ACA and Ossur
renardwc at ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu
Sat Aug 16 05:53:05 PDT 2003
One fine day George Boyer glorked:
GB> Come now, Wayne.
Oh George....you know what an annoying, old whining crank I am.
Possibly if this were not the same tired song and dance...different
verse maybe--- then maybe I would get my butt more into life. But it
becomes more than mildly annoying to discover the head of ACA is
shilling not for amputees, or prosthetists (I think we are linked
like flies on a turd) but for a maker of product. Our gear.
Hardware. They do not fit us, they make product. It takes someone ---
a prosthetist--- to make the stuff work and allow comfort. The stuff
we use to make life a bit sweeter. In the case of leg amputees, often
the ability to navigate point A to B with a degree of ease and even
grace. Not that you cannot be graceful in, say, a wheelchair.
Caught a women who was probably in her eighties in local grocery
store last week. She was being wheeled around by another lady. You
could look at this 80+ woman and tell she had more grace and bearing
in her little finger than most of us will ever have. She reeked of
dignity. Uhhh did I mention she also --well, you could smell the
money. Follow the money trail.
Now I've not seen the brochure from Ossur. Know nothing about their
product. I understand they do some good things. Fine. That's not the
issue. The issue is, in short, why should the chair of ACA be in the
employ of a company that makes devices? How does that advance issues
that might be of interest to people? I'll get off my rhetorical high
horse, George. Hell, the dude's gotta make a living just like most
people. It would be impertinent to inquire of ACA how much he earns
or, if gratis, how much Ossur is doling out to him.
Back to Joan Baez...."Diamonds and Rust" that she wrote 300 yeas ago
about Dylan....a gorgeous tune about love lost, a lamentation about
what was and what could have been.
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