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  1. Rather than fill up yesterday's post and lose track I started a new one! Thanks for all the advice on swimming. John & I passed it on to Eric when we saw him last night. He is now up on his new limbs and able to walk with just one stick - there is not even a hint of a limp. I think we expected him to have one because he has lost his left leg and right foot. Eric says when he gets back home he will reply himself and thank you all. His army rehab physio has BANNED him from crawling on his knees. Just in case he damages them and then cannot wear his limbs. Whilst a lot of hard work in rehab, it is amazing the difference in him compared to other people we know who are given rehab by NHS. THis treatment should be available to all. IN THE MEANTIME, here are a couple of posers for you:- 1. We passed on the info re the swimming - the army rehab centre has a pool and he is doing this every day. HOWEVER, in an ordinary pool and due to him having limbs below the knee - what is the easiest way to get to the pool? In the rehab he goes to the poolside with his stick/limbs and takes them off before entering. He was told by the army he would strengthen his residual limbs by not using "wet limbs." 2. Eric is experimenting with night attire! What do other double below knee amputees do? At the moment, he has "adapted" PJ's by chopping the legs to match his stumps. Thanks for your help. I realise these questions may be answered in other parts of the board, however, we have not got there yet. We have taken all the tips from the "what do you do in the bathroom" and given them to Eric. That is no problem to him, he wheelchairs to the shower, transfers to a seat and washes - he does not use limbs. FOR MUZ - Thanks for the link to BLESMA - also Eric says whilst not televised he was part of a Remembrance Parade at his barracks. Thanks again for your assistance. Suzy & John
  2. 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?
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    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.
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    What is your hobbie?

    Muz - what a sense of humour! How's about a thread "things I can do on a trampoline"!!!!!!! TIN SOLDIER
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    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
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    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.
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    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
  8. 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
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    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
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    John & I thought we would drop this post to thank you all for the advice you have given our friend aka "Tin Solider." His rehab is now complete and he is up and walking on his new artificial limbs. For now he is using a stick, however, he is hoping to ditch this very shortly. He lost his left leg 7" approx. below the knee and he lost his right foot, however, whilst he was in hospital, they "evened up" the stump of the right leg to make his walking easier. His new "legs" he says are great. The covering is completely 100% waterproof so he can shower, swim or do what he likes in them. The best bit of all he says is the fact that he does not reuqire to use a wheelchair now. Although he does have to keep it in reserve in case of anything going wrong. It is amazing to see him up and waking - almost normally - compared to being in a chair. Thanks again for all your advice it is much appreciate. John & Suzy
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    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
  18. I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this, however, no doubt someone will correct me if I am wrong. John & I have a friend who is a below knee amputee on his left leg and has lost the foot on his right leg. At present he is in a military rehab centre learning to walk on his artificiall limbs and doing very well. He is halfway through an 8 week stay and is looking to getting home. Home is an adapted bungalow as he uses a wheelchair when not using his limbs. Anyway, he is looking to purchase equipment of his own instead of what he has at present. 1. What sort of wheelchair should he go for - with our without armrests? He has been looking at Quickie which has no armrests but some amputees have been giving him differing opinions. 2. What about swimming? Would he need special limbs for that? At present when showering he does not wear limbs just transfers onto a a special stool. Any other tips that you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help on this. I am sure once he has recovered sufficiently he will post here to thank you himself. Suzy & John
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    hI Lizzie2 Apparently it is a waterproof covering, in addition, the limbs have skin detail (i.e. toes on the artificial foot) they can withstand flames and are virtually stainproof. I am not sure about this but I think they were manufactured by Dorset Medical in the UK. However, when I next see Eric I will ask him.
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    Muz Eric says he has heard about you sailors! Anyway, his story is blame his "old Ma" and the fact that being in a rehab hospital he has to wear something to cover his dignity because the rehab is a mixed hospital - he says that is what helps him get speed up on his artificial limbs - chasing the women!! Anyway, according to him, it is better to wear PJ's than sleep in your uniform the way he did in Iraq! Plus the fact, he was with bomb disposal and not Commandos! (apparently that is a joke!) Anyway, he is doing very well although the other day had a mishap in the pool when he tried to fly. Apparently, he slipped off the edge. He says his balance in the pool is now much better and thanks you all for the advice on swimming. As a side note, apparently his artificial limbs (both sets) have been provided by the army (lucky blighter) and - wait for this - they are WATERPROOF. So, the questions he got me to ask about getting in were irrelevant - sorry folks. Thanks for your replies - I think this board is excellent. Suzy
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    Our friend has lost his left leg below knee and only the foot of the right leg.
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    Thanks for the replies so far. He is a UK soldier by the way. So, have made a note of BLESMA. As regards the wheelchair. He has been told that he will require one in order to get around the house at night if he is not wearing his limbs - at present he wears them from first thing to goingto bed. If getting up in the night to the loo - he does not use a chair - he crawls! Could someone out there tell us what they do? Is it necessary to have a wheelchair on standby in case something goes wrong with your limbs? Thanks for the replies. Suzy
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    Hi Guys / Gals Thought we would thank you for all the advice in our last posting about military rehab. John's friend has now completed his first week of rehab at a UK Army Rehab Centre in England. We visited him last night and the difference is amazing. For the past 6 months this guy has been in a wheelchair to allow his residual limbs but more importantly other injuries to his legs to heal. Now, after just one week of rehab, he is up on his "feet" albeit using 2 sticks. Just to be on his feet has changed him completely. Although he was a pretty upbeat guy beforehand, he always looked quite "sad" sat in the chair, however, the smile has come back and so has his bite for life. Prior to the bomb in Iraq he was very fit and I think this is helping him in his rehab. He has 10 x half hour sessions every day involving exercise, gym and pool. I think he is quite exhausted by it all but happy nonetheless. He is hoping to be back home in a month!! perhaps a bit longer. Thanks for all the advice - keep up the good work. Suzy & John
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    Hi All We have just found this topic (Doh). Anyway, our soldier friend from Iraq is undergoing rehab and he is a double below knee amputation - albeit one limb is only missing little more than a foot. Anyway, he has just started his rehab and has been provided with 2 sticks. Crutches were never given to him. His therapist tells him that in future he should be able to survive with the sticks although to keep the wheelchair in case anything should go wrong. If he needs up at night he crawls on his knees. Only used the wheelchair outside prior to getting his limbs. Midn you, he has spent 6 months in it due to other leg injuries. There is a guy in rehab with him who is a single amputee below knee and the therapist goes ape if he hops. Says it puts strain on the other residual limb. Not sure if this poll is still going but our friend wanted his thoughts posted. Suzy
  25. Pogoboy Tried to find your webpage on the net but unfortunately computer tells me page cannot be displayed. How do we view your page? My partner and I are knew to all this - he is a hand amputee - what is R-AKA and HPHD? Thanks Pogoboy Suzy & John