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  1. hi mick,am from cairns,so your post for the first time today,fanastic,great walks,not to mention attitude,walked for the first time today around cains and the beaches, its a bloody good feeling, have a happy day.

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    Disability Sports Books?

    Hi Bobby, Can’t say that I know any books about cycling as an amputee but Glen who is an above knee amputee keeps a good blog about his bike riding exploits , it’s well worth a mooch around . Link: - http://kotz68.blogspot.co.uk/ Hope this helps Take care mick
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    thank you Cheryl, I hope your right ... but wont know till this Thursday part of me is very excited , part of me is ...what if it doesn't work ?? so I have booked a week off work so if all goes well I can disappear into the hills to "get to know the leg" and hopefully get back to some serious hiking again its almost a year since I did anything . take care ps sorry Bobby for high jacking your thread
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    Hi Cheryl, Sorry to read that you have had some bother, three months without a leg would drive me mad as it is my mood go’s from good too bad the moment I have to take my leg off and try to do anything, so going three months would really make me moody to say the least, but I’m pleased you are back in your old socket and back to normal (whatever that is) My socket used to fit that well, I actually resisted the limb centres planes to change it years ago, my motto is if it’s not broken why chance things anyway, it started to get uncomfortable about a year ago and like a fool I thought it’s just temporary I live with it, then of course it got worse and again I thought that I’ve been overdoing things if I take it easy it will settle down and things will sort there self out …..well as you know things don’t work like that , so by the time I swallowed my pride and asked my centre for a new socket the damage was done , at the moment I can only wear it for about 40 minutes before it becomes to painful and has to come off for a few hours but the good news is my new socket should be ready later this week (fingers crossed that it fits well when I actually wear / walk in it) I must admit it’s been a bit of a wakeup call for me …….you think that after 12 years as an amputee you know it all but in reality your still learning lessons (some the hard way) Take care
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    Hi Cheryl , Been around , haven't been on here much , sadly it seems to have been very quite ..........not sure where everyone is & lost all contact with everyone , busy being recast for a new socket , last one lasted ten years so cant complain ,but finding the whole process a right pain and till it done I can hardly walk , something I really don't like hope all is well with you
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    Hi , not sure if this will help but years ago I discovered that “baby wet wipes “ from the ASDA store seems to work just as well , a quick wipe all around the liner then the inside of the socket and everything is good . plus it helps to keep everything that little bit cleaner
  7. Hi Cheryl , Firstly sorry to read about all the bother you are having with your foot and I hope that you can get it sorted soon. Now to your post , as you may or may not know as far as amputation and all the stuff that goes with it I tend to treat mine as a huge joke , make jokes about it ,couldn’t care less what other people think or say don’t give a monkeys who see my “stump” when I stop to sort it out …………….but after reading your post I must admit I would feel outraged at what happened , in fact not even my wife would carry on like that and like I say I’m so easy , I can honestly say I would most likely punch the person and report them ……………….unless she was a tall leggy blond wearing a skimpy outfit and a drop dead beauty but then I think I’m on about a different scenario (mick slaps himself round the face) No I can honestly say if that happened to me I would report the person and kick up a right stink not only for myself but for any other people who might end up in the same situation as you
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    wet paws and foot

    Hi Jane, No I haven’t managed to do the second walk yet, I think that I will wait till the spring when the weather is a bit better, and it’s done nothing but rain and blows a gale the last few weeks. you will be pleased to know that Bob dried out ok but as you say with his low ground clearance he is always going to get wet and muddy and so I have decided to stop taking him on any big hikes until the weather warms up a bit or stick to the coastline, I think it’s a bit unfair him getting and staying wet all day after all he is just a young pup. Hi Mark, I am pleased that you enjoy reading about my wanders, and I am sorry that it’s with a tinge of jealousy that was never my intention, what I want people on here to see is an old overweight above knee amputee getting out and about and think well………if he can do it so can I, I remember being given a load of rubbish by the experts about what can and couldn’t be done and getting out into the wilds was a no go. You will never see me standing on a start line on some big race or do anything like our brilliant paralympians (spelling) do, but I do enjoy walking and getting out into the hills & the more remote and away from civilisation the better. As for the photos they are just point and press I work on the theory if you take enough a few will turn out ok. There are quite a few “holiday lets” up on the boarder with Scotland that are well off the beaten track with private access roads so its is possible to get there in you car and get away from it all , but off the top of my head I don’t know of any in the highlands but there will be some . If you do decide to get out with your mate for a wander, please take and post a few photos on here it would be nice to see what other amputee’s getup to , take care and have a good new year …………Mick
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    Another year nearly over

