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General Discussion / Re: Endolite Suspension Sleeve
« on: June 02, 2010, 05:50:50 PM »

With what we pay for liners, surely you shouldn't have to resort to duct tape!   :(

I'm using Alps gel liners, and they last a good long time, a year or longer.   :)   Of course, I'm not giving mine the workout that you probably do.  I'm not tending animals, farming, and all that you do.

Even so ........ Duct Tape ???

I may be old-fashioned, but I'm not sure I want WalMart messing around in my mouth.

Anyway, lets see what comes of all this.


You got me on both fronts:  Yep, I could sure use a new retina or two, but I guess that's gonna be for the next generation to enjoy.

Also, I just finished getting a tooth implant, and yes, it was an 8 to 9 month production.  The finished tooth is nice, but our bank account is alot lighter!

Thanks for sharing the news.

General Discussion / Re: "Older and Around"
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:40:49 PM »

Another curious soul here, mate.  How're you doing?

We're faring pretty well here.  In the midst of a massive spring house-cleaning.  Otherwise, fairly unmeventful.

General Discussion / Re: Having a fly day
« on: May 13, 2010, 10:58:52 AM »
Hey, Steve:

Ya gotta train your donkeys to do the outdoor work for you. LOL

Do take it easy, and don't overdo it.

General Discussion / Re: Having a fly day
« on: May 11, 2010, 01:38:53 PM »

Take care of yourself, mate.  Sooner than later on the Doc for you.
Ease up on the heavy farm/yard projects.

General Discussion / Re: QUIET ?
« on: May 06, 2010, 11:36:51 AM »

With this farming work, you've got to be one of the most active amputees I know.  It's good you can do all that, but DO take care and pace yourself.

General Discussion / Re: QUIET ?
« on: May 05, 2010, 08:17:43 PM »

I guess it means we're all out making our mark on the world.

Or ......... we're all snoozing.

Reminds me of a cute cartoon of Snoopy lying on the floor, ears spread out, thinking "No sense doing a lot of barking if you don't have anything to say".

Dick Stevens
dbka in pa

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 02, 2010, 02:11:04 PM »

I held off and took the SS benefits at age 65.  I signed up early so the payments would begin exactly on time.

Then I retired and took the church pension beginning at age 70.

So now. I'm officially in "loafing mode".  It felt "funny" at first, but a guy could get used to this.  I still manage to keep busy with various projects and activities.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 02, 2010, 09:50:26 AM »
Herb and Jason:

As a recipient of SS pension, at last check, Medicare will pay 80% of prosthetics, and other DME items (wheelchairs, crutches, etc).  We pick up the other 20%.  OK, so it ain't free, but it's a good start.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 02, 2010, 01:07:14 AM »

Congrats on the first SSA deposit.  :)    :)

I recall that losing TWO joints to amputation qualifies one as "disabled"  In our case as DBKA's, the loss of two ankles count.  An AK (ankle+knee) would also qualify.

I know you like sports,  The newest sport is dodging Red Tape, right?

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 01, 2010, 02:11:46 PM »

Good for you.  The stair lift will be great.  One good thing, if you move, the stair lift can be removed from your old house and re-installed in a new house, if you need it.  Better yet, if you move, look for a home or apartment all on the ground floor.  Look for nice wide doorways, an entrance that can be made wheelchair-accessible, and all that good stuff.

One thing we've discovered about ampdom, it's permanent.  So you want to find a home you can enjoy for the long-haul.  Yeah, I know moving can be a royal pain, but hopefully worth it, when it's all done.

Sounds like SSA is a pain, too.  I hear you may have to re-apply or appeal.  Yeah, some dumb bureaucrat has to learn that legs don't grow back...the condition IS permanent.

Happily, I got my Soc Sec pension based on age alone.  All I had to do was prove that I'd been breathing for 65 years (and had worked a certain amount of that time, which they already had records of).  Yes, Jason, there's advantages to being an old geezer like me.

BTW, it was good to see you at LVH last week.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: April 25, 2010, 12:14:34 AM »

Jack has a good idea.  And as a young employable person, have you checked out the PA Office of Vcational Rehab?  They will provide and often pay for adaptiaions for your home, car, and even your place of employment.  Like most state agencies, they may have lots of red tape and delay, but it's worth a try.

After all those years of working and paying taxes, let some of those tax dollars come home to roost, eh?  I have a friend in Phila, an DAKA for whom the OVR gave a home lift and car hand controls.

Remembering the pictures of your home (it IS the same house, right?), you could take one end of the front porch and put in an outdoor hydraulic lift, that would take you from the porch down to driveway level.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: April 22, 2010, 11:38:33 AM »
Yep, Jason:

Join the club.  We learn by trial-and-error.  I'm as slow a learner as anyone - maybe slower than most.  BUT, over the years, figured out a number of tricks.  Of course, the layouts of our houses mean we each have to figure out our own adaptaions. 

I'm fortunate to have a big bathroom, can wheel up to the toilet and slide directly from w/c to toilet and back.

But then, you're an ingenious kinda guy.  You'll have it figutred out.

General Discussion / Re: amputee board (leg rest)
« on: April 21, 2010, 08:27:41 AM »

We'll miss the Golf Day itself, BUT we WILL be at Cameron's program at LVH on Thursday.  Hope to see you there.

I get to meet your brother, and you get to meet my son, Mike.

And I get to see the new, lighter Jason.  :)

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