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General Discussion / Re: Has being amp held you back or pushed you forward?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:36:34 PM »
Great question! I really hope you get many responses.
pin-hi, thanks for your honest answer!

Here are my thoughts...
Losing my leg about seven years ago, to be quite honest, was the right thing to have happened at the right time in my life. Why? I'll just give you my perspective. I'm sixty one now, not old, but not young either. I've always been active and always done physical work for a living. I always took pride in that, but had never figured out what I wanted to do when I "grew up".
My "accident" gave me a 'forced time out', so to speak. For a period of about four months, I was home with little to do. This gave me the chance to go on the computer and research things I'd been interested in all my life, but had always put off for one reason or another.
So since then, I've learned so much about history (real history), science, spirituality and so many other things. I've met so many people in person and on line, such as you folks. This wouldn't have happened had I kept plugging away as I had been.
Having said this....Do I wish I could run and jump? Of course! But I'll tell you, things happen for a reason and I have no regrets!
Santa, can I have my foot back for Christmas?
Just kidding!

General Discussion / Re: Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
« on: February 14, 2013, 03:52:14 PM »
Steve and Ann, I heard this on the radio this morning also. I was sorry to hear about that too. I guess it just goes to remind us that people are people despite how many limbs we have. We're no less or more than anyone else. I hope the accusations are untrue, but the fact remains that a young woman is no longer with us. I hope she met her goals in this life.

General Discussion / Re: getting older by the miniute
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:32:26 PM »
Congratulations, Jack!  Grandchildren, and in your case, great grandchildren, help to keep us young! That is, of course, as long as we're not babysitting. Most of the little tykes tend to have two feet. Most of us have a hard enough time chasing them around even if healthy. Amputee grandparents should get a badge of honor for even trying to keep up with them! Getting tired even thinking about that.
Wish I knew how to upload videos. I have a great one of my two year old grandson, Asher, chewing on my socket while I had it parked next to me while watching TV. Kinda grossed us out, but he thought it was very tasty! I was laughing so hard that I nearly pissed my pants. Woulda went to the bathroom, but I couldn't pry my leg out of his little jaws!

General Discussion / Re: What to choose: Plie'; C-Leg; Orion
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:17:07 PM »
Dave, in my opinion, you can't rush too much! To me, that shows that you're dealing with the hand you've been dealt. Push as fast as you can without being careless. You'll be surprised at what you will accomplish. Sitting around and feeling sorry for oneself will not only not help oneself to progress, but will distance a person from friends and relatives over time. I feel your attitude to be great! Peoples' reaction to you will be a reflection of what you present to them!

Sorry that the best advice I can give about your prosthetic is only to be sure that you and your prosthetist are on the same page and that she or he listens to you and works with you. Don't settle for ill fitting or painful appliances! I'm below knee. Totally different ball game. So don't listen if I ever give you advice on products!

Be well and keep us posted.

General Discussion / Re: Rant!
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:46:27 PM »
Hooray!!! Now , please, be careful till the next time!

General Discussion / Re: Rant!
« on: January 31, 2013, 06:22:11 PM »
Pegleg, funny we were talking about the same thing at the same time!

General Discussion / Re: Rant!
« on: January 31, 2013, 06:20:20 PM »
Sorry to hear about your fall, Annieg. Happens to all of us from time to time. When our prosthetic limb is working well, it's sometimes easy to forget that we have one. Most of my falls have occurred when, having put my leg on, I forget to feel the click when my pin locks into the socket. Take a step and the prosthetic stays put and my next step results in a fall. Don't know how your fall occurred, but I feel your pain. Be well!

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:39:20 PM »
Steve and Pin-Hi,
I know exactly what you are talking about! Pin-Hi, I also belong to a support group. My problem is that if they don't ask, they don't get. The support group I joined ended up being a coffee clatch (tea to you Steve!). We meet and sit around and wait for amputees to call us. Guess what? They don't even know we are available to them. I've had only two encounters in almost seven years with new amputees. Both came outside our support group affiliated with the hospital we are attached to. My only support visit came from the husband of a nurse friend of my wife(also a nurse) who didn't belong to a support group either. I only want to share with people that life goes on and that it's not the end of the world if one loses a limb. Very frustrating! Thanks for your input!

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:08:56 PM »
Ok, so I see there are a few active members here. Here's another question for you. I've done quite well since my amputation. I've wanted for quite some time to give back, so to speak. I've offered several times to visit with new amputees or their families to offer support or advice if asked for. I encounter stonewalling from hospitals and nursing homes for the most part. They pretty much say that if people don't request anything first, they don't give out info. But I also remember when I was a new amputee, I had no clue as to who and what was available. Any suggestions as to how to make one's self available?

General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: January 06, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
LOL, annieg, I lost my leg 'skydiving' off a ladder seven years ago. I skydove off a roof May 31, 2012. Ironically, the only part of me unhurt in this fall was my prosthetic leg. You can dream of skydiving. I dream of softer landings!!

General Discussion / 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 05, 2013, 05:57:05 PM »
I recently joined this website, but have read posts here for several years. There's a lot of great information here! What troubles me is how few people actively participate (I include myself in this category). I see only a handful of folks that post and a few that answer. Sometimes there's a week or two between posts. So I guess I'm curious. How many of us at least touch base here from time to time. What are the reasons for not sharing? Is it timidity, not feeling we have anything to offer, or whatever? I'm not looking for everyone to respond to this post, but even if you don't have anything to say at this moment, please click on the 'reply' button so we can know who's still here.

Thanks, Danny

General Discussion / Re: Repairing a hole in a liner...
« on: December 28, 2012, 01:43:27 PM »
Steve, I haven't had much luck repairing gel liners, however I have a couple of things you may try that have worked for me. I save my old liners and cut them to sizes I can use whenever needed. In your case you may try cutting perhaps a two in oval and placing it over your sore spot with liner over it to hold it in place. My liners always wear first at the tibia area. I slip a piece of old liner over the worn area with gel side down and use the sock to hold it in place. I started with the 3mm and soon moved the the 6mm. I've found that thicker gel lasts much longer. The last two years I've gone to the 9mm alpha liners and have found they are not only the most durable, but by far the most comfortable!
P.S. Try the thin green side of the liner first if you have any old ones to use.
Hope this helps.

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