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General Discussion / Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« on: July 03, 2010, 09:34:28 AM »
One doctor at our local hospital had so many of his patients die due to his errors that the hospital quietly fired him. He now has a job at a major university training new doctors.
Those who can, do.
Those who can't do, teach.
Those who can't, teach teachers (or in this case, doctors).

General Discussion / Re: cat double amputee
« on: June 27, 2010, 03:21:42 PM »
Pretty impressive cat!

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:11:54 PM »
Yeah, i took it easy on Friday and did some walking.  Feeling better now.  Definetely overdid it the other day.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 25, 2010, 02:03:01 AM »
Damn, I think I overdid it on Wednesday.  Thursday I tried to be a little more cautious.  But I twisted something in my back trying to get my legs on Thursday morning.  I have a history of back problems.  It's amazing how difficult it is to put on two legs at once.  Damn this can be real hard!  I did get up and walk Thursday, but it wasn't as fun and comfortable as it was on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I know it will get better.  I know there will be good days and bad days.  Thursday was a "less good" day.

A DAK friend of mine told me once that for him, walking used about 60% to 70% more energy than when he had two real legs.  I don't know how to measure this, but walking with two prosthetics is taking LOTS more energy than I ever thought.  Walking on one prosthetic for the past few years has given me a head start, an idea of what, where, how, etc.  But nothing really prepared me for how this works.

I think it's hurting me a bit that one foot is an old SACH kinda foot and the other is a new one.  But Monday I'll get a new left with a foot to match what I'm using on the right.  The other thing making this difficult is I've already had to start adding sox and a few pads to the socket.  I'm going back to check in for socket adjustments and to get my new left leg.  That should help.

On the plus side, I've been "thinking" about making something - a simple wooden platform to make it just a bit easier to get up on the toilet and into the tub when I'm not wearing legs.  So I stopped at Home Depot, described what I was looking for.  Then told the guy what I was planning to build and why.  (Sometimes explaining it all to someone else gives them a chance to come up with an idea I'd never thought about.)  He described a slightly more complex way of building it, and as a bonus, "it'll be less expensive".  I countered with "it's beyond my abilities to do it that way" and he said "give us 15 minutes while you continue to shop."  They built it for me.  I just had to pay for it, take it home and try it out. It's just a simple platform, about 18" by 8" and up from the floor about 4".  They cut all the wood, screwed it together, it's a solid little platform!  He didn't have his name on his orange apron, but I got it from someone else and plan to call his boss and give him a big "THANK YOU!".

The thing that makes all of this work for me - even at it's worse this week, I'm better off because I don't have that horrible pain in my feet anymore.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 23, 2010, 07:38:29 AM »
I wore them most of yesterday, but that doesn't mean I was walking much.  But it felt good to get walking!  I'm taking it very slow with walking and checking for sores and skin problems.  Short distances are a real workout though!

General Discussion / Men of Honor - movie
« on: June 19, 2010, 07:56:08 PM »

I was wondering if you've seen the movie "Men of Honor" with Cuba Gooding?  It has a scene that sounds quite a bit like what happened to your leg.  And it's a pretty cool movie too - although I keep missing the first 15 minutes of it every time it's on tv.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 16, 2010, 09:33:06 PM »
I never did it so well as you on the first day.  You're lookin' mighty fine.

what kind of feet are you using?  I'm using Talux made by Ossur, but they're several years old.  There's newer models out now.

Thanks Dick.  I will admit, I was pretty nervous about walking.  People (Like Cameron) kept telling me it'd be like falling off a log.  But I was trying to be "concerned" and "optimistic" instead of frightened and terrified and negative.  I was amazed (and Ken a little peeved) that I didn't hold on to the railing much.  :)  I was very impressed with how well it went.

At first, the left leg was as smooth and natural as always.  Then an adjustment by Ken and it was as hard as the right one, or worse.  So we adjusted it back.  Other than a little toe drag on the right, and a little pressure spot we worked on, the right is pretty amazing.

As for feet - the foot is the Soleus by College Park Ind.  Ken has had George F. up on one for a while and he liked it.  I liked them as a pair.  It's got good motion, and is supposed to be similar to the Reflex VSP I've had for 2 years.  But it's much lighter.  It also has silver or gold tone metal at the top of the foot.  And the shell comes in Caucasian, negroid and coal black.  I went for the gold tone and dark black foot shell.

Ask me nice Monday night and maybe I'll let you walk a bit on my new foot.  :)


General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: June 15, 2010, 04:54:57 PM »
I uploaded it to YouTube:

Updated link:

This version of the video is still there, but not for long.  Had to do a small edit on the movie.

