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  • Amputation Type:
    Above Knee
  • Amputation Date:
    25 October, 1994
  • Amputation Cause:
    Osteogenic Sarcoma
  1. Saw it was your birthday so I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday

  2. nicoler


    Hi heather, I lost my leg when I was eight. And If I were you I'd make it an issue, just for now. When she gets older she'll learn how to deal with it herself. We had a local athletic amputee put on a speech for the whole school so they could ask questions and understand why I had a prothesis. I was never teased, or talked about behind my back. If kids had questions I'd tell em to ask, better to ask than stare. If the other kids don't understand and there too afraid to ask, they find other ways of dealing with it.
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    Advice needed

    Hi Marie, DId you say four? Now I'm not a phycologist, but children deal with and view things differently than adults. I was eight when I lost my leg and I can say, it took a lil getting used to but I was perfectly comfortable with it. Don't be too surprised when she adapts to it within weeks. She'll find her own ways of reaching objects and maybe even hopping across the room. She'll be a pro with crutches in no time. They say the sooner they get into a prosthesis, the easier it will be. But let her do it in her own time. Encourage physical activity through out her life just like any other child. She may have questions later about why she lost her leg, but because shes so young she really has to live it in order to understand it. Children seem to have a way of accepting easily things that adults would struggle with. Its gonna be hard sometimes, but you just gotta support her as she figures it out. Nicole
  4. Hi Susan, Wow I'm really suprised to here that "it feels like your pushing a bolder." In that case it sounds like the rheo needs a computer adjustment. But anyways, like Lizzie said, just ditch it. I've tried probably half the knees on the market but I walked with the total knee for 6 years before moving to a mauch for the last 5 years. (which I wear out very consistently, I'm still under warranty and on my third hydrolic :) Anyway if the total knee works for you and doesn't limit you physically in ways it shouldn't, stick with it. I could go on and on about the crappy knee technology thats going around, but I'll lay off for now. I say if your not competively active, just stick with the basics. GOOD LUCK. Nicole
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    Inexplicable Rash

    I believe I posted this somewhere else, but I use a hydrocortisone cream. Actually its more like a salve. You can't get the strong stuff over the counter, but talk to a dermatologist for a perscription. It honestly works wonders on red itchy skin. Nicole
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    AK Snowboarding

    I don't have a picture yet, but I'm a snowboarder. Last week Shriners hospital sponsored "Unlimited Ski and Snowboard" camp in Utah. I was one of the lucky campers and had the opportunity to prove that AK snowboarding can be successful. I had a leg built in a bent position so that I could learn, but have recently found the XT9 knee. According to www.symbiotechsusa.com the knee can be used for: Telemark skiing, Alpine skiing, Cross country skiing, Water skiing, Wake boarding, Snow boarding, Surfing, Skate boarding Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Motocross, Rollerblading, Ice hockey, Ice skating and more! I haven't tried it yet, but I'll let you know when I do! Nicole
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    I use hydrocortisone cream too. Well it's more like a salve, but it works overnight miracles. You don't want the wimpy stuff that comes over the counter. I got my through a dermatologist. Nicole
  8. nicoler


    Thanks for the articles. I tried snowboarding last march and it was successful, for four hours. That was all my prosthesis could handle. The knee joint fell apart just as I got to my car as a result of all the twisting. My foot doesn't have a flexible joint or anything, but I suppose it could be helpful. I have a lot of control in my left leg and was able to keep the knee from buckling. I have a mauch knee that I can either lock in position, or has a damper buckle effect. I think it worked very well, but I think I'm going to need some type of a twisting element above the knee and a shock absorber.
  9. nicoler


    Hi, I don't know what the rules are in UK, but in Utah I receieved one leg a year when I was growing. Sometimes younger children require 2, depending on how fast they grow. She sould be using a trans-tibial system like the one shown here: http://www.endolite.com/children.htm This type of a leg is constructed of carbon fibre, and is tolerent to water. Prostetic knees and rods are the objects that need careful consideration when it comes to swimming. Since she is a trans-tibial, there is no need to worry. Hope this helps a little, best of luck, Nicole
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    skiing with bk-prothesis

