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thanks Jane and Mick. At the moment I am sticking very firmly to the house and grounds....but I appreciate the advice about rucksacks and am already looking for one. I expect I shall fall at some time, but at the moment I am so paranoid about it I am probably the most careful I shall ever be - am I right in thinking it's lack of concentration which causes most falls? (and the edge of the carpet. And stones underfoot. and?)Anyway, thanks for all your help. Next: hill walking! ha ha ha.... :laugh:

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Hi Kate,

It's not necessarily a lack of concentration that can cause a fall but perhaps a lack of concentration on the job at hand. I have always been a multitasker. That trait has gotten me into a few messes over the years.

Just a thought - if you are getting pointers on using the blasted sticks how about getting some tips on what to do if you realize you are in for a dump. The folks who are stunt doubles in movies learn why not us? Duck and roll? Belly flop? This could be a whole new branch of a PT Department. Besides bringing shorts and such to PT we would bring pillows, band aids and ice packs.

A last thought about maneuvering while on crutches. Carrying a drink can be awkward, and wet, if you put a drink in the backpack. Water proof can be interpreted in different ways by manufactures. A travel mug placed in a plastic bag (or small sack) that can hang from your crutches hand grips has worked well for me. Or you can do like I did at first and lean up against the kitchen counter while drinking tea. Good conditioning for the remaining leg but it detracts from the tranquil, calm and relaxing morning routine we all have everyday.

Yet another last thought....if you are at a party where folks are dancing a crutch makes for a great limbo stick. However it isn't advisable for the stick owner to participate in this maneuver but it sure is fun seeing how low folks can go.

Take care, be safe but fun with your different mobility options.

Jane

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what a great idea! I shall startle my physio with the news that I want to learn a parachute roll for when I fall.... many thanks for all the tips, especially the limbo dancing - I love it! By the way, there is an agency here dedicated to amputees for movies. They've done Pirates Of The Caribbean, Saving Private Ryan and many others - not quite stunt work but I bet they have a few people on their books who could teach us how to 'fall' properly. A whole new career awaits!

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Just to let everyone know that I have a message from Kate and she has asked me to say "Hi" to everyone on this forum. She is having some internet problems at the moment, but is doing well and says she will be back in touch with you all soon.

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hi everyone and thanks Ann for passing on my message! I am now home after 6 weeks intensive walking rehab at the Douglas Bader centre in Queen Marys Hospital London. It has been an AMAZING experience and a real privilege to have had so much time at this incredible place! As a result of their expertise I am now walking - 3 years after my amputations.It has been hard work but I am finally up and about, albeit slowly and on sticks and can now do - well, almost anything! (as long as it isn't too athletic: not sure I'll make the Rio deadline...). I had heard DB was world class, now I can tell you it's true.

Thanks to Ann for her support whilst I was an inpatient and to all of you for your encouragement whilst I was still in a wheelchair.

Off for a walk now...keep posting!

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Well done Kate and glad you are now home again after having such a positive experience at the Douglas Bader centre.

Like kate, I too have had the privilege of being treated at this centre and agree about it being an incredible place and like to spread the word that to people about it, Particularly those are having continued problems with prosthetic fittings and/or those with complex amputations it is still possible to be referred here. You probably will have to apply for funding through your GP via NHS England, as people are not usually automatically referred by existing providers, which is a pity because I am sure in other areas of healthcare people are routinely referred to more specialist care, should they need it.

Good luck Kate and hope you continue long and well .... you never know you might make Rio yet!

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