General Discussion / new legs
« on: June 15, 2010, 07:37:33 AM »
Yesterday morning I got to try on my new legs.  After a few adjustments to the feet I was able to stand pretty well.  And even walk.  We shot a short video of me walking in the parallel bars and it's clear to see the left leg is more experienced, it walked very smoothly.  The right one was pretty good - especially for the first time!

My leg guy was amazed that I could walk without holding the bars on my first day.

I can pick up the right leg next week, they will adjust an old left leg to match the height.  Then I get the new left leg on the 28th.

General Discussion / Re: Having a fly day
« on: May 13, 2010, 09:16:37 AM »
He prescribed me some anti-inflammatories and  thought nothing was broken.

You mean he didn't do an x-ray?  You really need an x-ray just to be safe.

General Discussion / Re: QUIET ?
« on: May 10, 2010, 08:55:40 AM »
Have you seen the Sleeve Saver?
I have not used them because my sleeves have something like it built in.
I would guess you could make something equivalent out of an old sock or something like that.

The sleeve saver sounds like a cool thing, but it says "the inner surface of the suspension sleeve is protected from abrasive
rubbing of the socket brim".  My sleeves come with something we call a "gaitor" and it works very well for this.  And it's part of the package for the knee sleeve. 

BUT the problem is, mine never tear at the socket brim from the inside fiction - I get something poked in from the outside that causes a small hole.

I've got a double-wall socket and that seems to work best to protect my sleeve from outside forces.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 01, 2010, 10:40:11 PM »
I just got a letter in the mail today from SSA.  It was odd, it was talking about how to login to my online account to look up information.  So I logged in, and it said I get $xxxx per month payments.  So I logged into the bank and sure enough, there's a deposit for that amount from the US Govmnt today!  So I guess this is their way of saying "yep, you got it!".

I tried a local lawyer and he screwed up bad.  I got on with the national Binder and Binder, and they are idiots.  I was going to call and tell them to bugger off.  But Looks like it's too late for that.  The good news is they won't get much.

And as for medicare/insurance, I talked to the person at SSA that was my contact for paperwork.  I asked him and he said based on my particulars (having a good work history) it what gives me the 2 year wait for insurance.  Even if it's one year, that's too long.  I'm coughing up $600/month for very basic coverage, plus copays and deductibles.

Ok, off to bed!

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: May 01, 2010, 09:02:29 AM »
I've got quotes on the stair lift for inside the house.  OVR is checking to see if and how much of it they will pay for.  So plans are in the works for getting that.

I've got a lead on a used outside electric lift.  Yes, I'm still in the same old house.  I don't want to modify the porch too extensively, next year I finish school and may be moving.  So I'll go for the stair glide now.  And check into the used outdoor lift.  At least cutting down the larger stairway is already a big step for me. 

I do have some problems with neighborhood kids making some trouble late at night on the weekends.  I'm hoping I don't get any more bashed car windows this summer, or flat tires.  Another reason for thinking about moving in a year.

As for paying taxes, that's part of my problem.  As of today, I'm still not considered disabled by the SSA.  And if they do decide I qualify, I won't get medical benefits for at least 2 years.  Why?  Because I WAS productive.  IF I were lazy and had no work history, I'd qualify for medical benefits from SSA as soon as they realize feet don't grow back.  The only bright spot is the SS worker admits that this is stupid, but he said that's the way our government set things up.

General Discussion / Re: feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: April 24, 2010, 04:27:41 PM »
Have you tried walking with crutches using your prosthesis


I tried this in 2008 when I had the ankle fusion done.  From my experiments then, I can't afford to do that.  I fell each time I tried it.  And the third fall I hit the wall with my face pretty good.  So I'm pretty much over crutches.  I can manage a walker for short distances, but I'm afraid of crutches.

Having a walker upstairs (and a wheelchair), a walker downstairs (for house to car) a wheelchair in the car, and a third wheelchair for the first floor of the house seems to cover most of my mobility -at lease for now.

I'm price checking a "stair glide" to zip up and down the stairs at home, what I've been doing works, but isn't a long term method.  After I get that, my only obstacle is the front steps.  I can't get a ramp because of space.

General Discussion / feeling almost stupid, but.....
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:42:17 AM »
I've dragged my butt around on the 2nd floor by various methods for a long time.  I've always said that the wheelchair won't work because it can't make any turns in the narrow hallway.

BUT that was before I tried it this morning.  Turns out, I've got a different wheelchair up there now, and it actually does work in the hallways and I can even roll into the bathroom next to the tub!  (but not the toilet)  Yippie!  Why didn't I try this before?  I think this will make life easier.

Just goes to show me that just because something doesn't work for mobility reasons, I need to try it again another time and maybe it will work!

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