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  • Birthday 02/07/1956

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    Southeast USA
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    Bicycling, hiking, camping, gardening, travel, photography, movies, music, writing poetry

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    Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    Right Below Knee
  • Amputation Date:
    2002 SEP 26
  • Amputation Cause:
    Drunk driver hit me
  1. lindajholt

    Amputees Across America

    Way to Go Abel!!! I was the first female rider to do the cross-country trek as a member of the 2004 Amputees Across America ride. It was an amazing adventure. Nothing is better than seeing our fantastic country from the seat of a bicycle. But, the most special part of the whole trip, for me, was visiting the kids in all of the Shriners Hospitals we stopped at. Those kids were an inspiration to me, and I thought that I was the one who was supposed to be me inspiring others. That experience was just pure magic. I also got to do my first ever, and so far only, skydive! That was really something I never thought I would do, but I did and glad of it. I even opened my eyes and looked around as I was falling like a rock through the sky. I hope you have a very safe, enjoyable, and satisfying ride. One thing is for certain, it was something I will never forget and I'm sure you won't forget it either. Have a great ride! Linda Holt Belmont, North Carolina http://www.amputeesacrossamerica.org/aaa2004/index2004.htm
  2. lindajholt

    An Amputee Bicyclist Say's Hello

    Hi Kep and Sheila, Thank you so much for the very nice welcome. I have looked at a lot of different amputee groups online and this is the only one that is really worth it's weight. I have gotten so much out of everything I have read on here. It's a wealth of good information and tips and genuine caring among the members. I am so glad that I found it.
  3. lindajholt

    An Amputee Bicyclist Say's Hello

    Hi Kaz, I use a pin socket and the liner that I have found to be most comfortable is the Silipos Explorer. It feels like a new cozy slipper. The biggest problem with these liners is that they wear out pretty quickly. The longest I have had one hold together for me is 4 months. They just start splitting. When that happens, it loses it's suction and I start getting pinched and get sores. Hope this helps. Linda
  4. lindajholt

    An Amputee Bicyclist Say's Hello

    Hi Karen, Thanks for the warm welcome. Glad to meet another amputee cyclist. I hope that more will take up the sport. It's a great way to get out and get some fresh air and exercise. I try to only ride with others now. I guess I just feel safer that way. I have always worn a helmet when I ride and I am very sure that if I hadn't had one on that morning of the crash, I probably wouldn't be here typing now. Have you gone on any long distance rides? Do you ride on road or off? I hope you wear a helmet. I'm a big advocate. Before last summer, the longest ride I had ever been on was a Century ride (100 miles). That was very difficult because I had to do it in one day and it was before the amputation, so I was riding with a very bad leg. I made the mistake of staying too long at the halfway point for a rest and that allowed my muscles to cool down. Getting started again, after that, was really tough. I ended up walking every uphill I came to on the last 10 miles but I finished it. I'm really glad that I was able to spread a positive message to and about amputees. I hope that the positive attitude is contagious. By the way, I gave up a long time ago in ever getting any sort of apology or sympathy from David Wingate. If I ever do, I'll be shocked.
  5. lindajholt

    Comic Relief

    I need to work on my HDS - Humor Detection Skills. They're obviously a little rusty. :)
  6. lindajholt

    Comic Relief

    RE: Not too sure about your signature though QUOTE "Where the mind will go, the body will follow." I believe in the power of positive thinking. I believe very strongly that "where there's a will there's a way." If you can imagine it, you can do it, as long as you don't give up. It might take longer than you would like and it might end up being different than you expected but you can do it, just the same. I had no idea how I was going to ride a bicycle from the west coast to the east coast of the USA less than 2 years after becoming a right below knee amputee. I actually signed up for it just a year after my amputation and didn't even have a bicycle. But, I felt strongly that I needed to do it and whatever it took I was going to do it. I imagined myself riding a bicycle. I imagined myself getting on the bicycle and get ting off (especially in an emergency situation). I had a lot of fear and anxiety about being on a bicycle (especially since it was while I was riding a bicycle when I got hit by the drunk driver that cost me my leg). But I didn't give up that dream, I got through the thicket of my fears, and I was able to achieve it. The mind can be the biggest obstacle to accomplishing our dreams if we let our fears keep us from trying. If I had let my fears convince me that I couldn't do it then I wouldn't have. But I let my mind imagine that somehow, someway I was going to do it and I did.
  7. lindajholt

