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I used to hop around a bit .. I actually thought it strengthened the muscles on the good knee and the leg ... but a while ago ... I'm not sure exactly what happened, but my good knee started swelling and it was hurt quite badly (I think it happened when I turned around quickly, applying a lot of pressure on that knee) ... from that time, I stopped hopping around. 
I am doing a fair bit exercise each day on the good leg and knee to keep it in shape, so it can hold me.
I use a walker to move around in the bathroom, as if I hop I will surely skid and not only break my back, but all sorts of things can happen.

Personally, those who have the habit of hopping around with the good leg .. please don't ... I don't think it's advisable.  Perhaps in an emergency to move around is okay, but not all the time.

I use my leg all day round, until I retire for the night.

One Physiotherapist, advised that I lie down on my back, and try and lift the good leg straight up to about 1 foot or 1 1/2 ft. .... they say it's tough and hard to do that and it strengthens the muscles on the thigh and around the knee area. 
I have been doing that for over 3 months now and must admit that it feels a lot better.  Earlier I used to lift it all the way up, but the physio said THAT IS CHEATING!!! as it is easy to do that ... lifting it a bit is hardwork - Try it - if you don't believe me.

In my opinion / Re: Knees
« on: March 19, 2008, 04:47:30 AM »
By the way, how much does the Plie' or the Agility knee cost?  And what is the life-span?  Any warranties?

General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 16, 2008, 09:10:56 PM »
Yes, yes, yes ... that's what I meant - but didn't get my point across very well!
So one person doesn't have to print off tons of copy for everyone else ... if it is available online, we could take what we wanted as per our local need.

I for one didn't even thinking of checking on the website - it all happened too quick and my mind was not stable at that time - not that it is now :-)
Otherwise, I could have talked with my doctor about having a through knee amputation, rather than 9 inches above!  Makes A Difference (MAD).

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:55:25 AM »
I sincerely hope you are okay!
I just stumbled upon your message and the awesome responses from people, who have been blessed and are offering prayers on your behalf, pleading with the Almighty to keep you alive for His bigger purposes.
Yes, I will do the same.
After very few interactions we've had on this forum, and now reading your message makes me grieve ... I mean it ...
God hears our prayers ...
Get well soon ... looking forward to more interactions with you.
Hang in there.

General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:45:08 AM »
Permission granted, if it will help another soul - that's why we are here isn't it?
To learn and to share ...

Rather than passing the folder (in a hard copy format) to amputees and to the rest here who are requesting for it, why not request Michael or Gary to keep it online ... i know there are other things here on the front page for new amputees like exercises, diets, etc. 
Perhaps, there could be one called OVERCOMING MENTAL BLOCK or FACING LIFE'S CHALLENGES or something like that ... and post it there.  So all of us could refer this site to anyone who might benefit from reading it?

General Discussion / Re: snowbear
« on: March 15, 2008, 01:31:06 AM »
Was wondering about 'snowbear' - probably got lost in the transit to this new forum?

General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 15, 2008, 01:25:45 AM »
Hi Pegleg,
Appreciate your honest feelings ... like most of us would agree here, you have given a lot into so many of our lives.  You were always there when anyone of us had questions.
At times, it seemed you HAD IT ALL ... that each one of us coveted, at least I did!
But then sharing your honest feelings means, you are just like the rest of us ... perhaps, a little ahead of some in the race with your experience, which brings a lot of comfort to the rest.

Wonderful to hear how your wife is handling this and loves you no matter what the world out there says.  That's what marriages are for - "in good times, and in bad ..." 
Bad as in - when we are unable to do the things which we once did.
I'm blessed with a wife, who I know carries a lot on her shoulders ... and she has accepted that.  The fact that I'm still around and not dead is a comfort for her and the children.

Like I had mentioned earlier, I was affected by polio - so I grew up being a handicap all my life.  Went through it all - longing to be perfect. 
An opportunity came along, not so long ago, when I saw this advert in the newspaper about a Doctor who could help polio victims and increase the size of the leg (which was 1 1/2 inch shorter than the other) - that dream was shattered and ended up being an amputee (above knee, left leg).
I sometimes feel, was it wrong that I had a desire to be able to walk normally???

Now being an amputee, in retrospect I long to be a polio victim, as that was better - with a weak knee, which God created and not OttoBock or made up of any other technological device!  You pay a lot of money and realize the polio affected knee & leg was much better off, than the latest technology.

Like someone said you can't turn the clock back and prevent what happened; neither is it a bad dream!!
Let's accept it and face it with a renewed challenge.
I'm not preaching to anyone ... but reminding myself here!

I find solace in the fact that my time here is temporal and look forward with hope to an eternal future - no more prosthesis there!
But in the meantime trudging along the road laid out before me ...

