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  1. admin added a post in a topic: Kingsman...amzing amputee villen killer!   

    If you have not seen it yet, you need to check out this movie "Kingsmen", the villen's sidekick is a young women who is a double below knee amputee who uses her prosthetics as amazing killing devices, chopping up her enemies like crazy. its worth checking out! (see her in poster)
     

     
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  2. admin added a post in a topic: Quadrapaligic Brandon Coats Talks Losing Job Over Medical Marijuana Use   

    Quadrapaligic Brandon Coats Talks Losing Job Over Medical Marijuana Use with CNN's Smerconish
    Credit Reference & Usage: “CNN’s Michael Smerconish”
    Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic since age 16, was fired from Dish Network over use of medical marijuana. Coats sued Dish Network and lost.
    FULL TRANSCRIPT BELOW.
     Smerconish airs Saturdays at 9amET and replays at 6pmET
     MICHAEL SMERCONISH, CNN HOST:  Brandon Coats is joining me now.
    Brandon, do you think that smoking pot made you a better employee?
    BRANDON COATS, FIRED OVER USE OF MARIJUANA:  I would say that it definitely made me a better employee.
    SMERCONISH:  How come?
    COATS:  If I don't smoke marijuana - if I don’t smoke marijuana, I get like debilitating muscle spasms.  I’m a C4, C5 quadriplegic, so the messages between my lower body and my brain, you know, they don’t - they don't get sent through.
    So, when my body sends a message to my brain, it gets sent back and makes my muscles spasm intensely.  It’s like the muscles flex as hard as they can.  The thing is, is that, it’s just doesn't stop after that.  It goes on and on and on if I didn’t smoke marijuana.  I would be spasming 24 hours a day, you know, seven days a week, and I wouldn’t be able to work because I wouldn’t be able to sit down a desk still, and it makes me sick, I get nauseous, I get hot.
    So, I don’t think that, you know, it makes it so I can't work.  It makes it so it enhances my ability to work.
    SMERCONISH:  But it would have made it much more difficult for you to carry out your job responsibilities at Dish if you couldn't smoke pot.  And again, I want to underscore, on your own time.
    COATS:  That’s correct.  You know, I never used at work.  I was never intoxicated at work.  I did it in the evening on my own time.  You know, I’d smoke some marijuana, I’d be intoxicated for maybe 20, 30 minutes.  It was gone after that.
    You know, I’d wake up the next day, I’d go to work, you know, perfectly sober, and I was never intoxicated at work.  My - I was always getting 100 percent QAs, good job reviews.  I have never had bad ones.  Never a write-up, nothing like that.
    SMERCONISH:  And fair to say that you played by the state rules.  You did everything by the book, you had the card.  You were registered.  And, in fact, when Dish came to you and said, here is a random drug test, you said, I’m not going to pass this thing, because I’m legally smoking pot.
    COATS:  Yes, that’s correct.  I went into work one day, and my supervisor came up to me and he was like, you know, they want to talk to you in human resources.  So, I go up to human resources and there was a sign on the door that says "random drug test".
    So, I go in there and I told the girl I’m not going to pass this test.  And she’s like, you know, I just work here.  So, she did a mouth swab.  It’s what the test was, and after that, I - you know, I went home.  Two days later, they actually called me at the lab that administers the test, and, you know, obviously, I didn't pass.  I knew I wasn't going to.
    So, I went into my how man resource office and talked to the manager and let her know that, you know, I smoke medical marijuana.  I have a red card, a medical marijuana card.  And she said, well, we have never had this come up before.  So, she took a copy of my card, and said, we are going to deliberate on what we’re going to do, talk to people who were higher up and we’ll get back to you.
    Well, for two weeks, they let me work and they actually got the reviews from my managers and supervisors.  They actually met with me a couple of times, and asked me different questions.  And after two weeks, I come in on a Monday and go to swipe my card to get in the handicap entrance, and the door wouldn't open.  There was a security guard there to meet me.
    So, we go up to the human resources office and they let me that - you know, they were going to terminate my employment.
    SMERCONISH:  Brandon, I’m on your side.  I’d be a hypocrite if I weren't on your side, and it’s not because I’m smoking pot, but I enjoy a martini at night.  This to me is akin to CNN  saying to me, you can't have a martini at happy hour and come to work on a Saturday morning and host our television program.
    But let me play devil’s advocate.  What would you say to someone who says, look, an employer has the right to determine and set the rules for their workforce, and if you don't like it, you ought to work somewhere else?
    COATS:  Well, what I’d say is, one of the places, like you said, you could go home and have a drink.  In my view, or from my experience, alcohol is much more intoxicating than marijuana.  You know, if I have too much alcohol, I can't function.  If I have - the more and more marijuana I smoke, just the bigger my headache gets if I smoke too much.  I smoke a little bit.  It alleviates my spasms and I’m able to function for the rest of the day.
    In my view, why would we - why would we pass a law saying that, you know, we could smoke medical marijuana and then, at the same time say, if you need this medicine, you can use it but, guess what, if you do use it, you can't work?  I don't know how many states are - you know, have medical marijuana now.  I know it’s a lot.
    SMERCONISH:  Twenty-three.
    COATS:  And there’s probably hundreds and hundreds - yes, that means there is hundreds and hundreds of thousands if not more than a million people who are on a medical marijuana - or have a medical marijuana card and use medical marijuana.  What that would do is that would say, hey, all these - you know, a couple of million people, about (ph) hundred of thousand, however many it is, guess what, you can't work.
    SMERCONISH:  Here is the way I look at it - Brandon Coats was fired for taking his medicine.  That's how I’d sum it up.
    COATS:  That's what I’d say too.
    SMERCONISH:  Brandon Coats, thank you so much for being here and good luck to you.
    COATS:  Hey, thank you very much and thanks for having me on.
    END
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  3. admin added a post in a topic: legoland florida sucks!   

