• 02-23-2012
    zarr
    Really sad day today...really sad.
    Well guys, I finally got my prosthetic foot yesterday...and as uplifted as my spirit always is about my one and only passion (mountain biking of course) :thumbsup:...has taken it on the chin. THIS STUPID FOOT WEIGHS A TON !!! :madman:
    I don't know at this point whether I'll be able to...ride again.
    Damn this hurts. :madman:
    ...I just don't know what to say.
    After all the learning i've done.After all the help you guys have given me.After all the priceless moments and all the fun i've had spending time talking with you guys on the forums. After all the help I've given to those in need. and all the parts I've gathered to complete my builds from scratch.
    ...Yep.after all the obstacles i've overcome, now it's come down to gettig beaten by a stupid disease called diabetes.
    I am totally disgusted.
    and I feel like i have the right to be.
    ...But this is to all who have come to know me and tried to help me...
    I:thumbsup: WILL:thumbsup: NEVER:thumbsup: GIVE:thumbsup: UP:thumbsup: TRYING:thumbsup:!!!!!!!!
    OK.
    Now I feel better.
    Back to the forums.:)
    ---zarr :):D.
  • 02-23-2012
    wyatt79m
    Don't give up now... Can you add weight to your other foot ? Like ankle weights or something to even them out ?
  • 02-23-2012
    zarr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wyatt79m View Post
    Don't give up now... Can you add weight to your other foot ? Like ankle weights or something to even them out ?

    Don't want to add weight.Prolly somebody has a reasonably-priced high-tech lightweight foot that won't cost me an arm and...OK, i'll say it...a leg.
    pardon my pun. (LOL)
    Seriously, if I can laugh my way through this one, i can do anything.:thumbsup:
    It's just frustrating.I learned an awful lot about bikes to have this %&#! happen now.
    Know what I mean?
    hmmm.Yeaah buddy.
    :mad:
  • 02-23-2012
    2ridealot
    Zarr,

    Once your foot is on the pedal the weight won't be such a factor as it will be resting on the pedal and you won't need to be lifting it as with walking. Walking requires 100% load bearing on each step, cycling does not. Don't get discouraged as you have had it less than a full day. In the short term I say get used to walking for now and keep visualizing yourself pedaling and smiling, :thumbsup: I really do mean to try to visualize it, for now think bike path then maybe mtb after that.

    Keep your chin up and try to be patient for now (I am the worst at being patient, btw) ;)
  • 02-23-2012
    Bill in Houston
    pppbbbt, you'll ride again. i can't imagine a lopsided foot keeping you down. best wishes for a fast learning curve.
  • 02-23-2012
    car_nut
    Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Google him. Buy the DVD "Emmanuel's Gift" off Amazon for $9. Watch it while you're on the trainer. You'll be amazed and will certainly believe that you can ride again.

    Cliff notes: Disfigured, impoverished young man asks UN for a bike so he can cycle across Ghana raising awareness about the country's crazy high rate of disabilities. Get's invited to the US and competes in a triathlon. Doctors donate cost of amputating his deformed leg above the knee. Gets prosthetic and six weeks later shaves 3 hours off his triathlon time. Starts charity in his country and is recognized by the country's king. Dude could also school most people in soccer while on crutches.
  • 02-23-2012
    smilinsteve
    Man, just figure it out. You can do it.

    Oscar Pistorius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • 02-24-2012
    zarr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Man, just figure it out. You can do it.

    Oscar Pistorius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You know guys...I got flamed real bad years back when I first subscribed to Mtbr.com because I more than once brought up God in a few threads I was on. But in order for me to be better understood, I have to do that sometimes.Desperate needs call for desperate measures.
    ...He'll get me through. :)
    Yeah.
    He always does. :)
    ---zarr :)
    I'll see you guys on the trails.
    :thumbsup:
  • 02-24-2012
    s0ckeyeus
    Woah! That's intense. I'm sure there's a cycling specific prosthesis available that will help you out. Good luck finding something.
  • 02-24-2012
    spaightlabs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    You know guys...I got flamed real bad years back when I first subscribed to Mtbr.com because I more than once brought up God in a few threads I was on. But in order for me to be better understood, I have to do that sometimes.Desperate needs call for desperate measures.
    ...He'll get me through. :)
    Yeah.
    He always does. :)
    ---zarr :)
    I'll see you guys on the trails.
    :thumbsup:

    Anyone flames you on that is not worth your time. I'm a fully recovered Catholic and even given that I still look to the big Dude once in a while. You've earned the right to believe in anything you want!

