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  1. Joachim

    Had Ertl Surgery June 28th

    Glad to know that you are well and safely onboard again.Let your organism take care of the healing and don't precipitate things.Everything takes its time and the the expected day of having your new leg will come!All the best for your recuperation. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    Two Weeks Till Surgery

    Mary,due to travelling I have been a little bit distant to this forum.I am very glad to know that your surgery is within the next days and I am sure that everything will go fine after such a long period of incertainties until your final decision.From now on you'll have another quality of life and will enjoy it intensively.I am happy to know that you are already looking for nice fashion and with your new leg in the near future you certainly will be a nice and attractive lady living your new life in a way that you didn't know anymore during your last years.Everything will go well;all the best for your amputation and keep us informed. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    I'm looking for some tips and tricks...

    Hi Cheryl,try to get an office chair with arm pit(in order to achieve lateral stabilization of the upper body)and the common small wheels.The office chair permits him,while sitting,to move in all directions using only his left foot to give the impulse.The dimension of an office chair passes all doors including the smaller entry to a bathroom.For the rest,I only suggest that he tries what he can;he knows better what hurts and what is more comfortable.Don't help too much,it's more dangerous for you and for him.I,as a LAK and LAE amp,never had greater difficulties in doing things,but I also never had injuries on the counterside and furthermore I am living alone with my wife in a 2.650 squarefoot bungalow,which gives me s sufficient space to move even with a wheelchair. Joachim LAK+LAE
  4. Hi Ellen,I am presuming that your amputation date is also your birthdate.If this is true ,I wish you all the best,health and happiness even being a onelegger!Happy birthday to you!



  5. Joachim

    Ertl Amputation It Is....

    Mary,I am glad to know that everything is coming to an excellent end, and that you are full of expectation,emotion and nervous within this pre-op phases is quite natural.I am very content that you achieved via your boyfriend the necessary funding in order to have the desired amputation made by Dr.Ertl.Everything will go well! Maintain us informed! Joachim LAK+LAE
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    My Anniversary

    Go ahead,Mary,you are a winner!You defeated the bad times of your past with all your suffering,pain and depression and without knowing in what direction you should go.Now you have a goal to achieve and you'll do it with great success!You made your own decision together with the ideas and advice from all of us.Happy aniversary with a better quality of life for the future!You should make the day of your decision for a new life the day of aniversary and not the the day of your amputation.I wish you from all my heart that this is your rebirth for a better life. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    What to do?

    Mary,just an observation: after completing BK amp you'll have more or less 3 weeks until taking the stitches off,then estimate 30 to 45 days with the shrinking of the stump in order to get a pros fitted.Let's calculate an aditional time of 3 months until you have your definite socket.Meanwhile you got completely acustomed to use and walk the entire day with the pros.That means that within a period of 5 to 6 months after amp (in your case october) you should be 100% perfect in order to assume your business.Try to have your surgery as soon as possible and have your business delayed to october.Negotiate with the owner!! Best wishes and success! Joachim LAK + LAE
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    What to do?

    Mary,I fully concurr with Eag and Cherylm.Everybody here on the forum has given in the past its opinion.It's now up to you and you know that you can't sit on the wall hoping that somebody tells you to pull to whatever side it should be.I thought that your decision was already made;stand to your decision or refuse it,but then you'll be for the rest of your life incertain whether you should have made a decision while your foot is going worse and worse and time and life goes by...... Have courage and decide! Joachim LAK+LAE
  9. Hi Ellen, as an AK I walk with a significant limp although I am using my leg for 14 hours daily and should be better on it.However I am living in Brazil and I don't have a great choice of knees.I use an Otto Bock 3R15 monoaxis knee and a SACH foot.I tried a dynamic foot and didn't like it because you have the sensation of floating and the lack of a significant ground touch made me insecure.More modern knees are extremely expensive and no private insurance company pay them here.The national health system has only one type of knee and that is logically the cheapest one.Therefore I am limping with that one which I can afford.The only "luxury" I have is a CATCAM socket. Joachim LAK + LAE
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    Ellen from Holland

