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    Potts fracture (Charcot foot)
  1. Hi, I'm in the UK and been a left bk amp since 2008. Firstly the boring bit- it's vital that you tell DVLA and your insurers. If you want to retain the manual option DVLA will require you to sign a confirmation that you do not need an auto or adapted vehicle, and your insurers are not allowed to increase your premium solely on the basis of disability. The advice I was given by my assessment centre was that , although they encourage amputees to not limit their ambitions,a right bk shouldn't really consider driving a manual (due to possible issues in an emergency stop situation) but it was perfectly possible for a left bk to do so as long as they felt confident that they were able to do so safely. As my daily car was already an auto this wasn't an issue for me but I wanted to keep the option of driving our other manual car and agree its possible to drive a manual but frankly as you are lifting the prosthetic at an unusual angle I found driving in heavy traffic where frequent clutch use is needed a bit tiring. One other thing to consider is that after your amputation it may be quite a while until you get a prosthetic that you feel completely comfortable with and can wear all day. With an automatic you can resume driving as soon as you feel well enough and your wound has healed enough. As long as I had somebody to help load and unload my wheelchair with an auto I was able to drive well before I got my first prosthetic (although without my left leg to help me brace I soon found that driving briskly round twisty roads and slippery leather seats made an interesting mix). That bit of a return to normality meant a lot Hope this helps a bit and good luck!!! Tony.
  2. Here in the UK we are getting quite good coverage - it certainly helps that following on from the mainstream Winter games we're winning medals in events that we've not featured in for years (if at all). I think it all follows on from the massive buzz that we had here in 2012 with the success of the London Olympics and Paras - for example a lighthearted short daily round up show for the Paras (""The Last Leg" on Channel 4) with 2 out of 3 presenters being disabled is now an established regular Friday night show in it's own right.
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    Help with costs of prosthetic

    Where is the young man from - if UK, despite its limitations (although I've been we'll served at Sheffield), the NHS is the starting point as especially he is still growing and will need frequent renewals until he has stopped growing.
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    Well , the turkeys been eaten , the last cracker pulled and we're onto the Stilton and Port so all that's left to do today is to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and here's hoping for a healthy and Happy New Year to come!!
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    Gel sleeve allergy?

    Kate, Also on the same lines as JohnnyV and CherylM, even if you haven't changed your products have the manufacturers slightly changed their formulas ? This could also be enough to trigger a reaction. Best of luck in getting it sorted soon Tony
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    Hallowe'en Trick or Treat

    Looking forward to Hallowe'en fun - answering the door to "cool" teenaged Trick or Treaters without my prosthetic on and seeing their faces when they reach into the bag of sweets and find a joke shop severed foot amongst the goodies! Anybody else have a favourite prank?
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    Where Y'all from

    Hi, I grew up in Yorkshire at the entrance of the Dales in genteel Harrogate and then work took me firstly across the Pennines to South Manchester , then for a short period up to Washington (the original in the NE of England ) and finally to North Nottinghamshire at the edge of Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest.
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    D.I.Y prosthetics

    Yes, I agree that it's certainly not the finished product yet but as you say the important thing is that instead of following the established path of developing and building on existing established principles a new generation is looking to re-invent today's accepted norm with tomorrow's eyes
  9. Looking on here and seeing the prices paid for prosthetics in the US I can't help being thankful for the much (often unjustly) maligned NHS here in the UK. Googling idly today I came across this - although a bit "Heath Robinson" at the moment if a young man can come up with such a cheap solution surely big business could take it forward and refine into a reliable prosthetic for the masses where even a few pounds (or dollars) is beyond their means. http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/alabama_student_makes_prosthet.html
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    How things have changed - it's been just over a month since I started this thread frustrated at the lack of activity on the site and now every day there seems to be new posts about something or another. You would have thought that I would have learned a little patience by now but I suppose that's what comes from being a Tyke!! Long may it continue
  11. I've also started to buy multi packs of 5 pairs of socks all the same colour - with 1 on the prosthetic it's ages until I run out of clean ones for my "good" foot!
  12. Jane, Your "mouse tails" reminded me of the old Tom & Jerry cartoons with them chasing round the kitchen and the hysterical maid balancing on a stool!! Another (admittedly gross) advantage of only 1 leg is half the quantity of toe nail clippings in the bath!!
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    Amputee Glossary

    Simply this year's new way for the "yoof" to bamboozle their elders and demonstrate that they're up with the latest trends - there'll be another fad next year #whateverhappenedtoquillpens?
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    starting again

    More like a rough pâté - all the bits of meat are picked from the boiled skull then set using extra gelatine if necessary. It's a very old traditional English peasant dish and actually quite tasty but not for the faint- hearted ( or vegetarians!!).
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    What do you do....

    Good evening everybody, After my BKA in 2008 I returned to my previous job on one of the UKs major coal fired power stations. As my job is substantially office based working on an extensive heavy engineering site hasnt caused too many problems although it does amuse me when I don all the protective gear needed to venture out into the grubby side of things and I put on safety boots to protect a foot that is probably more robust than the boot!!! It also surprised a visiting Fire Officer when he realised he was talking to a one legged Fire Marshal. Although Im now actually much more mobile than I was before the amputation, when I returned to work I was in a wheelchair and was not expected to progress beyond being able to take more than a few steps with the prosthetic leg and sticks so I was fortunate to have good support from my colleagues who operated a buddy system to help me load/unload my wheelchair and helped with carrying files etc. However , within 2 months of getting my prosthetic and returning to work I could manage the walk in from the car park to my desk and the wheelchair has been in the garage ever since. My employer has also been extremely supportive with adaptations etc for example, all the doors that I regularly use were converted to push button operation and they always consult me on any issues that come up around site that may affect me (or potentially any other disabled person who may come to site). Without sounding too PR they are very aware of diversity and inclusion issues generally - they were a major partner for the London Olympics and Paralympics and a major sponsor of the GB Paralympics team up to London and now going forward to Rio. As I've said I'm pretty mobile now only using a stick for rough terrain and have simply taken up where I left off but the support in the early days of getting back to work made all the difference.