Hello and welcome back. Today I would like to introduce the newest product in the BioDerm catalog, the BioDerm Penile Clamp. Some of you may have already seen or heard of the product from our customer service reps, however, since many people are still unaware of it I figured we would take some time to discuss this new product.
Now I know the name clamp can sound a little intimidating but unlike many other penile clamps, the BioDerm Penile Clamp is designed to be used temporarily in order stop the flow of urine through the urethra when applying the Men's Liberty. Many of our patients have told us that they have had trouble applying the Men's Liberty because they can't stop their dribbling or leaking long enough in order to securely apply the Liberty.
This is where the penile clamp comes in handy. It will stop the leaking long enough to ensure you able to securely attach Men's Liberty. Then you take it off and go about your day! So if you are running into the issue of constant dribbling or leaking, the penile clamp may be your answer.
Additionally, the BioDerm Penile Clamp is covered by most major insurances (just like Men's Liberty)! Medicare will cover 1 penile clamp every 90 days. This means little or no out of pocket cost to you.
There are many different penile clamps out there on the market; however, there are a few key features that set the BioDerm Penile Clamp apart from the rest.
1. The clamp is made from durable engineered plastic and ultra soft foam for added comfort.
2. The clamp contains no wires or metal. This ensures that the clamp is skin friendly and can be washed without the potential of rust or corrosion. Other clamps are often made of metal or less skin friendly materials.
3. The BioDerm Clamp can be closed and released with one hand. Other penile clamps can often be cumbersome and difficult to apply without the use of both hands. In our design we take into account our patients who may not have full dexterity.
4. We also added a curved upper arm for improved comfort. Many other penile clamps use a flat upper arm, this can cause discomfort during application.
Well thats all I have for today. For more information on the BioDerm Penile Clamp check it out on our corporate site BioDerm Inc. or give one of our customer care reps a call at 800-814-3174. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the section below as always. Have a great day!
Here at the home office, we often hear stories from our clients about how Men's Liberty has allowed them to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. The device enables them to leave the comfort of their homes and go out and enjoy life, often times competing in sporting events or spending time with their loved ones.
Well today I have one of those stories to share with all of you. Many of our clients love to golf, Joe Vercellone happens to be one of those men. Joe has been a Men's Liberty user for a few months now and thanks to the Liberty he is able to go out and play golf without the hassle of absorbent pads or briefs.
Before I go any further with this story, I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Joe because he has been kind enough to let me share this story with you all and he continues to remain in contact with us, providing us with valuable feedback. This is a great help to us and we welcome every one of our clients to do the same and be outspoken about your experiences with our product and staff.
On to the story...recently Joe was golfing with a few of his buddies at The Medal of Honor Course at Qauntico Marine Base in Virginia. They were playing the 14th hole, a challenging Par 3 at 127 yards from the senior tees. As he does on every tee shot, he used his trusty driver. With a mighty swing he connected cleanly and the ball headed straight to the pin. Unfortunately he lost sight of the ball half way to the hole because he suffers from macular degeneration. However, he saw the ball land and it appeared it was headed straight to the hole. At first sight, the ball looked to have stopped just short of the hole. He blinked and tried to refocus. When he opened his eyes again the ball was gone. He turned to his partners and asked "what happened to the ball" and they said it fell in the hole. Joe replayed with "pretty good for a half blind guy". Then his buddies proceeded to call him a number of unkind names because neither of them has ever come close to making one.
The next day, Joe had a chance to reflect on the event and thinks he has figured out how he made the shot. By the time he reached the 14th hole his leg bag was so filled with urine it began to weigh down his left leg. He contemplated emptying it but decided to wait another hole before doing so, remembering the number of times he had been told to keep his left foot planted when making a shot. Joe jokes that he doesn't think he could have lifted his left leg or foot if he tried because of the amount of urine in the bag. As a result, his left leg and foot didn't move an inch as he swung and he can't think of any other reason for making such a magnificent shot. Joe says that if he can learn how to calculate his liquid intake and output so that his leg bag is full when he reaches a Par 3, there may be more Hole-in-One's to come.
Joe also is concerned that the PGA will soon get word that Men's Liberty clients are using unauthorized equipment and will outlaw the Men's Liberty device for golfers much like they plan to outlaw the Belly Putter in 2015. Finally, Joe recommends that Men's Liberty establish a "Hole-In-One Honor Role" for its golfing clients.
Well Joe I will have to talk to management about that last idea, but I would like to congratulate you on your Hole-In-One, that is no easy feat. We are also very pleased to hear that Men's Liberty played such an important role in completing this goal. Stories like this really illustrate just how big of difference our products can make in the lives of our patients and we are thrilled at the thought that our products could help someone achieve a lifelong goal. We think that is pretty awesome.
