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Welcome to SillyBilly and Lefty

Both stories are truly inspiring.

John you are brave and I am glad everything came out great in the end.

and to both of you mistakes happen

and welcome again Kath

Lesley

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Hey everyone-

I know i've been a member for about a week or so now, but i figure i'd g'head and tell you about myself.

I'm 22, will be 23 at the end of the smmer, and I've been an amputee for 4 years now, just below the right knee. One night i was driving home from a friends house, and i was hit by another car head on, but only about the left 2 feet of my car was hit. The doctors tell me that the brake pedal of my car basically sliced right through my shin and the rest is history.

More recently though, after everything has gotten back to normal, I graduated from college with a Bachelor's in Economics, and i plan on going to grad school one of these days soon.

so there I am... Exciting huh?

-ian

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Hi Ian, welcome to this forum. I also had a road accident when I was 18, I am 51 now, and waiting to go in hospital for a RBK. In hindsight, I wish the doctors had removed my leg then, after reading all the posts on this website, I feel I would have had a much fuller and active life than I have had. You sound as if you are getting your life back into gear. Good Luck.

Love Pam

Cheshire, England

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Hi all,

Well I guess it’s my turn to tell you my story since I’m a newbie around here.

I’ve been a photo editor and photojournalist for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City, Utah for seven years. I’m married to a wonderful woman, Julie, who has been my rock and motivator through all of this crazy ordeal.

I’ve been an avid mountain biker for six years and a cyclist for more than 18 years. And I will return to the bike and the mountain again! For now, I’m enjoying the Tour de France on the T.V.!

My accident happened on February 24, 2004. Walking to Starbucks from my office, a vehicle had a sudden acceleration (not determined whether it was driver error or mechanical yet), jumped the curb and hit myself and my best friend, smashing us up against a wall.

My left leg was crushed instantly. I was lucky enough that I was near a doorway and my right leg was somehow not touched. I'm now an AKA. My friend was hit high on his right leg. The doctors were able to save his leg, but he has had so much more pain than I have. I ended up with a broken back, a broken left arm and broken right hand. Pretty crazy huh?

Like those of you that lost a limb because of an accident, I survived and I’m damn happy about it!!!!

I've got my c-leg, but haven't been able to start learning to walk with it because I've been slow to heal. Tuesday I hope to get the green light my the doctor to start my walking rehab. Any advice from you folks who have had to relearn to walk again would be great.

I’m glad my friend Judy told me about this web site. I’ve already gain a lot of knowledge. And thanks to all of you for the welcome and support you’ve already shown me.

Cheers

Chuck (wingnut)

Salt Lake City, Utah - AKA

ps - If any of you are bikers and would like to share your story with me about getting back on the bike, I'd love to hear from you. Others are welcome to email me as well!

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Hi Chuck,

Like I already said in the other post (Gabapentin and Amitr......(can't spell it!)), that's a hell of a story you got there!

Glad you decided to join us.

I'm not much of a cycler myself (only at the gym :angry: ), but I'm sure others will come along and help you soon.

Wishing you all the best in your recovery and rehab.

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Hi Chuck,

Shouldn't be too difficult to return to the bike. A friend of mine is AKA and has a C-leg, too. She rides her bike quite a lot. However - as far as I know - the C-leg must be especially programmed for riding to minimize the joint's resistance. This seems to be necessary to save it from damage. But I'm sure your technician can tell you more about this.

I wish you a fast recovery,

Daniela

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Hi Everyone,

I am a newie to this site and I have been reading some of your postings, so I thought I would tell you about my freak accident and how I am not very happy with the way some hospital can treat people and think that they can get away with it.

