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Shelby last won the day on May 7 2012

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  • Birthday 09/07/1991

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    Newark, Delaware
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    Veterinary medicine, chemistry, animals, Meryl Streep :)

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    Osteomylitis (sp?)
  1. Shelby

    Possible Revision Surgery

    Ann- You're absolutely right. The unknowns surrounding the surgery are very risky and scary. Gibby- If I made it sound like being able to wear heels would make me get this surgery I certainly didn't mean it that way. The inability to wear heels isn't an important part of my life now. It's an inconvenience, but in no way does it alter my quality of life. I wouldn't be able to wear them most of the time anyway- heels wouldn't make working with farm animals and herding sheep any easier :) It's just an added bonus of not being a symes. And you're right about facing much greater challenges than not being able to wear heels. In the past 5 years, I already have. I've been on crutches for a total of 6 months because of sores, dealt with chronic knee pain due to a torn meniscus and heavy prosthesis, and cellulitis that I had to be hospitalized for. I just need to find out what type of amputation will give me the most out of my life.
  2. Shelby

    Possible Revision Surgery

    Cheryl- I had no idea they only adjusted about 2 inches. I can pull that off myself! That is my number one concern. The problems I have now are minor, so is the risk worth it to try to improve what I have? I honestly have no idea what I'll do. And I don't have to make the decision now anyway. This type of thing requires years of thought. I was told that they don't make feet at a fixed heel hight for symes. Maybe there isn't a demand for it? I'd really be interested in finding a way to get someone to invent one. If I didn't want to be a vet I'd go to school to be a prosthetist and do it myself!
  3. Shelby

    Hi again!

    Hi Sue and Cheryl! I remember both of you :) I'm also glad I have my future plans sorted out. I've known I wanted to be a vet since I was about 3, but I had no idea the road there would be so hard! It's my dream, so it's worth it. I just posted in general discussion about my recent thoughts, so head on over there to check it out!
  4. Shelby

    Possible Revision Surgery

    Hi everyone! This topic could go in a few different places, so I just decided to post it here. As I mentioned in my intro post, I'm yet again thinking about having more of my leg amputated (I'm currently a symes). I've been thinking about this on and off since I was about 15 (I'm 20 now) when I got my first sore. I've since had quite a few sores and various prosthetic problems. Being a symes, the prosthetic options are pretty awful. I've also torn my meniscus in my knee and even though I had surgery about 4 years ago, it still hurts pretty often, and the heavy prosthetic and bad foot I'm stuck with can't help that. I recently met with a new prosthetist who was a RBK. He told me about how he had an IPOP (immediate post op prosthetic) placed on after his amputation surgery. He said he was putting a little bit of weight on it the next day and walking within a month. He told me that since I was young and already an amputee I would likely have similar results. He said it's a shame that there is so much new technology out there that I can't use, and he's so right. The prosthetic feet they make for symes have very little spring in them, so my knee is responsible for most of my movement when walking, and running is hard because I have to lug a heavy leg with me. I'm very active, I go to the gym and exercise, I do yoga, but I would LOVE to run. I see people running around campus all the time and I always think how I want to do that. Don't get me wrong, I'm so grateful for even being able to walk without pain, but I want to be able to do everything. I'm going to school to be a vet (pre-vet now, but vet school in 2013 hopefully), so I'm going to have a very active career and want the best possible leg. Another, more superficial, disadvantage of being a symes is not being able to wear high heels. They don't make prosthetic feet that bend, so I can only pull off about a 2 inch heel, maybe 3 if it's a chunky heel/wedge and I don't have to walk a lot. Being in college, it's hard seeing all of your friends in adorable heels when you go out and being the only one in flats. Like I said, I've been thinking about this on and off for about 5 years. Making a mental pro's and con's list, the only pro of staying a symes is being able to walk without the leg. That would be hard to get used to. But that's about it. And maybe the recovery time. I'll be a senior in college soon and will hopefully be going to vet school right after that, so I only have about a 2-3 month window where I could get this done and be back to normal. I found a doctor in Baltimore that's supposedly really great so I'm going to make an appointment just to talk to him this summer. I'd love to talk to other symes amputees and get their input, and any other types of amputees to hear what they have to say about their prosthetics. Oh and anyone who has had an IPOP too! Any advice or comments would be great. Sorry for the super long post. I guess I tend to rant...
  5. Shelby

    Hi again!