    Hi Ellen, I am a LAK and LAE amp,I was born in Germany and live now in southern Brazil.Welcome to our group;you'll find a lot of marvellous friends here who are always willing to help you and try to understand your problems! Joachim
  11. A very good friend of mine lost at the age of 15 her right hand at wrist level while playing with fireworks.After her amputation she never had or used a prosthesis and refuses to wear one.When I was introduced to her 12 years after her amputation,she stretched out her right forearm with the wrist stump in order to shake hands (or stump)and I was reluctant what to do.I first thought in giving her a great hug or in my case as a left arm amputee shake with my right hand her remaining left hand.After an instant I gripped firmly her stump and was shaking it.I noticed a faint sign of satisfaction passing her face when I did it.We became very good friends and when time passed I asked her about that moment,why she extended her stump for shake hands and she replied that during all her childhood her parents educated her to give always the right hand for shake hands and that after her amputation she didn't have anymore her hand but would follow what her parents had said and instinctively strechted out her forearm with the stump to everybody.She does nearly everything with her stump only in certain cases auxiliated by her left hand.She said to me,if anybody takes her stump to shake hands without reluctance,then she feels good as this proves to her that she is accepted with her different body image.I would like to know how you are reacting in such a case seeing it as an outsider with your personal feelings.Was I right?Is she right?How to behave in such a case?
  12. In various situations I found myself confronted with the solicitation of my BMI (Body Mass Index).Due to the continuing existing height I have as an amputee a significant reduced weight.How does one calculate the real BMI? Joachim LAK+LAE
  13. Joachim

    Could it be possible?

    Hello Mary, before my revision to LAK I had a LBK amp with a 12 cm stump.My surgery was on 19th january and I received my leg in the first week of april.I walked during 4 days with one stick and from there on without stick and without any problem.At the end of may I walked 4 kilometers without problem on the stump or pros i.e. 2,5 months after amp i got the leg and 4,5 months after amp I walked that distance,using the leg from 7 am to 10 pm daily and doing all work around the house like mawing the lawn,keeping the swimming pool clean,driving my car .....Considering that everybody is different and no amputation is the same,that physical condition,spirit of life with a strong will to overcome obstacles and acceptance of some limits,I think that walking perfectly and initiate a course after 7-8 months pos-amputation is a goal that might be easily achieved.As you are already amputated,you are acquainted to certain problems as well as to a prosthesis and I think that the diference from a Chopart to a bk isn't so big.Think that you are walking on a very high heel on one side,that's more or less like that.You'll benefit more from a bk than trying to solve your problem without a definite solution for months and months or even years,loosing the quality of your life and precious years of your life.That is my very personal opinion,but the decision can only be Y O U R S !!!!!! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a final solution in tranquility and peace in 2011. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    When to stop trying.

    Mary,within your brain and deep in your heart you have already taken your decision to make a BK amputation.Go ahead,it's no more worth trying and trying and trying with your pros.You have to come to a final point of no return;what you are actually doing is no life anymore,it's suffering with a decision already made and now you have to look for your future with a good quality of life. Joachim LAK+LAE
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    Did I miss the memo???

    Being busy also,mawing the lawn,cleaning the swimming pool,take the car for revision and a lot of trouble within the house to resolve.Also a lot of invitations to birthday parties of friends. See you later, Joachim LAK + LAE
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    Rachel,I completely agree with you that people take you for who you are and not for your fisical appearance. Joachim LAK + LAE
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    New here

    Hi,Rachel,welcome to the club.You'll certainly get a lot of important infos here by our members.Anything you would like to know referring to problems and possible solutions caused by amputation,feel free to ask us and to give our individual opinion. Joachim LAK + LAE P.S. Concerning to the painting of toe nails of the pros foot,unfortunately I can't give you any help or tips.I don't pretend to do it on my foot;I think that my wife wouldn't accept it!!!!!
  20. Joachim

    My husband and myself are glad to meet you all

    Hi Shannon and Mark after rereading my text I have to correct it in that way : in order to cut the meat with the knife in my right hand,I press with my armstump (approx.length 4.5 inches) the upper part of the fork into the meat and secure by that way the fork;it works perfectly and I don't need somebody to help me at dinner.Please excuse my bad english but it isn't my mother tongue.I guess that you'll understand me.If you have further questions or would like to exchange informations,please feel at ease to e-mail directly to my adress : jo.oneleg@yahoo.com All the best to you Joachim LAK + LAE
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    My husband and myself are glad to meet you all

