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SAStrainer

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About SAStrainer

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  • Birthday 07/09/1964

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    Male
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    Taunton, Somerset, UK
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    Swimming, gym, cooking and anything else that is fun and involves my extended blended family.

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  • Membership Type:
    Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    Above Knee Unilateral
  • Amputation Date:
    July 8th 1981
  • Amputation Cause:
    Cancer
  1. suction liner

    Hi all, Well I've got the leg and I've warn it all of today and it has stayed on. Not sure about it yet to give a comprehinsive review of it. It is different and provides different pressure points. The main barrier to get over is the confidence that it will stay on!! So far so good. I've managed around the house, given it a good wriggle about, got up and down of the floor a few times and got it round Sainsbury's with the support of a supermarket trolley for most of that. I have at least been outside with it, although I'm still very wary of it, I have at least got through a day. How i will stand up to a proper walk or a visit to the shops in town I'm not yet sure. It will then have to undergo the gym test, and by then I should know. The socket itself is relatively comfy, although it does pull a lot more on the hairs on my legs, which has brought a few tears to my eyes. So far though, quite impressed, but a long way to go yet. Steve
  2. How long do you wear your leg/s

    Hi all, The same for me as for a lot of others. It goes on in the morning and is taken off at bedtime. Steve
  3. suction liner

    Hi All, This is the question I posted a few days ago. I'm currently on the ratchet pin system. I've used it for several years and up until 3 months ago I haven't had any problems. It was a pain once or twice getting the pin in the hole, but so long as I got the liner on in the corect place, it worked every time and on a good day I could walk several miles on it, go to the gym, ride a stationary bike etc. In the lsat three months I've had some problems with my leg swelling and I struggle more and more to get the pin into the hole, somedays it will and the next day it won't! Very frustrating. So the limb centre suggested the Ossur Liner with a suction seal. Tomrrow I'm about to pick up my new leg with a suction fit. It has the single seal on it, although I now beleive that there is a liner with 5 seals on it, which are far more secure. However my limb centre have not yet been proactive in ordering me one of the 5 seal liners, so I will have to see how the single seal goes. I am hoping that this will give me a great fit and be secure. I am normally fairly active, but recently I've got about less and less, so I hope the suction fit will take me back to how I was. I hope!!! I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow an dover the weekend, assuming it is alligned properly and ready for me to take with me tomorrow! Steve
  4. Hi Beth, Thanks for your reply. It is the Ossur lining that I'm being given. The one I've been offered and is currently being made, is only one seal. My fitter said that the 5 seal was new and they weren't ordering them at the moment. After I posted, I noticed there had been a discussion not so long ago around the Ossur liner. I'm up and down all day and walk several miles, most (well some!) days. I cycle and live at the gym, so I do still wonder how it will hold on. My fitter said I could wear a wear band to hold the leg on, but this seemed to defeat the object. I'll just have to give it a go and see what I think of it. Must get my positive head on, otherwise I'll write it off before I've even tried it. Steve
  5. Hi all, The limb centre is currently making me a new ling with a new fitting that they have recommended for me. I currently have a pin and ratchet fitting, but they want to move me to a leg liner which has a rubber seal towards the bottom of it and it then holds on with suction. I'm very active and I can't beleive that it will hold securely. Has anyone had any experience of this type of leg. Thanks. Steve
  6. Where in the UK?

    Hi Stagger, Not sure on the enfields, but is it not you who has the funny accent and drive on the wrong side!
  7. Hello from Australia

    Hi Ralene, Kepp chasing the positves and every time you are down, the only way is up! Steve
  8. Where in the UK?

    Hi Sue and Pam and to a Honorary Stagger, I know Withington well Pam. It is a great place to live up there. I've never gone for a swim leg, I have thought about it though. I just go with my normal leg and take it off to go in the swimming baths and leave my leg leaning against a wall. It becomes a talking point for people walking past and draping my towel over it, tends to keep it dry from splashes. I love swimming, but don't get there enough. Stagger the Sci Fi and Brit Comedy fan can now have honorary Brit status! Steve
  9. Blisters from silicone liner