    Comic Relief

    WALKING... My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. It's been 7 years and we haven't seen her since. The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. I joined a health club last year. It cost me 400 bucks and I haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there, too. I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier. If you're going to take up cross-country skiing, start with a small country. You could run this over to your friends but why not just e-mail it to them! :lol: :lol: :lol: I love to walk but thought this was kind of funny and a good chuckle is never a bad thing. Hope you enjoyed it too. **Remember to keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to.** :)
  8. *I was born and raised in California *5th of 7 children (6 girls) *I am Scottish-German-Cherokee *I love to travel. Spent 5 months in Queesnland, AU in 2001. I still have my unopened jar of KRAFT Vegemite, along with my boomerang and other stuff from down under. It was a great place with wonderful people. I hope to go back some day. *My Favorite color is deep purple *My greatest fear is drowning *I love old R&B music (nondigitzed) *I still own the last turntable I bought in 1985 and it still works. I also have my collection of record album (LPs) from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I will never sell them on Ebay or anyplace else. They will be handed down to my children and they can sell them when I'm gone. *My favorite pet is (was) my grey, short-haired, domestic mixed breed, female kitty cat "Dusty". I got her from the SPCA when she was just a kitten and I was 7 months pregnant with my first daughter. She stayed with us through numerous moves until we lost her in the summer of 2003. She was 19 years old and a beautiful and loving creature. *I love to go camping in my tent in the woods. I love the mountains. But, the ocean and the beach are nice too.
  9. lindajholt

    Make Josh`s Day

    I certainly hope that Josh is doing well. Last summer, on an amputee bicycle ride across America, I met a nice boy with the same condition Josh has. He was 12 years old and he rode his bicycle with us from the starting point in San Francisco, California all the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. That was a distance of 735 miles (1183 km). His name is Chris Rhoades and he was really an inspiration to everyone. He's a wonderful boy and also enjoys a lot of sports too. He was the first of 5 boys (ages 12 - 16) who joined us on our ride. Maybe Josh would like to be his email pen pal. If you would like, I would be happy to send Chris an email to tell him about Josh. Here is his bio from the Amputees Across America website: Amputees Across America Junior Riders Bios Chris Rhoades Chris is a 12yr old below the knee amputee. He was born with Neurofibromatosis and as a result of this he ended up with Congenital Pseudothrosis of the right tibia. Chris broke the tibia when he was three years old. He has endured many bone graft surgeries and body casts. Despite bone stimulation and shark cartlidge nothing seemed to help his bone mend. When Chris was nine years old, the doctor, who was talking about another bone graft surgery asked Chris if he wanted to continue trying to get the bone to mend. Chris looked the doctor in the eye and told him he wanted the amputation so he can get on with life. He was tired of all the body casts and not being able to do anything. We have seen great results since the amputation. Chris has that "I CAN" attitude and helps keep us going. He has taught himself how to ride his bike without hands. Chris has also taught himself how to swim without the prosthesis and he dreams of being a fireman and he would also like to be in a marching band playing the trumpet. He enjoys sports and is currently on the schools basketball team. Chris has helped other parents decide if the kind of amputation is right for them. Chris was also a 7's hero for volunteering at a local nursing home when he was 10. He has inspired many (more so than he realizes). Chris is very excited to be a part of the AAA team this year and hoping to touch many more lives and being there to have his life touched as well. Thanks to Joe, Jim, Bruce and Mark for touching our lives last year. Chris will be riding the San Francisco to Salt Lake City segment of the ride and will be our Jr. Ambassador at our visitations in Sacramento, California, Reno, Nevada, and Salt Lake City.
  10. lindajholt

    Shoes

    Wow! I got some really great suggestions from you all. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips. Now, I have some things I can try out and, like with most things, I just have to see what works best for me. I also know that I need to deal with the mental thing too. I have to get over the fear and feeling of self-consciouness that makes me think everyone will be able to tell that my leg is "different". That is going to be tougher than anything else. But, I'm encouraged now to get out there and give it a try. Linda RBK in Georgia, USA
  11. Does anyone know if it's possible for me to donate used prosthetic legs? I am on my 5th one now and I don't know what to do with the old ones that I don't use any more. Is there any way I could donate them for use in countries where prosthetic limbs are hard to come by? I don't have money to donate but if these slightly used limbs could be of use somewhere I would be very happy to donate them. I just don't know whom to contact about this. Any advice for me? Thank you, Linda RBK in Georgia, USA
  12. lindajholt

