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waqas:
Hello everyone

At the age of 15 due to Meningitis I lost both my legs above through knee and right hand including the tips of my fingers of my left hand. I am almost 27 now and since I lost my legs I was on your bog standard legs with Total Knees.

I always saw posters of people rock-climbing, riding bikes, skiing and running with their limbs but I believed that was all sales propaganda to make you believe you could do anything; why, because all of them featured an individual with either below knee or single leg  amputation, and IMHO had life so much easier due to having a knee or one leg as it makes a huge difference.  Youtubers like Randyhanger and Giuseppe Chessari have been really inspirational to me as both are bilateral AKA and show what is possible

Anyway after several years of pestering my prosthetist has finally said I should be able to get funding for micro-processor limbs from the NHS. Obviously the Genium is not on the list but I have been told that I will trial the C-leg, Orion and Plie 2.0.
I developed a bad habit of walking with locked knees on the Total Knees as ever time I would lean too forward, it would trigger the knees to bend and I never got comfortable walking with free flowing knees as I used to fall all; as such I used to keep them locked as I felt more secure and could walk faster (though 12 years of walking like this has led to bad posture).

Today I was given the Plie 2.0 to try out for a few weeks, and it feels so weird to walk on them as the knees do not lock and I have built a fear that if the knees don’t lock, I will fall. Its going to take time but my posture has improved already (and its only day 1!) , I have a more natural walk and can control the speed I walk and the legs keep up.

So far I am impressed by them and hope I get on as well with the others too, only problem is that I favour my left leg more and I am not confident doing slopes and have noticed that when going down slopes/ramps I can bend the left leg but the right leg stays rigged.  I’m told its a confidence thing as I’m not load bearing equally but I’m sure I’ll get there hopefully.

Anyway that’s my story and I would like to keep you lot updated and appreciate any tips, I know great heights can be reached with these new legs as long as you have the motivation and strength to push yourself (I do lol).

Waqas

DaveC:
Waqas
And I though I was in a bad situation. But, since you've been doing this for 12 yers, I guess you're pretty much used to dealing with it.
I admire your efforts.
I'm only a LAK (my right leg is fine)
I've got a basic Ford Pinto leg now, (ottobock 3R60) but hope to get a MPC one soon.
I've been told the Plie' is a good leg.
But, I've new to this (9 months ago I had the motorcycle accident that tore off my L leg [below the knee]. four surgerys later, they decided WTF and just cut it off Above the knee)

And YES, Definately keep us informed on the progress of your new legs.
I hear that, yes, it's a confidence thing to let the legs do what they're designed to do.

Yea, stay motivated. You got a long life ahead of ya

I lost my leg 9 months ago, I'm 63, and I plan on doing more now than I did before.
Just need a better leg (and socket)

Keep us updated

Thanx again for your story
Dave
(I'm humbled)

Steve C:
Welcome. You seem to have great drive and perseverance! I'm a BKA so I don't know anything really about knees and all that. That said I can't wait to hear of your exploits!

waqas:
Just gave the Plie 2.0 back and now have to wait to get the C-legs.

This is my brief experience on the legs in comparison with the Total Knees.

My posture has/had changed totally whilst I was on them, I was no longer sticking my arse out and leaning forward. Instead I had to straighten my posture which made walking on the legs easier and efficient; as a result I had a natural gait (no where near perfect as I had developed a bad walking habit over 12 years so it will take time) and it got rid of my back pain.

The legs were able to keep up with my speed, surprisingly well though I did get the odd jerk in one of the legs.
They are silent and flow smoothly.
Charging is easy as you just remove the batteries and charge them separately.

Downside is that you can't walk backwards and you can not tell how much battery power you have left.

DaveC:

--- Quote from: waqas on March 19, 2013, 07:58:36 AM ---Just gave the Plie 2.0 back and now have to wait to get the C-legs.

This is my brief experience on the legs in comparison with the Total Knees.

My posture has/had changed totally whilst I was on them, I was no longer sticking my arse out and leaning forward. Instead I had to straighten my posture which made walking on the legs easier and efficient; as a result I had a natural gait (no where near perfect as I had developed a bad walking habit over 12 years so it will take time) and it got rid of my back pain.

The legs were able to keep up with my speed, surprisingly well though I did get the odd jerk in one of the legs.
They are silent and flow smoothly.
Charging is easy as you just remove the batteries and charge them separately.

Downside is that you can't walk backwards and you can not tell how much battery power you have left.

--- End quote ---

Are you switching to the c-leg as a test to see which you like best, or you've given up on the Plie?
I watched a guy walk backwards on a Plie, when I was at the hosp last week.
And the battery, the rep ssaid 3 days, I thought it was 1 day.
I guess it's just a matter of charging the spare overnitge and replacing fresh each morning.
Either way, I pray you get the one that works best for you

I'll keep the posture thing in mind. I get the back pain also.
My PT coach saud to tuck my butt in and stand up, and it did make a difference.
My issue is with a solefully poor fitting socket, which I hope to get replaced soon.

God speed
Dave

And let us know which you prefer, C-leg or Plie
And, I would have thought you'd give the Plie back AFTER they got the new C-leg.
But, what the hell do I know, I'm the new guy here.

STUUUPID ME
Just re-read your story
Sorry-my bad

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