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YAAAAY, PAUL!

Welcome back... glad to hear that all's going well!

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Thanks Cherylm. I am rested now and am getting used to being back home. The muscular discomfort is still there but not severe. I have been told to rest until after the weekend and then I will be able to go out for a drive and maybe do things that don't involve standing for too long.

Again I have lost some movement in the leg and again it is the last inch or two when lifting up. this is inconvenient but will improve with use. I am also only allowed to start working on this after the weekend too. I am not taking any tablets now either. :D

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Hi Paul, I am so very interested in this proceedure so thanks for sharing with all of us. I am a very very high AK left leg and can only imagine how much better I would walk in confort with my prosthetic leg connected diretly to my femur. Please keeps us posted and I can't wait for you to take those first steps! Congrats and prayers are with you!

Mike

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Thanks for your reply Mike. To keep you updated I have got back into my routine now and have been back working on cars again. The muscular discomfort is much less now and I have managed to get full movement back in the leg. I am almost able to sleep on my stomach again as I like to and the only thing that is getting to me now is having to use crutches for my mobility.

It will be September before I get another leg and in between I have a lot of physiotherapy to do. I will also have a lot of physiotherapy after September but I am wishing the days away until September at the moment.

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Well done Paul, keep it up... I don't think I'd be able to have your patience. I'm looking forward to when this is all over and you're walking around.... probably not as much as you though :lol:

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Well done Paul, keep it up... I don't think I'd be able to have your patience. I'm looking forward to when this is all over and you're walking around.... probably not as much as you though :lol:

Thanks Oneblue. I did suffer a lot with abscesses before so I am used to not being able to wear the leg for a few weeks at a time regularly but yes, this time is a bit too long :( Saying that though I hardly managed 6 months use of the leg last year and even then I could not wear it for a third of the day so I had to sieze this opportunity.

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Well done Paul, keep it up... I don't think I'd be able to have your patience. I'm looking forward to when this is all over and you're walking around.... probably not as much as you though :lol:

Thanks Oneblue. I did suffer a lot with abscesses before so I am used to not being able to wear the leg for a few weeks at a time regularly but yes, this time is a bit too long :( Saying that though I hardly managed 6 months use of the leg last year and even then I could not wear it for a third of the day so I had to sieze this opportunity.

I understand, and I think Osseointgration is still only for people who NEED it, but hopefully with successes like hopefully yours will be, it may become the norm....

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edit button please. :D Can you change the could not wear it to could only wear it

Hi Paul I know it's been a while how you doing pal? :)

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Hi Paul, Thanks for asking, I have just finished my second daily set of exercises and I hate them. I have to stand on a pair of bathroom scales twice daily and do the exercises. I increase the weight I put through the leg by 5.0 Kg a week and I am up to 50 Kg now. I have another 20 Kg to go because I am bordering on being a slight bit of a fatty, once that is all done I get my leg and begin learning to walk again.

I am sick to death of all these exercises and the loading and now in order to put the weight through the leg and keep a reasonable posture I have to wear a rucksack (back pack in the US) with weights in.

It is a long haul and this last bit is going to seem like an eternity. However, everything is going to plan and thank God there have been no problems at all. Although my patience is wearing thin I am now getting a little excited about the day when I will get my leg. Oh I wish it would hurry up. I haven't had it confirmed yet but I think it will be towards the end of September when I beging to walk again.

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Hi Paul, Thanks for asking, I have just finished my second daily set of exercises and I hate them. I have to stand on a pair of bathroom scales twice daily and do the exercises. I increase the weight I put through the leg by 5.0 Kg a week and I am up to 50 Kg now. I have another 20 Kg to go because I am bordering on being a slight bit of a fatty, once that is all done I get my leg and begin learning to walk again.

I am sick to death of all these exercises and the loading and now in order to put the weight through the leg and keep a reasonable posture I have to wear a rucksack (back pack in the US) with weights in.

It is a long haul and this last bit is going to seem like an eternity. However, everything is going to plan and thank God there have been no problems at all. Although my patience is wearing thin I am now getting a little excited about the day when I will get my leg. Oh I wish it would hurry up. I haven't had it confirmed yet but I think it will be towards the end of September when I beging to walk again.

Stick with it mate, your a star :) thanks for keeping us to speed. Fingers crossed for your leg.

