It’s always a problem when your leg falls apart.

So everything’s going great, right? Had my walkie, did the chicken chores, went over to see S&L about a matter. Got home and was washing breakfast dishes when it seemed the socket on my leg suddenly became a lot looser. Like, “can barely stay on while I walk” loose.

That’s the soft insert that goes inside my prosthesis socket. And yeah, it’s kind of ragged – it’s 22 years old, which is super old in prosthesis years. But more importantly, it’s in two pieces and that’s not normal. That smaller piece is the wedge that cups over my knee and holds me more or less firmly in place when it’s forced into the socket. It’s important.

Actually I got really lucky. That wedge fell right out of my pants onto the floor, and if it had happened out in the boonies I’d have lost it forever and been screwed. Also, I recently got a care package from BB containing a carbon fiber repair kit, including a bunch of stuff that I’d have otherwise had to improvise to make this repair, like mixing cups and acid brushes. And I had an unopened package of epoxy, so this was going to be a breeze to fix.


Unfortunately I can’t say how long I’ve had that epoxy. Still sealed, but the resin was completely congealed in the tube. Useless.

BB’s repair kit had 2-part epoxy but it’s of the super-slow and need-to-measure-very-carefully variety. Seriously I’ll have to research and practice how to use it, and anyway it takes 24 hours to even set up.

Fortunately I had a more useable Plan B in the form of my favorite contact cement Seal-All. Hope it works; if it doesn’t no harm will have been done…

But I think it’ll work. I’ll give it some more set-up time, spend the balance of the morning on crutches.

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11 Responses to It’s always a problem when your leg falls apart.

  1. Do you ever get the feeling that you’re Murphy’s favorite step child? Good luck with the repair.

  2. Zelda says:

    Maybe Joel it’s worth the time to think about how to get a new and more modern leg, whatever that takes in research for the best and most durable and the best place to buy it, as well as a fund for it. Or research for a place where you can apply for a full replacement cost grant or a subsidy or a research program – wherever there’s money. Given your age and military service there may be replacement opportunities. There may be someone among your readers who knows how to get a leg at low to no cost if you will ask. Hope the SealAll works. I remember that it didn’t do so well on your hummingbird feeder. Do any of your neighbors have any kind of epoxy that doesn’t take so long to cure?

  3. Robert says:

    Probably wouldn’t be the best plan if you were to simply glue the prosthesis onto your leg, eh?
    What Zelda said. Good luck.
    Aside: fixed a wheelchair today with two zip ties and NO duct tape. Huzzah!

  4. Seriously, new leg time. I can chip in a bit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I can chip in too.

  6. terrapod says:

    What others said above. Can chip in some, but definitely time for you to look into the VA assuming you have that, then medicare or medicaid.

    There has to be some support out there to replace it with something 21st century. Heck, there is some outfit nearby me in Indiana that is making prosthesis for animals using a 3D printer fer crissakes, has to be the equivalent for hoomans one would think.

  7. Paul B says:

    critters have fewer guidelines. But some good thoughts about how to get something better. In 20 years I am sure they have improved the process.

  8. matismf says:

    Will also kick in if you find the cost estimate!

  9. m says:

    You are not a stranger any more after reading your blog for months.

    $ thrown in the tip Jar

    good luck!

  10. matismf says:

    Willing to kick in more as well if you get an estimate…

To the stake with the heretic!