Thursday, July 30, 2009

C-Leg update 2

As I stroll in the park first real stroll with new leg. I did 2.2 miles. A little up and down hill but no real hill, I will try that tomorrow.

The leg is pretty cool!! A tad heavy but I will get used to that. My back is getting used to the weight.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

C-Leg update

I got it and am wearing it as I type!! Yahoo what a difference!!

I will take some more pictures in better light today.

A quick eval...
Wow the socket really fits great!!! Subie nailed it. Love the patch in the fiber outer piece. "Live to Ride"

From Old to New

Initially walking I noticed it was heavier, noticeably heavier, however I will get used to that pretty quickly. This new foot is amazingly better that the one I had before. This foot has bunches more movement available, I can't yet describe the difference but suffice it to say WOW what a difference. I do need to be very careful backing up, not sure why yet but the knee only knows going forward so the weight changes indicate to the bionics and actuator to bend and bend at (such and such rate) thinking I am going forward, but I am going backwards. Any way it can make a real Yahoo, so I gotta be careful till I figure these little things out.

It is really neat sitting down. We actually set that up with computer. OK he is setting down... then computer ask ... hey Pap how was that? I say be better if it was a bit stiffer. ... Subie sets stiffer, I sit and computer again ask how was that , and so on.

So we went thru all that, in walk mode too. I am out and about testing and will call Subie this morning about getting to physical therapy. She will bring the computer, and hopefully my little mode changer. We will probably make some changes to mode #1. Then set mode #2. There will also be another amputee there and he has the "C-Leg" also, so he will be there to help me figure where and how to set my modes.

All of these settings are done with a software named C-Soft, and you gotta have an ID # and password to get in then I am patient name and # so and so, then we have Pap1 , Pap2 and Pap safe modes. When they are set if ever I want to change anything I must make appointment with a "Cert, C-Soft person".

I will have a 1-800- # to call if I am out of town so if I am out of town and get locked into safe mode, I cand go toa place and get Pap#1,2, put back into bionics brain.

Well here it is...

The light in this room is kinda off yellow a tad.

Here you can see both sides of the actuator housing. Little fuzzy on that 1 side.

The "Bionic Link" you see is plugged into the little computer in the leg. What we did right after these pictures was set the settings for the bionics in the leg. I put it on and walked, and the link told computer how much pressure I put on the leg and the computer set the knee action for me and my weight and normal speed. Also set it up for me to sit and use this knee.

After all the settings are set, I took it of and we unplugged the Bionic Link. Setting for Settings #1 are in the knee. We did not get the actuator to change the settings did not come in the leg box, so Subie called and is getting it sent.

I don't know why no one noticed that an important piece that allows me to change the setting was missing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Obama Care

Why a public health care system will not work:

To meet budget targets, governments reduce payments to providers and to buy equipment.

This reduces the supply of people willing to provide health care services (doctors, nurses, medical staff and support) and the supply of equipment (hospital beds, diagnostic tools, etc.).

Shortages develop, and those who are sick or injured, suffer.

They find themselves with health care coverage, but without health care.

Senators like this think a public healthcare system will work...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bite em

I see one of Franken's constituents is not happy with his dress code.

Obama Care

Uncle Jay Explains

Hi speed landing...

These guys and gals don't sit around too long, no matter where they are going they go fast. Definitely HI speed birds.

Where are we going?

You can listen the the song below as you read some other interesting web site LOL

Herding US into Obamacare

Food for thought

USS of A

Wow those little wings beat ... Whew!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Global Cooling

Here are a couple from inside the kitchen after the refill.

These Guys and Gals aint too worried about a cat or cooling.

I was sitting just a few feet away this morning for a cup of coffee or 2.
These are just a few of the ones that came and went. They finished this batch of water and while it was gone had several show up looking for it LOL.

Cat napping, not too worried about cooling or warming LOL

Anyone who buys into the global warming farce must have forgotten the global cooling panic shoved down our throats in the 70s. Hehehehehehe

Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely,

in a well preserved body.

But rather to skid in sideways,

totally worn out,

shouting: "Holy shit... What a Ride"!!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

C leg update

Tuesday the 28th of July I will go for a fitting and some adjustments. Subie is real happy with the upper.

They never notified me that the parts came in so I didn't get pictures. Sad face. The techs put the parts together and got the c-leg on the charger. I am disappointed too. I wanted to see how they get all the default alignments set up.

I will see if I can talk to the guy or gal that did it.

Anyway getting excited to get started.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Obama Care

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benies u get ... Maybe Obama will put a 31 year old that does not no shit about any medical stuff in charge of the "Committee" kinda like the "CarCzar"

House and Senate are going on break without a bill, but bet your last $$ that they will sneak a bill in when they get back.

page 824
--- GOVT can come into your home and tell you how to Parent !
--- "Home Visitation Program"

You homeschooling families think about that one!! Obama is in the teachers union pocket.

Who do you think they are gonna visit?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Obama Care

Here is a good one LOL

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Here's the full Health Care bill that sits in the House
It pays to take a look at what is actually in the healthcare bill.