    Hi Wondercat, I wear a silcone cover and wear it all day, every day. I do occasionally get blisters around the top, very dry skin as well. I find the odd plaster seems to get rid of them. I know you are supposed to clean them every night, but I do get a bit lazy with the old wet wipes! They don't cause me a major problem, a little sore and like all these things very frustrating. I think that when it has had some extra long and heavy usage, say having walked a few miles, that is when they are most prone. I think it is probably a mixture of heat and friction. I find that they soon go. I would suggest just keeping an eye on them so that they don't go any worse. I often find they dry out over night and I try and take it easy the next day. Hope this helps, a little! Steve
  10. The (new) alternative fairy tale

    Once upon a time in an old prosthetics memorial home for knackered arms and legs, I came across a leg that was so old and worn, but yet it wanted to be used by someone who wanted to dance the funky chicken dance at the grand ol' opery. An odd ambition, indeed! George the Elephant still yearned for the time before he lost his leg; he used to be able to jump and dance and run. He practiced walking over sleeping alligators and then he practiced jumping over sleeping tigers. One day a television camera crew were watching George practicing, and shot some film. He finally saw how his gait looked. He was once a prince, handsome, rich and powerful, till, one day, he left it all! He lost his peanut allergy, but missed his mom. He longed for her, crying "Mommy" at night. He needed to tell that he was gonna get a prosthetic leg — the one hopeful thing he did his exercises every day all day. Gosh, it's true what Batman and Robin said about three-legged elephants: they're walking with a prosthesis. But what a prosthetic. It moved like a particle beam in the Hadron Collider. George would bounce along
  11. The (new) alternative fairy tale

    Hi, Okay I was stupid and picked up the worng thread....doh! I'll try again....... Once upon a time in an old prosthetics memorial home for knackered arms and legs, I came across a leg that was so old and worn, but yet it wanted to be used by someone who wanted to dance the funky chicken dance at the grand ol' opery. An odd ambition, indeed! George the Elephant still yearned for the time before he lost his leg; he used to be able to jump and dance and run. He practiced walking over sleeping alligators and then he practiced jumping over sleeping tigers. One day a television camera crew were watching George practicing, and shot some film. He finally saw how his gait looked. He was once a prince, handsome, rich and powerful, till, one day, he left it all! He lost his peanut allergy, but missed his mom. He longed for her, crying "Mommy" at night. He needed to tell that he was gonna get a prosthetic leg — the one hopeful thing he did his exercises every day all day. Gosh, it's true what Batman and Robin said about three-legged elephants: they're walking with a prosthesis. But what a prosthetic
  12. The (new) alternative fairy tale

    It was a hot, humid and dark in the old flour mill. I couldn't remember how Cat got me into another mess again. Then I saw the blood on the mill stone with fragments of Sparky's beer glass scattered on the floor. I jumped back in surprise as the door behind me banged open, and I saw the reason for the blood...a large hulking figure carrying a missing leg from an elephant named George. Ohhh, is George still alive I couldn't help wondering. "HELP someone call 911" yelled Sparky from his perch on top of the old big beautiful grand piano. I raced to the phone and dialed. Then ducked as a potato flew at my leg, hitting my prosthesis ....OUCH! Who did that? "Hey," I shouted, "Where did that come from?" And from the deepest, darkest corner came the most sinister laugh, sounding suspiciously like JohnnyV. I whirled on my one leg, like a prima ballerina...there was the elephant!! Now, you don't see many elephants in
  13. Limb Swelling

    Hi all, just need to get a few expletives out @@**, $%^<*%^, "£$@!!!!!!!! That is better. Leg back to how it was. Four days of no problems, probably done too much and it is as bad today as it was a week ago! Oh well, back tot he drawing board and off to the Limb Centre in Exeter for them to work some miracles. And its raining, but I'm smiling! Honestly..... Steve
  14. My name is Nicole...

    Hi Nicole, Great to see you on the ofrum and hear about you. You are another inspiration and brought a tear to my eye and gave me a slap round my face, which I needed. Just been feeling sorry for myself as my leg has been playing up for the last 7 weeks and you've just put me on a new path. thanks. Keep up that positive attitude and spreading it amongst everyone. Steve
  15. Where in the UK?

    Hi Sue, Good to hear from you in middle, south eastish Hertfodshire. Another wet day over here in Somerset and I'm thinking of growing flippers. Got a trip to Exter this afternoon to try and sort out my leg, which is soon to be despatched through the nearest open window if it doesn't start behaving itself! Steve
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