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  1. Thanks Ann and Neal for answering my post! It's helpful. If someone else on this forum also has a skin graft at the bottom of the stump, it would be great if you could let me know which system (pin or vacuum) you use. Thanks! Gwen
  2. I've been an amputee for 20 years. In the last 3 years, I've had a lot of issues with my prosthesis. I have a skin graft and I get wounds/skin breakdowns frequently. I've mostly used the pin system since my amputation. I'm wondering which system would be the best for me. I'm a BK amputee. I've been told that either the pin system (with a good socket fit)or the vacuum system (Harmony) could be the answer to my problems. However, I'm confused which one of these systems I should go for. My main goal is to walk with no pain and not have skin breakdowns. Does anyone else on this forum also have a skin graft? If so, which system do you wear and are you happy with it? Thanks! Gwen
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    New York Triathlon

    Hi Austin and Ali, I finished the NYC triathlon in 3h25min! We were doing a relay with my husband. I did well on the swim (26 min) but struggled a little bit more with the bike portion...There was a mistake in the results but they should be updated later this week. It was one of the best experiences of my life! There were a lot of PC athletes in this race: Sarah Reinertsen, Paul Martin, Kelly Bruno.....(just to name a few)! I would never have thought I could do a triathlon after I had my accident! My message to everyone is: never give up and pursue your dreams! You can do it! Thanks for your support! :) Gwen
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    New York Triathlon

    Hi Maryl, Thanks for your encouragements. I also participate in this triathlon to raise funds for the Leukemia Society. This is the website if you want to help: http://www.active.com/donate/tntnyc/tntnycFBordea I will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks! Gwen
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    New York Triathlon

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to share this news with you. I registered for the NYC Triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) last November. I'm doing this triathlon as a relay and my husband will do the running. I have a skin graft so running is not the best thing for me. I've been training very hard for the swimming and the biking in the last few months. I had to train even more for the swim as I've never been very good at freestyle. It's been awesome! I've been training with Team in Training, a great organization that raises money for Leukemia. The NYC triathlon will be held on July 22nd! Sarah Reinertsen and other amputees who participate in ironmans and triathlons inspired me a lot! I will keep you posted on my progress! Gwen
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    Todd Philpott

    I met Todd in Central Park in New York. It was so inspiring! He showed me how to hand-cycle. It's really a great sport. I would love to participate in the NYC Marathon. I never thought I could participate in a marathon before but meeting Todd gave me a lot of hope. I wanted to thank Todd for this amazing experience! He's a wonderful person. What an inspiration! Gwen :)
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    Summer in France

    I'm a BK amputee originally from Paris and living in New York. I would suggest that you take an extra leg with you. You can always encounter problems with your prosthesis when travelling and it's safer to take a spare leg when you go away. For the flight, I usually keep my prosthesis on in the plane. I find it smart not to seat near the window, but near the aisle so that you can stretch the leg with your prosthesis. It's also fine to take it off during the flight if you feel more comfortable. I would add something specific to the Roissy CDG airport. I always have to wait about half an hour at security because of my prosthesis. They usually have to make a call for a special agent to come and it takes time. So take that into consideration when you fly back. I travel a lot as an amputee! It's one of my favorite hobbies. Have a great time in France! :D Gwen
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    Bone infection

    Hi everyone, Thanks for your support. I got great news today. I got the results of the MRI and it shows no sign of bone infection. The bone scan report said I had osteomyelitis, which was not accurate. I still have a wound that has to heal. But I don't need to have a revision surgery. I try to rest as much as I can and I take antibiotics. I'm so relieved! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Gwen :)
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    Bone infection

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to keep you posted. I went to see an orthopedic doctor today and he also told me I needed to have a revision surgery. He does not believe that the antibiotics would work. I made an appointment with a vascular surgeon to discuss the surgery. It's really difficult to accept to have another surgery. My last revision surgery was 12 years ago. For those of you who had revision surgery, how long did it take to fully recover? I was told it could take up to 2 months. Thanks again. Nice to have this great forum with great people like you. Gwen :)
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    Bone infection

    Thanks for your replies. I'm going to see an orthopedic surgeon this week to have a second opinion and I'll make a decision. Gaza, I'm sorry you had so many revisions. It seems like antibiotics don't work well for bone infections. It's a shame as I would prefer taking antibitiotics rather than having another surgery. Thanks for the advice. I'll keep you posted. Gwen :)
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    Bone infection

    Thanks Dancingfool. The doctor told me that the antibiotics will probably not work and slow the healing process. I really would like to try the antibiotics before considering a surgery. Gwen :D
  12. Hi everyone, I've had a wound on my tibia for 6 months. I went to see a wound specialist and I had a bone scan last week. The wound specialist told me I had a bone infection and I needed to have a revision surgery ASAP. I'm going to see another doctor to have a second opinion. I had a bone infection 12 years ago and I remember taking antibiotics first before considering a revision surgery. Has any of you been in a similar situtation? If you had a bone infection, was a revision surgery necessary? Thanks. Gwen :)
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    Wound care

    Thanks for all your advice. It's very nice of you. Ann, which steriod cream did you use? I went to see my GP and a wound care specialist. I have to go for a bone scan next week. So I'm hoping it's going to work. It's been going on for too long. The problem is that the best way for this wound to heal would be not to wear my prosthesis, which is almost impossible for me to do during the week with work. I try to rest on the week end. I will keep you posted. Take care. Gwen :)
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    Wound care

    Hi everyone, I've had a wound on my stump (on the bone) for 5 months. I've used antibitiotics creams but nothing seems to work. The wound does not heal. Has any of you had a similar problem? What did you do? Did it work? Thanks for your advice. Gwen
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    Did anybody see

    I watched Nightline on wednesday with Sarah Reinertsen and I was so impressed. Sarah is such a amazing woman! She has a very positive attitude. She never gives up. It was tough for her last year when she participated in the Ironman competition but could not finish but she did not give up and she will do it again this year. I'm sure that she will finish it this year. Sarah is the most inspiring amputee I've ever seen! I admire her and it makes me want to participate in a triathlon. Gwen
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