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  1. Hey guys! It is me....long lost Judy (jberna)...Johnny shocked my sock (not socks..) off this week by calling to check up on my Dallas status. I hated to break it to him that I wont be there. It was a hard choice to make. It would have been one of the easiest ones for me to attend, since my sister lives in Dallas and I could stay with her. But it came down to finance, mainly.

    I learned to ski last january, started lessons on my one year anniversary of my amputation. I loved it. My kids and husband all ski well and I cant wait to join them this year. By being locals here in Utah we can basically all ski with season passes for the same money I would have needed to go to Dallas. I felt like I couldnt justify going this year, if it meant all of us having to pass on a whole season of skiing as a family.

    I hope you all understand...I will think of you that weekend and I hope you all have a FANtastic time...please take some pictures and SEND THEM TO ME! I love pictures!

    Things are going well here, although I dont get to check in nearly as much as I'd like. Summer is here, four kids home from school, and we are busy exploring the world every day. I love the comfort of my suction leg, most days I dont think at all about it being 'not real'.

    I again want to thank all of you who DO check in here often and are a great support for those new people who are joining. I often send people here, when I meet other amputees in public and by phone. I truly love you guys here and the support you provide.

    When school starts I promise to check in more often! ;)

    Judy

    LBK

    Utah


  2. It was fun having this post being brought forward again. I DID end up getting my permanant leg done right after that post...got skin color on the outside and some great Seattle Seahawks fabric laminated on the inside....would love to post a picture but always struggle with the process....may try later.

    It is such a personal decision, and something you truly have to 'live with', day in and day out...but I like what I finally decided on. And I love seeing what others have chosen!

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  3. I was sharing with some friends the other day that I have my leg, cremated, in a box in my closet. I plan to throw the ashes from a mountain top some day soon, to say goodbye to my old life and hello to my new one. They were amused by the stories I told them about trying to make the calls to mortuaries, and asking them if they would 'just' cremate a leg for me....

    which led to the question....when I die someday...will my husband pay, say 20% less for my cremation, since a chunk of me is 'already done'? :D ;)

    judy

    lbk

    utah


  4. Once again I have let several weeks (close to a month) get by without checking this site. I am a very loyal fan of this site, have loved it from the minute I found it, a few months before my amputation surgery. I was so dedicated to checking it almost daily in the early months but as I got better, and suddenly more mobile, I have gotten busy doing other life stuff. That is good on a lot of levels, I can finally do the simple life things I have been waiting so long for...but it means much less time on the computer.

    Okay, done rambling...just wanted to thank those of you who DO check this site almost every day, and keep up with greeting new people. You are all so dedicated to answering people who have desperate questions. I will try to be better about checking in...I love the laughs I get from here, the ideas I get, the stories of other amputees defying the odds....and like to help others myself, when I can.

    I always recommend this site to any amputee I meet and know you guys will be here to greet them....and no matter how long I 'stay away', you will always be here when I get back...thanks. ;)

    Judy

    Lbk

    Utah


  5. I am a huge believer in organ donation, from the other side. My mom died just over ten years ago. She was healthy, had just lost a bunch of weight and was learning to country dance, a life long dream, when she had a stroke and died a day later. It was devastating to me, and my close family. I was a new mom, had NO idea I would live my adult years without her. Truly the only comfort I had in the early days of grief, besides my faith that she was in a wonderful place, was that her organs helped something like EIGHT other people. I liked knowing that other moms/dads were alive because of her donation

    I am on the list, and feel like they can have any part that is left of me! I'll be moving on to a place where I wont need them so they might as well help someone else live.

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  6. Congrats Si and Annie! I am just getting to this posting but had to add my well wishes! To answer mmaries question, I would highly recommend she go see the sabolich people...I have heard nothing but fantastic things about them...at least call them, they are VERY helpful!

    Hey Si, will we get a picture of your new leg after you get it?...maybe a picture of the leg with you doing the chimp face for us.....or is the chimp more than a facial impression?...no wait, I dont want to know the answer to that! :o

    judy

    lbk

    utah


  7. I'm with June....losing an arm/hand is so much harder than a leg, when it comes to duplicating the motion you lost. I am thrilled with the technology of the legs these days and know it is only getting better with time. I dont think, for me, having a real leg attatched would ever be able to come close to the 'ease of life' I have with my artificial leg. There are so few things I cant do (walk to the bathroom quickly in the night) that to me, are just minor annoyances...much LESS annoying than dealing with more surgery/rejection/drugs.

    I can see, for arms, how this might be a good option, to be able to feel and touch things, and also do small motions like tying shoes. But I have to admit it IS creepy, when you look at the picture of that guy...to look down and see someone elses hands on your body...kind of personal.

    I hope it works out for this guy, and the technology improves for hand amputees.

    Just my little humble opinion....

    Oh...and I dont have phantom pains but I would wonder, for those of you who do struggle with them, how much they would change (better/worse) if you put someone elses legs on your body..? :blink:

    judy

    lbk

    utah


  8. So what's it called when you are exercising and get a bit too much sweat in your liner so that every other step on the treadmill makes your foot hit the ground at different angles...sometimes even backwards?.... :blink: :)

    Seriously marcus, make a real one for us, then make a fun one...we love it when you make us laugh! ;)

    judy

    lbk

    utah (by the way, when are we meeting for lunch?...)


  9. Hello Teri. I got tears in my eyes, reading your posting. It is just one of those difficult times in life where you really cant ever know exactly what you should do, you just have to follow your heart and your head equally, and be patient. I dont have much advise except to say time will help....

