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    Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    RBK
  • Amputation Date:
    June 2nd 2004
  • Amputation Cause:
    Med. Accident
  1. NeoAmputee

    hello everyone~

    Hello everyone~ I always thought of this forum and the kind people I met in here. It's been already 7 months since I received the amputation surgery. When I first tried my prosthetic leg, it seem like that it would not be possible to walk right with it. But now I can walk and run again (run efficiently with no energy returning leg). I registered classes for this spring semester and I have been taking classes in the college again. It feels wonderful that I can pursue my dream as a doctor. I just want to thank all of you for supporting me emotionally and also for giving me tips on how to survive in many different situations. I always have new hope for better condition with my prosthetic leg and being an amputee. I will come by and visit you guys again. Thank you again.
  2. NeoAmputee

    Trip to Niagara Falls

    Hello~ Catherine I am not sure whether Niagara Falls is suitable for the honeymoon or not. but if you decide to travel there, I recommend you to go to the falls in the Canadian side. First of all, they have better view. Second, they have much better hotels and more places to entertain. If you want to gamble for fun, there are many casinos in the Canadian side but I doubt that you want to risk your honeymoon with gambling; if you lose, it could be fatal! hahaha~ :lol: Ok~ I hope it gives you some ideas.
  3. NeoAmputee

    Trip to Niagara Falls

    Hello all, Last week I went to Niagara Falls with my family. My father visited me from my home country and I wanted to go travel with him. My mother did not want me to walk alot because it has been only about one month since I started to use my prosthesis. However, I just wanted to go somewhere else far from my house; I have been only in my house for about three months. My parents decided to visit some wineries in the Finger Lake area where they found very beautiful. It took about seven and a half hours to get to the winery where we made reservation for a room. Next morning we hit the road and started driving to Niagara Falls. After about three more hours, we got there and were amazed by the Falls. It meant alot to me because I could not travel far distance like this since I was fifteen years old. Our family took alot of pictures and had fun! Most amazing thing was that I was able to walk really alot in the park and on the road right beside the Falls. It was just exciting and nice view. :lol:
  4. NeoAmputee

    About NeoAmputee

    Hello guys~ How are you doing all? :lol: I have been browsing this forum and figured that I have never written any introduction about me. So I decided to write a short introduction about me. My name is Sang Cho and lives in Maryland. I used to go to the University of Maryland College Park majoring in Bio-tech Eng and Pre-med; I have been taking a year off due to my amputation and stuffs. Yeah~ it is funny isn't it? I speak funny English but still managed to come this far. I had eleven surgeries before my amputation due to the medical accidence in my home country. After the eleven reconstruction sugeries, I was able to walk but couldn't feel anything on my right foot so it developed some pressure sores. Eventually, those became open wounds and prevented me from doing my daily activities. However, the main reason that drove me to the amputation was my ex-girlfriend who I really loved. I just wanted to be more like a normal person, walking without limping and walking long distance without bleeding from my senseless foot. But shortly after the amputation, she left. Wow! Again getting too personal~ haha~ :lol: Anyway, now I am doing much better, walking around and preparing for next semester in the college. By the way, I just want to say that this forum and people from this forum gave me alot of strength to overcome this challenge. Thank you all for your supports!
  5. NeoAmputee

    At least my life has been consistent-

    Hello~ Phoenix I just don't know where to start to make you feel better. Don't let the fear and the frustration take you over. I do not know exactly how you feel but I think I do know some parts of the fear you are having now. Multiple-surgeries and same problem keep on interfering your life. I am sure God will give you the day when you can think back this event and smile for your victory over this problem. I will pray to God for you and those people who will perform surgeries on you to do their best for the best result. Stay strong!
  6. NeoAmputee

    Hello~ I am back!

