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    Eastern UK
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    photography. motorcycles. France. computing.

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  • Amputation Type:
    trans-tibial (left)
  • Amputation Date:
    30 July 1996
  • Amputation Cause:
    avernal necrosis from crushed ankle
  1. monopod

    Half socks

    Hello, I'm new back here with 26 years hard experience. Wish I had any guidance on many of the problems that I've faced. I had your dilemma when my ALAC informed me that they "supplied no socks with holes in." I've been on Iceross system many years, and had to use my modest inventiveness to get me round the "can't supply it " problems. I have a thin nylon sheath which apparently isn't Kosher for my system. I took an idea from ladies' "hold-ups" with the band of silicone around the top which keeps them from turning into "Nora Batties". ( See Last of the Summer Wine.) I appropriated a no longer needed foam liner from my old leg system. ..... this may or may not be within your experience, but there is a lot of use of silicone rubber in the prosthetics trade. I put my stocking on the liner with the inside facing out, which was the side that I wanted to render "non-slip." Then took my tube of silicone-rubber bathroom sealer, either white or clear is OK...... then I massaged it well into the textile , ( in your case terry fabric or some stretchy cotton weave ?) ... forming a band of about 25 to 35 mm width in the fabric. The idea is to make it stretch enough to hold up, but not too tight. When it's set, you should have a non-fraying , hold up sock which will have enough inherent tackiness to grip the surface which it is put on. For my Iceross I have to do similar with the hole which I have to cut in the bottom for the retaining-pin system. This approach has met with some raised eyebrows from various prosthetists, some suggest that I should patent it, but the fact is that the "System" can, or will not supply widgets that can make an amps life more tolerable. This approach is symptomatic of how I view Mohammad and The mountain. Okay, I'll do the bloody thing myself. At my last but one visit to the Limb Centre, I met an arm amputee who had designed and made his own functioning prosthetic hand . The "system" couldn't supply one, so he had the same approach as me. This situation is deplorable, but life is for living Innit ? The politicians proudly announce that more funds are being made available for the Servicemen who suffer the IED's blowing them to bits. What they don't say is that they're robbing the money from the older people, and providing less than the gear we need .... such as water-activity legs, and spare legs. Who needs two ? well my new leg fell to bits half a mile from home with my dogs in the middle of a field. My "shower" leg was constructed from various bits saved from the dustbin at the ALAC. That's my rant finished. Hope it may do you some good.
  2. monopod

    New restrictions in place

    I fly regularly E. Midlands to Geneva, to stay with my sister who lives in France. I wait in the Disabled area,( casting vanity to the wind ) and receive VIP treatment at each airport. The wheel chair sets off the metal detectors, so that attracts attention anyway. Thank God (?) for össur, and the iceross. I always volunteer my status by doffing same and brandishing it at the shocked/amused airport staff. Only once have I been invited into the "cubicle" with the piles of "dispos a gloves" and large dispenser of KY. What I nearly needed was a change of underwear !! I got away with a light fingertip search. Armed with Experience, my Dr. Rehab has prescribed a second iceross. ( Pointless having an armoury of spares in Hull when you're abroad. Very strong case for carrying a "spare". I had a foot bolt shear off, fortunately at home, but a valuable lesson was learned.) I wonder what will become of the "spare" in the hold luggage ? the metal bits are an interesting shape on an X-ray. Seriously though, it's all added tension for what is a stressful experience for those with prostheses. Lets face it , flying's bad enough. I make jokes usually to hide my nerves ( even when sending mails to the Forums.....or is it Fori?) Oh well, we shall soon know some of the answers, 'cos Sept. 13th sees us off to France again. All the extra risks, is it worth it ?? Darned right it is. I've been in "hibernation" long enough. But I really do sympathise with the ladies. Joking apart, I learned my lesson finding out how far a walk it is from airport entrance to 'plane at Geneva. The staff can do nothing to help when you have committed yourself to walking the journey. In spite of regular sit-downs, it's a marathon. If we leg-amputees throw the onus back to the airports by calling for wheelchair assistance, it will go some way to making our lives easier.........Remember the Disability Discrimination Act ??
  3. Er.....g'Day Mel, Could you translate your post for a pommie wowser please?
  4. Sorry judyh, I still obviously think that I have "the command of the English language." Amelorating my French has shot my spelling too. The common denominator between osteoporosis and balance is the loss of neural feedback from a "live and fully functioning limb". Sudeck's Atrophy ( aka. Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy ) is also connected for the same reason. No, I know I'm not a doctor, but in the 14 yrs since my accident, I have absorbed a lot of info. from Doctors (GOOD AND BAD).and if you pick out the areas of agreement, you stand a chance of arriving at the medical facts. (hopefully) And sometimes a well informed layman can do rather better than a poor Doctor. Think about it !
  5. On The Question of Balance. About 2 years ago, our DSC sent out a questionnaire asking the same question. Apparently so many leg amputees had reported loss of balance, that they had undertaken the survey. Wise doctor , him tell me that, in the same way that osteoporosis is guaranteed to some degree in amputees, ( bone that should be in contact directly with the ground does not regenerate the same when spending its' time in an unnatural environment, ....refer to problem for astronauts sans-gravity. ) balance has to be constantly re-trained to be maintained. Do you remember when, as a child, you were drawn to walk on wall-tops, road-kerbs, train-rails and the like?? Apparently, it is a natural self-training response from the brain to learn to balance. " Use it or lose it !!!" ( It is one of a series of important questions in the test for Disability Living Allowance in the UK. ) I am losing balance at an ever more alarming rate. I started making allowances, because I could anticipate what I was going to struggle with. Now, I stumble, fall over, trip up on and walk into objects many times a day,(without alcohol et al.) The other factor is that the ? autonomic nervous system ? ( not sure of the word) can no longer accurately judge the length of the leg without neural feed-back. So I'm afraid, fellow leg-amputees, that it's a downward spiral with age. Now ain't life GREAT ???' :P
  6. monopod

    advice please!

