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    Ottobock Genium X3

    A good socket fit is more important than the choice of knee even for an AKA....
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    New amputee with dreaded phantoms

    Completely normal for sensations to be all over the place.... at your stage I was in pain all the time no matter what ....
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    UK Travel isurance

    Hi Joan, I am LAK and I found the travel insurance at www.essentialtravel.co.uk very resonable though you will need to go through an on line screning process for which you have to pay for up front.... Steve :-)
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    New Leg

    Hi Guys, We I have a new leg it has a mecury Endolite Hi Activity knee (hydraulic) and a Ossur Iceross liner all very new -- some advice needed.... 1. The liners sometimes catches er .. sensitive hairs - I have seen the "pants thread" and think I now understand but any further thoughts. 2. I am missing the stability of my prebious knee (Endolite ESK+) has anyone else transitioned? It is great to be without the dreded belt and furry socks :-) You may recall that I named my previous leg Larry well the new one is called Lucy. Why a lady, well she is more complex and has taken a long time to get ready :-) Steve
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    Things I have learned......

    Hi Guys, I am LAK and am coming up to my 1 year anniversary (since a RTA) so thought I would share thngs I have learned with you all: not saying they are pertinant to anyone else but me! In no particular order... 1. Do not rush into adaptations for your house - ultimately I did not need any. 2. Accept help if offered from strangers or at least be polite and friendly - you may not need it but they may not offer it again to someone who does if you are offhand. 3. Be firm with friends and loved ones in accerting your independance - but take time to explain. 4. Wheelchair stability if less without your leg - watch me somersault backwards!!!!! 5. Showers/ baths : If you are sittting on the ground you can't fall over! (I sometimes use a shower seat or stand on my one leg though.. ) 6. Travelling:Just travelled for work to India (about 9 hours) airport security was fine (UK and India) they have seem an amputee before , help is availble if needed but I didn't need any. Since I was travelling business class leg room was not a problem..... 7. Leg: Good socket fit is essential- make sure your socket is comfortable you should be able to wear it for 12+ hours. 8. Work: I retuned to work about 6 Months after my accident- Be open and honest with your colleagues, they will be unsure what to say to you so help them out!!!!! (one senior manager saw me walking and asked if I had an ingrowing toenail ...... I paused laughed and explained (he hadn't heard about my accident) ....he was a little embarassed! Just some thoughts..... Steve
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    More Steps Forward.........

    Hi All, Just wanted to share with you my small steps forward made during my weekend away in the Peak District. Well I :- 1. Managed to walk across country (up hill and down dale) from Thorpe into Dovedale and back (at least 2 Miles :-)) 2. Managed to cover 26 miles in a day in my Trike along the Tissington trail - I made quite an impression with my one leg pedalling and my artificial leg "Larry" being held out of the way in my homemade support....will try to attach a photo. 3. Also managed a visit to the Tram museum at Crich - lots of walking....but an interesting place Since I got my leg my mobility has increased - the world is not wheelchair friendly :-( Additionally I have been working away from home, staying in hotels and also visiting aircraft hangers. Hotels are interesting, thought I would ask for an adapted room but in reality I can manage with a standard bath or shower. I do have a bath stool but have yet to use it. All in all things are going ok, except that my stump is shrinking and so socks have had to be added and also my socket has been re-lined. Steve (LAKA)
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    Travel shower chairs??

    Hi Susan, I am LAK and I either just sit in the shower or bath or I have used a fold flat step to sit upon..... Regards Steve
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    More Steps Forward.........

    hI, My amputation was in August 08 (RTA) : got my leg in March 09 , delay due issuesith my wound healing... steve
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    Hi everyone!

    Greetings from Hitchin UK! This forum is a very useful resource ! Steve
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    Another Step Forward?

    Hi Guys, Three weeks after receiving my leg I managed to do the weekly supermarket shop with my other half without any sticks or crutches.... I was pretty impressed with myself Just needed to share this small step forward with people who understand the issues .......... Regards Steve
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    Another Step Forward?

