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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:30:30 AM »
Is the whole prosthesis to long? If so why didn't they just shorten the pylon going into foot?
What foot do you have? The PLie2 comes in a knee disartic version if you are really tight on space, but they never should have your prosthetic side longer than your sound side, you must always be catching your toe and how could they program the knee correctly. The Va usually does not have a problem paying for a new socket because you do shrink down and a year is a LNG time to go on your first socket.  Be sure the socket fits comfortably and if you are hitting bottom that s what you are suppose to do but with pressure evenly distributed so you do not take all the weigh on the bottom. Otherwise when they say make it tighter to hold you up that will just cause more pressure and you will eventually sink again. They need to trim the trim lines because it should not rub in the crotch. That system s the old quick and dirty fix and does not let you us your muscle.  How LNG is your residual limb? Is it off at the knee or much shorter?
Stay positive

1. My stump is long,  right at the knee.
2. They already have the shortest  shank they can put on. They're gonna try to make it shorter by creating a indentation at the end of the socket
3. My 'knee' is actually right about the middle of my shin  of my sound leg.
4. Yea, they're working it, and gonna trim the socket so it doesn't rub my crotch, and re-re-program the Plie again once the new one gets in. The VA has a contract with Plie and they gotta go to procurement, etc. it should be in soon.
5. I'm staying positive. as I hope someday it'll all come together.

Thanx
Dave

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:09:33 AM »
How's your leg?  I am curious why they did not put it on with your check socket, kinda weird to wait until socket is all done because the alignment may change for you With a different knee.

Sorry for the delay.
Well, good and bad
The Plie2 is great.
The socket sucks
It's about 3/8 of an inch too long, I gotta wear wedges on my good foot, after a few hours my stump sweats, shrinks and sinks lower into the socket, hitting the bottom, and rubbing on my crotch.

Good news, they're working on a new knee (I got a loaner now), shortening the socket and tightening it up a little so I don't slip further into it.

But, I'm still tryhing to be positive, knowing it's only been a year and I may be expecting too much (but from the VA, not really)

So, I'm up and about, a little slower than I wanna be, but if I manage my time, I can make it work, for now.

Thanx for asking

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Lump
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:09:57 AM »
Steve
I'm new to all this so what the heck do I know.
I had a trainer leg for 6 months and just got the the Plie 2.0.
But, yea, sometimes I gotta just not wear it for a day or so to let my stump 'heal' up a bit.
Fortunately I work from home so I can easily sit around in my underwear with my stump breathing freely.

So, yea, if ya can, give the leg a break, (not the same as breaking a leg)  and let us know what happens

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: road trip
« on: June 25, 2013, 09:00:19 AM »
jus to let everyone know i will be gone from 30 june until unknown at this time, going to MOBRIDGE, S. DAK. THEN OVER INTO WYOMING(SUNDANCE AND LANDER) AND THEN ON INTO VEGAS AND DOWN INTO THE LA BASIN AND ON DOWN TO SAN DIEGO AND THEN HOME.
THE TWONS IN LA ARE AS FOLLOWS LYNWOOD, NORWALK, AND FONTANA, TO VISIT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND SEE MY GREATGRAND DAUGHTERSAND BY THE TIME WE GET BAACK JUST MAY HAVE A GREATGRAND SON WAITING FOR US.

Ahhh, Mobridge So Dak, just 100 miles from where I grew up (Lemmon).
Played many a High School footblall game there
Can I assume going to Sundance via Sturgis?
And while in Vegas, please say Hi to the ex. (Yea Right)
And while in San Diego say hi to her Sister, (her I like)

Enjoy the ride and ride safe.
And Enjoy the GREAT Grand kids.

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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:27:28 PM »
Great reply big guy
I surely hope you find some legs that will fit you just right
It's great to see that the ottobock people spent so much time with you to get you set up right.

Keep us informed as to how your progress.

On a personal note, I finally got a new leg, the Plie 2.0
I like the battery swap (I do it every morning as a routine)
I had to relearn how to stand straight up, with my good leg forward just an inch, to keep the Plie locked.

It flows nice and smooth
The had to reposition it, and now gotta shorten it just a tad, and grind down the socket a bit so it doesn't gouge my groin area

But, all in all I like the Plie
So, that means, I hope you give it a second shot, now after learning how they all work, and pick the one that suits ya best

God Bless Ya

Dave



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General Discussion / Re: AK Ertl procedure
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:11:44 AM »
Frey
Never heard of it before, but did do some reading up on it.
I'm confused: I thought you were an above the knee amputee
The Ertl, I thought, is for a Below the knee amputee.

I did read reviews from patients and the procedure is mixed.
And having to do another surgery , for me, just ain't gonna happen.

I understand your activity level, but, let us know what you decide.

Thanx

Dave


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General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:56:00 AM »
What a great report
It's great to see you're progressing
Please let us know how the C-Leg works for ya. (as compared to the other 2)

Thanx again
Dave

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General Discussion / Re: phantom pains
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:44:14 AM »
Chuck
Still, after 24 years?? Damn!!!
I'm still a newbie, but I get the lightining bolt from the (missing) knee down thru the (missing) ankle.
I also get seizures for an hour or two at night , usually after a long days work, for a couple hours.
Fortunately I still take a double dose of nerve medication that helps, a little, after a couple hours.
So, no, I can't offer anything except my sympathies.
And, NO ONE knows how it feels, except us.