    Hi everyone! It's been about 4 years since my last post but I'm back! I really have no idea why it's been so long since I've been on. I still keep in contact with some of you on Facebook, but for those of you I don't keep in touch with I'll give you an update, and I'll tell those of you I don't know about me. I'm a 20 year old right symes amputee. I was born with club foot and in one of the last surgeries to repair the foot it got infected and spread to the bone. By the time the infection was noticed it had spread to the bone and had to be amputated. I was 23 months old. Thankfully I don't remember anything. I've had to overcome a lot since then, and I feel like that has helped make me the strong, independent woman I am today. Now for the update portion. I was a junior in high school the last time I was on here, so I'll update from there. I probably mentioned wanting to be a vet and my love of chemistry at some point. I decided to go to George Mason University in VA as a chemistry major when I graduated high school. I spent a semester there and hated it for a number of reasons. I came home and went to community for 3 semesters where I became president of the chemistry club and was very involved. I loved it. I couldn't stay there forever, so I decided to go to the University of Delaware last Fall as a Pre-veterinary medicine & animal biosciences major. I'm finishing up my junior year and I absolutely love it here. I'll be applying to vet school this summer. Anyway, one of the main reasons I'm back (besides missing everyone, of course) is because I'm yet again considering having revision surgery done to have more of my leg amputated. I've been thinking about this for about 5 years, and I'll go into more detail in another post. I'm really looking forward to catching up with you all! Hope everyone is doing well!
  6. Shelby

    Xmas competition

    Changed mine :) Elf is one of my favorites!
  7. lol thats awsome Sparky!!
  8. Shelby

    friend uncomfortable??

    I haven't had much experience with dating, but if the person truly loves you, it won't matter. It might be different or strange at first, but they'll get used to it. As for asking you to wear longer pants to cover up, thats not right. Its your stump, so you should be the one deciding what to wear. If you're comfortable in shorts, then good for you! If not, then you will be with time. He should be there to support you in whatever you decide. Thats just my opinion. Hope I helped :)
  9. Shelby

    Forum activity

    Burnnnnnnnn!!!! :P :P
  10. i loved mama mia thought it was a brillant movie laughter music ect...joy

  11. Shelby

    Favorite Hobbies/Crafts

    I work at a Paint your own pottery studio!
  12. Shelby

    High Heels!!!

    Hi Shelby, I am also a Symes amputee, however my left leg was shorter than my right due to a birth defect so that maybe why I am able to use the Ossur Elation foot with an adjustable heel. I have pushed it to the limit and can almost get it to 3 inches, but it does very well at the 2 - 2 1/2 inch range. Another possibility might be to have another leg with a foot at a fixed heel height. I had one in my 20's that was set at 3 inches, and I wore plenty of stiletto heels, and danced my rear off at the night clubs while wearing those heels!!! I have considered getting a let with a foot at a fixed heel height. I get a new leg every year, since I still get a little taller every year. I will defiantley ask about that! Thanks!
  13. Shelby

    Was anayyone having fun at pride week ?:-)))))

    My mom and her partner wanted to go to the one in DC, but we are on vacation every year it comes around. Darn
  14. Shelby

    driving as a double amp

    I use the middle or more towards the heel as well. Its weird how it works, but like you said, it just does :) You have a good day too!
  15. Shelby

    driving as a double amp

    Since I was 2 when I became an Amp, I obviously never could drive with both feet. I am only a right amputee, but I drive with my right foot and do great. Sure, it took me longer then the average person, and it was deffinatley harder, but once I figured out what I needed to do, it was fine. Its weird how I can tell how much pressure I need, but it just works.