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Tomcat

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About Tomcat

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  • Birthday 12/17/1950

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    Winnipeg, Canada
  • Interests
    I would still like to ride. I enjoy taking my dogs for a limp at the local off leash park, playing and listening to music, and carpentry (of a sort).

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    Amputee
  • Amputation Type:
    Below knee left
  • Amputation Date:
    April 13 2004
  • Amputation Cause:
    Motorcycle accident
  1. Tomcat

    im so scarred

    Hi Claire Some very sound advice from everybody. All I can add is if they wnt to stare, stare right back. If they are kids, it's curiosity and harmless, if they are adults, it's ignorance and harmless. I found what helped me the most was to flaunt it (although my wife isn't to thrilled about that.) If certain people find your amputation and scars offensive, then they are not worth having in your life. Your better than that! Don't buy in to the pefection BS. It's a myth! I know it's somewhat different for a guy, but the same principles apply. You are you and you do not have to appologize for yourself. I have always felt that I would rather go out with a woman who looks like a warthog (I know this may sound sexist but there are mail warthogs too, me for instance) as long as she is real, honest and loving. I have gone out with women who were concidered quite catch and found them to be shallow and boring. You sound like a wonderful person and the scars and amputation cannot change that. let yourself shine through and you will find that the people who really matter will respond to this. From a pretty scared up male Tomcat
  2. Hi Marianne My name is Tom, LBK due to a motorcycle accident. Sorry to here about your PLP and I understand your reluctance to take drugs. However they are sometimes the only way to get through it. A deep burning pain could, and I emphasize that I am not a physisian, be nerve damage pain as in my case. The only thing that helped was a low (2 mg.) dose of Hydromorphone also known as dilaudid. It is a narcotic but if I didn't become addicted no one will. I started off taking it regularly, but found after a few weeks I didn't need it for thr pain as often. I now take it very spareingly, I think I have only had to use it three times since sometime before Christmas. This is only one of many useful drugs available, so check with your doctor. Taking pills is not the end of the world and if they can help you function without adverse effects they are worth investigating. I would also follow the advice given by the other members about taking good care of yourself. Getting run down can really kick up the PLP. If you find your residual limb getting tired TAKE A BREAK!!!! You won't do yourself any good by pushing past your limits. Hoe this helps a little, Tomcat
  3. Tomcat

    Where Y'all from

    Hi people, I am also from that god forsaken frozen wilderness up north ( Winnipeg Manitoba). Actually it does get hot enough sometimes in the summer to fry an egg on the sidewalk (yes we have some strange eating habits up here). Tomcat
  4. Tomcat

    Revisions

    Thanks for the info guys EAQ I have no problem putting full weight on the leg, i generally wear it 12 to 14 hr. a day. my problem is more with gradual elongation of the residual muscle tissue on the end of the stump. I really don't want to loose it because it is a great cousion in the socket. All i want to do is somehow get it stablized so I don't end up wobbling around in the socket after about an hour or so and have to reset my liner. Tomcat
  5. Tomcat

    Revisions

    Hi everyone I havn't been here for a while but I have a dilamma about revisions. I have a great deal of redundant tissue below the tibia and my prosthetiast wants me to have a revision ( it will make it easier for him to fit me). I have heard and seen some horror stories with revisions and wondered if anybody had some advice. I have also heard about getting a "face lift" on the stumo to tighten everything up. Anybody tried this option? Hope to hear from someone, and to all present and former riders, Keep the rubber side down, and your face off the road. Tom
  6. Tomcat

    Another ex biker with bits missing........

    Hi Steve, welcome Another biker, LBK, 2 1/2 years, blind old lady on the highway, damn near head on. Hope you enjoy the site. There's a lot of useful info from other amputees here so make good use of it. Isn't that morphine a real downer? I spent three weeks on a very bad trip. The head nurse thought I had DT's until they found out I don't drink a hell of a lot. Anyway, enjoy and good luck with the new career Tom
  7. Tomcat

    another 2 wheel victim

    Hi Steve, Late reply but here I am. My name is Tom and Live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Me and my Harley got taken out on the highway in May/03. Spent a lot of time in reconstructive sugery and finally had them take the leg last April. I'm getting around pretty well now and as soon as I can convince my wife that I am not suicidal I want to get back in the road. I rode for about 37 years off and on and it's really hard to think about giving it up. There are several amputees who ride here and even a parapalegic with a trike. So don't give up hpe and welkome to the forum. Tom
  8. Tomcat