    Copied from amputation coalition site:
    Steve wrote--So legoland florida sucks! They discriminate againts prosthetics wearers. They wont let me on any coasters. I cant even get a straight answer why! Not listed in any policies. Waste of my damn money. Dont bother going!
     
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  4. admin added a post in a topic: New leg pain   

    I don't know why people do this.....have terrible pain, spend days crying, and DON'T SEE THERE DOCTOR?  If you are having bad pain and your prosthetist can't help with limb adjustments GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR....HE IS THE EXPERT! and if your doctor cannot help, find a doctor in your area who is a pain specialist.  I see a pain specialist for my back. He has tried many things....spine shots, electronic stimulation units (tens), etc and nothing worked so he tried various medications until now I am on a combination of percoset and Neurontin (for phantom pain) AND THAT WORKS!  Realizing that percoset is addicting, I am VERY mindful to limit my dose to what he prescribed three years ago (3-pills a day 10/325mg percoset)....I do not get a buzz off of that, yet it relieves about 90% of my back pain and most phantom pain.   I do start to get withdrawal pain//symptoms if I forget and am late on a pill, but that is just something you learn to live with.  I also know that marijuana works 100% as a pain blocker including phantom pain, but since growing even one plant is a felony in my state (Alabama) I am skipping that alternative and working to try and change my states laws.
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  5. admin added a post in a topic: Hershey park, good news for amputees   

    (borrowed from amp coalition site)
    Nicole wrote--Just to let everyone know Hershey Park in Hershey PA, is 100% amputee friendly. They have all the rides clearly marked when you need to remove your prosthetic, and if you wish to deem yourself handicapped you get a free fast pass for you and your party. I rode all the coasters and thrill rides and water rides I could fit into a day with no issue. Yet one more reason Hershey is the sweetest place on earth.
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  6. admin added a post in a topic: Another six flags discrimination story!   

    Kelli wrote--I am currently at Six Flags Over Georgia. I am a left arm amputee right above my elbow... I waited I line for 45 minutes to ride the Goliath roller coaster! As I sat to ride they locked us in and about to start the ride they stopped and came to me and said " I would not be able to ride due to you had to have both hands to grip the bar????" I had to get off!!! Then was told by their employees that employee was WRONG!!! They gave me two rides with no wait???? Anyone ever had this happen? Should I take this further??? VERY EMBARRASSED!!!
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  7. admin added a post in a topic: Six Flags Hell for child   

    Evette wrote.. My son was 5yrs old and I took him to Six Flags St. Louis and I was told he couldn't ride the rides, so we had to get off the ride. I even offered to take his prosthetics off, but they said no we had to get off the ride. I was hurt and embarrassed, I couldn't tell him it was him, the reason we had to get off,so I lied and said it was something I had done wrong. I never wanted him to feel different, or made him think he wasn't normal, but they made me feel different . what amusement park will except amputees?
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  8. admin added a post in a topic: Gabapentin (Neurontin) warning - new study!   