As always, thanks for reading and don't forget to share and if you have any questions or comments leave them in the comment section below.
Men’s Liberty has been privileged to be a Mission: ABLE partner and supporter of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games which are taking place in Tampa in July 2013. We’ve learned SO much from these inspiring athletes. And every time I talk to the competitors they give me new reasons to believe in the resilience of the human spirit. They speak with passion and conviction about the impact that adaptive sports have had in their life. Whether you’re an old hat or still a bit green, we’ve heard your stories and wanted to share the top 5 ways you say that adaptive sports have changed your lives. Have additional ways – let us know in the comments!
The stories below are from a variety of individuals, including veterans and civilians with spinal cord, traumatic brain and other injuries.
#1 – "Today, I am only on three different medications (down from 15) because of skiing. I have had the same coaches for the last three years and they have seen fast and unbelievable changes in me with my TBI."
Spc. Joel Hunt is an army veteran with a Traumatic Brain Injury who competes as an Alpine Skier.
"When I came home I spent one year in a wheelchair feeling helpless. I was always the man that provided for my soldiers. And now I had to swallow my pride and ask for help. When my parents came to take care of me they constantly motivated me by getting me out of the house. I was lucky because a lot of soldiers do not have that support system. I am from Kokomo, a small town in Indiana and I had never skied before in my life. What I didn't realize is that skiing would change my life. In February 2008, I started getting out of my wheelchair because of my dizziness and my blackouts due to overheating. Plus, I didn't have enough control in my legs due to numbness and I was on 15 different kinds of medications. At times, my speech was slurred and my thinking was so slow that people thought I was drunk.
Since I had PTSD and TBI, I never wanted to get out of the house. My parents forced me to go to BOEC TBI ski camp to give it a try. On December 17, 2008, I learned how to ski and was told that I was carving on the third day. I was then introduced to NSCD to learn to race camp which I did well on rec skis. My best friend told me to check out CAF Operation Rebound and because of them and Disabled Sports USA's (DS / USA) efforts, I was able to compete that next year."
How adaptive sports changed your life: "Today, I am only on three different medications (down from 15) because of skiing. I have had the same coaches for the last three years and they have seen fast and unbelievable changes in me with my TBI."
For more information on Joel, visit: http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports/va_groups_story-JoelHunt.asp
#2 – “Playing sports, along with everyone's support, played a key role in my physical recovery as well as my psychological recovery.”
Carlos Leon is a quadriplegic and former marine who competes in the Discus. He’s only 2.62m from breaking the world record!
Training Regimen: "I pretty much live at the gym because I want to be the best in the world at the discus throw."
How did you get involved in adaptive sports: "My parents are Colombian so playing soccer at an early age is a tradition in my family. I've been an athlete my entire life. In June 2005, I had recently returned from deployment in Iraq and was six months from relief of active duty. While stationed in Hawaii's Kane'ohe Bay, I went swimming with some friends. I dove in the water, hit some coral rock and broke my neck at the fifth cervical vertebrae. Five months later, I attended my first sports camp."
How adaptive sports changed your life: "My family, friends and the Corps were behind me 100%. Playing sports, along with everyone's support, played a key role in my physical recovery as well as my psychological recovery. Six years have passed since my accident where I lost function of my limbs. Now, I can walk with the assistance of a cane or walker. My discus throw, which is now my sole focus, has gone from eight meters on my first throw five years ago to nearly 24 meters. I am only 2.62 meters off the world record."
For more information on Joel, visit: http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports/va_groups_story-CarlosLeon.asp
#3 – “Growing up, I didn't know any injured people. The only injured people we see are the people at traffic stops asking for change. Paralympic sports opened my mind to a different world. I learned that I had options."
Kari Miller is an Army veteran and double amputee. She competes in women’s sitting volleyball and won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China and named best libero at the 2009 Euro Cup.
How did you get involved in adaptive sports: "In December 1999, I was on leave of duty to visit my family for Christmas. While driving, my car was struck by a drunk driver and as a result, I lost both of my legs. In the weeks following the accident, I had plenty of bad days but my physical and emotional rehabilitation came through athletic competition."
How adaptive sports changed your life: "Through sport competition, my work with the USOC Paralympic Military Program and support from my family, I realized my full potential as an athlete with a disability. Growing up, I didn't know any injured people. The only injured people we see are the people at traffic stops asking for change. Paralympic sports opened my mind to a different world. I learned that I had options."
Kari participates in sports for: Rehabilitation, competition and teaching other disabled Veterans about sports.
Fun fact: Kari is a rock climber and comic book enthusiast.
#4 – Going from instructor to student gave me a new appreciation of how “hard it is for our students to do what we ask them to do; and how dedicated and competent our instructors are.”