    Preventing Phantom Pain

    If you know anyone who is facing a scheduled amputation or even the possibility of one, please tell them to ask their doctor and anesthesiologist about the difference between a general anesthesia and a lower block. I have had many (too many to count) surgeries over the past 14 years and I had never been told anything about having a lower block instead of a general anesthesia until I went in for my amputation. I was all set to just get the usual general anesthesia since that is all I had ever really known about. Then, just as I was being prepped for surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, the anesthesiologist assigned to me (a wonderful woman I had never seen before or since) came in to talk to me about my anesthesiology options. I hadn't even realized, until then, that I had any options. She explained to me that with a general there was a 50-50 chance of having phantom pain afterward and doctors didn't know why some people got them and some didn't. She then told me that if I chose to have a lower block, there was a greater than 95% chance of NOT having phantom pain later on. Well, I'm neither a great mathematician nor a big gambler but, even I could understand that those odds were much better. So I said, "I'll take the lower block, please." She explained to me that with the general you aren't feeling the pain during surgery but the pain signals are still being sent to and recorded in the brain. But with the lower block the pain signals are stopped in their tracks at the bottom of the spine and never reach the brain to be recorded. This information, while not a 100% guarantee of escaping phantom pain, is, I believe, the greatest advice I've ever received and I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to have had this amazing woman as my anesthesiologist on the day of my amputation. I have been virtually without phantom pain since a few months after surgery. And, even when I did have some pain, it was much milder than what I had suffered with for nearly 12 years before the amputation and it was short lived. I've mentioned this to everyone I have met since then who was facing a possible amputation (mainly diabetics) or anyone who has told me that they know someone facing a possible amputation. I think this knowledge is just too valuable to keep to myself. Please help me to pass this information on to others. Linda RBK in Georgia, USA PS: I do have phantom sensation but I'll take that over pain any day.
  13. lindajholt

    Shoes

    I'm sort of embarrassed to be bringing this up. I feel like I'm being a little bit vain about this and I know there are more important things to be concerned about. But, truly, I have missed dressing up sometimes and wearing a nice pair of heels. I've never been one to wear very high heels (since I'm already tall enough at 5' 7") but I am very tired of being stuck in running shoes all the time (especially since I haven't even been able to run in them yet - another topic for another day). Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone has been able to wear heels and could give me some good tips about it. I recently got a new leg with a foot that allows me to adjust the angle with just the push of a button. It's really great because I can change heel heights now without having to go to the clinic for adjustments. But, I still haven't been successful with feeling comfortable in wearing heels. One problem I have is the foot on my prosthesis always seems to be bigger, maybe wider, than my natural foot. This makes it really hard to find shoes that fit both feet well, especially if the shoes are a little tapered at the toe. I either have one shoe that is really loose or one that is almost impossible to squeeze into. The other problem I have is wearing stockings over the prosthesis. I have a rubbery covering over this prosthesis that is supposed to make it look like skin but it's hard to slide a stocking over it because it's sort of sticky. Also, the socks I wear in my socket are very bulky and stick out the top, over my knee and show through under the stockings. It isn't very attractive. Dark, opaque hose hide them more but there is still the bulge from the socks above my knee. I don't know what to do about that. I'm not looking to wear a mini skirt and spike heels but do I have to resign myself to wearing only long skirts and flat shoes? Well, any suggestions on wearing stockings and heels would be really helpful and greatly appreciated. It would be nice to be able to wear a dress and feel a little more feminine again. Thanks in advance. Linda RBK in Georgia, USA
  14. lindajholt

    How do you go to the toilet in the night?

    This is a great question. It's really interesting to learn how everyone tackles this common issue differently. I used to have a wheelchair parked beside my bed for the middle of the night excursions to the bathroom. After I got rid of the wheelchair, I had my crutches by my bed for that purpose. But, I found that it can be a little tricky and even dangerous to try to get around in the dark on crutches (and I hate turning on the light when I'm planning on going right back to sleep). I am very fortunate that I still have 2 good knees and I appreciate that fact every single day. Now, I just walk on my knees to get there and back. The floor can be a little rough on them but I'm not going that far. When I get to the door of the bathroom, I pull myself up and hop the rest of the way so that I don't have to "knee walk" on the cold, hard bathroom floor. Linda RBK in Georgia
  15. lindajholt

    An Amputee Bicyclist Say's Hello

    My daughter, Gina, turned 19 two months ago and is working and going to college. She is interested in becoming a sonography technician. She is beautiful and has a big heart, just like her little sister, Tara, who is 8 1/2 years old. They are my truest joys in life. They are my angels on earth and I thank God for them.
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