    Hello Co. Thank you for your reply. :lol: Yeah... I went to my prosthetist today and told them about the liner. I think it is silicon gel insert. Yesterday, I was online for 2 hours to find the price of each code for each component they used for my prosthesis. I finally found a link to MAA NM and found the max price for each component. After I found out the MAA NM code and what it meant, I regret not putting my prosthetist in competition with other prosthetists. Anyway, my prosthetist said that he will replace those for free. He said that there must be some error such as thinner layers of silicon at the buttom by mistake. He also said that he will do something else if this new silicon gels split again. After he listened to my complaint about the silicon gel, he called the company right away and let me talk to them how I felt about their product. Honestly, I was planning to file a complaint to FTC against the company who is responsible for this silicon gel. I just hope this new gels stay longer on my residual limp without splitting. <_< Again, thank you Co for your reply. :P PS: By the way, how much did you pay for your Iceross sport? Are they comfortable? I heard that it is locking-end liner which I cannot use at this time but I want to use it eventually with Ceterus leg.
  7. NeoAmputee

    Hello~ I am back!

    Hello~ How are you doing guys? I went to prosthetist last Monday to make some adjustments on my prosthesis. It seems like he just wants me to put more socks on my residual limp. That way, he said, my residual limp would fit into the socket more snugly and comfortably. Also, he applied some pad on the front so it could prevent the thin-skin area rubbing against the socket. After all those adjustments, I was able to walk much better. Last week I went out to see my friends for the first time since I received the amputation surgery. I went to movie and stuffs. I am feeling great these days. Thank you guys for your advice and supports. :lol: As always, I found new problem. My prosthesist gave me two identical silicon liners and it costed me 980 USD. Even though it is pretty expensive, they break so easily. I wore it once and now I have really big hole at the tip of the silicon liner. I am just wondering any of you actually wear silicon liner and how it performs with you. Does wearing it make really big difference? Do you also have similar problem as I am having right now? I am just hoping my prosthetist typed in wrong price for my silicon liner. <_< Thank you for your replies. :lol:
  8. Hello everybody~ I assume that you guys already noticed that I am not a native English speaker; I often use awkward wording and phrasing. :lol: I am originally from Asia but now living in USA as an exchange student. Yes, there are some significant differences due to cultural separation. As you already stated in your post, I am not trying to offend any person but purely in the analytic view. There are several different cultural origions in Asia; but China, being the largest country in Asia, was most influential to many other smaller countries in Asia. Of course, the origion of most distinct religion in Asia, the Buddhism, comes from India. However, China combines the disciplines from their own ancient books with the basic disciplines of Buddhism. Then a new discipline evolves and was called the Confucianism. And later it spreads to nearby countries such as Korea and Japan. In those countries, the Confucianism changes little bit to fit into their own customs but its prime disciplines remained unchanged. There are many different teachings in the Confucianism text (I cannot remember all of them ;) ) and one of them speicifically points the importance of your body and how sacred it is. At the time, people in those Confucian countries thought that even getting haircut was disrespectful to their parents because it was considered as damaging their sacred body given by their ancestors. And this Confucian teaching has been with them over thousands years. Even though these countries are mostly westernized in these days, they still think those disciplines in their consciousness. However, after long period of the Confucianism and despite its most crucial disciplines, respect and harmony, people forgot the purpose of its teachings and brought negative effects to their society such as prejudice against poors and disables. As you mentioned earlier in your messeges, I saw those disabled person, usually without both of their legs, riding on a skateboard-kind of roller begging for coins. I even heard that in early years some people kidnap normal children and perform amputation surgery on them so they can get coins for those mindless people. And it is really hard to get a job with disablities unless you have special skills. Even though you are the lucky one to get hired by government-sponsored workplace, all you do is just sitting in one place making a button. Because of aweful bias against those disabled people, they usually sit inside their home becoming weak everyday. After becoming an amputee, I can slightly understand how they feel but doing nothing is almost like a suicidal plan. And because social policies for disabled person are still primative in, at least, my home country, there are small amount of active disabled people requesting for better and practical policies. As I metioned eariler, Asians believe that their body part is sacred and given by their parents who are also their ancestors. They try to keep their body as possible and long as they can even though it hurts them and prevents them from their upcoming life. At least, that is what I did for my own leg. My story can be used as an example for better understading. When I was 15 years old, I had a surgery on the inner-thigh. Unfortunately, the doctor, who is graduated from Harvard, made mistake during surgery and didn't tell my family the truth for 3 months. When he told us the truth, he suggested the amputation of my leg because he saw that my leg would not function at all and it will start to rot due to nerve and vein damage. And I saw another doctor who is graduated from very respected university from my home country and he told us to receive recotruction surgeries. So I followed the second and received eleven surgeries. It stopped rotting but I had open wound on my foot bleeding constantly. Then 12th in JHH was the amputation of my leg. Pain... I don't know about this. At least for me, I just endure all... I don't take any painkiller at all. I guess maybe because doctor from JHH knows me and pre-inject painkiller in the bloodstream. I had fun writing this. :D I just want you to know. Not all the asians are like this. There are many more caring asians than those who don't care.
  9. NeoAmputee