    Welcome to the "club" Shannon and Mark and I hope that you will profit from our ideas and life stories.I am glad to see that you,Mark,is so well assisted by your new wife after such a hard destiny,having occurred shortly after your wedding.Congratulations to Shannon for her initiative to get your life in such a way to a normal life that both of you can enjoy it as a happy couple.I am a left above knee amputee and lost my left arm above the elbow in a similar accident with my sportscar 26 years ago;the only difference is,I was guilty.Having only one leg and only one arm is a little bit difficult and sometimes complicated.However,what astonished myself,is the fact that I got rapidly aquainted to do everything with one hand.Today I can assure you that I don't miss my left arm because I adapted instinctively my whole life to do everything with one arm.Initially I had a mecanical arm,afterwards a mioeletric arm and after a short time of using them I put both in a corner and let them catch a lot of dust!!!The artificial arm,specially for an amputation above the elbow is very heavy,difficult to move,and in my opinion and individual experience an obstacle in daily life.You have all the time to concentrate and specially look to what you are doing and it is enormously difficult with a mioeletric arm to control the force of closing your hand.It is very common that you exagerate the force to secure a glass or cup in your hand and crush it or you make a unvoluntary movement with your stump or shoulder and the artificial hand opens letting crash the cup on the floor.Therefore I for myself live all the time without the pros.Even driving a car is complicated as the artificial arm cannot secure the wheel and leaving it byside on your thigh complicates your life while steering and might be a danger while driving.At dinner I fix with pressure the upper part of the fork and with my right hand I cut with the knife the meet.For dressing my trousers,I push them with my only hand up to my waist and press the back part of them against the wall in order to avoid that they slip to the floor while I get them closed and have the belt fixed.There are a lot of things you'll automatically learn and get used to the lack of one arm.I nevermore felt the necessity of a second arm and my wife says to me after looking how I am managing the obstacles with one leg and one arm,that I am now more atractive to her than before
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    I have a CAT-CAM solid suction socket without liner and use all types of underwear without problems.I only take care that the skin at the end of the socket is always dry what is very difficult here in Brazil with high temperatures and an elevated percentage of air humidity.I use my leg more or less 14 hours a day.When I put my stump in the socket in the morning I always use a lot of powder in order to keep the skin dry.At night,before taking my shower,I examine the skin and if there is some initial sign of a reddening or burning of the skin,I use Betamethason cream in a fine layer on the affected part of the skin and let it have their effect during the night.Then in the morning I put my leg on without any problem.With the time going,the skin appears more like leather and is less sensitive at the upper end of the socket. Joachim LAK + LAE amp
  23. I am planning vacations in Europe.A long distance flight from southern Brazil to Germany including change of airline carrier takes me 34 hours without taking off my leg.As I am AKA it's difficult to take my leg off at the airport or in the plane and get it on when I need it.Would you suggest to keep the leg on all the time or use crutches for the flight?Does somebody have experience on that matter? Joachim LAK + LAE
  24. Joachim

    Is this a weird question?

    Hi Tracy, my stump (I use this word because my leg has gone and what rested is really a stump.I don't like the pseudo-cientific word of " residual limb ") is exactly as you describe your stump.Using a pros as LAK + LAE amputee all the day is a must for me.That means an atrophic thigh "wobbling" when you take the pros off and hop around.I think that there is nothing to improve when your stump is all the time without movement within the pros.Get used to it. My arm stump is nearly bone and a little bit of flesh and I nearly don't use a prosthetic arm as it does not help anyway but only hangs like a dead weight on my left side.As the amputation was 25 years ago you nearly don't see the scar with the stitches ,only a small white line.Anyhow,my wife finds me beautiful. Joachim LAK + LAE
  25. Joachim

    Hi from Upper Arm Amputee

    Hi Sue, I only saw this thread now.Welcome to us.I am a LAK + LAE amputee.Go on with your questions;we are here to help and give our opinions and tell our experiences. Joachim LAK + LAE