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    I am an AK amputee and find exercise rather difficult concidering that I can no longer run with my current leg. Anyways, I was just wondering what everyone else uses. Nicole B)
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    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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    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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    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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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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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    AK Sockets?

    Ok, I need your help people! For those of you who are AK, how in the holy moley, do you get your hips to look even? Is there any kind of socket that looks natural. I walk natural, but I really would like to get rid of all those lumpy things! What kind of knee do you prefer? And how do you cover your knee to look natural? Keep in mind that I wear pants and long skirts. Nicole B)
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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
  16. 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
  17. I'm no professional, but I had the opportunity to visit with the Director of a Local Hospital Institute. We started talking about new programs at the Hospital and facial prostetics came up during our conversation. Being an ABA , I was curious to know why their are so few companies in the US that specialize in cosmetic coverings, this is a summary of his answer: In Britain, Doctors are generally payed the same amount while in the US, they are payed for surgery and patient care. Don't get me wrong here! That simply means that US doctors will go to great lengths to same the limb, before opting for amputation. In Britain, their prostetics are more advanced and often provide a better option than surgery. So, that is why the US isn't as advanced in prostetics as Great Britain, we don't have as great a demand. Nicole
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    I want to run!

    Hi, I learned how to run when I was 10, a year and 1/2 after my amputation. I had a revision surgery 2 years ago, and haven't been able to do it since. My leg just hasn't been strong enough to handle the impact yet. But when I was 10 I worked with a theropist for a month and was never able to master the concept, then I attended a workshop hosted by Todd Souffer and Dennis Alsup (paralimpic runners) and was running within a few hours. I think the hardest part is getting yourself to speed up and grasp the jump concept. In order to run you have to be stable on your prostetic. start on one leg, and hope onto the other, then you just alternate. It's much easier if you watch another amputee do it, that's how I learned. Good Luck Nicole
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    Ok, they asked about dating and we ended up talking about some wast of money movie, interestinf how this stuff goes! Any way. . . I was 8 when I lost my leg, but I have always been up front about it. I have found that guys are very accepting and, on occasions, facinated with my leg! I allow them to get to know me a little and then. . . well here is an example: There was a guy on one of my college classes who wanted to get to know me, so I asked him to go to a matinee movie. I drive with my left foot, so after I had driven for a few minutes, I asked if he thought it was strange I was driving with the wrong leg. Of course he just smiled. I told him and let him know that it was ok if he had questions. He thought it was the coolest thing in the world! Point is, it makes you different, different is good! At least they will remember who you are. Nicole
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    Fun stuff

    Well, you asked, so I'm going to give you an answer. . . I love to drive and have a passion for cars. I like to read, watch movies, eat food (note that I didn't say cook the food!), hang out with friends, and day dream about the ocean. (I live in Utah, so the coast isn't really an option!) SO, ya that's what makes me happy, and happy is what I like to do. Nicole
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    Three 'things' you would........

    WOW, Amazes me that they have all this stuff to help people out, Physical therapy, prostetist options, and forums, too bad it wasn't around when I was new at this! Consider yourself LUCKY
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    Can i still drive

    People ask me that question all the time, and I have never understood why. I'm an AK and I drive with the left food. I pull my right knee in and put the left one down, no problemo. You don't need a big car to do this with either. I drove a Dodge Intrepid for a few months and HATED, can I repeat HATED? HATED it. The position wasn't all the comfortable, and teh steering wheel was so close to my leg that I would occasionally smash my fingers. I opp for a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. Why, the bucket seat just works better for some reason and I don't have to pull the steering wheel down as far. Point is, if you have one leg, it's not even something to worry about! Nicole B)
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    " You just can't beat the person who never gives up." B) Find others at http://www.motivateus.com
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    Buying Shoes

    Well for those of us who don't have adjustable heel options yet, shoes are impossible! ;) Ok, Well I have found some solutions lately. I stick with flat shoes likes Wanted brand, platforms like Soda and Volatile, Sketchers, BC Footwear, lEI. , and Report. Ok, yeh, I know those may be a little to "stylish" for some people so I suggest Doc. Scholls, Connie, Naturalizer, and Doc. Martins. I have had my leg long enough that I am able to twist it just enough to get the shoe on and then stand up without making a seen. I'm also not as self concious as I was when I was a teen, so whatever. Shoes are out there, you just have to find them. GOOD LUCK! Nicole
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    cosmetic covers

    I would like a cosmetic covering too. (someday, when I'm rich!) Check out these sites: http://www.vorum.com (Canada) http://www.diortho.nl/eproc.htm (Netherlands) http://www.livingskin.com/default.asp (New York) http://members.aol.com/AdvProsth/Prosthetics.html (California) http://www.liberatingtech.com/products/pro...tails.asp?id=62 (Massachusetts) take a look around, things keep popping up!