    New Boy

    Hello Tint, Welcome to the best forum for amputees online! :lol:
  10. NeoAmputee

    HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME!

    no problem :lol:
  11. NeoAmputee

    Hello~ I am back!

    Hahah I see I am trying new things everyday. Today, I made little pad that is inserted right above the thin skin area so I can avoid rubbing it too much against the socket. I have been wearing the leg for 1 hour and feels much better. But still I am going to schedule an appointment with my prosthesist. Thank you for your reply Muz. Keep me updated. :)
  12. NeoAmputee

    HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME!

    I really do not have any idea how much painful you are due to your knee problem but I just hope you feel better soon. :) I know how it feels not to be able to fit into the "normal" life thou. When I compare myself to some of my "normal" friends who already became successful with their life, I get really jealous and so sad. Watching myself feeling jealousy toward my friends makes me feel more miserable. I have two more years to go for my college graduation but already have been taking two semesters off due to amputation and following rehabilitation. Also, slow progression of my rehabilitation due to my open-wound made me anxious. Addition to that, I lost my girlfriend too. (getting too much personal :D) How aweful is that? :lol: I am all alone but still with hope. In the bible, Mathew 20:16, the bible said "So the last will be first and the first will be last". I believe and hold on to this verse from the bible. And being an amputee motivates me even harder than any other causes for my success as an student and a future doctor. Nothing can bring you and us down. And I don't want to lose. Let's be stronger. PS: If my religious talk offended someone, I am really sorry.
  13. NeoAmputee

    Hello~ I am back!

    It seems that you have similar skin condition as I do. I have good muscle around the residual limp but I do have thin skin, less muscle or fat layer?, in the front around where the surgery was performed. Even though I felt some pressure and pain, I kept on wearing it and tried to walk with it with my crutches today. Unfortunately, I ended up with this little blister around the area where my long lasting open wound was. I am planning to see my prosthesist soon. Thank you bear. I hope you hear good news when you visit your doctor. :D
  14. NeoAmputee

    any hint for physical therapy?

    Thank you Mandy and Debbie. From typing in "amputee exercise" on google, I could find alot of information on amputee exercise. One of them specifically explained alot of exercise to strengthen the residual limp and to acquire good balance with the prosthesis. http://www.m3racer.com/exercise.htm <-- here is the link Now, I know where to start from. Thank you Debbie. Again, thank you for your kind replies. :P
  15. NeoAmputee

    any hint for physical therapy?

    As some of you know, I am self-paying all the cost related to my amputation and the prosthetic leg. To save some money <_< , I decided not to go to physical therapy and do it all by myself. Since I have no clue what I should do, I tried to find some information online but I could not find anything that actually guides me what I should do. I use crutches at home and tried to apply weight on my leg. Walking without crutches gives me significant amount of pain on the residual limp. Anyway, please share your experience in the physical therapy. Thank you :D PS: by the way, I am BK amputee.
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