    Talya emailed--What do you guys think about this article? I personally take Gabapentin (Neurontin) three times daily for nerve pains & I feel that it really helps me. I can definitely tell when I've missed a dose. Do you guys think that this article is reputable?
    http://www.wellnessresources.com/…/neurontin_and_lyrica_ar…/
    Neurontin and Lyrica are a Death Sentence for New Brain SynapsesNeurontin and its newer more potent version, Lyrica, are widely used for off-label indications that are an outright flagrant danger to the public. These blockbuster drugs were approved for use even...wellnessresources.com---------------------------------------------------wow, don't know....but I know that as long as high thc medical marijuana remains illegal in my state (Alabama) Gabrapentin (Neurontin) mixed with percoset is the only thing that helps with my phantom nerve pain. Though if you can get it, marijuana smoked or eaten works better than anything. 
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  9. admin added a post in a topic: Kickstarter project started   

    As soon as it is approved, we will have a link to our kickstarter funding site.  We are only trying to raise $500 which will cover only our out of pocket expenses for this one website, including our hosting costs.  It will not include Bob's hours of labor (it is a labor of love) to create the site, or our other site amputationhelp.com or the costs for our tiny recording stdio (about $5,000 from Bob's pocket for that) or the Sony video camera we purchased plus the software we will use to produce info videos.
    Keep your eyes out for our kickstarter link coming soon!
    -Bob
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  10. admin added a post in a topic: Great tip for leg amputees who can drive.   

    yeah....we have only had a pair of publix stores here for a year and I love it.  it is a bit expensive but if you shop for their specials it all works out.   What I really miss from when I lived up north are Meijer's Thrifty Acres stores.  They are like a walmart and publix and hardware store all under one roof, plus a host of other stores in a small mall setup.  everything from a dentist to levi shop...really 98% of all your shopping needs under one roof.
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  11. admin added a post in a topic: New member saying hi   

    welcome!
     
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  12. admin added a post in a topic: Help pay our costs..click here   

    If you would like to make a donation to help pay our expenses..... click on our kickstarter link: http://www.gofundme.com/amputationhelp
    God bless you for your help!
    -Bob
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  13. admin added a post in a topic: Medical Marijuana, The whole story!   

