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Hi all,

I have told this story before on the Amputee Online Forum.

Anyway here it is: .

In January 2000 my wife, in-laws and I visited Niagara Falls.

We were just going to sit down at some snack bar in a Canadian shopping

mall, when a young woman (a girl of 15 or thereabouts) came rushing towards

me. She seemed to be quite excited, and at first I did not get what she was on

about. I thought she was a waitress, trying to tell us that for some reason we could

not sit there. Then I understood her repeated and agitated question:

"What happened to your leg?" I realised she was slightly mentally handicapped.

Her embarassed father had meanwhile caught up with her.

I answered: "It's an artificial leg" - I lifted my prosthesis with my right hand

(remember, I'm hd!) to demonstrate. She was incredulous, and before her

father could intervene, she stepped up to me and firmly gripped my right

thigh with both hands, feeling the foam cover. Her father was even more

embarassed, as he could not be sure how I would react to this physical

inspection. These people are SO impulsive, honest and frank (and amiable),

aren't they?

You want an encore? Here's another story:

An Amputee exploring the Nile.

In the early nineties we undertook a boat tour on the river Nile.

We had to negiotiate the steep river banks on mere footpaths.

My wife tipped one of the Egyptian seamen to assist me. A colleague was

eager to cash in, and so I ended up with two able-bodied seamen lifting

me by both arms and my feet barely touching the ground.

Hope you enjoyed both stories.

Mike

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Thanks for those stories, Mike. :)

You're right, people like the young lady you mentioned, have child-like reactions to prostheses and as such, they are innocent and without malice.

Lizzie :)

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Mike, I can really relate to the mentally challenged young lady... my husband has a sister who is the same. She has not seen my prothesis yet, but when I can walk on it and visit her, I expect the same open reaction. I agree with Lizzie, couriosity is wonderful when it is not malicious! :blink:

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Thats not so bad, at least they ask before jumping to conclusion. Here, alot of people react as if amputees are aliens. I like to wear bermudas with the prosthesis w/o the foam cover. Some asses walk up to you & say 'So sad, having diabetes at a young age so have to chop ur leg'

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Some asses walk up to you & say 'So sad, having diabetes at a young age so have to chop ur leg'

I was at the hospital for x-rays fairly soon after my amputation. The person doing the x-raying actually asked me if I had diabetes! I mean this is a healthcare professional who should know better than to assume!

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Thanks for sharing the stories. It seems there is something about legs that make everyone want to touch it. Even I can't help but touching the prostetics of my friends... especally if they have nice soft covers.

I had one really strange run in with people touching my leg when I was a kid. I used to take my leg off when i was on swing sets. My family was on a picnic at this park in New Brunswick and I'm swinging with out my leg on. This little boy is watching me and comes over but in stead of asking about my leg (which is on the ground right next to me) he starts to investigate it and touch it. Mom sees him come towards me before I do. Not wanting the kid to be hit by me she yells out " Don't do that." The kid who was in the process of walking off with my leg drops it and runs back to his mother. The childs mother give both me and my mom a nasty look as if the two of us have done something horrible wrong. Then promptly leaves with her child in a huff.

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Hey Pornster,

I became a bilateral knee disarticulate after a confrontation with a rather large Oak Tree while driving down the highway in my Pick Up Truck back in "03.

I love it when people see me and automatically assume that I lost my legs due to Diabetes.

They will point and ask "Diabetes?"

I tell them, "No, Just an allergic reaction to an Oak Tree!"

I love the expression on their faces when they try to figure that one out!

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Some asses walk up to you & say 'So sad, having diabetes at a young age so have to chop ur leg'

I was at the hospital for x-rays fairly soon after my amputation. The person doing the x-raying actually asked me if I had diabetes! I mean this is a healthcare professional who should know better than to assume!

Maybe people are becomming more informed about Diabetes, I always used to get the "did you have a motorcycle accident" comments.

Ann

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Ann, through this forum and a couple of others I'm discovering there are MANY and diverse reasons for amputations... I just couldn't believe someone in the health field would not know this... But perhaps she hasn't been around too many?!

When I was calling around about physical therapy, I called the closest hospital to me (I'm out in the COUNTRY outside Cincinnati) and they had never rehabilitated an amputee before! Sheesh, maybe we ARE rare!? (Needless to say I found a pt who is quite versed in amputee rehabilitation!)

:D

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When I first moved to this house, there was a neighborhood kid who was always being a pain, constantly messing with tools or whatever I had out working in the yard, ringing the doorbell and running off, etc. Well, one day, he sees me in shorts, and come over and asks what happened to my leg, LOL, I told him a neighbor did that to me when I was a kid for being a pain, HaHa, his Dad came over and told me it was funny I told him that, he was better behaved after that point!

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Guest bearlover

WOW it is a long story...Long story short..It stemed from a birth defect called Pseudoarthrosis of the left tibia. My leg was placed in a cast @ only 8 months old to protect it. As it breaks very easily with this diorder.But it broke in the cast. I had my first bone graph @ 11 months. ALso with this disorder the bone all most never mends. It took 3. years to mend. And it broke again and again.....15 bone graphs in all, and a ankle fussion, bones taken out of both hips, and a calf bone was placed in the tibia area. In which it never mended. I wore braces all my life or a cast. The leg was completyly useless, deformed, and painful also 4 size diffferences in shoes :o I was very limited and could not do much..But this never stoped me. I tried to do everything any thing. Then 3 years ago I was getting major pain. Worse than ever in the leg. It swelled up like a elephants leg. The result a major bone infection. The result? amputation...Something that was orginally suggested to my parents when I was a infant. But they rejected and tried to save the leg. It was a life time of many failed operations. That may have been a better choice but I respect the decesions they made for me. Iam 43 years old and have spent most of my life in hospitals and braces and cast with this leg. I still have a lot of pain from all the surgries I had all my live. And phantom pain is unreal.But Iam here and living. I have a wondeful husband and that makes all the difference to me... ;)

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Guest bearlover

I think I posted this in the wrong thread! Sorry. I thought it was what happned to your leg oops! :lol:

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I was out to dinner with my husband..I needed a sock...So I go to the ladies room go in the stall remove my leg to put a sock on..and my leg fell and went into the next stall :o :rolleyes: ! A older lady screamed..I said Oh Iam so sorry that is just my leg! She looked so shaken when she came out..I apologized and explained to her..She under stood..But I felt awful..My hysband had a really good laugh :lol: out of that one! :lol: :lol: :lol: :rolleyes: :lol:

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I was out to dinner with my husband..I needed a sock...So I go to the ladies room go in the stall remove my leg to put a sock on..and my leg fell and went into the next stall :o :rolleyes: ! A older lady screamed..I said Oh Iam so sorry that is just my leg! She looked so shaken when she came out..I apologized and explained to her..She under stood..But I felt awful..My hysband had a really good laugh :lol: out of that one! :lol: :lol: :lol: :rolleyes: :lol:

I had my leg slip off as I was sitting on a high seat at a bar once, LOL, I think I may have cured a few people of drinking! :lol

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True story, Last Halloween I was sitting on my porch giving out candy When I stood up my leg came right offf! the pin unthreaded some how or another..The kids thought it was a Halloween prop.. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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