It's worse than you can possibly imagine. Somehow, it manages to be on steroids. Who wrote this bill????

No Wonder "They" want to jam this down our throats before the public finds out what is in it and what id does in the long run.

Any one planing on ever having a child, or if they have a child less than about 45 years old should just be screaming.

How is it the House and Senate do not live under this bill and will keep their healthcare for life.

Here are several provisions that jump out at me.

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill - THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill - YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of HC Bill - The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill - HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58HC Bill - Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill - Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration ur Healthcare!

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill - Govt mandates linguistic approp svcs. Example - Translation 4 illegal aliens

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps 2 sign up indiv. for Govt HC plan

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill - Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members - U Health care WILL b rationed

-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill - Medicaid Eligible Indiv. will b automat.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt Monop

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill - Doctors/ #AMA - The Govt will tell YOU what u can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into pub opt plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Emplyr w payroll 400k & above who does not prov. pub opt. pays 8% tax on all payroll

pg 150 Lines 9-13 Biz w payroll btw 251k & 400k who doesnt prov. pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrdng 2 Govt will be taxed 2.5% of inc

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from indiv. taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access 2 ALL Americans finan/pers recs

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC - "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax" Yes, it says that

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician svcs 4 Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill - Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty u have, you'll all be paid the same

PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr's time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries

PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS - Cancer patients - welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals 4 what Govt deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admiss that results in a readmiss-Govt will penalize u.

Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have oppt to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can u say ACORN?!!

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 - Govt mandates estab. of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority 2 disqual Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing peeps in2 Govt plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 - Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs ppl! WTF. My sis has down syndrome!!

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy - Telehealth Advisory Cmtte. Can u say HC by phone?

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Govt provides apprvd list of end of life resources, guiding u in death

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program 4 orders 4 end of life. The Govt has a say in how ur life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An "adv. care planning consult" will b used frequently as patients health deteriorates

PG 429 Lines 10-12 "adv. care consultation" may incl an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 - The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment u will have at end of life

Pg 469 - Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt in2 ur marriage

Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Svcs including defining, creating, rationing those svcs

Here's the full Health Care bill that sits in the House.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

"C" Leg Update...

Tuesday I was formally approved for a "C" Leg. A leg that is electronically assisted.

So the processes is started. Wed we put together a list of all the parts and got all the stuff on order.

There are several parts involved in putting the whole system together.

I get a new and different foot too. A better foot than I am now using in that it can handle "OffRoad" uneven terrain a tad better. I will get to that later.

So right away we got to building the upper socket. "Subie" called me Wed and ask could she borrow my upper. I love my current upper so I was reluctant to give it to her,


She had called a friend of hers in Lake Havasu AZ that has a machine that can make a 3 dimensional model of the inside of my upper. So I gave it up and she drove down there on Wed. She got the data model and then sent it, the data model, to another company that builds a foam model of it and a plastic mold of the foam form. Then "1 Day Air" the whole kit and caboodle back to Subie's office back in Vegas.

How cool is that!!

Then Thursday I am trying the plastic on checking fit.

Then Subie could see what adjustment she needed to do, to make me a perfect inner liner suction part of my new upper part.

You can see in this picture that Subie has drawn some marks on the hard plastic inner liner form.

Those marks indicate what she needs to do to the foam model of my leg to make a perfect new inner liner.

When I had it on and had pressure on it as if I were standing on it she could see that it fit a tad too well. She needs a tiny bit more room where the green mark is and she needs to extend it a little to insure the vent will work on the vacuum system, where the plug goes.

So Friday Subie is busy in her lab making the adjustments to the foam form.

In these two pictures you can see Subie has put some material on the foam form to make it harder,and then where she has made some adjustment to the form she made green material, added that to the form smoothed it down with all her gals toys.

You can see some of her gals toys in this one ...

After getting the whole thing ready, she will put the real material in an oven soften it.

The with a suction system pulls it over this model and forms it tight right up to this form, with a suction valve in it.

So she ain't dragging her feet. Damn I should have taken a picture of her. She was all dressed up in blue overalls to include little booties so as not to drag plaster all over the place after she is done.

Anyway we are getting after it and I will try to take several pictures as we get the parts in.

Sunday's Thought...

After a hard day of Guarding, of course he has to take a nice long nap with his best buddy...

Hard at work "Guarding" the House. Notice the Neighborhood Watch decal... He reports all activity directly to me.

As you can see here he has 2 pots of grass in different levels of growth.

A Happy Cat keeps much better guard LOL

Here is "Cat Grass" 4 or 5 days after planting it. Cover the pot with a paper bag and put it in the guest bathroom cool and mostly dark. Boy oh boy does that grass bust out of the dirt pretty quick. The grass is a mixture of several types of grass, that are yummy to an indoor cat.

Romeo being an indoor "Guard Cat" needs his grass to help keep him regular. He loves it at any rate. I have 3 pot in some phase of the growth at most all of the time.

This is "Cat Grass" a day or so after it gets sun light....

This is "Cat Grass" ready to eat

Looking out the kitchen window as I am making coffee.