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  1. Hopalong

    Why Can't I do this?1

    It generally takes a while for an AK amputee to adjust to a prosthetic. I am a hip disartic and became depressed after receiving my prosthetic. I was encouraged by so many stories, that the reality was too hard to handle. At the time, I gave up trying to use a prosthetic, choosing to use crutches only. Recently, I have started thinking of trying my prosthetic again...this time I know that it may take me a long time to really feel comfortable and proficient...but it may also be worth it. So hang in there...know that it will take time...don't be discouraged by others that don't understand that it is not something that comes easy...if things don't feel right complain until it feels right. Rehab might help you a lot more than you think. Building up your muscles as others have mentioned is also key. You might want to see if a crutch or cane would help you stand straighter and aid in improving your gait. Sometimes walkers cause people to lean forward unnaturally. Also know that there are many people who don't use prosthetics...You will find your way in time, no matter what you choose. Wishing you only the best... Lorri
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    Our friend Tammie

    Tammie, Just signed in after being away for way way too long! Hope you heal soon and are not in any pain! (However, I can feel your pain, I broke my wrist a week ago...) It's tough enough with the leg issue. bit no arm as well...DANG!!! If ya want to commiserate, I'm pretty much hanging out at home for the next month! Lorri
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    Best prosthetist in Orlando??

    Without a doubt POA...Stan and his group will go out of his way to make sure you have the proper fit and the best prosthetic for your needs. http://www.poacfl.com/
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    Stump Nicknames??

    Like a few others, I also call him Stumpy...and it's definitely a HIM because sometimes he's a pain in the a**. The term stump doesn't bother me at all. I actually prefer it to the politically correct term residual limb, because for some reason that term makes me think of residue which is not what I think of my cute little stump. Lorri
  5. Hi Everyone... Forgive me. I haven't been here for such a long time...(been dealing with a cancer recurrence, needed support from cancer forums...so I've been hanging over there...but it doesn't mean I don't think about many of you!). A friend from one of those forums found out her bone cancer has returned and she will need an amputation. I know there were a bunch of threads that spoke of the kind of questions to ask the orthopedic surgeon before surgery...so phantom pain and pain is lessened after the surgery. I tried to search on my own but could not find them...(must be searching the wrong words!!) My friend will be seeing her doctors on Wed. so time is of the essence...I know I can count on some of you amazing people to help me find the posts that have that information in them... Love you guys!!! :wub: Thanks ahead of time for any help you can give... Lorri
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    Happy Birthday Hopalong !!!

    OMG!!! I didn't see these until today!!!! Sooooooo sorry...but thanks for remembering and thinking of me...(I like long extended birthdays...and this does still fall into the one month birthday plan...where you celebrate for an entire month!!!) Thanks all! LY
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    Pre surgery questions to ask the doctor

    Thanks all so much! Between Ally, Ann and someone who chose to personally call me, I got my questions answered...I thank you all so very much...I knew I could count on you...You guys always amaze me!!! Thanks again... Lorri
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    Cat--- are you safe?

    I haven't been on this site for a while...but I checked in today just to make sure you were safe Cat...I'm glad to hear that you are safe!!! I'm sooo very sorry for all that is happening in your country due to the fires. My heart just goes out to all you Aussies. Lorri
  9. A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that, in Spanish and several other languages, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. 'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.' 'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.' So, a student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?' Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether 'computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation. The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because: 1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic. 2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. 3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval. 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it. (THIS GETS BETTER!) The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computador'), because: 1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on. 2. They have a lot of data, but still can't think for themselves. 3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem. 4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model. The women won.
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    Happy Birthday Karen!

    Dang!!! I've been off this forum forever and I missed the BIG ONE!!!!! Hope it was great. Tell us about Vegas and forget all about that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" s*#t. Inquiring minds want to know! Lorri
  11. Please help... I've come up with a Top 10 List list of my own concerning why it's good to have one leg. (I'm hip disartic who uses crutches)...I need your suggestions for the final reason....Any and all suggestions will be appreciated...Let's have some good fun with this one... TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT’S GOOD TO HAVE ONE LEG 1. There’s now a place to put my purse when riding on the passenger side of a car 2. Ladies…One less leg to shave! 3. I never have to worry about matching or losing a sock in the wash! 4. Pedicures are half price! 5. I get the best parking spaces. 6. There's no need for a pogo stick. 7. There's nothing funnier than watching a dog run through me while standing on my crutches. 8. On Halloween, all I need is an eye-patch 9. A pair of socks have doubled in their value AND THE NUMBER TEN REASON IS: 10. ???????????????????
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    How on earth do you start!