    Hi People, While your on the subject of skiing and snowboarding, just thought I'd ask. I'm a AK and I started snowboarding in February. I have a lock system which works great, problem is the twisting on the board tends to pull on the knee and loosen the bolts. Any suggestions for next year? Keep in mind that I don't have any insurance right now. thanks, Nicole
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    Feeling sub-human

    Hey girl, Still in high school huh? I'm eighteen and a year ahead of my graduating class, why? I went to early college and will be half way to my associates by the time they walk! (evil laugh) Anyway that's not the point, high school sucks no matter who you are. I wasn't exaclty a social bird, but I knew people. In college I tend to get along with the adults much better than anyone my age. They come from the "real" world, in other words, they have the brains to understand that Hollywood isn't reality. I've meet guys that can't tell I am an amputee until I tell them. Then they get all excited and they want to see it. Those guys are the kind that get facinated with anything that can be fixed. I hate to cut this short but stick in there. High school isn't even the beginning, in fact I don't even think it's human. Feel free to e-mail me, after all, eveyone needs a new friend. Nicole :)
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    Prosthesis or Crutches?

    I used cruches (and hopping) for 5 months after my aputation, but I will never look at them again if I have a choice. They limited my independance and there's absolutely no way you can cover up a pair of cruches. Before I did everything I could to avoid the stairs, but now I take them two at a time. The heat factor was a problem at first, but I my leg has become acustomed to it and I don't have any problems. Many people on here have mentioned things about leg weight and trust me what feels heavy in you hands, isn't heavy on a strong leg. It becomes a part of your body, not exactly like a real one, but normal to you. I've found that a knee that does some of the work for you is lighter on the limb because it doesn't pull as much when you take a step. (that is if you get the right adjustment) In short, if you can get a leg to work out for you, it's the way to go because you'll have your life back. Nicole :)
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    Hi Simon and Family, I can understand how hard the last few months have been, but keep your chins up. I had a much different situation, considering that I was battling cancer at the time of my aputation. It took my leg 4 months to completely heal, but then I didn't have any platlets either. It may be a year or two before he can run again, but it sounds like he's strong. Walking wiht a prostetic is very different, but the sooner he can get the legs, the better. I have a friend that wasn't confortable with her leg and chose not to wear it , even 10 years later she still can't wear one. On the subject of love, we'll she's engaged. People don't know that I am an AK amputee until I tell them, and I'v e meet severl people that are facinated by it. They know that I'm different, in a good way. In other words, it means that you're unique and you've been through a situation that makes you sit back and open your eyes. You know and understand something that most people don't. It's not a matter of finding someone that likes you the way you are, but finding someone that appriciates who you are. People are mean, but they are also forever changing. Good Luck in rehab (I myself was never there, but I've heard good things) Nicole
  14. I just got a new leg last week with the Elation foot. It works miracles. I'm still in the adjustment stages but I completely love the foot. I have had some shoes for over a year that I was never able to wear, but know I can!!! :) I agree with Sue. It sounds to me as though this guy is in the wrong career field. I lost my leg when I was eight, so I know what I want and what I like. My prosthetist seems to understand when I say a millimeter makes a world of difference. And it really does! I am trying the Otto Bock 3R60 knee and haven't been able to get it adjusted right yet. One millimeter is too loose, and the other is tight! Quite comical when you think about it. Good Luck, I love the Elation foot!!! Nicole
  15. nicoler


    Ok, got a question for ya'll! I am an above knee amputee, but I have excellent motion control. I tried skiing a few years ago but wasn't comfortable with the idea because it required taking my leg off. I'm so comfortable with my leg, that taking it off seemed rediculous. I asked if snowboarding was a possiblity and well, lets just say I got a negative response. If my real leg, left, is on the front of the board, and I have upper control of my leg with a flexible knee, could I do it? Why wouldn't it work? <_< Nicole