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  1. Afet


    Thank you to all of you who have written here, thanking me for serving loyally as one of the Moderating Team. I am truly moved beyond words. Joining the team was an honour and I enjoyed it very much. I learnt many things, and I thank Johnny for giving me the opportunity to develop. I have also made some lifelong, loyal, friends for which I'll always be grateful. However, the time has now come to leave you and focus my energies and strengths on other things. I sincerely wish this forum, and all its members, every success for the future. Afet
  2. Mel, At first, I thought it was what Muz has just described too, but then I realised that they'd use an ULTRASOUND scan of your stump, as opposed to a computer captured 3D image. (I don't even know the proper terminology for it ) I have had test sockets made using that beast Muz has posted, but No, it didn't work for me either. It all seemed so hopeful, but alas, I'm back to the white stuff too <_< Which evidently works better in my case :)
  3. Afet

    Hello Everyone

    Hi Kimbo and welcome to the forum :D My name is Afet and I've been a bilateral below knee amputee since July 2003. Join in when you can and enjoy it here! B)
  4. I received this story today. If anyone from here gets to be involved in one of the trials, would you mind sharing your experiences here? I'm interested to see how this works and how much of an improvement it is to regular casting methods. Thanks :) -------------------------------------- HI-TECH HOPE FOR AMPUTEE PATIENTS MILLIONS of amputees will soon have their lives transformed by a state-of the- art artificial limb. Experts in Scotland have invented a system which uses 3D technology to design a custom built socket for a new arm or leg. They say that badly fitting prosthetics can cause agonising ulcers and one in four is thrown away because they do not fit properly. But now amputees are being offered a pain-free alternative which promises patients a unique artificial limb. Dr Christos Kapatos, of Glasgow's Kelvin Institute, developed the SOCKET-FIT at St rathclyde University 's department of bioengineering. He said: "There is nothing like this in the market and it will make an incredible difference to amputees." He added: "The soft tissues of the body were not designed to take any load and prosthetics can feel uncomfortable. "We have now devised a way that will make prosthetic limbs as comfortable as possible. It is ulceration and problem free." Around 65,000 people in the UK have lost a limb and experts claim the number of patients needing amputations is on the rise due to conditions such as diabetes. SOCKET-FIT takes an ultrasound of the stump and creates a 3D image of the unique design for each person. That customised model is then used to carve out the socket which is fitted to the patient. Clinical trials of SOCKET-FIT will start in September. Article taken from this page of the Daily Record website.
  5. Thanks for saving the day with your in-depth answer, Marcus :D
  6. Afet

    Funding Approved!

    I'm also wishing you the very best, Roz :)
  7. That's exactly who I was thinking of when I said that "many here share her message"!!!! :lol:
  8. I was sent this story today, and thought I'd share it with everyone here. It's quite inspirational, and her message is one that many here share... B) ---------------------- Amputee chooses to lose the crutches The accident tore off part of her leg, broke her neck, burned her with battery acid and left her in the hospital for months. She still can’t remember the day in September 1985 when a motorcycle accident left her on crutches for years, with surgery after surgery and medication after medication to her name. But she will always remember Tuesday. It was the day she taught her first class at the Davenport West YMCA. Christie Hagedorn is an amputee, right below her left knee. She wears a prosthetic leg. She is hoping her journey from lying strapped in a hospital bed at the age of 20 to being able to lift weights, swim, walk on the treadmill and do step aerobic classes at the age of 41 will inspire others to turn to exercise. “If I can do it and my leg is not flying off …” she says with a big, well-known smile punctuating her equally well-known sense of humor. Hagedorn, who is married with four children, was active in sports growing up in Geneseo, Ill. So when a doctor told her 10 years after her accident to think about further amputating her leg because of the problems she was encountering with infection, she asked why she couldn’t try exercise instead. She enlisted the help of a professional. “I got my strength back in my hip flexors. I got more mobility in my knee,” she said. “I started walking without crutches and no more sores.” For Christmas 1996, her husband bought her a membership to the Scott County Family Y. “That was the start of me getting my life back, simple pain exercise,” she said. Hagedorn returned to the gym while raising and home schooling her children. She did cardio and built her confidence and strength in the weight room. At the urging of others, she periodically thought about making helping others be fit a career. When her youngest turned 18 in February, Hagedorn went to work for the Y. It had been 20½ years since the accident. “It truly is a God experience,” she said of her journey to health. Told many times by many people that she couldn’t do lots of things, her response is: “What do you mean? You can’t tell me I can’t do something.” She rollerblades and swims and drives a stick shift with much glee, she said. However, Hagedorn does continue to grieve for her leg, she said, adding that “everything changes when you are an amputee.” She overcomes her grief by remembering that she’s not only alive, but able to live. Her goal now is for other amputees, and others with physical obstacles, to see what she has gotten out of regular exercise. “It’s incredible how the body responds. I don’t want people to think they can’t do something. I don’t want their ailment to be a negative.” Story taken from this page of the Quad City Times website, which has pics.
  9. Afet