    How did you make out with the "Party Trick" Marilyn, did you get it to work ?? :D If you're showing off the stump to the "uninitiated", the extra movement is a real bonus !! I can actually hold on my prosthesis without suspension just by opening the bone bits. ( muscles in the thigh are responsible.) :lol: ( I really wanted the little green Smiley that throws up.) ;) I showed it to my Solicitor ( Lawyer) and he had to rush out of the room. Aren't I wicked??
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    Absolutely cherylm. Two countries separated by a common language. (Sort of.) I respect your language. Languages evolve don't they ? English is no more the same now as it was when the Angles came to this Sceptred Isle. Amputees have much in common also, which is what brought me here. I shall speak no more on this, 'cos it may be sensitive to some. ;) ( Even the French spell it humour.) :D
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    And what I forgot to say was, with my experiences of the time since my amp., (including the short time that I've been communicating with other amputees,) my life has been enriched so much that I wouldn't want to go back to "normal" again. I only hope that I can spend my time here in a positive and helpful way. Fate has its own way of dealing with us. ;)
  9. monopod


    Hi Pattilyn. I'm having to get used to "double" names, difficult when I've only got the memory span of a nematode worm. Thanks for your welcome, I shall look forward to chatting with you. :)
  10. monopod

    advice please!

    Hi Terri. As you are a BK ( I prefer trans-tibial), I wonder if the staples that you refer to were actually pinning the residual ends of the tib and fib together? When Mr. Angel did mine at Stanmore, the surgeons were apparently divided as to whether it was better to leave the bits to "float" ( as mine do ), or whether to restrain them with pins or staples. If the surgeon decided on the latter, they were probably meant to stay in. Of course everyones' tolerance to metals is different. I understand that if they use titanium, just about everyones' body "accepts" it. For the ladies that have pierced ears, they can go the whole gamut from stainless steel, to platinum, ( depending on depth of pockets) in order to get a metal that their body will tolerate. I once met a lady who had had a prototype ankle replacement. The problem with ankles, as I know to my cost, is that the bone structure is rather like a "Malteser". Honeycomb (cancellous) in the middle, with just a thin layer of harder (compact) bone. ( Meds, call it all "tissue".) The unfortunate lady was doomed from the start, as the problem with ankle replacements, ( and why they are not widely done,) is because there is no hard bone to take the screws. Coupled with the fact that the surgeon used nickel fittings, which the lady's tissue rejected, left her in a mess. At the time that I met her, she was recommending me to see her Specialist in the NE of England. I'm rather glad that I didn't. It would REALLY have prolonged the inevitable! It was more unfortunate that she knew from experience with her earings that she "rejected" nickel !!! When I flex my (missing) calf muscles, I can make the ends of the tib and fib "part" quite markedly, ( which my wife has forbidden me to do, 'cos it looks disturbing. If it is as I suspect, it isn't a huge problem. I was led to believe that it's quite a common "aftermarket" op. which may even be done by local anaesthetic. I was offered the complete amputation by "local" ( epidural )......guess where I invited them to go ?? Although had I known at the time, this procedure is proven to reduce the likelihood of "Phantom".... Oh well.
  11. monopod


    Hi JenH, hi bearlover, thanks for your welcome. Hello Anne. I live in Grimsby (for my sins). I came here as a career move in 1987. I had an accident at work in 1992, lost job and tied house in 1994, and had the amp. in 1996. Then real life began!! <_<
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    I knew that I'd get mixed up Paul (Insane.) same person? I searched all over for a caricature of Long John Silver too !! tatty bye for now.
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    :o Gosh, I'm overcome. Hello Shane, hi Paul, hello Marilyn, hello Anne, ( I live in Lincolnshire, but originate from Derbyshire.) Hello Neal, hi Carol, ( not Wells Fargo??) Hi again Gil ( yet another G.Davis-haha!) Hello Cheryl m'dear, ( It's humoUr Cheryl, humoUr! :D ) and hi Marcia. Phew.Hi Higgy, and hello Insane(?). Thanks for the warm reception, and thank (God) in the form of the professional Body that I used to be a member of that fixed me up with this computer. I was told that it would be a "life changer", and that was no exaggeration. I used to be accused of always "jumping in with both feet", now it's only one. Lets see if I can keep out of trouble long-term. Thank you all for the welcome. :) Glyn. ( Hope I didn't miss anyone out!!)
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    Thanks Lizzie. I am thoroughly chastened, and now on my best behaviour. ;)
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    Hello Cat. Thank you both for you Antipodean welcome. :D