    Locking liners

    David Thanks much for the information. It appears I have made the right decision. Most of my problems have been with the inability of the foot to handle variations in surfaces, resulting in knee twist and extention. Your coments have given me hope. If I can just get down a little farther, not much, I can handle it as my right leg is quite strong. As for running, I never was a marathoner :lol: so as long as I can get out of the way of some idiot running a stop sign I'll be OK. As for your spare, my regular foot is one step up from a SACH and it's like walking with a 2X4 strapped to the end of the leg. Thanks for your input Tom
  9. Tomcat

    Locking liners

    Reply to Muz The foot I am getting is a college park true step. It works a great deal like a real ankle. It moves in all directions and even has some rotational movement. It is supposed to be very good for walking on uneven terrain, which is really good as I take my dogs to an off leash park every day and it can be kind of rough getting around. One down side I was told by my prosthetist is that the energy return from the toe as well as higher maintenance. But it sure would be nice to walk around without twisting and hyperextending a knee. When I get more info I will pass it along.
  10. Tomcat

    Locking liners

    Hi Guys Does anyone have any info on any kind of device that would allow a BK with a locking liner to crouch down with any degree of comfort. I will be getting an articulated ankle shortly but I think it will still be difficult with the socket so securely suspended from the liner. I would greatly appreciate any info or suggestions.
  11. Tomcat

    Newbie

    Hi Everybody. My name is tom, and I'm LBK form Winnipeg Winterpeg, Manitoba Canada. Lost it as a result of a motorcycle accident. (someone elses stupidity not mine!!). I also ended up with a left shoulder joint replacement. I was very lucky in that I did not lose the leg to disease, was able to keep my knee and the decision to remove the leg was not all that difficult due to my cicumstances. Prior to amputation I had spent almost a year in reconstructive surgeries and rehab, but in the end I was left with an open wound on the ankle and 24/7 I.V. antibiotics. I'm now almost 10 months post-op and doing very well. This site, along with some of the sites on prosthetics made my life a whole lot easier. Having up to date VALLID info certainly made some of my decisions much easier. I graduated from therapy in January and now am waiting for a new foot with an articulated ankle. (Isn't it funny the things that get you excited when you're an amputee?) Anyway I read a lot of postings on this site and it helped me a great deal. Thanks much for being around. (This is my second post of this. I hit the wrong key earlier.)
  12. Tomcat

    Newbie

    Hi Everybody. My name is tom, and I'm LBK. Lost it as a result of a motorcycle accident. (someone elses stupidity not mine!!). I also ended up with a left shoulder joint replacement. I was very lucky in that I did not lose the leg to disease, was able to keep my knee and the decision to remove the leg was not all that difficult due to my cicumstances. Prior to amputation I had spent almost a year in reconstructive surgeries and rehab, but in the end I was left with an open wound on the ankle and 24/7 I.V. antibiotics. I'm now almost 10 months post-op and doing very well. This site, along with some of the sites on prosthetics made my life a whole lot easier. Having up to date VALLID
  13. Tomcat

    Can you help please

    To Hunnypot This may come a little late but I would like to add my two cents worth. First I am sorry to hear about yet another MC accident. I was smacked in May of '03 while on a local HOG ride. I spent three months in hospital and after almost a year of ankle reconstructions etc. I finally decided to lose the leg. (I'm LBK by the way). As for phantom pain, it is very individual, but most of the amputees say it diminishes fairly quickly. Mine came from all the nerve damage in the accident and several sugeries. I ended up using dilaudid (hydromorphone) but after about four months I found I no longer really needed it. I still get twinges but they are mild and pass quickly. As far as I know, the less scar tissue the better. If there is too much ie "built up" I imagine this would cause problems. Listen to Eddie 103. I met him once in rehab and he's been through a very rough time and knows what he is talking about. It's tough the for a little while on a prosthesis but it does get better. Keep a positive attitude and that will get you through a hell of a lot. Good Luck and keep laughing.
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