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Will do, my friend! 
Hows your trip going?
Will be posting some awesome pictures in a few days! Trip so far has been best trip yet to Iceland! Already planning our return trip! Looking forward to seeing the new arm!

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2 minutes ago, The Jerkman said:

Will be posting some awesome pictures in a few days! Trip so far has been best trip yet to Iceland! Already planning our return trip! Looking forward to seeing the new arm!

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Great to hear pal, did you do the 1500 mile round trip, or whatever its called? I love scenic pics, hoping to see some.  As far as the arm stuff, there will be two arm’s! Should be cool.

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Great to hear pal, did you do the 1500 mile round trip, or whatever its called? I love scenic pics, hoping to see some.  As far as the arm stuff, there will be two arm’s! Should be cool.
Yup the Ring road! Still another couple days till we get back to Reykjavik. And sick! Looking forward to seeing the two new arms!

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3 minutes ago, The Jerkman said:

Yup the Ring road! Still another couple days till we get back to Reykjavik. And sick! Looking forward to seeing the two new arms!

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Good stuff man, safe travels!

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Ok, so today was the start of the research study.  Today we molded a new cast which they build a final socket out of, for the new arm.  I wear a liner that uses a locking pin to hold the arm on...this new arm is held on by skin contact, so the dents you see in the casting over my residual limb is actually for load bearing purposes to hold, and keep the arm on.  I go back Tuesday to see what progress is made. Its a little weird to post a pic like this, but whatever, it is what it is....

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Nice!  Does the new "connection" allow for greater load bearing use or something else?  

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On 2/21/2019 at 5:46 PM, Bionic said:

Yes, absolutely! I woukd be thrilled to help you out in anyway I can.  May I ask what exactly you need? Had you asked me about shoes by chance? If so, I totally forgot until NOW.  

Yes I did ask if you knew anyone that had ever tried the Enko walking/running shoes.I was thinking that they may help me being I am still not full weight bearing and walk on the ball of my foot.My Surgeon is still not sure what the next surgery steps will be.

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5 minutes ago, Dom said:

Yes I did ask if you knew anyone that had ever tried the Enko walking/running shoes.I was thinking that they may help me being I am still not full weight bearing and walk on the ball of my foot.My Surgeon is still not sure what the next surgery steps will be.

I will get you an answer ASAP, I promise, sorry about that!

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1 hour ago, Jdubs said:

Nice!  Does the new "connection" allow for greater load bearing use or something else?  

My gut says my current silicone liner allows for my load before the risk of pipping off.  However, a WELL formed socket of this kind, can support an very adequate amount of suspensed weight.  With all seriousness, just the weight of the hand itself that attaches to the fake arm is an issue for a lot of users, some actually choose a specific hand over another solely on its weight.  Point is, with that in mind, these skin type sockets will hold more than enough weight.  We actually had a tricky time removing that cast that is pictured, and it was still slightly pliable.  My skin actually felt rope burn haha.

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My gut says my current silicone liner allows for my load before the risk of pipping off.  However, a WELL formed socket of this kind, can support an very adequate amount of suspensed weight.  With all seriousness, just the weight of the hand itself that attaches to the fake arm is an issue for a lot of users, some actually choose a specific hand over another solely on its weight.  Point is, with that in mind, these skin type sockets will hold more than enough weight.  We actually had a tricky time removing that cast that is pictured, and it was still slightly pliable.  My skin actually felt rope burn haha.

Truly fascinating...thank you again for continuing to share your journey.


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31 minutes ago, crappyice said:


Truly fascinating...thank you again for continuing to share your journey.


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You’re welcome! As long as it seems to be interested in, I will keep sharing, should get interesting very soon! Glad you enjoy it

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4 hours ago, Jdubs said:

Nice!  Does the new "connection" allow for greater load bearing use or something else?  

I forgot to mention that, with this type of socket, you pull your arm in with a piece of fabric.  Where you pull your arm in from has a special check valve that does not allow air back into the socket, this gives a good vaccum suction to kee the prosthesis on.  Also, with this skin fit style socket, he believes that he can get me eating/drinking WITH the fake arm! This is such a basic task, and compared to me running chainsaws, or something of that caliber, might make eating sound not so special....I wish I could use the fake arm to feed myself, or drink a glass of water with it, but I just do not have that range of motion with the liner type socket I use currently, in fact I have never been able to eat with my prosthetic’s!  VERY excited to see what this guy can do.  He has never built me an arm, he was hired after my current arm was completed, and I hear he a magician with fitting these skin fit sockets! He said he might even add a pinch of angle to the fake arm itself to get the hand closer to my mouth.  Can’t wait!

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4 hours ago, Dom said:

Yes I did ask if you knew anyone that had ever tried the Enko walking/running shoes.I was thinking that they may help me being I am still not full weight bearing and walk on the ball of my foot.My Surgeon is still not sure what the next surgery steps will be.

I texted the one prosthetist, she has not heard of Enko shoes, but I will ask another.

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I had another appointment for the research study today.  Today I performed some tasks for the company to study how I use my prosthesis that I currently wear.  I had tasks such as buttoning a shirt, putting on socks, turning a doorknob, and opening the door, holding and dialing on my cellphone, tieing my shoes, etc...

this coming Tuesday, I go back for the socket they casted me for in the previous post.  At this stage he will have a plastic molded socket, I will put it on, and he will heat it up, and adjust it to wear it is most comfortable, and able to hold weight.  Should be fun, I can’t wait.

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Does the hand have a "governor" of sorts? Im curious how much pressure it can apply? Its amazing how you can handle things like eggs with it

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2 hours ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

Does the hand have a "governor" of sorts? Im curious how much pressure it can apply? Its amazing how you can handle things like eggs with it

Well it has a max grip force of 70 newtons which in pounds is 15.74 lbs of pinch grip. May not sound like much, but it is the firmest grasping hand I have tried, and I have tried practically all of them as far as I am aware.  The amount of pressure applied is dictated by how firm I fire my muscle, so to grip eggs in this situation, I would fire my muscle lightly.  I am so in tune with this arm/hand that I just know how fast/slow/strong/light of a muscle fire is right for the job.  Lots and lots of use is pretty much everyday, its essentially involuntary practicing.

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