Yes, it is difficult when you realize you can't do as much.  But hey, it could have been worse for me and for my family.  I'm still trying to do the things to make this world a better living place for everyone, to the best I can.

General Discussion / Re: agility microprocessor knee
« on: March 12, 2008, 06:31:23 AM »
Hi Herb,
I thought you said in the other post that you didn't have any problems with the C-Leg for 5.5 years running, and what's up with this now?
Doesn't the C-Leg's life expectancy about 7 years or a little longer than that?

Anyway, let me know about the agility knee if you get on it and what's the cost invovled?
- King Rocky

In my opinion / Re: Knees
« on: March 12, 2008, 06:14:37 AM »
Sure Herb ... but it's just that when you pay so much upfront, you expect it to work like the way you describe it. 
But having heard people struggling with it ... makes me think twice.
Not that I have the money and I want to get it right away ... but surely, in the future ... would love to have one. 
I understand what you mean by walking 'pegleg'.
Again, once you are used to the comfort of walking freely, you don't want to be doing that --- but in an emergency, anything goes I guess!

Did you say you walk on steep hills?  Is that difficult?  Do you have to drag with your good leg up first?  How about descending down the steep hill?

King Rocky

In my opinion / Re: Knees
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:25:29 AM »
Well, I'm an above knee amputee and used the 3R60 for 20 months ... and it didn't help me.  I'm not even sure why OttoBock keeps manufacturing those!  Sorry, but I paid a lot of money (when insurance doesn't cover that in India) ... and it's useless.  I developed a walking pattern which affected my good knee, as it wouldn't give me any stance control -- though they claim it does! 
I now have a 3R80 (which is cheaper than a 3R60) ... and it does what the C-Leg does?  Only difference, C-Leg is micro chip controlled, whereas 3R80 is Pneumatic / Mechanical.   So, it's not real-time adjustments ... but it does support the body weight and I can descend stairs by just holding on to the railings like a normal person (well, sort of!).

C-Leg, I know is quite expensive - it costs nearly 42.5K$US in India with a new socket.  But I am told the recurring maintenance cost (after the 1st 2 years) is about 2kUS$ or close to that ... which is costly.
I even know of someone who was stranded at the airport in S'pore once because the microprocessor failed and his knee was locked.
Now, that's a possibility with a C-Leg ... mechanical joints don't do that instantly - it's a gradual process.
I have heard good things about Rheo Knee and Mauch ... no complaints from any of the users.  I believe Rheo knee also helps one to ascend stairs like a normal person, rather than dragging with the good leg up first ..

King Rocky
aka Jan '06

Let us know what you think / Re: Setting Your Own Theme (Look of the site)
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:54:00 AM »
OK Gary,
Since I last wrote ... I was able to add a photo and also add my signature and edit my profile a bit.
Great stuff!

Let us know what you think / Re: Setting Your Own Theme (Look of the site)
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:44:08 AM »
Hi Gary,
For some strange reason the theme doesn't work for me.  I changed it, but I still have the original theme as background.
I'm unable to add or upload any pictures as there are no options and also the signature section doesn't appear.
King Rocky

General Discussion / Re: one year today that i had my leg whacked off lol
« on: February 18, 2008, 06:36:27 AM »
JMoore, did you say that you used to use a 3R60 and eventually moved on to a C-Leg?
I was on 3R60 for a while and it never gave me any stance support, which they said it does.  The 15 degrees flex, is more on the heel strike and a slight movement of the foot down, which is not quite a stance thing.

Anyway, I couldn't afford a C-Leg, which I want also, but am on a 3R80, which is a mechanical knee joint.  Have had it for nearly a month.  Must say that it's good.
But for some reason, I'm getting getting the feel of the socket.  It really hurts in my groin area.  Each time on the new socket we try something new, but it hurts.  Right now I'm developing some sort of a boil and it hurts - ouch!

What kind of socket do you have?
How difference is a C-Leg?

King Rocky
aka - Jan. '06

Let us know what you think / Re: This Looks Good!
« on: February 17, 2008, 01:23:31 AM »
Wow, it looks good - sort of like moving into VISTA from Windows XP or '98!
Well done team or is it just Gary?

Yes, must agree that there are lots of options.

Just one suggestion:
- when I view a post and want to reply, in the previous forum there was a box where I could just type, but here it took a while to figure out where to go in order to respond to a post.  Partly due to the fact, the reply button was white in colour, which was very hard to look at.
I'm not sure if I'm the only who has that problem or if others found it too!  Perhaps, the light colour could be changed to a darker colour to make it stand out ... perhaps, my personal opinion would be to have a box to start writing straightaway, rather than that extra click ... I know, I'm lazy (it's partly due to the internet connectivity which is quite moody at times and I could do without that extra click) ....

What is the deal with being logged in forever and the time out of 60 mts.
Is that supposed to help in anyway???

Overall, a neat job!!  Well done once again.
King Rocky

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