Paul ;)

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Paul/Insane, I managed to miss this last update... sorry about that... I've been wondering how you've been doing!

What a process this is... simply the idea of balancing on two scales and trying to properly distribute the weight sounds like a major challenge to me. Do hang in there... you've come so far with this now... try to keep focused on why you're doing it all, and what an improvement it will be in the long run.

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Guest bearlover

I feel your fustrations....Hang in there it will get better...Thoughts are with you :)

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Best of luck to ya and hope all goes well. Post as soon as u can and keep us up on things.

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Lisa has requested an update and it is about time I did. I have now had a leg for a week and I am a little disappointed. I was expecting too much I suppose but as far as I can gather I am progressing very well. I have not got the leg I wanted yet as the funding request sent to my PCT has not been acknowledged yet so I am having to cope with the Otto Bock 3R80 which I think is horrible.

However I am probably walking a mile in the morning and a mile in the afternoon. I am only able to put a third of my body weight through the leg and the rest is being carried by crutches. My left forearm and lower back are aching and I can only walk at about half walking speed.

I am walking for about 40 minutes at a time and by the end of it the bone aches a little and for the last 10 minutes it seems to take more effort than the first 30 minutes. By the end of this coming week I should be able to put a half of my body weight through and I think I may have increased the speed I am walking at by one mph this last week. When I stop walking and when I take the leg off it doesn't ache, so as long as I don't overdo things I should continue to progress steadily. I was told to be careful not to overdo things as this would slow down my progress

I have to return to London after next week so they can see how I am progressing and hopefully my PCT (primary care trust) will have granted the funding and I will be given a C-Leg.

It is hard work and after the end of next week I will have to resume the exercise regime I was doing before I got the leg in addition to the walking. I will also be expected to wear the leg twice as long so I am thinking of giving up on the car restoration work I have been doing and starting again after Christmas when they expect me to be able to walk without the crutches. By then I will be walking with two walking sticks or even one with a bit of luck.

If anyone wants to email or pm me with questions please don't be shy, I am happy to answer any questions about my experiences and thanks again for reminding me Lisa.

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Paul, you simply HAVE to keep up the updates... this is really fascinating!

It sounds to me as though you're making great "strides," in more ways than one..........

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Hi Paul/Insane

You sound as though you are doing really well. The information you have provided us is fantastic and extremely useful for anyone considering this procedure. The specialists can give us so much information etc but it is really good to hear it from someone who has actually been through it who says it as it is.

Keep us informed

Thanks again

Lisa

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Paul,

Thanks for the update, I was wondering when you would update us.

You are doing really well, you have been very patient and you must remain so, as you do not want to over do it at this stage.

Keep up the good work.

Lynne

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:D I'm back again and I have heard that the funding for the C-Leg has been granted. I am very happy about that because it will be a great help to me due to the fact that I have a high amputation. They would have heard sooner only for problems with the postal system at the moment in the UK. I am still walking the same amount each day and I clocked it in the car at 1.1 miles so that is 2.2 miles a day.

I haven't re-started the exercise regime yet but that will begin soon. Sometimes when I start walking in the morning it seems much harder that the previous day but after the first 5 minutes is gets easier. I am now trying to wear the leg a little longer each day and I am told that if I do too much I will suffer the next day, I am trying to judge this and am being careful.

When I look back to the first week I have definately made progress but if I only look back a day or so it doesn't feel like I have. I am very pleased with what I can do now but there is a long way to go before I can even think about not using the crutches. Before if I had walked any distance I would have ended up with an abscess so provided I continue to make progress my life will be transformed.

According to the gait lab I am now putting 30Kg of weight through the leg so I have another 40Kg to go. I am averaging a 5Kg increase a week and I haven't had any set-backs so far. I think I may be down to one stick by Christmas God willing. :D

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Absolutely keep the updates coming, Paul... your patience and determination here are (dare I say it?) inspirational, and learning about the process "first hand" is fascinating!

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Just want to chime in with my best wishes, Paul. Really amazing stuff. Thanks for keeping us updated. :D :D

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Just want to chime in with my best wishes, Paul. Really amazing stuff. Thanks for keeping us updated. :D :D

Keep going Paul your a star! :P Hope you get the C-leg as well, that has to make a difference ;)

Look forward to more updates and Pic's

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