    Reflex action

    When either taking my legs off or putting them on, occasionally, one (or both) of them fall down. What really bugs me though is the amount of times I've gone to "save" that falling leg with one of my poor little stumps Whack! <_< Ouch! :o What makes it worse is that you'd think I'd learn not to do it because of the pain I sometimes get from being such a div
  10. Afet

    Reflex action

    Good one! :lol: :lol: :D
  11. Afet


    Very well said, Linda :) Jim, congratulations on beating the odds and living a very satisfying life B) Glad that you're here, sharing your "experience, strength and hope" with us ;)
  12. Ohhh, I see what you mean (I did wonder if you meant the sleeves NOT the whole leg ) Well, I don't think any water can get through them, but is more likely to get in the tiny gap between skin and sleeve. Having said that, when I've rolled down the sleeve after using the legs in the shower, I noticed that my liners were still dry inside. So it appears that not much got through. I would imagine that the newer the sleeve, the more chance that it will be tight enough to stop water getting in that way. I wouldn't like to get it wrong though. Perhaps Marcus can tell us what he thinks?? OVER HERE MARCUS!! :lol:
  13. No, not daft at all, Rob. My prosthetist tells me that they are totally non-corrodible. He told me that the pylon shouldn't corrode but it is covered with foam, for added protection. The feet on them are a pair of SACH feet, which, I am told, are basically wood. I don't particularly like walking in them, and wanted something better, but he told me that these are totally non-corrosive and he's unwilling to give me anything that may corrode and put me in danger, should they get damaged in the water and subsequently snap off :o I haven't swam in them yet, nor am I particularly likely to dive in them, but I am told that they'd be ok to wear in the pool or the sea, though most amps prefer to take them off to swim. They'd definitely be ok if I wore them around those environments anyway. And, as you know, they held up in the shower ;) :P
  14. Yep... that's the one. It's worn half over your prosthesis, and you roll the over half over your thigh when wearing your prosthesis. I have a pair of IceFlex Endurance sleeves, from Ossur, that I used to wear on my suction sockets, but now wear with my water activity legs. Here's a pic:
  15. Afet

    Have We Met Before?

    Hi Muz, Good idea! :D I have only met one person from here so far, as I was in their neck of the woods. I had an appointment in that area and was with my mum. It was a gorgeous day, so this person drove us to a pub where we had lunch then dropped us off at the seaside, which was a lovely thing to do. It was really nice meeting this person, that day :) I haven't mentioned names, so if that person comes along and reads this, then you are welcome to say it was you. I don't mind at all :) I am totally NOT against meeting others. I would love to! In fact, I had hoped to be at the ACA Conference this year to meet whoever went from here, but I had to change my plans :( You definitely haven't met anyone from this forum, Muz??