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About LeglessBKK

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  • Birthday 08/01/1951

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    Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
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    Music, reading, writing, Internet website design and graphic design

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  • Amputation Type:
    Left leg below the knee
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    Motorcycle accident
  1. iam new to all this but ,your story gives me hope lost my left leg 4 inches above the knee in 2006, and reading your storyhelp me thinks

  2. LeglessBKK

    A legless name

    When I lost my leg, it didn't really cause me any great concern and still doesn't today, I don't let physical problems get me down, just something that you have to put up with and accept. So now I am 'legless' just accept it and make the most of it if you can. I find it a little amusing that other people feel sorry or pity for my physical disability, because I don't feel any of those things for myself about being an amputee, it's just normal for me now. Living in Thailand, every two months I have to travel to Penang for Thai visa regulations and I have been doing this for a while now. When I first went to Penang, I found a good, reasonably priced place to stay, the Blue Diamond Hotel in Georgetown. This hotel also has a good food and drink area at the front and features live music in the evenings, which I enjoy, so this soon became my regular haunt when visiting Penang. The staff in the hotel are very friendly and me being a regular visitor, fairly soon they all recognised me on sight each time I went there. But probably because they have hundreds of different guests each week, the one thing that they had problems remembering about me, was my name. :( So just after I received my first copy of my published book earlier this year, I had to go again to Penang for visa regulations. Whilst I was sitting in the cafe area at the hotel, just proof-reading my book, the owner of the hotel there spotted me, recognised me and came over to greet me. He was interested in my book and asked if he could borrow it to read, so I agreed and gave it to him. He then started to thank me and I could see that he was struggling to remember my name, but he glanced at the book and then said "Thank you John, I shall make sure that you have it back before you leave". I started smiling and explained to him that John McMiken is only my writing name and that my real name is Ian, he had my book 'Legless in Thailand' in his hand, so I just pointed to it and said "Maybe it is easier if you just call me 'Legless'" and pointed to my false leg and said "You know that I am legless anyway, so it will be much easier for you to remember". So that was how my name 'Legless' started and now everyone who knows me in Penang greets me by shouting "Hi Legless, how's it going?" and nobody forgets my name anymore. :D Cheers for now Legless
  3. LeglessBKK

    DLA (question for Brits)

    As a BKA it took me six months and many examinations by doctors to eventually get the DLA. I received it for two years paid into my bank until they realised that I was living back in Thailand again and it stopped without warning, why should that matter? 90% of my working life was spent working overseas and they still took the national insurance out of my wages. So you can pay into the system when you are overseas, but you can't get anything back if you are overseas, take easy, but find an excuse not to give. Legless P.S. All of this is and more is recorded by me for a future book that will really embarrass the government.
  4. Well being an lbka I have never even thought about this, I just automatically started driving again as soon as I could and have been for the last six years. Obviously the first car I bought was an automatic, but I have even driven manuals to help people out, which is okay if there is a lot of room between your left knee and the steering wheel. I don't know if I am legal or not, I live in Thailand and drive on my UK driving licence, so maybe I am illegal, I don't know. I have even hired cars many times and they see my leg and my licence and just give me the car. So maybe now I am a legless driving offender :) Cheers Legless
  5. LeglessBKK


    Having read all the way through this topic for the first time tonight, I suddenly realise that maybe I am a devotee, because I am an amputee and I certainly like myself :) Legless
  6. LeglessBKK

    Legless in Thailand

    Hi Sparky, It is just my outlook, I don't consider myself as disabled and when I do anything or go anywhere, my leg, or lack of a real one, is the last thing on my mind. :) Legless
  7. LeglessBKK

    Legless in Thailand

    Hi Higgy, Thanks for your message, I have only been an amputee for 6 years now, but it seems like always. With my prosthesis now I walk fairly normally, but other people must wonder why I look at the ground a lot whilst I am walking, it just becomes second nature now to check the ground ahead. I live on a farm, so there are a lot of ruts around here, no inclines though. How long have you been am amputee? Legless
  8. LeglessBKK

    Legless in Thailand

    Hi Beth Marie, Thanks for your message. I have never been an amputee anywhere other than SE Asia, so I wouldn’t know the difference between continents. I also don’t consider myself disabled and anyone here in Thailand watching me walk down the street wouldn’t know that I was. I do have one problem though and it is something that I was going to bring up on this forum to see if other amputees have the same problem. The problem is inclines, both up and down, stairs and steps are no problem, but inclines are my only problem and I do have to concentrate, adjust my posture accordingly and grab a handrail if there is one. Do you have this problem? Cheers Legless
  9. LeglessBKK

    My prostheses story

    After my accident in Thailand in May 2001, I was hospitalized in Thailand for about three months with various injuries to my chest, pelvis, shoulder and head injuries and an amputated left leg. My mother in UK contacted the RAF benevolent fund and had them arrange for me to be flown back to UK where I was transferred to a hospital near Liverpool. Again I was hospitalized for about three months, in isolation (that is another story), then they fitted me with my first prosthesis, it was uncomfortable, had straps that needed tightening so much that the blood to my stump was almost cut off and I had to use crutches to actually move about. I developed an infection in the lower extremity at the cut-off part of the Tibia. By this time I was back in Thailand again and after trying many different types of medication, the infection just would not heal and seemed to be rooted inside the Tibia itself. So I decided to visit my local hospital and talk to the orthopedic specialist surgeon there and I asked him to take another inch off my leg to remove the infection inside the bone. This he did, and after two days recuperation, I was out of hospital and trying to use my prosthesis again, but it was much too painful, so I spent most of my time in a wheelchair or crawling around on my hands and knees, because I just could not get used to the prosthesis. Then a Thai friend introduced me to the Prostheses Foundation of Thailand, a charity organization funded by the Thai Royal Family and voluntary donations from individuals and companies. To cut a very long story short here, this foundation made me a new prosthesis in one day that fitted my leg exactly, no straps, it just locks onto the side joints in my knee and more importantly, no crutches needed anymore. That was three and a half years ago and I have never had any major problems since then, just that the foot deteriorates and starts breaking up a little after about three years, but the foundation just replaces it with a new one free of charge. So that is my prostheses story.
  10. LeglessBKK

    Legless in Thailand

    Thank you for your welcome replies. I just thought that the title of the book would interest people and it gives an amusing look to what is really a very sad story. Legless
  11. LeglessBKK

    Legless in Thailand

    Hi all, Just introducing myself, I am a British citizen but I live in Thailand. I was an electronics/computer engineer by profession, but I am semi retired now after my accident. I now write books and short stories and my first book 'Legless in Thailand' was published in January under my writing name of John McMiken. I have many things to talk about, that is why I started writing :) If you wish to know more about me, I have two websites that have information: http://www.reedinter.co.uk and http://www.expostfacto.co.uk I think that is enough for my first post now. Cheers for now LeglessBKK