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Hello folks,

do you remember in which shape or condicion you experience your dreams:

'Complete' with all your limbs or limbless?

I suppose, it depends on how much time has passed since the amputation.

In my case it seems to vary from dream to dream, but with time progressing the limbless

variety seems to predominate.

In the first years following the amputation, I kept on dreaming of being called up for

exercises with the army reserve.

I would usually wonder, how they expected me to manage with my prosthesis and crutches.

Kind regards,

Mike RHD

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Hey Mike

When I was a new amputee, I always dreamed I was 2-legged. I remember waking up in the mornings and feeling a terrible sense of sadness and renewed loss.

These days I am 1-legged, but I am always able to walk nicely, and sometimes run. Haven't quite figured out how I get that right, but I am a natural amputee, who walks :blink:

Eish - did that make sense??

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Hi Mike

I always dream I have two real legs, except for when I am having problems with the limbs or just before I get problems then I have two prosthetic ones, or sometimes I am not wearing them at all and looking at sores or whatever on my stumps. I always know when I am in for problems, in never fails.

Ann

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These days I am 1-legged, but I am always able to walk nicely, and sometimes run. Haven't quite figured out how I get that right, but I am a natural amputee, who walks :huh:
You're not alone, Ally.

I have legless dreams...and I run too...? :blink:

I think I must just float on air... B)

Lizzie :)

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I'm usually 2 legged, I think I've only had 1 dream with my prot on.

but then, I'm usually gorgeously skinny too!! :P

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These days I am 1-legged, but I am always able to walk nicely, and sometimes run. Haven't quite figured out how I get that right, but I am a natural amputee, who walks :huh:

You're not alone, Ally.

I have legless dreams...and I run too...? :blink:

I think I must just float on air... B)

Lizzie :)

I don't dream when I'm legless ... but I do snore a lot :lol:

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These days I am 1-legged, but I am always able to walk nicely, and sometimes run. Haven't quite figured out how I get that right, but I am a natural amputee, who walks :huh:

You're not alone, Ally.

I have legless dreams...and I run too...? :blink:

I think I must just float on air... B)

Lizzie :)

I don't dream when I'm legless ... but I do snore a lot :lol:

Well, I'm glad I'm not your wife, Muz...as I can't stand men who snore!

Lizzie :)

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I think I must just float on air... B)

Lizzie :)

*sigh* I've had the floating on air dream... Albeit anchored by the one leg I have. I kept thinking to myself (in the dream) "how am I doing this?" :blink:

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I do the same thing - walk on one leg and one stump but it all seems very normal. In the dream I'm thinking how cool it is that I can walk without a pros. I have only had a few dreams in which I had both my real legs. Wierd bunch, aren't we? :D

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I'm an amputee in my dreams now. Not at first. When I can remember a dream, I'm usually struggling to run. Maybe that is because that is the one thing that I haven't conquered since losing my leg. It is very scary to try running on asphalt or uneven terrain.

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Hi Mike,

I always dream in 2 legs but then again I'm only 2 1/2 years down the track. I've been told that it will stop and that I'll start dreaming with one leg but at the moment I'm happy dreaming of me dancing, running and occasionally skipping

Mel.

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Hi Mike,

Good topic :)

My experiences are very similar to Ally's:

When I was a new amputee, I always dreamed I was 2-legged. I remember waking up in the mornings and feeling a terrible sense of sadness and renewed loss.

These days I am 1-legged, but I am always able to walk nicely, and sometimes run. Haven't quite figured out how I get that right, but I am a natural amputee, who walks :huh:

Eish - did that make sense??

(It did make sense BTW, Ally ;) )

At first, I was haunted by my dreams because of the fact that I still had my legs and hearing in them. During my 16 months in silence, I woke up one morning and quickly asked my husband to talk to me, because I was convinced I could hear like in my dreams. I was fooled, by my OWN dream! :(

But as time progressed, although I could still hear in my dreams (which I got used to) I started to become 'the amputee.' Like one time I was in a swimming pool with a physio near me, who was obviousy there because I was an amp. Another time, I started to run, slowly at first, but then just like how I used to. That dream was awesome .. It made me feel so good and so freeeeeeeeee! :D

What's interesting though is that I have neither swam nor ran since my amputations. So maybe there's something in what Neal said.. possibly a message from our subconscious??? :unsure:

The saddest dream I had though, was one where I was trying on my favourite pair of high-heeled shoes (from before). I was an amputee, yet for some reason, I still got that amazingly satisfying feeling of putting on a well-fitting high-heeled shoe (Linda knows what I'm talking about here ;) ). I just woke up feeling so sad, because I will never again experience that in my life.