Anyway my problems began one Friday afternoon 25 May 2001 when I walked up to the end of my back garden, my neighbours dog was barking (I love dogs but this one is really vicious) I then heard a splash as my cat being chased fall into the river at the bottom of my garden, my cat was obviously hurt, I panic and quickly lowered a ladder into the river (it is about a 7 foot drop down into the river which is man-made with a concrete bottom) I climbed onto the ladder which unfortunately was not safe and fall backwards into the river. After picking myself up I ran 30-40 yards to where my cat was grabbed my cat out of the water and thats when the pain hit me and I could not move. I was now stuck in a cold river up to my waist hanging onto a cat for literary both our lifes, there are only 3 other houses that back onto the river and waste land the other side, I must admit I did have my doubts about whether I was going to see the 26 May. I start to scream for help and someone up there must have liked me because my neighbour heard me after about 10 minutes of screaming and climbed down to help, he soon realised that I was badly hurt and his wife dialled 999. It took the ambulance a further 20-25 minutes to find me (they got lost) and when they climbed down into the river to get some lines into me they realised that my body was shutting down. Luckily I do not remember much after that but they offered my husband a police escort home because he was stuck in Friday afternoon traffic in the middle of London, but in the end even though I was stuck in the river for more than 2 hours

he did not make it home in time.

The next thing I remember was coming around in the casualty department of my local hospital (disgusting and very dirty) and having my foot stitched up (twice) nice when you think I had been in a river for hours, my husband then had to help a man plastered a backslab on to my foot unbieveable I known, I was then transferred in a old hospital bus to a ward that 100 years ago was a work house believe me I though I had died and gone to hell when I woke up the next morning.

It was then a further 5 days before a saw a consultant who informed me that I had a compound fracture of my calcaneum (heel bone) and infact it was so shattered that I would never walk properly again (nice man!). On 4 June I had my first operation to try and sort out my broken heel and on 11 June they sent me home with a foot that looked like a moccassin it was so stapled together, the district nurses came in every day who where wonderful but when the staples where taken out my foot literally fall apart, but my local hospital seem to think this quite normal even though you could get your fist into the hole in my foot, even when my GP rang the hospital to tell them to re-admit me as my foot was very smelly and obviously infected they told him that I was fine and everything was under control.

After a further 3 months they referred me to a larger hospital in central London for plastic surgery to close the hole in my foot (even though it was obvious that something was very wrong). Thankfully the consultants here were marvellous and as soon as they saw my foot I was admitted as an emergency (the consultant actually said that an animal should not have been treated in the way I had been)

it was diagnosed immediately that I had osteomyilitis (bone infection) and they operated immediately, I had to have the main arterary in my arm taken out and placed into my foot as the bone infection had killed off the blood supply to my foot.

I was in hospital for 6 weeks and had many further operations to try and save my foot, which in the beginning they and I though they had managed but in June 2002 the bone infection flared up and I was told the only option was to amputate but I refused to give up so for 2 years I have been living on powerful drugs which have wrecked my body and made it impossible to live a normal life.

In March 2004 I went to see my lovely Consultant about something completely different and he somehow managed to talk me into having the operation a RBK

amputation, I had the operation on 22 June 2004 and came home 9 days later and I cannot believe how well I feel. But my events will continue as I have taken legal action against the first hospital.and my solicitor and barrister both think I have a very good chance in winning a 4 figure settlement I guess some people will think that I am wrong in taking legal proceedings but WHY should they get away with it.

I am sorry my story is so long but Kat20 if you read this I hope it will encourage Steve to do something.

Tricia.

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Wow Trisha,

Another amazing story!

I would NEVER think that you are wrong to take legal action. In fact, I think it is quite admirable. All you want is that the same mistakes aren't made again with someone else. Especially if everything was quite obvious, ie. you yourself knew things were not right, but how long was it until the doctors had noticed?? If it wasn't for people like you, displaying courage, and having the patience to go through the LONG ordeal of taking your hospital to court, then I'm sure that more mistakes would be made. At least this way, maybe people - or should I say doctors?! - will learn by their mistakes and will hopefully be more aware of the outcomes of their decisions, and the pain and suffering it can cause patients.