    Steve Hi Steve, Now you have gone and done it , if my better half reads this I will be expected to help with the weekly shopping, didn’t anyone tell you this is something that us men shouldn’t do under any circumstances ??. Your poor arty leg will never forgive you! & I thought that you were getting on ok with your leg? Fancy subjecting it to that. It’s not designed for shopping. (Weren’t you warned?) Well done, you have every right to be impressed with yourself, it the little things that show we are getting back to normality (whatever that is). I suppose my better half will drag me along now (sigh) as I will have no excuses, thanks mate. ……………………….take care Mick Hi Mick, ..actually my line is that its not designed for gardening - my consultant promised me a letter on that subject Regards Steve
  12. Hi Guys, What do you call your artificial leg ? I have just got mine and and I call mine "Larry" as in "Larry the leg". Me and Larry are getting on fine and even often go for a walk together - Am I mad do I need help? I must admit that Larry is also getting the blame for "stuff" - he is very untidy and often loses my keys Steve
  13. Hi Guys, Had an exciting day yesterday: got my first leg. It is (I think) a endolite ESK with a manual lock. I arrived at the limb fitting centre, they sat me in the gym and then brought the limb in - a bit surreal seeing my "other shoe" - first impressions was it seemed huge. I sank into the socket and it felt ok (I was expecting worse). Over the next hour I wallked up and down the bars first with my knee locked then with my knee unlocked and the limb was taken away adjustments were made........ they said I did well :-) My questions for you:- 1. The socket is (to me) partly because my stump is still swollen (although it is shrinking): Is is really ever comfotable to sit for extended periods (e.g. meetings, theatre or long flights) ? 2. Trousers are going to be an issue in the short term, jeans are out any thoughts? especially for smart stuff for work (I would normally wear a suit)....... All in all a good day and I start my physio on Monday....... Regards Steve PS They were very keen to fit a covering and not leave the limb uncovered.
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    What Do You Call Yours?

    Depending on whether they're doing their job or not, I either call them something very rude or just 'legs'/'prostheses'. There's nothing wrong with calling your leg a name ... I think it's a way of identifying with it? Yes, I wasn't sure whether having a name for it was a good idea....... Steve
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    First Leg... a Step Forward

    Ok Guys, My pants are fine ! - My trouser problem is that the socket is huge - because my stump is large.... so my jeans kinda fit in a very lumpy way.....just tried my work trousers and they are ok.... Also my knees do not seem to be aligned and it appears that the lengtth from my hip to artificial knee is about 2" longer when sitting (due partially to me sliding out of the socket) ... this is just something I have noted .... Still learning I guess! Steve
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    Amputation Off Color Sense of Humor Test

    After my leg was amputated the wound healing was a long process but I was looked after by an excellent specialist (plastics) nurse.... when the wound was nearly healed she was pleased for me and said "I think we are on the last leg..." then she realised what she said, silence, Then I laughed and she laughed :-) I have a rule with my friends, however, I do the legless jokes !!! Regards Steve
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    Hi To Everyone

    Hi All, I have been lurking sometime so its time to introduce myself My name is steve and I am 47 years old and live in Hitchin, Herts UK. Last August I was involved in a car accident that led to ampuation of my right leg above the knee and also other surgery... Achievements so far:- 1. Being able to breath, eat and pee without any help 2. Flying an adapted microlight at Old Sarum 3. Riding my recumbent Trike 4. Returning to driving 5. Starting to work from home My next challenge is learning to walk again I am off to the Limb Fitting clinic on Monday to have a cast made........ Steve :-)
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    friend uncomfortable??

    Hi Joy, I am a relatively new amputee but my opinion is that since your friend is your friend then why not try to protect their feelings? The only reason he is upset is the stares you are getting - he is obviously feeling empathy for you :-) He should not mind but does, but hey no one is perfect and friends are precious. The fact we are amputees does not mean that we are or should be always in the receiving end of sympathy. The above said I don't care about people staring but the random abuse from a passing car did make me think......... Regards Steve
  19. Hi Johnny, I am new to the forum but an old Londoner - I now live about 40 miles north of London but I still love london, anyway here are my thoughts on some attractions:- 1. London Eye (Best views in london) 2. Tower Of London (not cheap but a real wonder - including the crown jewels) 3. Take a trip to the Tower Bridge museum - there is a walkway above the roadway and also the old steam engines etc 4. Take a trip on the Thames, either on a guided tourist boat or more economically on a scheduled trip e.g. from embankment to Greenwich. 5. Covent Garden full of high quality buskers - free apart from donations! 6. The museums are free (but please make a contribution) :- - National History Museum (place to see Dinosaur skeletons etc great fo children....) - Science Museum - British Museum (treasures from arould the world - lots of Egyption Mummys), Great Hall is a good place to have a coffee 7. Go to the South Bank there is always something going on .... i.e. Free entertainment 8. If you want to se more of London and are up for a walk take a guided walk just turn up and pay (www.walk.com) Just some quick thoughts if you are interested in anything specific I probably can give some more info :-) Re transport tube and buses are the way to go ... but try a London Cab not cheap but an experience and safe and reliable. Regards Steve
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    Hi To Everyone

    The microlight was a CFM Shadow Aircraft with rudder pedals replaced by a combined throttle/ rudder control ........ btw just checked and it is my left leg that is amputated above the knee - yikes I should get that right ! I had just obtained my NPPL (M) license prior to my accident ... want to get back to flying Steve :-)
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