I've just registered with this site, so wanted to say its great to be on here and to have read some of the informative messages on the forum.
I lost my left leg - below knee - in a road traffic accident in May (van driver did a U-turn into me when I was riding my Vespa).
I've had a prosthetic leg since September and it has been so good to walk and drive again. Since my accident happened, I've never longed so much to run and keep having dreams I am running! I've been told it is too soon (and although I occasionally try, my prosthesis doesn't make it easy or comfortable, so probably have to be patient on this front).
I really want to exercise and get fit again (I'm 31) and am longing to go skiing, get back into climbing and cycling. Am also interested in exercise such as kickboxing, but will try and find local clubs that will take me on - and hope I don't accidentally kick anyone in the face with my new foot.
I wondered if anyone had info on skiing on a prosthetic leg. I spoke to one person about it who recommended adaptive skiing on one leg and using arms for balance and to help turn - holding poles with small skis on. I'm not sure I fancy that way of skiing and suspect it would be a lot harder to find resorts that do it. As I know very few amputees of a similar age to me, I was thinking of going skiing with a bunch of friends who have all their limbs, so I don't want to go anywhere where i have to have majorly special treatment. I wondered what, if any, skiing legs are available and how to get back into skiing again (I've skied in previous years, but that was when I had two fully functioning legs).
I would also love to get back into climbing - initially indoor climbing in London area - I haven't lived in London very long so am not sure where is good to go anyway, let alone where might be good to go for advice on how to overcome the lack of flexibility in the prosthesis and loss of tone in my thigh (which I hope I will regain, now I can start exercising more). Does anyone know if there are any special precautions / requirements / climbing clubs / climbing legs which might help, please?
Finally, does anyone know of anywhere to go for an adapted bike or where I could get my own bike adapted to help with the issue of my prosthetic leg not allowing full flexion of my knee (mainly due to prosthesis digging in at back of knee when I bend my leg)? Also, what do people find is the best way of keeping the prosthetic foot on the pedal - some kind of crampon style attachment might help, but not sure where to look?! And finally, can anyone recommend a good leg for cycling? Currently I am relying on the NHS, so I doubt they'd give me separate legs for cycling, skiing and climbing.
Sorry, just remembered one last question - does anyone have a swimming leg which is good for swimming? I find swimming quite hard now and was very self conscious when I went. I would love to be able to go on holiday again and swim in the sea, but given my lack of strength now, I would worry about that - does anyone have any advice?
Many thanks for taking the trouble to read this and for any suggestions anyone might have.