    You might also consider a handcycle or a recumbant tricycle...No need to worry about falling! Lorri
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    How on earth do you start!

    Here's a video: http://www.lessthanfour.org/bongoboy/blog/...p;vid_id=107641 Lorri
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    Cat, Why is it that everytime you say click here, I do just that??? It must be that whip of yours... :lol: :D :lol:
  15. Hey...Thanks!!!

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    Happy Birthday Sparky!

    Have a Happy one!!!! Lorri
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    Happy Birthday Cheri

    WOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! Have a Happy One!!! Lorri
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    Check out my new site...

    Maybe a few of us on this here site could pitch in a few bucks and help Shane reach his monetary goal to get to the games...He didn't ask...but I thought I'd give it a mention. http://www.riderminus.com/Support.html Good Luck Shane!!!! Lorri
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    Happy Birthday Kep!

    Hey Kerry...I hope you had a Happy B-Day...Sorry it's a little late...I was up in Canada eh! Lorri
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    Happy Birthday SusanI

    Dang....I go out of town and everyone has a birthday!!! Hope it was happy... Lorri
  21. Hopalong

    ACA Conference 2008 Review

    Pfeeeew!!! Sorry all...I've been in hyper-speed since returning from the ACA conference and haven't had time to respond till now... My thanks to all who made it so comfortable for me to not feel so alone while traveling solo: Tammie (Higgy) and John, SusanI, Beth Marie, Karen (Krazy1200), Cheri, Kerry (Kep), Neal, Barb, Jerry (fivestringcooper), JohnnyV. You guys are the best. For those who have never been to an ACA conference a little information...The conference was quite interesting. Meeting other amputees and seeing their conquests and hearing their stories was inspirational. There's something to be said when you are around hundreds of other amputees. The four limbers (as I like to call them), were in the minority. There were several interesting seminars presented. There were courses in gait analysis. Robert Gailey held an all day event, where amputees worked with other amputee runners like Sarah Reinertsen and PT's to learn how to run and participate in other sports events...There was a swim and tennis clinic...There was information on legal issues...travel... health and phantom pain among other things. There were day long sessions for Support Group Leaders and one for Peer Visitor Training. Representatives from several prosthetic companies were there to demonstrate and talk about their products. Many prosthetist were on hand as well. The hotel was really wonderful...the food was great...and I met so many wonderful and inspiring people. There were some rather famous amputees...Sarah Reinertsen and George Velazquez...(He can dance better on one leg than most on two). There was some partying goin' on...And I think a good time was had by all! All ages and all types of amputee's were represented. There were two men that that had prostetics on all four limbs...They walked better than many single leg amputees...I met one little girl who had a lucky leg. Her mom told me that's what her daughter called her amputated limb and prosthetic after seeing Finding Nemo...(You may remember that Nemo had a smaller fin on one side..he called that his lucky fin)...All I can say is the human spirit is amazing...and so were the people I met!!!
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    Phantom Pain???

    Just curious. Has anyone had their phantom pain or sensations get worse over time? I felt no phantom pain at first. About seven months after my amputation I had occasional bouts of phantom pain and it was usually worse at night. Suddenly about a week ago I have pain most of the day. It is a burning, tingling sensation and my toes feel very curled up..My entire stump (or if you prefer...residual limb) feels like it's wrapped tight with rubber bands. Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. I have tried to determine if anything is causing it and I have come up with nothing. In the past it seemed to be worse when the weather was bad or the barometric pressure dropped...but for the life of me I can't figure out why it is bothering me so much lately. How has phantom pain affected you? Lorri
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    Reaching Out

    I've only been an amputee for about 15 months and this site and the people on it were so helpful!!! No question is too silly to ask and no feeling is unwarented!...Everyone is here to support your journey. Lorri
  24. And I appreciate it very much!!!! I'm also looking forward to seein you in that grass skirt!!! WOOOO HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!