So, yes, I think that our dreams change during our life as an amputee. I get the feeling that because I do dream 'in amputee' (:lol:) that maybe I have accepted what's happened to me .. on a deeper level.

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Right from the start, I became an amp in my dreams... I VERY rarely have visualized myself with both legs since my surgery. Maybe that's because I'd gone through so many years of foot troubles and was "glad" to be rid of the troublesome part?

My first memorable dream, post-amp: I was stopping by my office for something to do with my sick leave. It was an extraordinarily busy day, and everyone was running around, so I just kind of pitched in and started running about, doing the "usual office stuff." Yes, I was one-legged, no prosthesis, just that "stump walking on air" feeling. People in the dream kept pointing out to me that I was not supposed to be able to walk one-legged, and I kept saying, "Shhhhh! I KNOW that, but it's working, so let's not draw attention to it and just hope it lasts!"

A little later, I dreamed about visiting a very pretty little town in what I took to be England (one of my really-want-to-visit-someday places). In this dream, I had a prosthesis (I did NOT yet have my leg in real life) and I was just walking through a lovely neighborhood with a woman who was some sort of personal tour guide. I'm an avid flower buff, and the guide was an expert gardener: She took me all around, and we looked at beautiful gardens and talked about planting conditions and what-grew-best-where. It was an extremely peaceful, pleasant dream, and I awoke in tears at how lovely it was, wondering if it would ever be possible for me to have a moment like that again.

I still get a little "weepy" about thar second dream... both because I now know that it IS possible... and because I know how much hard work it will get me to that point. It's a kind of hopeful, wistful, determined feeling... one I think you guys might understand.

take care... cherylm

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I get the feeling that because I do dream 'in amputee' (:lol:) that maybe I have accepted what's happened to me .. on a deeper level.

I think you have hit the nail right on the head there Afet. I agree with you.

:)

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I think you have hit the nail right on the head there Afet. I agree with you.

:)

Nails in this thread and power drills in another, think you girls need to start a DIY section :lol: :lol:

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I think you have hit the nail right on the head there Afet. I agree with you.

:)

Nails in this thread and power drills in another, think you girls need to start a DIY section :lol: :lol:

Have any of you girls recently visited this section of the DIY stores. Went with hubby recently and was absolutely fascinated with all the stuff, much more exciting than what I remembered - see a new hobby on the horizons!

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Hi guys,

Didn't quite get it.

Which section, what kind of shop are you talking about? <_<

I hope it is not what came to my mind.

Would be rather cheeky.

Love,

Mike RHD

P.S. Desperately trying to be funny again.

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Well I was innocently thinking of DIY section in our local B & Q - not sure what everyone else was thinking of!

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Mike

I only lost my leg on 24/03/2006 so still relatively new to this, but this is something that I've been wondering about. I've always had extremely real dreams to the point where I've been in a bad mood the next day. I still have extremely vivid dreams but when i wake up the one thing i cannot remember is whether I have legs in it. I thought it may be my way of protecting myself?

Lisa

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Guest bearlover

I wish I could grow another leg back. Like a frog dose :unsure: Only a health strong and good one this time!

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me too!

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Guest bearlover

I Know Lisa! It is a hard thing to go through, Thank goodness for this forum! I like you have aLeft leg below the knee. It will be 3 long hard years this July. :( But Hey Life must go on!

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I have read this thread and prevously I have been jealous of people who are able to dream. I very rarely do. The only one I can remember made me cry a lot. For some unknown reason I was visiting my specialist who was telling me it had all been a big mistake and I never had to lose my leg at all.

A real weepy one that!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dunno now maybe I am glad I dont dream.

Rachel

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