I pray  for you that it gets better

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: April 24, 2013, 01:41:33 PM »
I go in tomorrow for the first fitting of the new carbon fiber socket.
Then I'm sure another adjustment, then another fitting then I'll be ready for the Plie'.
I told him that's what I wanted. He said OK.
He has to call in the Freedom guy  for the fitting/programming etc then I should be ready to rock and roll
My prosthetist isn't pushing the cleg, just making sure it's my decision on what works best for me.(VA talk for 'it's your fault if it don't fit/work properly')
Actually he's pretty good, just slow (but that's a VA  issue, not his.)
So, I should be up and running in a couple weeks.
 chose the Plie' for all the reasons given
battery
water resistent
change in pace
not being a step behind
etc
etc
Looking fwd to it
thanx again all
Dave

This is a shameless BUMP for Annie to show that we ain't dead yet...

I've been to the Dr a couple times since my last post (sound like a confession doesn't it)
And I've been moulded, fitted and refitted with the new, lighter, thinner, better fitting socket.
Next step (this week hopefully) I go in for the final socket fitting and attchment of the Plie, and programming.
I'm kinda stoked cause i'm so tired of the old socket ripping me up in just 8 hours of wearing it, then suffering for 2 more days to heal up.

But, Life is good and I'm alive.
I got my new trike and enjoy being back in the wind again.
Will post some pics of the new leg when I get it, (not like everyone here ain't seen one, but for me, the new guy, I'm pleased as punch to be (hopefully) walking (and riding) pretty much pain free after just 11 months of damn near getting killed.

So, Annie, what's new with you??

All my prayers to everyone here

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Interesting article about early prosthetics
« on: April 24, 2013, 01:34:39 PM »
An interesting article I found. It also tells the story of how Hanger Prosthetics came to be. I'll put a few paragraphs here and a link...

War and Prosthetics: How Veterans Fought for the Perfect Artificial Limb

There’s something undeniably beautiful about prosthetic limbs, designed to echo the physical grace and mechanical engineering of the human body. For most people, these objects elicit some combination of squeamish discomfort and utmost respect. But far fewer of us connect those feelings to the untold generations of battle-scarred amputees whose sacrifices made prosthetics a public priority.


Iron hand designed for the German imperial knight Götz von Berlichingen (1480 – 23 July 1562) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6tz_von_Berlichingen

“You hate to think that war is what drives technology, but it does,” says Kevin Carroll, the Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger, a major artificial-limb producer founded just after the Civil War. Historically, the impulse to create functional replacement limbs has grown in parallel with the number of living amputees, whose ranks ballooned following periods of military conflict, especially the American Civil War and World War I. Such episodes of violence provided the impetus for doctors and scientists to study how the human body copes with physical damage, and how we might repair it...

more here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/war-and-prosthetics/

Very interesting, but, yes, I guess war does inspire advances in amputeeness.
Not that I liked the Gulf War, but I think it did inspire a greater awareness and advancement of prosthetic devices.
And, I'm sadistically glad, cause I'm getting a betterer leg soon, thru the VA, which did such a wonderful job of getting the returning vets back on the road to recovery.

Great read Steve
Thanx

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Been away for a while..
« on: April 24, 2013, 01:29:50 PM »
Got the new leg today.
Feels weird to have one that fits.
Weird in a good way.
Shout out to my leg guy Jon at Holmes Prosthetic Center in Houston.
I could not ask for a more attentive professional.
Truly a pleasure to deal with.

Well Hot DAMN!!
So glad you got a leg that fits properly.
And glad feel like a new man
(My mind went somewhere else when I thought I read John Holmes)

And, I wanna see the dog in the side car.
I'm assuming you mean a motorcycle and side car set up.
I went with a trike myself.

Again, glad you got the new leg

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:31:40 AM »
Any status on your new leg?

Go in tomorrow for the fitting of the new socket.
Then after that an appointment with the Freedom rep for programming the Plie'

So, albeit slow progress, still progress

Had to post a pic of my new scoot

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:26:22 AM »
I go in tomorrow for the first fitting of the new carbon fiber socket.
Then I'm sure another adjustment, then another fitting then I'll be ready for the Plie'.

I told him that's what I wanted. He said OK.

He has to call in the Freedom guy  for the fitting/programming etc then I should be ready to rock and roll

My prosthetist isn't pushing the cleg, just making sure it's my decision on what works best for me.(VA talk for 'it's your fault if it don't fit/work properly')

Actually he's pretty good, just slow (but that's a VA  issue, not his.)

So, I should be up and running in a couple weeks.

I chose the Plie' for all the reasons given
battery
water resistent
change in pace
not being a step behind
etc
etc

Looking fwd to it

thanx again all

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:30:59 PM »
You can read my post regarding plie'2 I love it!  Not sure your weight and all that stuff but I know freedom innovations makes a lot of good feet with action. A lot of the other feet I call rock feet because it is like walking on a rock or I should say a brick.  The good thing with feet must of them have a trial period that you can actually wear them, I would suggest trying different feet, I know amps that love the freedom renegade xt, the highlander. I have not had much luck with OB feet really stiff and CP feet some situation.
Best of luck. No more sleeping!

Yea, at my last appt, they measured me for  the carbon fiber socket. Next is fitting, which should be in a few days.
Then get the knee and I believe, he said the Renegade foot.
I haven't done as much research on the foot as I have the different MPC knees (C-leg, Plie, Rheo, etc) and have pretty much settled on the Plie.My leg person (he ain't a Dr) is gonna start me on the Plie, but said he still wanted me to try the c-leg.
I will, but from what I now read, I think comparing the two (quicker response, battery, etc) it's gonna be an easy decision, I think.

Anyway, the sun is shining, I'm getting my new scot today or tomoro, I'm alive, I can walk even if it's on a crappy leg for now, I got a job, and ain't complainig.

Hope everyone hade a great Easter.
God is great

Carry on

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: March 30, 2013, 06:49:35 PM »
Best of luck,
If you have any questions I can try to help.

I really appreciate that.
Thanx

Dave

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