    I wish you the best of luck and want to remind you we are all here to support you and Chris thru this difficult time. :(

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  10. I laughed at this story, mainly because I had something similar happen to ME about two months ago.... :blink:

    I had worn a pin system since I got my leg (for a year) and knew it was time to decide what I wanted for my permanant leg. I was not 100% happy with the pin but had tried some other things early on in the process and didnt like them. As a last ditch try before I decided on a permanant my pros. offered to 'rig me up' a suction type leg to try for a few days.

    My guys are GREAT and I trusted they could do anything so I was thrilled at the chance. I went in, waited an hour or so while they altered my leg to be a suction leg, then tried it on. LOVED it immediately. I had tried a version of suction before and hated it but I suppose I had stablized more or something because it was the first time I took the 'trial walk' down the street outside and just wanted to keep walking!

    Went home, thrilled...walked the block at home with my kids, then played bball with them, then went for a few runs down the neighborhood sledding hill....was truly thrilled that I found something so comfortable.

    Then bedtime came....My pros. had said all I had to do to get it off was to roll down the knee sleeve to break the suction. I did that but the leg was still on....we pulled, and tugged, no release. :o

    I was getting a bit nervous, thinking I would have to sleep in it until I could get back to the pros., but knew that would drive me CRAZY! Luckily we had tried going to bed early that night so it wasnt an ungodly hour when I finally dialed my pros. on the phone. He offered a trick or two that would release it if the suction just wasnt breaking but nothing helped. :blink:

    Finally my brilliant husband tried sticking something down my liner, got the suction on my liner to come apart from my leg and I got my LEG out of the socket...but that left the liner still stuck in the leg! There was no way to put the leg back on now.

    I got up in the morning and got the kids off to school on crutches (ARGGG!...after being able bodied again, being on crutches annoys me twice as much now!) Hobbled out to the car and drove to the pros. office first thing.

    They took my leg back to the lab and came back one minute later shaking their heads....

    When they had switched my leg over to a suction system they had left the pin stuff in there, just didnt use it. One minor thing we forgot...to unscrew the pin from my liner! So at some point in the evening before, the pin had caught up with the pin hole and locked in...no wonder we couldnt "just tug" that leg off! Boy do I believe in how secure pin systems are now! All they had to do in the lab was reach in and push the button and the liner came right out! GEESH!

    We had a good laugh about it as they took the pin off my liner and I was on my way....but boy can I relate to that feeling of "this leg WONT COME OFF!" :D

    Judy

    LBK

    Utah, USA (for all you aussies who might now know where Utah is...)


  11. Hey! Thanks for the suggestions...yes, I was infected (dont judge me please...I mean my computer is infected! :blink: ) I sent it out to my computer dude, Charlie, and he cleaned it up for me...back online now! Made me realize how much I need my computer on a daily basis!

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  12. Okay Marcus and Muz...you had me laughing out loud just now....my cat is looking at me funny since I am alone in the room and laughing to myself.....

    Let me add, I think I had the ASH procedure since my leg now resides in a velvet box, cremated, in the top of my bedroom closet. (I plan to throw the ashes off the top of a Utah mtn one of these days, as a symbol of throwing my old life away, starting new...)

    I have the video that the Ertl people put out, have not actually watched it yet, but loaned it to Tami, who enjoyed it I think. I researched it but didnt have it done mainly because the doc locally that would do it was very behind and it would have bumped my surgery back by at least another six months, and I was ready to get on with life. I am doing great with my 'regular' amputation (BK) so am thankful.

    I would encourage anyone who is facing amputation to look at the website and then make sure the doc they are with is familiar iwth it, if they want it.

    Let me know when the Marcus & Muz show is coming to Salt Lake City....I will be first in line to buy tickets... :P

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  13. Sheila, I hope you dont mind me tagging onto your posting...I have not had a chance to check this site for about a month...have thought of my friends here often but just didnt get the time to log on.....so I would also like to say WELCOME to anyone I have missed. The more friends we get here the more we can help each other. I am proud to be a part of this great forum! If anyone needs to contact me and I dont answer a posting here, please feel free to do a personal email...I check my regular email every day.

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  14. I'm sorry to be so late to offer my welcome. I dont get to this site as often as I would like, keeping up with a housefull of kids like I do. But I was cruising thru today and found your story. Just know we all are here for you, and all understand the emotions you are going thru. I am glad you are talking to a counselor, I am sure it will help more than you realize now. Hang in there and know this time next year things will be much better...

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  15. Hey, I was thinking it might be helpful for everyone who was thinking of going to the ACA convention in Dallas to agree to meet at a certain time/place. It would be a shame to get home and realize we missed each other...PLUS we could take a group photo and post it here...wouldnt that be FUN? :D

    I have a sister in dallas so will be staying with her, not sure which days I will be at the convention....does anyone feel qualified to set a time/place for this meeting? I have never been to one, so am pretty clueless about events, how things go.... :ph34r:

    If no one steps up, I may have to set the date and hope someone shows up....

    Judy

    Utah

    LBK


  16. I was quickly cruising thru the new posts today and became confused...when I click on certain postings I get sent immediately to the heather mills site home page....it was several postings this happened with, but not all...any suggestions?...I'd hate to miss out on a good posting because I couldnt get to it...now watch, the answers to THIS posting I wont get to see because when I try to click on it, it will send me back to the home page!....help! :ph34r:

    judy

    utah

    lbk


  17. I just had a second to check in quickly with my friends here..the weeks fly by and I dont get here as much as I'd like...but I HAD to give a big hello to the OTHER judy around here! I never find anyone with my name...welcome, fellow Judy!

    Judy

    LBK

    Utah

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