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    Biking, kayaking and watching rugby (preferably Connacht or the Irish National Team)
    I am a illustrator, writer and sometimes do small acting parts on telly and film.

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  1. I've been doing well since. I seem to be back to my old ways and doing everything I need to. I'd never been on that antibiotic before as far as I know. Its the first time having the leg cause to be on antibiotics since the accident. I could have had a reaction to the antibiotics. I don't seem to do antibiotics well!
  2. The antibiotics with me keeping the leg off is working. The antibiotic make me feel rotten and give me a headache but I'd rather that then infection. I've been putting the leg on a for about 2 hours a day to get certain chores done and I must admit that having it on really raises the spirits! I notice the change as soon as it is on.
  3. Thanks everyone for the advice. I went to the doctor today. He put me on antibiotics alright. He gave me a pile of sterile bandages to put over it, but I think he was assuming I would keep wearing the leg. I'll keep it off and only put it on for short trips to the local shop for food etc. I don't think that I'll need a leg with a hole Lizzie. I've never had one, the hole I mentioned was in the liner (it formed after a few months of having it. I felt it was a flaw in the liner but they wouldn't warranty it ) I'll certainly be steering clear of any liners with holes! haha
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    Scuba Trip

    Did you think about a possible AKA swimming prosthetic? I have a BKA swimming leg and although its not good for walking it does work well in the water for the most part.
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    Alpha Max liners

    A quick question for any amps in Ireland using the Alpha Max liner (non pin system). I hate asking but what are you charged for a alpha max liner (3mm)? I was thinking of ordering a new one and my limbfitter quoted a price of 550 euro (which is roughly what it was the last time I ordered) but he would need to verify the price. He called back and said it was 750 euro. Ouch. I called my previous limbfitters and they said 550 euro. I'm thinking maybe that they may now be buying them retail (not wholesale) and charging me that much more...
  6. Hello all. I have a question that no doubt someone here has dealt with before at some time. I have acquired a small but very painful red bump on the side of my knee from wearing my prosthetic.I'm 50 ,thin, very active and I've been an amp since 2000. I've had this leg for a year or two. The bump may have been caused initially by a previous alpha max liner that had a small hole in roughly the same spot on the side of the knee where my bump is now. It would cause a bump that could get slightly painful but I stopped wearing that particular liner with the hole a while back and all was well. I'm now wearing an older liner but no holes. Then a week or two ago a bump formed and has been bothering me (off and on) but got bad about a week ago. I left the leg off for a few days and it seemed to go away. I did a few hours of strimming (cutting back tall weeds with a strimmer/'weed wacker') yesterday as the leg felt fine and after I got back to the house within a hour the bump was back, inflamed and worse than ever, so I'm back on the crutches without the prosthetic. The bump appears to be on the skin itself (as opposed to on the bone), its about 1/4'' or a bit larger, red and very painful even though I haven't had the leg on for about 16 hours. It should slowly fade in a day or two but I worry that it will just come back. Any advice to get rid of it once and for all?
  7. Steve, I'm really jealous my wife will not let me swap our Freelander for a Defender. I had a Freelander for 2 years. It was a lovely car. But I, like you, wanted a Defender from the start. I had a old series 2 years ago and we had a love hate relationship. I loved it when it worked, and hated it when it didn't. When my two years were up the Freelander (To avail of the disabled driver grant we have to keep the car for at least 2 years) I had to prove I needed a Defender (which I did, and for the most part honestly) in order to trade the it for a defender. I picked up this yoke when it was 1 year old. One thing I sometimes miss is the ride of the freelander which is a lot smoother. The defender is like driving a mixture of tank and school bus. But there is something about a defender...
  8. I 'upgraded' my old car for this beast. Its a Land Rover Defender 90 commercial (no seats in the back). I do use it as it was intended and have had stone, hay, cement blocks, engine parts, my three legged dog etc in the back and have had railroad sleepers, misc timber, land drainage pipes etc strapped to the top. I have used it to haul my donkeys around and bring in even more hay in the trailer. (Its a handy thing to pull up unwanted bushes as well.) The only 'poser' aspect would be the snorkel. It came with it and I just haven't forged any streams yet. It is modified so that I have the option to have the clutch pressed in by pushing a button the gear lever but I have never used the modification. Theres enough room for my leg to manuver around. But I had installed just in case.
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    name your pros???

    LauraG, Here is a link you can find out about "Only Fools and Horses". It's a british TV comedy programme. I believe it was made in the eighties or nineties. It has a great following. Steve http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/onlyfools/
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    name your pros???

    I wouldn't name my prosthetic at all. I may call it things when it's not working well (same kind of names Cat uses). As far as my "residual limb" it goes by 'stumpy' if i'm in a good mood and 'my leg' if not. I never got into that residual limb thing. To me it sounds like I have a arm growing out of my back or something. In the hospital I'd refer to my legs as the short one and the long one. Now, if someone asks how the leg is (which they do all the time even after 5 years) I usually say "Which one?" I do have 1 5/8 legs after all... I've been asked if I feel like my prosthetic feels like a part of my body but it's is more like a tool. Like a pair of crutches. Steve
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    raiki healing

    Carpet Lady, My girlfriend is a Reiki practictioner. I can ask her to post on this topic, I am a amp but she's a bi-ped. I'm sure she's have a few answers for you. I am pretty neanderthalic (is that a word? maybe 'backward' is better) in regards to alternative medicine, but I can say that it does seem to help . Steve
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    C sprint traction pad

    Are there exercises that are important to do before and after I run? When I tried it out for the first time I was told "now you have have to do 'this' because your a amputee...it's real important." I just can't think of what "this" is...
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    C sprint traction pad

    Thanks Brenda!
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    C sprint traction pad

    Have you heard of anyone using velcro? I heard about using it to attach part of a old cleated shoe. But I guess i would need a cap like thing on the front tip to make sure it didn't come off. Steve
  15. I have a "c sprint" running leg. It came with a traction pad on the bottom of the blade. Its great for running on pavement but on the dirt or grass it gets a bit slippy. Has anyone modifed their running legs for use on grassy areas? Is there a way to replace the pad with a more aggressive tread or install a cleat? Steve