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post #21 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing. Being a vet and seeing plenty of people with prosthetics often wondered how that would work

You also look familiar. The Iraq Picts look like victory base
I was there in O4 where where you stationed and what did your unit do?
I was the 1SG of the security company guarding the main gate on LSA Anaconda. Rolled into Iraq on 1 April 04 and got to Anaconda on 3 April 04.

I was at the main gate every day for about 12 hours spaced out throughout the day.



And then looking out from the top of the wing towards the road coming in.


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That last part speaks volumes to your character my friend......so many would have been disgruntled yet your view is that of greater discipline........well done Sir - You are the type of man I one day hope to see my Son grow up to be
My job was to take care of my soldiers. And I had 120 lives I was responsible for. All 120 soldiers came home alive and that was a major thing at the time. I had a few injuried by mortar round and a few got their bell rung by explosions but they were all alive.

I was an old school 1SG, as I was told way back when your job is beans and bullets. Meaning you take care of your people.

You have to stay positive in these situations and try to look at all the good in life. I lived with pain for 13 years I am not going to lie, I was a HUGE PAIN to be around because I was in pain all the time. You didn't want to be around me. I fought with doctors for 7 years trying to find one to amputate my leg and had about given up when I finally did find one who would listen to me. Even my mother was scared that the amputation wasn't going to get rid of my pain but she supported my choice. Becasue it was due to nerve damage they couldn't guaranty that it was going to work. 4 months after my amputation I was off my pain meds. I was very lucky.

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Gray Beard, Thank you for your service. I also am a below the knee amputee on the right side. I lost mine in a car accident at 18 years old in 1978. I was back on my bike (KZ1000) as soon as I could walk to the garage on my crutches. I was not able to get off anywhere so I just rode. Due to the trauma my stump is an odd shape so I have trouble getting a good fitting leg let alone 3. I wish I was able to have 3 fitting legs. I am very old school with my leg and use the Pro Flex AC. I am going to go for the mechanical ankle thanks to your write up. What is the blue material in the back for? Filler due to falling into the socket? Great information and congrats on getting back to LIFE!!!!! Keith
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Gray Beard, Thank you for your service. I also am a below the knee amputee on the right side. I lost mine in a car accident at 18 years old in 1978. I was back on my bike (KZ1000) as soon as I could walk to the garage on my crutches. I was not able to get off anywhere so I just rode. Due to the trauma my stump is an odd shape so I have trouble getting a good fitting leg let alone 3. I wish I was able to have 3 fitting legs. I am very old school with my leg and use the Pro Flex AC. I am going to go for the mechanical ankle thanks to your write up. What is the blue material in the back for? Filler due to falling into the socket? Great information and congrats on getting back to LIFE!!!!! Keith
Keith,
I joined the Army in June, 1978.

I didn't get to keep the three legs unfortunately. They were just for the study I was doing with the VA.
I now have my Pro-Flex XC foot and this Pro-Flex Pivot that I am trialing for another month. My prothesis is going to order me a Pivot that I'll get to keep. He just cast me for a new socket last week with a new type of casting machine. It is called a Symphonie Aqua casting system: https://www.srtprosthetics.com/extre...asting-system/
He is on vacation this week so it'll be after the first of July before I can get my check socket. I'm looking forward to it since my current socket isn't fitting well and it's time for a new one. Yes the blue pad was to take up room since I had shrank so much. Since my last socket was made I have shrank 2" in circumference on my limb. But it looks like I am about done shrinking.

My surgeon did a really good job on my amputation.


My current socket, I'm a Jeeper also.



Glad I could help you out. I would try out both the K2 and the Pivot. But I can honestly say I really like the Pivot over all the other ankles I have tried up to now. That 27* of articulation is great and it make you feel almost like you have a real ankle again. As you well know nothing will ever make it like that but this is a lot better. As I am sure you know what works for me may not for the next person.

I've been real excited the past month as I have been averaging 5k steps per day which for me is amazing.

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Truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Your positive attitude is truly remarkable. Your sacrifice and dedication to your country and the men who served under you is inspiring. Thank you for this thread. I'm sure you've given hope to those people who may be in the same position.

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Thank you to everyone for the kind words. When I joined the Army back in 1978 I had been a bad kid and was kicked out of high school. I joined to get an education and had planned on only staying for my 3 years and then getting out. Well I fell in love with the military and excelled at it. I was always in the top 10% of every school I was sent to and it just WORKED for me. So I ended up staying and did 14 years on active duty. At the end of the first Gulf War they were doing a huge force reduction and were getting rid of a lot of mid term people. I was one of them.
I didn't join the National Guard right away but was in the inactive reserves for 14 months before I realized just how much I missed it. So I joined the National Guard and it was a HUGE culture shock compared to active duty.

I didn't start this thread to talk about my service but instead to educate people about amputees and what we can STILL do even if we are missing a part of our body.
Most people are shocked to find out I ASKED to have my leg cut off. But if you had seen me 18 months ago you would understand. I had become chair bound and couldn't stand for 5 minutes to cook a can of soup because I was in so much pain. My kid suffered becasue I was always in a bad mood and my health was going down fast because of all the pain meds I had to take each day. I hadn't been able to ride my RGU for the previous 3 years because the vibration would lite my leg on fire. If you had asked me then I would have told you I only had a few more years to live.

Now even though I am an amputee I think I'll see 70 or longer. I'm 58 now.
I hope this thread will help others even if they are not an amputee to keep trying and to look for ways to make their lives better. As you can read this might have helped out one other person already to try out a different ankle and maybe others will read this and decide to try something else out. I am still not back to my full energy level that I was but due to sitting for 3 years I lost a lot of muscle and it is coming back slowly. Being able to be more active is nice just to not sit all the time.

As I get back into riding again and am able to travel more I hope to run into many of you all. My daughter has one more year of high school and then is going to do one year at the community college before she ventures out with her life. Once she is gone I plan to start traveling and go see more of this country at a leisurely pace. So you just might see me and my SERGU on the road.
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I was the 1SG of the security company guarding the main gate on LSA Anaconda. Rolled into Iraq on 1 April 04 and got to Anaconda on 3 April 04.

I was at the main gate every day for about 12 hours spaced out throughout the day.



And then looking out from the top of the wing towards the road coming in.

That’s why you look familiar my team ran the power plant on Anaconda, Victory and BIAP.
Rolled thru that gate on a weekly basis. Thanks for your service and awesome attitude of making lemonade and embracing the suck!!
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