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Caveman2ZA

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About Caveman2ZA

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  • Birthday 09/26/1944

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    Durban, South Africa
  • Interests
    Food chemistry, essential oils, vitamins, DIY

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  • Membership Type:
    Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    Right arm above elbow
  • Amputation Date:
    11-12-2002
  • Amputation Cause:
    motor car accident
  1. Stump Shrinkage

    Hi, The only suggestion I have is going on a Banting diet- high fat zero carbs- no sugar, rice ,potatoes, pasta flour based goods , starch and glucose products. High level of vegetables with a high fiber content, cutting down on meat portion sizes. It's excess glucose that your body get in that gets stored as fat under the skin. A high fat low carbs diet allows your body to control glucose making in your liver, so diet not recommended if liver is compromised. This diet will strip your fat in no time.
  2. Stump Shrinkage

    Well this is a problem to me & possibly it may be a problem to others in the amputee community. What I am looking for is contact with others who firstly have a similar problem & secondly (hopefully) folks who may just have found a solution to this problem, or suggestions that we could try. The nub of the problem is how to keep ones weight down ( or loose a few inches round the waist) BUT not loose any bulk round your stump, in fact I would like to plump my stump up a tad, otherwise my --.ing arm falls off when I try to carry moderated weight bag out of the shop, or tool bag back to the garage. I know there is stuff on the market to "firm up your skin", but when I read the ingredient list, it is not in line with what I read about being good for the skin etc. What we appear to need is stuff to penetrate the skin & add to the bulk underneath the skin, if I am logical I would say that increasing muscle mass is the under-skin way to bulk up, BUT while a stump has a few muscles, at least I find its mighty difficult to remember to exercise them, so the jolly muscles shrink. - all tumbles in the wrong direction. Does anyone have some suggestions?? I am starting to try & exercise the 2 pathetic muscles(they were v strong 10 years ago prior to accident) in my right upper arm stump, the ends of the muscles - biceps & triceps are tied together at the base of my humerus (nob of which was removed so as to fit into a socket). but its only flexing them as they cannot drive anything. As the "skin firming lotions" appear to be too synthetically geared, I am "having a go" at making a formulation of ingredients I have at hand to see what happens. I can only assume folks with leg stumps have similar problems.
  3. Blisters

    Hi Ann, I guess this may be a time to raise a question that may be related to your problem Ann. This is stump shrinkage, that I am having a problem with & it may be part of your problem. The nub of the problem is how to keep ones weight down ( or loose a few inches round the waist) BUT not loose any bulk round your stump, in fact I would like to plump my stump up a tad, otherwise my --.ing arm falls off when I try to carry moderated weight bag out of the shop, or tool bag back to the garage. I know there is stuff on the market to "firm up your skin", but when I read the ingredient list, it is not in line with what I read about being good for the skin etc. What we appear to need is stuff to penetrate the skin & add to the bulk underneath the skin, if I am logical I would say that increasing muscle mass is the under-skin way to bulk up, BUT while a stump has a few muscles, at least I find its mighty difficult to remember to exercise them, so the jolly muscles shrink. - all tumbles in the wrong direction. Does anyone have some suggestions?? .
  4. Blisters

    Look Ann, I am probably on the wrong track, but I remember in the bad old days - ~1964 that one thing that toughened skin on feet to stop blisters forming was a mix of meths & raw linseed oil. I only know that at the time I researched it as I was a runner & was going to walk (no running) 50 miles, so used it for ~3 weeks to toughen my feet. I can only say the race organizes made a mistake & the race was 52 miles, I never got any blisters & would have made it in 10 hours if I had not decided to help "push" the big fellow who had pushed me in the beginning of the walk, we finished together in 10:25- but there was,I think, an~ 1800ft rise we had to walk over ( Grahamstown to Bathurst and back)in the Eastern Cape. I can only say the mix worked on my feet, & at that pace I used to have wet feet, it may be worth researching. Without adequate circulation .healing is inhibited, - tensing the muscles should assist circulation..
  5. I Am Still Alive!!

    Hi Cherylm This morning as I was waking up, my brain re-gurgitated your problem infection & a bunch of history I have bumped up against. The first thing was that any infection that is not cleared up in 10 days means that you are “paddling up the wrong creek”. And the second is that there is a bunch of stuff you have around the home (or at the local shops) that CAN nail any bacteria. It’s a simple case of assembling them correctly at the right concentrations & then treating the wound to an irrigation treatment -& if its deep push it in with a pp tipped syringe every few hours. These simple components are:Water, Vodka, Tea Tree oil, glycerine, J&J’s no more tears shampoo, bicarb, and salt. Personally I would add very little ascorbic acid(vitamin C), and Chlorohexadine Gluconate, but that’s because I have a “belt & braces” approach to things as well as keeping this stuff in stock -wife calls me a mad scientist.
  6. Blisters

    Well lavender oil acts as a lubricant, so will decrease any rubbing considerably, as well as speeding up the skin re-growth.& healing. I found that I was able to wear an arm silicone suction sleeve & prosthesis with blisters once I was using the lavender... But my arm & your leg are two different skin types & mine being a suction hang mostly while yours is a much higher pressure situation. I wear my arm ~ 18hrs a day as I have a significantly compromised left hand (50% muscles work & 30% std power), & can do little by myself without it.
  7. I Am Still Alive!!

    Ouch! guess a hassle we have is that circulation to our feet is often not as good as it should be, which compromises our bodies immune system, & enables infections to get a bad edge. In this situation, I believe it is best to get a sensitivity test on the infection to ensure that what they select the right anti-biotic early on. There are strains that need to be identified, before they invade further. This sounds like an MRS, which I have heard, that only very good nurses as well are the right treatments can get the better of, it can be down to very precise techniques as well as using the most appropriate tools, which may not necessarily be anti-biotics.
  8. Blisters

    Hi Ann, I am new here, but did have a lot of problems with blisters on an arm prosthesis. All the info I got from doctors & prosthetists was of no use. Then I found lavender oil. It kills all known bacteria, penetrates the skin & encourages the body to repair. I also found that you have to be careful with areas you treat & do not treat, as if there is a section of skin that has lavender oil (must be augustofolia) a a bit untreated, the untreated portion will stick a little & will then blister. So if you are not going to treat the whole stump, you treat the blistering area heavily & then "feather down" the treatment to the area you are not going to treat. Some blisters just reabsorb, but it is usual to clear up in a few days with treatment. By the way I try to discourage the use of anti-biotics as much as possible, natural oils, vitamins, & the right food, usually help to overcome hassles without resulting in additional long recovery period.
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