renardwc at ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu
Thu Nov 23 19:36:12 PST 2000
One fine day Candy Hammond caught up:
CH> Just got out of the hospital. folks.
Not good Candy---welcome back but do wish circumstances were better
for you. Read your traffic---you said nothing about amateur radio--
except 73s----you still active on 2 mtrs? I gave up CW after 12 years
of running that wonderful language. Never thot it would happen, but
it did. Here's hopin' no more amputation--- but BKs are not too bad
and if you have to join that club, well, you're welcome here always.
And Kristi Davis mentioned:
KD> Recently I underwent a Chopart Amputation (Less than half of my
foot gone, not a Symes) due to a blood clot. I am wondering if
there is anyone out there who has the same amputation level.
Assume by now you have found Karl's site (think he is in Sweden) for
partial-foot? How goes it?
Andrew Nichols has recently joined us...new amp who wants to chat.
And Chris Sandford mentioned his 86 year-old father who is going to
have his amputation soon. Sorry I do not know of anything in or near
London but certain there is quite a bit. There are web sites out
there that list support groups tho you tell us he has :
CS> ...plenty of determination so being a bit ambitious for him to
regain a good quality of life is what I am aiming at.
'Tis the goal of all of us, and attitude counts big time. I was a
trained monkey for a class of PT students at a local university last
week and I met an AK who was three years into it. He used the word
"annoying" and that about summed it up. Not for all of us, mind you,
but for many, that sums it up. Annoying, indeed.
One day Velid Imamovic, the Bosnian, said:
V> I came back from hospital (stump revision) where I stayed longer
then I have expected (I caught post-surgery infection). How
are you doing, was there something really interesting here in
Nothing at all Velid....tho what is interesting depends upon your
And Michael B sent us another article:
>Researchers have moved a step closer to creating workable neural
prostheses, following the identification, in monkeys, of the brain
signals the lead to motion. They have also been able to use those
signals to trigger the same movement in a robot in real time.
Myself, I want a robot that will behave like a trained monkey--- so I
will not have to behave like one.
And Guenter Bruckmann asked about info for his mother:
GB> Her left leg had to be amputated below the knee because of
chronically poor circulation and recurring blood clots. She
is in her mid-80's, and recovery has been minimal. She has a
prosthesis, but has not had much succuss with learning to
walk.Part of the problem is that she says the stump hurts
too much, and she can't stand to wear the leg, much less walk
on it. She recently saw an article about Charles Holder, a
triple amputee in Fayetteville, North Carolina (I
believe), who has designed a "socket-less" version of
Be careful Guenter...very careful. Honesty is our most important
asset and you will not always find it in our world. I am sorry there
was not much forthcoming for your mother. God knows it is tough
enough at 20 let alone 80. I am sorry I have nothing to offer you.
I notice someone offered you a phone number for CH and hope you will
keep all of us informed about what he offers. And what actually helps
And Susan Eleoff also mentioned:
SE>On the subject of trends..I would like to note that in the latest
edition of In-Motion magazine, there is a very interesting
article about the state of Colorado and a new bill that was
passed in that state...mandating all insurance companies cover
prosthetics..I was thrilled to read this, and hope other states
follow...I believe the insurance companies have to follow the
Medicare guidelines...Anyway, there are some good statistics in
this article about the benefits and costs of paying for
I also saw the tiny blurb and found it to be one of the more
interesting notes in the magazine. Has there been any follow-up?
My HMO still limits prosthetics coverage to $1000/ year. Haha.
And Lindsay Neilsen said:
LN> In the past I have used this list as a place to sort through
feelings and thoughts related to being an amputee. Many of you
have been incredibly generous with your ideas, your feedback
and your support. I have been vulnerable about "disability" on
this list in a way that I wasn't many other places. I still
hold that very dear. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your feelings. As an avid reader, well.....
Where are the snows of yesteryear? Gone?
LN> What follows is a long (of course) account of my experience at
the Paralympics. I wrote it in Sydney but am sending it from
home as time got away from me :)
Appreciate the human input....congratulations on your achievement.
LN> When you aim high, the rewards are reaped as much in the process
of "aiming" as they are in reaching the target.
LN> I appreciated that one of the German athletes told me that she
thought they had made a mistake with my birth year on the heat
sheet because if it was true, I was older than her mother and
I consistently beat her at meets. She wanted to know how I was
able to run this way and look like I did because that's how
she wants to be when she gets to be her Mom's age.
A wee diversion. A few years back I was playing g'tar in an acoustic
band. We lost our bass player, so I was looking for an upright
player. In Nashville, the good ones are occupied haha. Now there are
two high-school bass programs here, and I dropped a note on both HS
bulletin boards to gauge interest. Mentioned this to a friend who
asked, "Weird Wayne. Why in hell would you want some high-school kid"
I suggested to this fellow that I did not want a high-school 'kid'
but I wanted an attitude. If the player was 16 and had an attitude
that said, 'let's do it', that was fine. If he/she was sixty and had
it, that was also fine. But if this hypothetical player was a full
blown adult with no attitude, please stay away. I don't need nor want
LN> Every amputee woman that I have talked to here, has told me that
they were embarrassed to wear shorts until they started
competing and now wouldn't think of "hiding" their legs. I
think that statement demonstrates a very deep process of
Not totally caught up, but then, I am never 100%.
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