    Thank you all for the comments , it wasn’t meant to be anything special photo wise just a sort of dairy of where I walked this year , something to look back on when I am having one of those bad spells that we all get now and then .
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    I to would like to wish every one a happy Christmas and a healthy new year , but most of all I would like to thank the mods and the few regular posters that still take the time to read and reply to anyone who posts on here , without them this forum would slowly disappear into cyberspace or where ever they go , I know face book seems to be taking over but being of the older generation I am not really happy over there............. so once again big thanks all and have a great Christmas Take care all …….Mick
  11. Well its coming to that time of the year again when I sit back and think about how it all went walking wise or should I say leg wise. Once again despite another year going past, I still havent got to that stage where I just put my leg on and take it as normal, I am beginning to think that I never will, pre haps its all in the mind I really dont know, all I know is that I still dread that first initial donning of the leg first thing in the morning and that all important first weight bearing step, will it hurt or is it going to be ok? Fortunately the vast amount of times it fine but there is still that moment of dread where my heart beats that little bit faster and I get that cold sweaty feeling even for a micro second . Maybe thing will change next year who know ..I hope so Its been (as normal) a bit of a mixed year with a few success stories, the main highlight being walking Hadrians wall with a group of fellow amputees and some mega hard boggy walks in the Cheviots, but I have a lot of down time as well mainly due to either my stump playing up or arty leg breaking down and a huge amount of time waiting for the NHS to fix it ,& the really hot weather we had during the summer didnt help neither , with all the sweating which literally caused the leg to drop off. Still cant complain (well I could but it would change anything) Sadly I didnt get any walking done across the Lake District this year and my long suffering walking buddy Yvonnes circumstances have changed & she has moved on in her new life and I wish her nothing but the best. But it means I will have to find a new walking buddy .not as easy as it sounds , I am happy out there on my own but I think my wife is starting to worry about me when I disappear into the hills on my own On the good side I am now the very proud owner of three young JackAwawa (spelling?) pups , who turned out to be a life saver for me in the hot summer months when I could hardly walk at all , between them they have helped me keep moving when I would have given up and spent the day sitting on my arse . And even if I say this myself it is nice to have a bit of company when I am out in the hills someplace even if they do as they want rather than do as I want but its early days yet and I am confident that with a bit more training we will all get our act together . The Future:- I dont have any real planes for the coming year walking wise, other than to get out as much as possible ,there are a few things I would like to see but nothing that cant wait I would also like to be able to get away a lot more in our little van for some extended long weekends parking up in remote but lovley parts of the country and seeing / doing stuff that wouldnt be possible on a normal day trip , if I find a walking buddy I would love to spend a few more days across the Lakes ,but I will have to wait and see on that . I would really really like to have a holiday back up in Skye , but my better half wont even hear of it after the bad weather we had last time , I was hoping that she would have forgotten about that by now , but even the smallest mention of Skye and she goes into rant mode. Sooooooooo I will put that on hold for a while as well. Anyway thats enough for this year and now a moving photo thingy showing one photo from each walk done this year enjoy :-
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    wet paws and foot

    Thank you, It was very grey and wet, and as normal I didn’t see a living person all day ….or dead one either (not that I want to see a dead person you understand). I got a right rollicking when we got home for getting Bob in such a state ,I’m really pleased I cleaned him up a bit before the girls saw him other wise I really would have been in bother . I still have one more area to explore then I hope to be able to “link up” several old walks into something new (I know that really doesn’t make sense ) Take care ……………Mick
  13. Time for another walk I think Taken from my web thingy Wet paws at Kidland Once again I found myself watching the evening news waiting for the weather , I already knew that it was going to be a wet and windy day come Sunday , but part of me was hoping that something had changed , I don’t really like walking in the strong winds because of my arty leg but I have developed ways of coping (just like many other amputees I expect ) but I was going to cheat and use the shelter of the forest to protect me from the worst of the wind , yes I was going to go back to Kidland forest and explore another section that the forestry people had opened up , my last two big walks had been up here and I had really enjoyed them so why not ? , I had two more routes to do so I figured if the weather is bad why not do one of them ……..seems like a plan to me . I mentioned this to Bob who was busy snoozing by the fire full trip report at :- http://www.onefootinnorthumberland.co.uk/WPAK13.htm A few photos Looking along the yoke burn Looking across to where the foresters have been quarrying for stone for the new tracks? Looking towards the cloud covered hills in the distance Our route along the valley looks like this rain is set for the afternoon now. Bob looking a bit wet Thanks …………………mick :
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    Gel sleeve allergy?

    Hi Kate, Sorry to read about your problems, I don’t know if this will be of any use but I tend to clean mine with whatever soap, shower gel that is lying around and in easy reach (I know I’m lazy) I have only ever once started to develop a rash and that was when the liner started to “break down” on the inside …….instead of being nice and smooth it went sort of rough and bitty, my limb centre changed it (almost straight away and sent it back for “tests” ) never did find out what went wrong but as soon as I got a new one on my rash cleared up straight away …..Pre haps I got a bad one who knows? Or just a guess here, could it be with the colder weather you are dressing a bit more warmly and your stump could be sweating that little bit more without you knowing it Hope you get it sorted & take care ……………Mick
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    winter is coming

    Ok people, Back in the cold north east of England we have just had our first fluttering of snow , it wont be long till the pavement are covered in frozen snow or ice , which mean that life can become interesting for us amputees with slipping and sliding , if you havent already got some of these I can really recommend them , quick to put on & and take off for that matter , give excellent grip on ice or snow and to be honest I wouldnt be with out them once the cold weather really sets in for the winter Link http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=yaktrax&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=28054504953&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2366010401313394479&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6ensjrvbe0_b If you are completely brain dead (a bit like me) and really enjoy the great outdoors something a bit more robust that I highly recommend Kahtoola micro spikes http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kahtoola-C578-MICROspikes-Black-M/dp/B002NBLAS0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385017316&sr=8-1&keywords=micro+spikes cost a few quid extra but after your arse has hit the ground a few times it will be worth it . take care and happy slipping ..Mick