee
« on: February 23, 2008, 09:22:52 AM »
Hi Jeff - Thanks for your input. While I am very happy with my c-leg, the agility knee from Freedom seems to have a lot going for it. I am going to give it a trial. I like that it is made in this country. I especially like that you can get it wet. I work outdoors rain or shine. I do a lot of boating and kayaking and never feel safe wearing my c-leg. Twice when I have traveled, the airline has lost my luggage which had my charger in it and I was stuck for several days without a charge. My prosthetist, who has had both knees, likes the agility knee better. It is cheaper, too. I have heard that it was developed by the same group that engineered the rheo knee and it is an improvement over the rheo knee. Be well, herb

General Discussion / agility microprocessor knee
« on: February 21, 2008, 09:02:00 PM »
Hi - my five year old c-leg has stopped working. The lower leg swings free with no control. Has anybody had this problem. I called my prosthetist and learned that a repair could cost as much as $6,000 with only a maximum of 1 year guarantee. I think it is time to get a new leg with a three year guarantee and newer technology. On of my prosthetists is using the agility knee. He speaks very highly of it and it has several new features. Does anybody on the forum have experience with this knee? Thanks, Herb

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