    Drill that prosthetic foot out and get after it!!

    And keep on trucking' brother - your perseverance is inspirational. 20 minutes ago I was feel in' a bit sorry for myself over a hamstring tear. Not so much now. Thank you for the shift in perspective.
  • 02-25-2012
    Caffeine Powered
    I used to think guys with one good foot were slow. Then I met Nathin Davisson. He routinely kicked my ass until I got born again hard. He's done events as long as 24hr single speed solo down to regular MTB races. I'll PM you with his email.
  • 02-25-2012
    lubbockrider
    dont take this offensivley, but you could totaly mount a cleat to your foot. that would be epic. (just keeping it light)
  • 02-26-2012
    Zignzag
    perhaps you can find some inspiration in this story.
  • 02-26-2012
    mtnbikej
    Keep a positive attitude amd you can overcome anything.
  • 02-27-2012
    teamfour
    It may just be that the muscles in your leg are weakened making the new "foot" feel heavy.
  • 02-27-2012
    AZ
    Zarr, one word. Carbon fiber. Okay two words..
  • 02-28-2012
    pwrtrainer
    You'll be fine. Give it time, make sure you take care of the other foot, and keep your head up.
  • 03-05-2012
    zarr
    Hey fellas!! Good news!! (maybe?)
    I found a website for mtb amputees that told about...Magnetic Cleat pedals!!!
    (:skep:)
    :)
    Well, it's worth looking into anyway. Sounds a little crazy right?
    ...But if they work, hey.
    I'll keep everybody updated.
    Gonna be a while though...
  • 03-09-2012
    S_Trek
    It cant weight more than the factory unit can it? Hope you feel better:thumbsup:
  • 04-24-2012
    dmullen1994
    I am confused about what happened to you?
  • 05-22-2012
    Natedogz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2ridealot View Post
    Zarr,

    Once your foot is on the pedal the weight won't be such a factor as it will be resting on the pedal and you won't need to be lifting it as with walking. Walking requires 100% load bearing on each step, cycling does not. Don't get discouraged as you have had it less than a full day. In the short term I say get used to walking for now and keep visualizing yourself pedaling and smiling, :thumbsup: I really do mean to try to visualize it, for now think bike path then maybe mtb after that.

    Keep your chin up and try to be patient for now (I am the worst at being patient, btw) ;)

    X2, don't give up. :)
  • 05-23-2012
    jmiah
    Sorry about your tribulations, you seam like a tough son of a bi##%. That being said, here's something for you.

    Seems like you have a case of being a little *****. I'm presribing you a heavy dose of man the **** up. | Get Well Ecard | someecards.com
  • 05-24-2012
    jmiah
    Pretty sure I prefaced it with some encouragement and in trying to keep it light I may have offended some. Frankly, if it wasn't the OP who I offended, I couldn't care less. If it was, sorry, it was not meant to offend anyone. Again, don't care about the negative rep points that so many seem to care about, but I don't intend to offend anyone. As a military vet and one who works daily with other military vets, I come accross many amputees in my life who live amazing lives and do way more than I ever could. Let that be some encouragement to you. Enough said. Best wishes on a speedy recovery and positive outlook.
  • 06-22-2012
    crazy03
    Hey bro, i hope your are adjusting to the new prosthesis. It will get easier I promise. Here's a company you should look at, it's called Otto Bock, they make cutting edge prosthetics. I'm not an amputee but I do have drop foot on my right foot. If you don't know what that is it is basically a useless foot that doesn't work; i was injured in Iraq by a bomb and it destroyed all the nerves and ligaments behind my right knee. I used a few different drop foot aides from them and they've worked much better than the other companies I've tried. One of the ones was 100% carbon fiber. It was awesome.
  • 06-22-2012
    MtnHound
    Hang in there man. You'll figure it out. No matter what anyone else says, let your faith carry you through the rough spots. No shame in that...