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  1. pyourke

    scott sabolic prosthetics

    thanks neal, Are you outside of OKC?...always good to hear a success story... set me appointment for the first of september.. Seems to be so much more for amputee's in the US then here in Canada. Makes me want to move to the States! There are great facilities and ACA conferences.....wow, wish there was something here?!! mary Hi Mary... Here's the link to the Amputee coalition of Canada http://www.amputeecoalitioncanada.org/en/index.php I think that I read that you live in Montreal, that's where their HQ is. Good Luck... Peter
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    ~ hi from canada ~

    Welcome from another canuck in Ontario! Keep strong and the ups and downs will even out!
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    prosthetic leg

    Ally, what is a knee ball. I'd like to go without a cover but hate the way my knees look when I'm sitting. Could you post a photo.
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    I've been a BAK for 35 years and found that the long leg briefs shown in the photo are the best for not getting trapped in the socket.
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    courtesy car problems

    Recently I had body work done on my car due to an accident and I requested and received a rental hand controlled car which was covered by my Allstate car insurance. I phoned Allstate first as I have car rental insurance and told them I needed a hand controlled car and they contacted the body shop to ensure that they provided me with a hand controlled car. I have never asked for a courtesy car in a auto repair shop, as I usually wait or have them drive me home and pick me up in their courtesy pick-up van.
  6. pyourke

    Socket placement question

    Cherylm... put a little mark at the centre of the lip of the socket once you have it where you want it and next time, you've got a reference point.
  7. pyourke

    how do people beat the snow?

    I'm in central Canada and like Eddie, use large cane tips (crutch tips) and if it's icy I use the hinged ice tips. I make sure that my shoes have a good tread and a heal rather than just a flat sole. Flat soles tend to slip out from under me more. My biggest problem, as I'm sure that Eddie will agree, is coming inside from the snow with wet canes. I have to be careful to ensure that they are dry before walking on tile and watching for water from other peoples shoes on the floor. If I'm entering a store, I get off the tiled aisle and walk on the carpeted sections as they are more 'slip-proof'.
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    How long do you wear your leg/s

    Like most here, I put my legs on after my daily washing / shaving as I'm more comfortable sitting on the edge of the toilet to wash up, then wear them all day until bedtime, so I wear mine about 16 hours a day. After 34 years, I don't feel comfortable without them.
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    The Adventures of ED

    Hi Ed... from one Canuck BAK to another... keep on truckin!
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    Charity Pull of a 757

    Congratulations Caveman! That was quite an accomplishment!
  11. pyourke

    OMG being driven crazy

    Definitely weather changes increase phantom pain. I have cut outs in my sockets and when I do get a twitch, I rub the stump through the vinyl liner. If it's really bad, I remove my legs and put on my nylon shrinkers. Other than that, I use over the counter Advil which if I take at the first sign of phantom pain, stops it.
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    Going downstairs

    I'm bilateral AK and use mauch knee units which are advertised as being able to walk down stairs normally, forward step over step... although I've never had the courage. I go down sideways using one cane and one hand on the railing, step by step. However my basement stairs are narrower and I had railings installed on both sides and just leave spare canes at the bottom. I can go down frontwards step over step, or it's even faster to just swing both legs out and drop to the next step while holding both railings. Going upstairs, in both cases I walk step over step with one cane (or two in one hand) and one hand on the railing or in the case of the basement just holding the railings.
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    Adam Bender

    That's one brave little fighter! He'll make a great paralympian!
  14. pyourke

    Hello from Australia

    Hi Ralene, I've been a bilateral AKA since 1974. Mine was due to an accident, not circulation, but like you, I had no choice if I wanted to live and be active. I was in 2 hospitals for a total of 5 months and then did daily therapy as an outpatient for another 6 weeks, before going back to work. During the period of being an outpatient, I increased the time that I wore my prosthesis each day, until I felt that I could keep them on for a full day. Within a year I was walking quite well and back to travelling with my work. Was I back to normal... no, I couldn't run, had difficulty climbing stairs without railings, even curbs created stress. But as Eddie said, you'll find ways to cope. I was 30 when my amputations happened and was able to adapt. You're young enough that I'm sure that you'll adapt. Someone mentioned doing exercises, if you can that will help when you get back on your feet. While you'll be back walking on 'legs' you'll be using a great amount of upper body effort, more than twice a single amputee. Weight was also mentioned, definitely if you can, get your weight down as once your final legs are made, you'll be limited in the amount of weight that you can gain or lose without having new sockets made. But much of this is not what scares you. I was terrified of many little things... how would I manage on the toilet, how would I work around the house, how would I get on and off an escalator, how would my wife and kids feel about me with no legs, how would I put on shoes, my pants, would I still be able to have sex, and would my wife want me to... there were a million little fears that I had. You are likely no different. The main thing is that all of the little problems that worried me, worked out. I've now been an amputee for almost 35 years and I'm still fairly active. I walked actively and long distances (2-3 miles or sometimes more) up until 10 years ago, when I started to use a wheelchair for longer distances, although I still walk around the house, yard and running in and out of restaurants and the bank. If you've got a peer support visitor group where you are, you should ask if there is a BAK that could visit you and answer any questions you might have. If not feel free to ask me or Eddie any questions that you might have. While Eddie has not been an amputee as long as I have, he's likely closer to your age and more active than I. His prosthesis are much more sophisticated than mine, but we both manage to survive. Feel free to email me if you have any questions that you don't want to post and I'll answer them to the best of my ability... and what I don't know, I'll try and get you an answer. Be brave... it will all work out in the end. It will be a difficult trip, but you've got lots of support in your family and all of us here!
  15. pyourke

    Hello from Toronto

    Hi Nekky, I'm a BAK just down the road from you in Oakville. Welcome to the forum.