Kinda makes me wonder if I’m missing something…

Almost two years ago I bought a bunch of stumpsocks from a site called amputeestore.com. I expect the unsolicited spam emails to outlast the socks.

But I haven’t done anything to make them stop because sometimes they’re just plain entertaining.

For example, I absolutely did not know this was a thing…


No, that’s not a rifle case. It’s a bag for your prosthetic leg.

Consider my cognitive dissonance – Since sometime in 1973 I’ve never been without a prosthetic leg – but at no time have I ever possessed more than one. It doesn’t need a travel bag. Ergo, if there is such a thing as a travel bag for a prosthetic leg, there exists a whole subset of amputees who not only possess multiple prostheses, but who carry their extra along with them.

I guess runners, maybe?

It shouldn’t surprise me that this demographic group exists unknown to me. Truth is, these spam advertisements have alerted me to a huge variety of products I also didn’t know existed. Maybe I should have ‘identified’ as an amputee long before now? Or maybe, since I’ve gotten along without most of these products* quite happily all this time, most of them are just fluff?


*gelsocks are awesome and I didn’t know they existed until this decade, so it could also be I’m just missing out…

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11 Responses to Kinda makes me wonder if I’m missing something…

  1. Robert says:

    Joel: I don’t want any spam and since you’re already getting it I’ll just ask you if you know whether the aforementioned web store carries stuff for folks in wheelchairs, like gel seat cushions or saddle (side?) bags for wheelchairs.

    I’m sure there are many profoundly-non-pc jokes to be made here. Since I wanna keep my job, I’ll STFU and solicit ’em from the disabled crowd that I “run” with… sorry.

  2. R says:

    I know of people with a running leg, a swimming leg, and a leg they wear for other activities of daily living. I think the DOD/VA are trying to supply people expecting to have an active life with specialty prosthesis appropriate to the activities that they are engaged in.

  3. Joel says:

    Sorry, I looked and there’s nothing under Wheelchair at all.

  4. Jeffersonian says:

    Oooookay you need to go down the rabbithole and find a manga (Japanese comicbook) titled Gunsmith Cats, in which a villainess gets blown up and returns with an Ithaca 37 where one of her legs used to be.

    And now I kinda need to go reread that myownself.

  5. Robert says:

    Joel and Mike:

    Thank you, gentlemen. I appreciate your research. Now, if only someone could invent a fold-down(up?) cup holder that won’t be sheared off the side of a chair the first time my inattentive charges traverse a doorway. Sigh. I drill and tap and fasten and all for free, and it lasts about a day. 🙂

  6. Robert says:

    Uh, Joel, my reply to you and Mike went up in a puff of cybersmoke upon posting with some rapidly-vanishing text about my comment being “deprecated”.??? In case it didn’t survive, I was thanking you two for your help with the wheelchair info.

  7. Mike says:

    Hey Robert, I can’t speak for Joel but as for me, you’re welcome. As for the fold down cup holder…

    https://www.quickie-wheelchairs.com/Wheelchair-Parts-Accessories/Wheelchair-Accessories/Beverage-Holders/Cup-Holder-Folding/13301p

  8. Robert says:

    Mike:

    Thanks for the link.

    The problem is: 1) I install cupholder 2) wheelchair user forgets to fold it in 3) user goes thru doorway a wee bit too close on one side 4) I pick up pieces. Sigh. That model looks like less work than my previous attempts (although, it was fun drillin’ n tappin’). I’ll ask if they wanna try this kind of mount. Again, thanks for the link.

  9. Mike says:

    Any time Robert, we’re all in this together.

  10. Unclezip says:

    The Spousal Unit uses one to carry her leg back and forth to work, as she’s comfortable driving one-legged. And there’s extra room inside to stash a Back The Hell Up Or I Will Shoot You thingy.

To the stake with the heretic!