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Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:55:46 PM »
Hey Gang.
I'm an LBKA,  performed Nov 07.
Been lurking for a while, and decided to jump in.
Fought a 4 year battle with diabetes, poor lifestyle, infection and general stupidity,
thinking the bad stuff couldn't happen to me. I was wrong.
Diabetes is now under control, things are looking up.
I feel great. All the test numbers are great.
41 years old, I have been back at work since about 3 weeks post-op.
I have terrific friend/family support(I work with my brother), am 99% upbeat,
and am looking forward to move ahead with my life.
Look forward to getting to know you guys.
Hope to learn a lot, and hopefully help others out along the way.

Primary goal: Back on my Moto Guzzi motorcycle. I hope to ride to California in June.

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008, 12:51:19 AM »
"guzzitx"  sounds like you are getting along fine & we're all glad.  I take it you already have a prosthesis?

Glad you found us.  We are a pretty good bunch (most of the time) :-\

Offline Steve C

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008, 06:31:18 AM »
Welcome. My name is Steve and I am a BKA since 2000. Lost it due to a maritime accident.
Where ever I go, I'll always have one foot in Ireland   /   I'm not a complete fool. Some parts are missing.

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008, 10:56:41 PM »
Guzzitx:

Welcome aboard, Matey.  Sounds like you have things well under control.

I'm a DBKA, almost 70 y.o., due to diabetes.  Your pre-amp "medical adventures" sound similar to mine.

It's always a toss up whether our amps are due to our own stupidity or meglect, as you say, or was just "in the cards".

Either way, here we are, now.  So we just make the best of it, right?

As they say, if we get lemons, we make lemonage.

Again, welcome.

Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 12:36:00 AM »
Thanks for the welcome guys/gals.
Ann, no prosthesis yet. Us diabetics are on the slow bus when it comes to healing, but I am getting close.
I had an ulcer the "good"foot as well. Finally healed up and learning crutches.
What a party that is.

Not trying to hide, my name is Todd Haven. Guzzitx is an on-line name I can remember.
(Noticed everyone else here uses a real name.)

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 01:35:52 AM »

Todd,
     Welcome, Iam a RAKA since 8/08. I am also doing well.  Just got my second socket and a new ankle,foot.  Never really knew what a big difference a correct fitting prosthetic would be.
    Can't believe your back to work so soon.  I have't even thought about going back yet, but I am a nurse and was working in a correctional facility, so I don't think that they are going to let me back in.
     Welcome and keep in touch. ;)
Ginger Henneberger
38 YO  Strykersville, NY
injury 8/28/02
R AKA 8/07
Still recovering, but doing great

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Re: Arrgghh! Ahoy Mateys
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 05:49:21 PM »
Welcome Todd.  Like you, I am diabetic.  Lost the toes on both feet.  Can empathize with the ulcer on your good foot.  Had the first blisters on my right foot in over 3 years.  Doctor has to put me in a cast to get my wounds to heal - as you say, it takes awhile to heal but hope to be out next Monday and back walking.

Later.

John 

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2008, 03:23:06 AM »
Ginger:

I had a friend who worked in a prison, and developed back problems and needed a cane.  They wouldn't let him back as long as he looked the least bit vulnerable. (hobbling with a cane).  He could work behind the scenes, but not with direct prisoner contact.

Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 10:14:09 AM »
Ginger;  I put that same question to my oldest daughter that works for the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, and this is what i got back from her, the answer is absolutely no, cause after the inmates find out you are wearing a prosthetic leg and that it can be used as a weapon, that they would not like to be liable for it.
you-all have a great day.

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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008, 11:37:09 AM »
Pegleg,
  I know my husband spoke with the Dep. of Security at his prison and he told him the same thing.  I am to young to not work the rest of my life, but I am a nurse and thats all I know.  I can't work in a hospital due to all the long hours on my feet, and thats the type of nursing that I really enjoyed.  I guess that I am going to have to go back to school and learn a new profession.  There has to be something in the health care field that I will be able to do.  Any suggestions?
Have a great day all.
Ginger Henneberger
38 YO  Strykersville, NY
injury 8/28/02
R AKA 8/07
Still recovering, but doing great

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2008, 04:39:43 PM »
Ginger:

Yikes!  With the continuing need for nurses, there's gotta be a position in nursing that's suitable for you.  I can understand why not the corrections work, and the long hours on feet with typical hospital floor nursing.

What about being a school nurse?  Or home nursing work?

My daughter is a BSN and has done home healthcare, and is now "flying a desk" working for Blue Cross.  It's not direct patient care, but does utilize her nursing training.

I don't know if being a nurse in a doctor's office would be up your alley.  I suspect if you got in touch with the Nurses Association, ANA, in your area, they might have some ideas.

Just some ideas that come to mind.  If you're ready to work, I'd hate to see your nursing skills go to waste, right?
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2008, 11:19:29 AM »
Dick,

Thanks for the advise.  I know there has to be something. I guess it's just looking.

Ginger Henneberger
38 YO  Strykersville, NY
injury 8/28/02
R AKA 8/07
Still recovering, but doing great