Besides, who ever sues JUST for the money anyway? The amount you may receive in compensation will never 'compensate' or justify your loss.

I wish you the VERY best with your case, and hope that justice is done!

Good luck!

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Trisha, I totally agree with you for taken legal action, sometimes it can be hard to wait these thing out, but in my opinion, you definitely have a case and deserve every dime you can get. Tho no amount of money will never make up for your loss, but to see justice done to them at the hospital, will be worth the time it takes. so that no one else ever has to experience the horror you went through. :( It is umbelievable what these places think they can get away with today. I am so pleased to hear you've got the determination to see it through and you're so right, they should NOT get away with it!! I wish you the best and please keep us posted on how things are going. :D

Sheila LBK

Southern Maine USA

Keep Smiling :)

It is better to have failed at the attempt, than to have never tried.

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Wow! I feel behind...three new stories and I have not replied to any of them! :o

First of all, hello Ian! I, too, am glad you are moving on in life.....know you will get as much out of it as you put into it. Welcome! :)

Hello to Tricia also.....what a story. I had read some places where you had said you had your amputation because you jumped in a river to save your cat...just could not see how those two events could be related... :angry: But now I understand! Hope your kitty is sitting with you thru recovery! Keep us posted on your recovery and getting your new leg. I know you wont tolerate a bad prosthetist! Stand up for yourself....it will be worth it!

And my friend Chuck....I am so glad that others now know the incredible story I did not want to share without your permission. I just couldnt believe the story the day I read it in the paper, the day after it happened. Then I found out one of the guys had lost a leg and I knew I had to contact you and tell you life WAS going to be okay...because you still have LIFE...and you will milk all you can out of it, I know! I am glad you have Julie...I have a husband who is very supportive and inspiring to me. I am glad you know that support too.

I am SURE you will be out there riding again. Tom will get you fixed up. If he gives you any trouble you let ME know! ;)

Welcome to you all...glad to have you around, to share your perspectives.

Judy

Lbk

Utah

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Ok my turn,

I was born with a deformed right foot. 3 toes,and the foot was turned medially 90 degrees and only one large bone in the middle of it. The docs waited till I was 5 to see how it developed and if it would grow with the rest of me. By the time I started school I was already wearing a built up shoe and I vaguely remember walking and dragging my foot behind me. So they decided to amputate through the ankle and within a year I was kid who could suddenly do anything. I took a beating early on from the other kids at school but learned pretty quickly to deal with it. Next thing I learnt was that if i excelled on the sporting field then noone gave me any heartache, so I put all my efforts into sport of all sorts. The only thing I didn't do much of was swimming and still dont. That's the only situation I haven't overcome. Besides I hate sand. LOL . It gets in the nastiest places.

The best thing I ever discovered was the ability to laugh at myself. I never take myself too seriously. I like to tell people that the only things I can't do is hop on my right foot and wear high heels. Maybe I can do both of those yet.

Cheers,

Cat

"If you can't be yourself then who the hell are you?"

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Hi as a "newbie" to this rather exclusive club I would like to add my story too

some of you will pretty much already know when my accident was from reading my wifes postings in the forum but the circumstances are as follows:-

I was riding my motorbike back from brands hatch to my mates house nr brighton on bank holiday monday 04 all was going really well had met a number of friends at the track for the british superbike racing that day.

The weather was good(unusually for the UK :) ) so we were having a good ride home approx 1/2mile from my mates house I was trailing a car my mate was in front and there was a car in front of him it was a built up area with a number of cul-de-sac off to the left and right the car in front of my mate was indicating right then changed and indicated left and started to slow down my mate overtook I then overtook the car I was following and came up behined the lead car at this point I was travelling at approx 30miles per hour (the speed limit in this area was 30) I gave the car a wide birth as it had been driving erratically as I reached the car the front swung round and then indicated right a split second later I felt it hit my left leg

then the next thing I knew I was rolling down the road and through someones garden fence ending up laid on thier back lawn.