For many years, I taught skiing and snowboarding at the Adaptive Sports Foundation as a volunteer instructor. I skied or snowboarded everywhere on Windham Mountain with ease. I gave the first snowboard lesson to many of our students on the racing team.
Life changed for me a few years ago when I developed a neurological condition that cost me the use of my legs. In 2008, I could no longer snowboard or ski. In fact, I could barely walk.
So, I became an indoor volunteer, doing what I could to remain active in the program and stay in contact with friends, fellow volunteers, and students. My fellow instructors and students, especially Michael Mistretta, Kevin Cohane, John Swartwood and Mary Bozzone, gave me wonderful advice on how to cope with my new disability, which made life a lot easier. I learned how to use crutches and a wheelchair, which was something I never thought I would have to deal with on a personal level.
Last winter, I took the plunge and tried mono-skiing. With assistance and encouragement from Adam DeMuth, my daughter Dani, and many other instructors, I was finally able to get back on the snow. The experience was exciting and enlightening! Being on the other side, a student and not instructor, brought home two things I never understood before: first, how hard it is for our students to do what we ask them to do; and second, how dedicated and competent our instructors are.
I wish I could say I was an instant superstar, but the fact is, I did a lot of falling, and Adam and Dani did a lot of picking up. I knew what I was supposed to do, but I wasn’t always able to do it. And, it is amazing how steep White Way, a Windham Mountain beginner trail, looks when you are going down in a mono-ski and not upright on a snowboard. After a few days and many runs, I was able to master Willpower, another Windham Mountain beginner trail, and get up and down White Way with ease.
My instructors displayed infinite patience, not only teaching me how to ski, but encouraging me after each frustrating fall. This year my goal is to improve enough so that I can return to teaching. If I can accomplish that, I know I will be better than I ever was before, because now I have seen life from the other side.
For more information on the Adaptive Sports Foundation, visit: http://blog.adaptivesportsfoundation.org/2011/03/volunteer-gains-first-hand-insight-as-role-changes-from-instructor-to-participant/
#5 – “When you’ve had a traumatic injury it affects your social life, self-confidence and self-worth. Our job is to say ‘your life has changed but it hasn’t gone up in smoke’.”
Tom Brown, who was a rehabilitation therapist at McGuire VA hospital and director of the first National Veterans Wheelchair Games, knows firsthand the therapeutic value of adaptive sports. Born without legs— “I have been basically between artificial legs and wheelchairs all my life”—at age 7 he was the youngest member of an all-men’s wheelchair basketball team.
While majoring in music at the University of Illinois, Brown enthusiastically participated in UI’s wheelchair sports program—one of the few in the country at the time. In the end, love of sports prevailed; he pursued his master’s in therapeutic rehabilitation (TR).
“The goal of TR is to get people with disabilities out into the community,” Brown, Paralyzed Veterans’ director for the 32nd Games, explains. “When you’ve had a traumatic injury it affects your social life, self-confidence and self-worth. So we work on whole body, mind and soul. All of these [injured] were military vets, parts of teams—now suddenly they are on their own, they can’t be part of something. Our job is to say ‘your life has changed but it hasn’t gone up in smoke.’ ”
Dr Ken Lee, head of spinal cord medicine at VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, and himself a combat veteran and former patient (he received a traumatic brain injury from a suicide car bombing) seconds Brown’s view. “We’ve been pushed to do some sports since childhood,” he says. “It makes sense that when we have an injury or life-altering medical event, we can use sports to get back into the world—the wheelchair is no longer a boundary.”
A member of the Games’ national physician team since 1999, Dr. Lee sees it as an event that epitomizes adaptive sports’ unique healing abilities. “Many people think adaptive sports are fun and games,” he says. “They don’t realize it is all about rehab. Adaptive sports keep the rehab in motion—and keeps the injured moving forward.”
Both Lee and Brown see an added value in the sheer numbers competing. “The modeling between a new vet and a worldly vet, who has been to the Games and been out in the community is remarkable,” Brown says. “It’s worth probably more than any therapist or hospital program could ever do. It’s one thing for an able-bodied person to tell them ‘you can do it’—when they see fellow vets doing it, it sinks in.”
For more information on the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Wheelchair Games, visit: www.pva.org
Have additional stories you want to share? Let us know in the comments!
We are excited to announce that this month we are running a limited time sweepstakes to win a Free Night on the Town courtesty of Men's Liberty and BioDerm Inc.
This month Men’s Liberty is running a limited time offer to win a Free Night on the Town for 2, complete with a fine dining experience and a show*.
Our slogan here at Men’s Liberty is “The Freedom to Live”. So live a little, and enter to win a FREE night on the town. Only one lucky winner will be selected, so make sure you enter by July 15th 2014 or you will lose your chance.
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Deadline for entry: July 31, 2014
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