    Medical marijuana (in high THC form) has been found effective, and in fact the MOST effective drug in fighting Amputee Phantom Nerve Pain.
    Below is the result of the most recent scientific studies on the plant and the chemicals it contains.
    FIRST, AMERICAN HISTORY OF MARIJUANA AND WHY IT IS STILL NOT LEGAL IN SO MANY PLACES.
    In the Americas, cannabis extract was a popular medicinal drug in the 1800s. But in the 1900s, the tide began to turn against the drug. In the 1920s, Mexican immigrants became associated with the smoked, recreational version of the drug, and anti-immigrant Racist sentiments fueled marijuana prohibition.
    By the 1930s, marijuana was banned in 24 states. The newly minted Federal Bureau of Narcotics launched a campaign against the drug, and newspapers fueled hysteria with headlines like the 1933 Los Angeles Examiner's "Murder Weed Found Up and Down the Coast — Deadly Marihuana Dope Plant Ready for Harvest That Means Enslavement of California Children." By 1937, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which effectively banned marijuana except for a few medicinal purposes, according to "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Legal" (Scribner, 2012).
    In the 1950s, the Narcotics Control Act and the Boggs Act stiffened penalties for marijuana possession, with first-time offenses requiring two to 10 year sentences and a minimum $20,000 fine, according to PBS.org. Penalties were relaxed in the 1970s, but President Ronald Reagan increased federal penalties for marijuana possession in the 1980s even though a previous president's study found it to be harmless and recommended legalization . On the federal level, marijuana is now regulated under the DEA's Controlled Substances Act as a schedule 1 drug, meaning the government considers it to have a high potential for abuse with no legitimate medical or therapeutic uses in the same class as heroin even though modern medical research has deemed it harmless and in fact helpful in fighting cancer and other ailments.
    However, numerous states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana, with 23 states currently allowing some form of either medical or recreational use of the drug as of November 2014, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In August 2013, the Department of Justice stated that while marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, they would decline to enforce federal drug laws in Colorado and Washington state, assuming that these states would set up their own rigorous regulatory schemes.
    Marijuana: The Facts
    Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal
    drug in the U.S.  and the world, and was a
    well-established medicine until it was
    federally criminalized in 1937. A majority of
    Americans believe marijuana should be
    legally regulated.
    Quick Facts
     More than forty-five percent of American adults
    report that they have used marijuana.
     Marijuana has been consumed for at least 5,000
    years and has a long history of traditional uses
    throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the
    Americas.
     The marijuana plant contains more than 70
    compounds, called cannabinoids, in its leaves and
    flowers.  The most commonly known of these
    cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),
    which is psychoactive. However, there are
    numerous non-psychoactive, yet highly
    therapeutic cannabinoids in marijuana as well.
     U.S. marijuana policy is unique among American
    criminal laws – no other law is enforced so widely
    and harshly, yet deemed unnecessary by such a
    substantial portion of the population.
     The price tag of marijuana prohibition is currently
    estimated at $20 billion per year, including costs
    to law enforcement and lost potential tax
    revenue.
     Recent polls suggest that 58%
    of the American population believe marijuana
    should be legally regulated, while support for
    allowing the medical use of marijuana is about
    80%.
     Twenty-three states and Washington D.C. have
    approved the medical use of marijuana, 16 states
    and D.C. have decriminalized its use, and in 2012
    Colorado and Washington voters made their
    states the first political jurisdictions anywhere in
    the world to legally regulate the production and
    distribution of marijuana.
    How might cannabinoids be useful as medicine?
    Currently, the two main cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that are of medical interest are THC and CBD.
    THC increases appetite and reduces nausea and controls pain.  The FDA-approved THC-based medications are used for these purposes. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.
    CBD is a cannabinoid that does not affect the mind or behavior. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, especially in children where traditional medicine does not work, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.
    NIH-funded and other researchers are continuing to explore the possible uses of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids for medical treatment.
    For instance, recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation (Scott, 2014).
    Scientists are also conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases and conditions, such as the following:
    autoimmune diseases (diseases that weaken the immune system): HIV/AIDS
    multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control
    Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of brain function, affecting memory, thinking, and behavior
    inflammation
    pain (Including amputee related Phantom Pain)
    seizures
    substance use disorders
    mental disorders

    What medications contain cannabinoids?
    Two FDA-approved drugs, dronabinol and nabilone, contain THC. They treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and increase appetite in patients with extreme weight loss caused by AIDS.
    The United Kingdom, Canada, and several European countries have approved nabiximols (Sativex®), a mouth spray containing THC and CBD. It treats muscle control problems caused by MS. The United States is conducting clinical trials for its safe use in treating cancer pain.
    Although it has not yet undergone clinical trials, scientists have recently created Epidiolex, a CBD-based liquid drug to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy.
    We suggest based upon these findings, you write or call your state's politicians and voice your support towards legalizing Medical Marijuana.
    -Bob
     
     
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  14. admin added a post in a topic: Lions fan all my life!   

      I saw my first Lions Football game, freezing my butt off in the snow with my dad as a little kid (like 52 years ago) in the OLD outdoor Detroit Tiger's Stadium, with the numbing freezing wind blowing into Corktown across the Detroit river.
    Since then I have been dyed in Silver and Honolulu Blue (As seen above, me at a Lions VS Saints game in a $300 front row 50 yard line seat before I lost my leg!) .  Even though I live in Mobile Alabama and subscribe to Dish Satellite, I also pay a fortune yearly just to ALSO have Direct TV, just so I can watch my Lions every Sunday during football season. (my wife love this....chuckle).
    So that's my team, during good and Bad (Matt Millen) days.  With still no Superbowl in sight.  I keep hoping and praying, such is the life of a Lions fan.
    (I also root for the University of South Alabama Jaguars Football team, my daughter's Alma Mater and both her and my wife's employer, where I have had season tickets since they started the football program 5 or 6 years ago (40 yard line) , though this year I will have to see the games in the stands in my wheelchair....GO JAGUARS! AS CAN BE SEEN FROM MY RIGHT ARM TATOO'S Above...Jags and Lions logos!)
     
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  15. admin added a post in a topic: looking for friends   

    I am always looking for other amputee friends....so feel free to make a post and tell us about yourself!
    -Bob
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