I had previously broken my left femuer and severed my femueral artery in a motocross accident in 1986 which had caused me alot of problems with nerve endings and the such like, but this time around as I lay on someones lawn I knew things were pretty bad as all the metal work from my first accident had come through my leg and through my leathers.

Once I came round in hospital the surgeon informed me I had in fact broken my left femuer tibia and fibia lost my patella and crushed my knee 0h and dislocated my right clavical.

After a somewhat blurred conversation with all the doctors and two different consultants in ITU it was decided because of the extent of the damage caused and the fact that my leg had picked up some grass and earth on the way it was best to amputate above the left knee.

So that is basically how I became a member!!

I would like to add, this accident happend at 30 mph on a road I know really well I have alot of riding experience due to riding all sorts of bikes all over the world(my present bike was a 1000 yamaha until it blew up in this accident!!), I was wearing leathers and a goretex jacket with full body armour and a very expensive crash helmet in both my accidents both crash helmets have taken a big impact(my friends say that this fact explains alot :D LOL) So I would just like to say if you ride a bike pls wear the right gear I get so annoyed when I see young lads riding around on scooters and older guys riding big bikes in just shorts and t shirts.

As everyone has a quote on there posts I would like to add one and this one seems rather appropriate to my circumstances

"Dont wait for your boat to come in, swim out to bloody meet it" Barry Sheene R.I.P. (for those of you who dont know him ex world motorcyle champion and I think the pioneer of leg reconstruction!!!!)

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As a new AkA, lots of questions needed to be asked and answered, and i have found the forum to be the best place to get my answers and help when needed. So thank you to all :D

I lost my leg on the 30th June this year, after 14months of trying to save it. It was a long haul, and i hope i stayed happy and hopeful while under going all treatments and the 7 operations.

It all started with a bone tumor,Had the chemotherpy, bald was not a good look. I then had a phosthesis fitted, but the surgeon slipped ( he did say sorry) and made a hole in the other side of my leg, which subsequently became infected, that infectsion never cleared. I then got septicemia, got rushed into hospital and had a operation that left me with a gapping hole, 8cm by3cm . You could see the phosthesis , some muscle, and right into my leg(i have some great photos!!!!) I had another wash out, , then plastic surgery to close the hole, that did not work so they did more plastic surgery, It did not work again. :( I then became unwell again and had no other option, but to have an AKA. My only problem, at this time, is phantom pins and needles that drive me potty. :rolleyes: Any help on this would be great.

I now fell really well and am looking forward to getting my new leg and getting on with life. I must just add that if it was not for my husband, David who helped me thought all the pain and kept me going, i would not be as content and as happy as i am today, Thank you David you have cared for me above and beyond.

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Welcome Miglet,

So sorry you have had so much trouble. I hope, like me, you find answers to some of your questions here. This is a wonderful place to ask questions, find answers, meet similar people or just plain vent your frustrations.

I'm sorry I don't have an answer to the phantom pains. When I used to get them I just hit my leg till they went away. But after a while they just sort of dissappear. I haven't suffered with them for a long time but can easily remeber what they felt like.

Welcome again,

Cat

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Thanks Cat,

its nice to know that somebody out there understands, I did not realize, how much better i would feel, by having my leg cut off. I feel like a new woman.

You never think it is going to happen to you, and i take my hat off to all who have gone through amputation and come out the other side still smiling and getting on with life. MIchelle (miglet)

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Hi Michelle,

I know it sounds weird but I think it makes me a better person. I actually feel a little sorry for people who have it easy in life because they never really understand what it's like to face adversity and stand strong, so I do understand how you feel.

Best wishes to you in your journey,

Cat

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Hi Michelle,

Welcome !!

