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  1. dude

    Phantom Sensations in Cats

    Not sure if its relevant, but I saw this report in a copy of 'Popular Science' about a 'Mice Pain Scale' has been discovered some months ago, a brief search online and there's more information on it. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/05/mouse-pain-expression/ An interesting comment here: The article in the magazine here: Uploaded with ImageShack.us Google searches its worth noting there seems to be a few .pdf files on the issue: http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-GBGB368GB368&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=mouse+pain+scale#sclient=psy&hl=en&rlz=1C1GGLS_en-GBGB368GB368&source=hp&q=Cat%20pain%20scale&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=6052204b889acdd8 http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGLS_en-GBGB368GB368&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=mouse+pain+scale#sclient=psy&hl=en&rlz=1C1GGLS_en-GBGB368GB368&q=feline+pain+scale&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=6052204b889acdd8 Probably nothing you've not come across already, but just incase you've not it maybe worth bringing it to your attention, though maybe a little later than the OP originally had hoped. HTH.
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    Shave Hairy Stump?

    I'm glad this topic came up, I've been wondering the same thing whether whilst I am going through the operation whether I ought to ask the surgeon to 'shave' the skin from the reverse side, hopefully to prevent any further hair growth as the residual limb I will have left will be quite hairy. When I eventually go through it, I will be an 'AK' I think? 'Above Knee' amputee. Whilst someone talks about 'protection' the hair provides, boxers use hair so as any blows that land 'glide' off the face along the hairline. But surely those of us with amputations would want a 'firm fit' of any prosthetic and as such would be better off with no hair as that would impede the 'suction' of any prosthetic? Also, you can shave with fire: or get your haircut using the same method I've also wondered about asking the surgeon to do something about the sweat glands in the same area too, has anyone had that done? I believe they can 'cut' them so they no longer produce sweat in that region. Thanks.
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    Icy Britain

    This question came up sometime ago luckily I made a note of the following: http://www.heathermills.eu/forum/index.php...amp;hl=grippers http://www.heathermills.eu/forum/index.php...amp;hl=grippers Hopefully they'll go someway to answering your questions.
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    Hey Denis, Being in the UK too I can advise you the following. That you should get an appointment come through from an 'Amputation nurse', she will advise you on the drugs available to eliminate the feelings that you would otherwise 'feel' in your leg should you opt to have the procedure. You should also ask her if you can meet your local amputation group, if you're in a big city i.e: Manchester, London etc then there shouldn't be much of a problem or even if your hospital has a limb centre they will either bring a sample leg to you, or take you to the centre so you can talk to whoever is available. I should mention that the 'leg' that they will show you will be pretty basic. I cried 2 days solid after seeing that thing, it's simply a cup for your residual limb to sit in at the top, with a length of bar going to where the 'knee' would be, possibly with a 'nut and screw' arrangement which allows you to when sitting down be able to 'twist' the nut and it will bend. Then at the bottom of the adjoining bar there is a 'foot'. I was advised I would use that arrangement post-op for UPTO 6 weeks though depending upon how you proceed, it may simply be a fortnight and then you'll be on the road to a nice new limb that will be suitable for your lifestyle. It's also worth mentioning at this point that your 'new limb, that's suitable for your lifestyle' is dependant upon your local PCT and whether they actually have funding. The 'leg' apparently comes in 3 parts, there's the 'cup' which your limb goes into, this will be manufacturered by taking a mould of your limb this will then be taken to a limb centre where they will create a sponge type of foam insert that will fit into the 'cup' your residual limb will slot into the foam of course. Then there's the bit that replaces your shin bone this will be whatever they determine is best for your situation and again the same is for the 'foot'. I'm advised the whole process should take around 6 weeks as I said, though this depends upon how things proceed post-op, if you heal quickly then that's good. If you don't then obviously that MAY extend the period. If you can manage to do so, you should consider watching the following youtube clips: Medical and Gruesome (Beware, unless you want to know what's going to happen whilst you're in the theatre) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzdMxFTjFFA Inspirational http://www.youtube.com/user/MyAmputationDiary http://www.youtube.com/user/Ampedchick That's all I've got for you I'm afraid. So best of luck with your procedure hope it all goes well. Dude
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    Preparing for amputation

    Hello Again, Thank you all for the welcome and for taking the time to reply. I should possibly explain that I'm in the UK and this subject seems to fill me with some dread, it's taken me the best part of a two years to pluck up enough courage to make this post, I was here before but tried as I might I would log in then try to write something only to burst into tears and start shaking. I would go literally into shock at the thought of confronting all of this and would only feel better after logging out and pretending it didn't exist, it's a bit difficult though when you can't just hop out of a chair and go elsewhere as I can't actually walk on the leg that they propose to amputate. I seem to be better now, though I do have some questions so I think I've passed a milestone and am better prepared to confront this issue. Don't get me wrong, I still tear up about it, but I no longer go into what can only be described as a 'total body shut-down' crying shaking gibbering wreck, so things are on the up! My situation is a confused one, for a long-time it's not been known what I actually suffer from. The basis of my problem is that I had an accident, was treated and suffered a series of DVT's, as a result my left leg developed an area that got infected, this patch then spread across my leg. My leg went into overdrive creating skin. That's about as much as I know. These days they think I've a problem with my lymph nodes as that this best explains the issue. But the usual means of putting pressure bandages on the leg would mean that the hard skin would be pressed into the leg and end up reinfecting it. So has always been discounted, as a result of my leg swelling up the back of my foot, the 'heal' has become deformed, it's too complicated to get it reformed apparently, so I'm heading for an amputation one way or another, the only difference being where in terms of below knee, or above knee. At present the preference is above knee as that's where the lymphadaema is supposed to end. Obviously, all of this has left me with some questions: One of them is, obviously when your leg itches\tickles and you just *have* to scratch it, how do achieve that if the limb is missing? Weight of the new limb. Will it replicate the weight of the leg I've lost, or will it be lighter? I did have more question, but alas I can't think of them now. Still, I can always come back can't I.
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    Preparing for amputation

    Hello, I'm just wondering, is there anything you would advise to do that would prepare yourself for amputation? For instance, one such problem I suspect I'll face is the inability to just 'scratch' my leg when itching becomes too much. I'm just interested to know if there is anything that you would do to prepare, or that you've thought would be of benefit had you had the opportunity to prepare for the amputation? Thank you.