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  1. Hey guys, I've been an RBK amputee pretty much my whole life so I'm probably more comfortable in my prosthesis than the average amputee. However I'm just now learning to drive (automatic) and finding it a bit tricky to switch my right foot between the brake and the accelerator. I occasionally forget where my foot is, not switch fast enough, and since moving my foot requires me to move my whole leg, it can get pretty tiring on my thigh. So... my question is, can I drive with two feet? Everyone in my family has said no, but I thought maybe I needed to ask some people who could really understand my point of view. If I could drive with two feet, I wouldn't have the problem of switching between pedals which would reduce my confusion of where my foot is and where it should be, and take the strain off my leg. I really don't want to have to get a left-side accelerator pedal, also I don't think I need to. If it really is a bad habit to drive with two feet, I'll just have to get used to driving with one! Thanks :)
  2. sarahsaifa

    Question about driving as an RBK amputee

    Awesome, I'm feeling a bit more confident about driving now! :) Watch out for me on the Melbourne roads haha
  3. sarahsaifa

    BKA prosthesis transition

    As a 24 year old woman I can seriously empathise with you on this one. I've been trying to achieve this for years, with no luck unfortunately. I have a decent quality skin on my leg but the knee is still so ugly, I've considered the suspension sleeve to wear over the top, but also the muscle tone in my thigh isn't great and that might lead to some fat spillage haha. Buying a super realistic leg with a better looking knee isn't really an option for me either (I hear they're ridiculously expensive and I don't even think they make them in this country). So my meantime solution is midi/maxi everything. My staples are highwaisted tapered pants, midi or maxi skirts, and I'll wear shorter dresses in winter with 2 pairs of opaque stockings. I am trying to get up the courage to go out in something shorter this summer... but I'm not quite there yet haha. Let me know if you find any solutions!
  4. sarahsaifa

    Question about driving as an RBK amputee

    Thanks for such a quick reply! I was having the exact same problem with getting my foot caught underneath the brake pedal and then getting confused and pressing the wrong pedal, getting very frustrated and giving up! Do you find there are any disadvantages in using your left foot for braking? I'll definitely give it a try next time I go for a drive. And I think the welcome was necessary! I haven't been here in a while... haha
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    Bacterial Infections

    Just thought I'd pipe in, as an amputee and a microbiologist this is a particular area of interest for me. Also, if you have any questions regarding infectious diseases, I might be able to help you out! :) To SteveAZ, you're right about the complacency regarding hospital acquired infections. Unfortunately the magnitude of these infections is likely to go unnoticed until the hospital has some compulsory reporting system in place. Then, when they have all the data and can actually look at the numbers, they realise they need to do something and are no longer so complacent. Although I don't think this is standard practice, because hospitals don't want people to know what's really going on. Even if it means ignoring a problem. The most recent case of this I can think of is in the UK, lots of hospital acquired C. difficile infections happening but no data collection. I believe they made C. difficile infections compulsory to report and also introduced a mandatory target to reduce the numbers of infections. Once this was implemented, inpatient mortalities reduced from about 8000 to about 4000 in just 2 years. So the point of my little rant is, if you're interested in advocating for change regarding hospital practices, it might help to start with some investigations into what sort of reporting procedures they have in place, and the overall variability of diagnosis and detection of your pathogen of interest across different hospitals, which is likely to have some impact on the number of detected cases. And don't forget everyone, don't let anyone in a hospital (medical professional or otherwise) touch you until you've seen them wash their hands!
  6. I'm travelling to Japan later this year and my leg always sets off airport metal detectors, so I was wondering how people deal with this in a country where you don't speak the language. The only thing I could think of is tracking down a japanese doctor and getting them to write me a note or learning how to say it myself haha. Ta!
  7. thanks everybody i feel more at ease with the thought now haha
  8. sarahsaifa

    Scuba Diving?

    I saw a guy maybe a year ago on TV from one of those extreme makeover shows, and he was an amputee and had this special prosthetic made with a moveable foot with a fin attached. Seemed to work pretty well, maybe you could ask someone about getting one of those. With my prosthetics they kind of float so it's not so good for diving. And climbing and trekking shouldnt be a problem, it hasn't been for me except on long treks it gets a bit sore
  9. sarahsaifa

    winter boots....just wondering

    I came online to ask a shoe question so i'm sorry for the thread hijack!!! I was just wondering if there was any way i could get away with a pair of boots with a small smallll heel if i put a wedge in the shoe or something? This whole winter all i've wanted is a nice pair of boots but they're too friggen hard to find :(
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    A leg with balance?

    Thanks for the tips everyone. Have been practicing and will try to work more on my core strength :) And to Sue, i'm a green belt which is 5th level in my style. I have some allowances in a stances mostly. For example I can't do a proper cat stance because of my leg so they don't judge me on things like that. Also just got 2nd place in a kata comp wooo ^_^
  11. sarahsaifa

    A leg with balance?

    Is there any such thing as a prosthetic leg that helps with balance? I have to stand on one foot a lot in karate and it's frustrating only being able to do some things on one side. If this doesn't exist someone should invent a leg with auto balance haha. Or does anyone have tips on balance for standing on one foot?
  12. sarahsaifa

    High Heels!!!

    i have never worn a pair of heels before and i loveeee shoes so lucky there are so many cute flats around these days or i don't know what i'd do a foot with an adjustable heel is just a bit too expensive for me at the moment but one dayyy. and i will probably fall flat on my face haha
  13. sarahsaifa

    Hey everybody :)

    My name's Sarah, I'm an RBK amputee, I'm 20 and I live in Melbourne, Australia. My leg was amputated because of birth defects. It was before I ever learnt to walk so I've never known anything different. That may be the reason why not many people know that I'm an amputee, so I'm actually happy I can introduce myself openly here haha I was involved with Limb Kids and Wheelchair Sports when I was younger and swam competitively around the country. I now train and compete in karate which is something I never thought I'd be able to do (I used to fall over a lot haha). I'm also a student, I study medical science and biotechnology and eventually I want to be a geneticist but right now I'm just a lab tech So that's about my life story haha. Thanks higgy for helping me sign up, I'm very happy to be here :)