My son Josh had his amputation two days before you had yours on the 28 th of June.Josh is also waiting for his prosthetic leg,he has his mold next week.

Its great to read your still smiling and getting on with life.

All the best

Debbie

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Welcome to the forum Michelle! :D

You are right in thinking that you'll get answers to a lot of your questions here. That's because we are all in the same boat! No-one else can understand what it's like being an amputee better than another amputee! And there's a whole bunch of us here too, including many AK's!

So, fire away with your questions. Hope we can help. B)

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Well, I read through everyone else's stories and decided to add my own. So here goes...

I became an amputee when I was 8 years old(I am now 25). It happened one Sunday afternoon when I was waiting outside of my church with my mom. A car turned into the church parking lot and suddenly lost control. The car crashed into the front of the church and my left leg (below the knee) was pinned between the bumper of the car and the steps of the church. The car was driven by a 16-year-old neighbor who was learning to drive. My leg was crushed and amputated that evening. I spent about four weeks in the hospital. Physical therapy was hard, but I had a therapist that wouldn't let me give up. Everyone was so awesome!! I eventually was fitted with a prosthesis and learned to walk again.

Now that I am 25 I do just about anything that a normal young woman my age would. Except swim, but that's because I'm terrified of water! I think that is so important for people, especially amputees, to never give up. I mean, you can do just the minimum to get through everyday but that is only existing. And why simply exist when you can LIVE!!!!

Mellie

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Welcome Michelle, I'm sure there will be plenty of people to answer all your questions, so just fire away. I am still waiting to have my amputation, have been waiting since April, on a positive note a wheelchair has been delivered yesterday from the hospital, so looks like something is happening at last.

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Having been away for just one week i am really behind with saying a proper Hi and Welcome to quite a few new members so rather than try saying it individually i am going to be lazy and say it to you all at once.

HI and WELCOME to all that have joined in the past couple of weeks.

I am sure i will get the opportunity to post to each of you on a more individual level at some point and i look forward to doing so.

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Hello to everybody,

I´m new to this forum, eventhough my right leg has been amputated 20 years ago due to osteosarcoma.. Doctors told me that I´m going to have a prosthesis which will looks like your own feet.. so you can understand how shocked I was when I saw the prosthesis for the first time. I thought I never will use that! I went out with my friends using crutches only and lived my life like my friends. It took almost a year to learn to use prosthesis but I finally learned it all by my own.

I never had any negative behaviour against me as a teen. Any boyfriend candidates didn´t run away after hearing about my leg. Or they were sensitive and did that litlle by little :P Anyway, I´m 36 years old now, so I was 16 when my leg was amputated. Today I´m working, I have a husband and daughter who is 11 years old now, and a son who is 7 years old. Then we have two golden retrievers living with us.

However, now I don´t want to use only crutches public. I have to say that this is the first time I find so much information about amputees! I don´t know anyone personally who has lost his limb too, so I´ve been all by my own... After being amputated for 20 years now, I still have questions for you all: does your prosthesis looks like real leg..? Do you feel free to use skirt or shorts? My stumb was left "too" long, so the knee isn´t at the same level as my "own" knee And the cosmetic of my prosthesis looks so different from my own since it has so dark cosmetic that I should wear very thick socks to cover it.. I know some of you say that it´s not a big deal... but, for me it is. I never wear shorts. And don´t you have problems to find proper shoes? I think it´s hard to find proper shoes for you prosthesis! All good advices are wellcome!

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Hiya Mia and welcome to the family...sit down , make youreself comfy and join in.

There's fantastic people here and lots of info so glad you found ud and don't feel alone . You never will be again :D

I honestly wish my leg looked better but I am never afraid to wear short stuff in public. My confort comes before "those that stare".

But then I've grown up with mine since age 5 so I guess I never knew anything else and it was easier.

Shoes are a nightmare..let's not go there it just makes me depressed.

Welcome and hope you find everything you need here.

Cat

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