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About Suzy

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    Family Member/Friend of Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    left hand above wristwatch level
  • Amputation Date:
    October 2004
  • Amputation Cause:
    as a result of accident
  1. Suzy

    What is your hobbie?

    Muz - what a sense of humour! How's about a thread "things I can do on a trampoline"!!!!!!! TIN SOLDIER
  2. Suzy

    What is your hobbie?

    Lizze2 Gee a guy a chance! I know I was rehabed by military but have not tried ski-ing. Bad enough walking on Glasgow's icy roads this morning! I shall give ski-ing a try once I have mastered walking!!! Mind you, one thing I have learned is how lucky I am that my amputations were 7 inches below the knees - this gives me greater control and makes walking easier. However, in my mind, I still ski and do other things - does that count? TIN SOLDIER
  3. Suzy

    What is your hobbie?

    Tin Soldier Here I enjoy wheelchair basketball (which I took up when I lost my legs) and still enjoy so have kept it up; golf; ski-ing; playing with my nieces and nephews; drawing/painting ; listening to music; reading; TV - anything to keep me amused actually.
  4. Suzy

    What Sort of Legs

    Thanks everyone for your replies. I realise how lucky I am just be reading these posts. Fortunately, my below knees amputations are about 6-7 inches below the knee, so, in effect it is feet and a little more that I am missing, perhaps that what makes my limbs so comfortable to wear. My problems did not stem from the amputations but from the breaks, etc, to the non-amputed parts of my leg and from a spinal injury I suffered. Thanks everyone - keep up the good work. TIN SOLDIER
  5. Suzy

    Limb Fittings

    Ally Spot on! That picture is so accurate. Thanks. I just had never seen one of these before (bet all the guys say that) - Sorry Administrator for the underlying tones. Tin Soldier
  6. Tin Solider Here. I was going to call this "What sort of legs to you have" but then thought I may get some strange comments. I am still on my "learning" legs, however, in the New Year will be getting a "hi tec" set completely waterproof, fireproof and stainproof - so they tell me. What are the best fittings? Some folks I know have pin lock system others just slip legs on. My learning ones just stlip on and are immsensely comfortable. I am giving thought to my next set and trying to make an evaluation. Thanks. TIN SOLDIER
  7. Ok Posters Tin Solider Here. I am now out of military rehab and starting to get back into "normal" life again. Where do you lot go for your hand controls. I am a double below knee amputatee and am looking for someone in the UK to adapt a car to hand controls. Have been told that Jeff Gosling is good but conversions can look ugly. I know if I go to my local mobility garage they will have a car adapted but I was contemplating buying the car myself and having it converted. Anyone care to reply?
  8. Suzy

    Limb Fittings

    Thanks for the reply. Is the pin lock system used regularly? What sort of attachments do othes have? I only ask because my Partner John has an artificial hand and it is one of those myoelectric fancy things. Looks like out of the Adams Family when it is re-charging. Sorry to sound ignorant but since John lost his hand we have learned a lot about limbs, etc.
  9. Suzy

    Limb Fittings

    I wonder if someone can answer this question for me. Perhaps it sounds stupid but it is not intended to. We have a friend "Tin Soldier" who has posted some messages hereabouts, anyway, he is visiting a friend who has lost both legs below the knee and wonder what are the little "pins" sticking out from his limbs? How do you fit an artificial limb on to that? We (wrongly) assumed that limbs would be fitted by suction or some other method. Is this something new? Sorry to appear ignorant but we have never seen this before. Anyone we know without limbs just slips them on to their residual ones. "TIn Solider" said they almost look like screws. Hope someone can help.
  10. Suzy


    TIn Soldier Here - Have just finished my rehab at a military hospital in England. I am a double amputee - below the knee - probably 7" below both knees. Anyway, until I started at rehab I was a "crawler" (night time one). HOWEVER, at rehab I was forbidden to crawl. As a result, I had to, if I wanted to get up in the night, use my wheelchair. I was told that by crawling I risked damaging either my residual limbs or my knees and if I did that then I would be chair bound. As my injuries included spinal as well as my loss of legs and I had already spent 6 months in a wheelchair - I decided that I did not want to become dependant on it again so gave up the crawling. The OT told me that if there was a fire in the night was I going to crawl along on my knees or whizz out the house in my chair - I chose whizzing?
  11. Suzy

    Support Dogs

    Our friend a disabled ex vet from the US Army has a support dog or "service dog" as he calls it. He has a paralysed leg and the dog retrieves all the things that Matt cannot manage to do. Another friend of his has a marmoset monkey called "Peter" who get money from the ATM machine, fills the washer/dryer. That is amazing to see.
  12. Suzy

    Soldier Boy Goes Home

    thought you all might like to know that John's friend Eric - aka TIn Soldier - has now gone home after 6 weeks in rehab. He is walking very well on his 2 limbs - so would we all if we got 10 x half hour rehab sessions A DAY geared to our disability (says John). He has gone home for Christmas to his family and, in the NEw Year, will decide what he is going to do next. At present, he appears to be taking up a position with the MoD and leaving the regular army permanently, although wishes to retain a link through the TA where he can pass on his skills to other soliders. For this soldier, the battle is over and he is setting out on another path of life. Thanks for all your advice to him. Now that he is settled, I think he will ge computer organised and post himself - well, not literally! Suzy
  13. Suzy

    Job Advice

    Hi Posters "Tin Soldier" here. This time, not looking for amputee advice! Such was the great response to other pleas for help. Is there anyone out there ex-services? I ask because I have 2 options open to me jobwise. Naturally, being a double amputee (below knee) I cannot go back to a full-time combat role, however, a non-infantry role hsa been offered to me OR I can take a desk job with the MoD in my hometown. I know Muz is an ex-sailor (I have ditched the PJ's but this cold weather no way am I going commando) so hopefully someone out there will provide an answer. My little brain is conjuring up "non-infantry" as cookhouse, or something like that. Have a nice day posters! "Tin Soldier" PS Once I get computerised I will register in my own name until then, I shall log-in on Suzy's!! She wont mind.
  14. Suzy

    How do you shower

    I am a new double below knee amputee. I use a shower seat (again, it folds out the way so others can use the shower normally). However, since I was at my army rehab unit, I have been provided with a great invention - totally waterproof legs. They are magic! So, I stand in the shower normally (holding my grabrail for extra balance) then sit on my seat, remove legs and wash and clean my stumps. I am finding this amputee lark quite difficult just now, however, no doubt once I get established it will be easier. My next goal is going back to work. From John & Suzy's Soldier Friend
  15. Suzy


    Hi Guys This is not a question about amputation - something TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Whilst reading this site I notice that sometimes you gusy post "click here" or "enter here" or even paste pictures into your messages. Can you tell us how to do that. Often we have something that we want to add but I am afraid we are not computer literate enough. 1. How do you do the "click here" and then when you do you get a picture or another site or whatever. 2. How do you "copy and paste" a photogrpah into your message? Thanks guys Makes a change not to have an amputation questions. John/Suzy