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General Discussion / Re: back on crutches AGAIN
« on: June 16, 2008, 12:43:46 PM »
Sorry to say, I am an Ak.  I have tried the high stool when I am cooking, but it seems to just cause more pressure on my good side. I am over 6 feet tall, so it is difficult to find a stool high enough.  I try not to use my wheelchair in the house.  I guess if I don't use it I won't get used to using it.  The more I try to do without it, I feel that I won't get lazy.
I tried to lay down a while today without my shrinker and I found that my leg really hurt.  So I got up and put my shrinker back on.  I guess that answers the question for me.  My leg is always cold, and discolored, so I will continue to wear my shrinker if for no other reason then I don't need to look at it.  I have a hard time looking at my residual limb. It's ugly.

General Discussion / Re: Revision Surgery
« on: June 16, 2008, 07:30:55 AM »
Sorry to hear that you have to even consider the revision route.  I am a new amp so I really don't know.  I have had to consider it though.  I am a AKA and my limb has healed really strange with a huge fat pad on the interior bottom of the leg making a very strange and uncomfortable fit.
Hope that everything turns out OK.


General Discussion / Re: back on crutches AGAIN
« on: June 16, 2008, 07:26:22 AM »
Thanks all for your input.
Why shouldn't I wear my shrinker at night ?  I thought that the idea was to keep any fluid out of limb when not in prosthetic.  I have worn my shrinker at night, every night now since last Sept. when I first got it.

Then darn crutches have really been doing a job on my wrists and arm pits, not to mention the extra pressure on my let knee and hip.
Ever try to cook dinner when you cant even stand?  Not easy.

I know that things will get better, jut seems to take forever sometimes. 


General Discussion / Re: back on crutches AGAIN
« on: June 15, 2008, 05:12:17 PM »
thanks, i think i was just having one of those moments when things seem to be worse than they really are.  i am just getting tired of fighting with my workers compensation company.  they think 3 sockets in one year is excessive.  i am a large woman and i have a lots of fat to loose.  my right thigh is now almost half the size of my left, and i know there is still a lot of shrinkage coming.  but the worse part is althe extra skin just hanging around.  oh well hope you have a good day

General Discussion / Re: back on crutches AGAIN
« on: June 15, 2008, 01:39:18 PM »
no one every told me this was going to be an issue, although i guess it is better than the alternative.  i really dont like the thought of being dead.

General Discussion / back on crutches AGAIN
« on: June 15, 2008, 01:31:15 PM »
hi all,
been quite a while since i've had the courage to write.  i have been having a major problem with my residual limb/prosthetic. seems that every time i get to where i am a little comfortable wlaking something goes wacky again.  it still hasen't been quite a year and i am already working on my third leg.  is this the way it's suppesed to work??? i understand the shrinkage part, but the minute that it starts, my socket becomes very sloppy and i start experiencing a lot of pain.  i am now weraing 4 socks (20 mil) and the dumb thing is still loose.  i need to use crutches to help with walking or the pain s so bad that even the pain pills don't work.  back in april i got a couple of pressure sores on the end of my limb and couldn't wear my prosthetic for a couple of weeks, and ever since its been nothing but trouble.  does this go on all the time or can i expect things to get better.

Ginger :o

General Discussion / Re: respect for old glory
« on: June 13, 2008, 03:40:31 AM »
Just rember this come Nov. , I ask 1 thing do our men and woman want this kind of a person running our war. I know my 3 family members over thir DON"T

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:44:35 AM »
Great little article.  Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: March 31, 2008, 02:19:41 PM »
   As a semi new amputee, I have not been able to get involved in any sports or activities.  Hard to even get outside with all he snow we have had.  But now that spring is finally around, 50 degrees today, the snow is melting and I hope to get outside and start something, even if its only planting my garden.  I have a bike and hope to be able to ride it soon, although I am a little leary, I am right handed and lost my right leg, so like everything else its gonna take some time to get used to it. 
    I hope that all goes well with your program this summer.  By the way how do i keep my prosthetic from falling off the pedal, yet still be able to use it for balance when I am not riding.

AKA 8/07

General Discussion / Happy Easter
« on: March 21, 2008, 02:58:13 PM »
Hi all,

It's been a while since I've been able to get on to the site (been busy).

Just thought tha I would let you all know whats been going on.  I recently got my second socket and a new foot/ankle unit.  Makes things a lot easier with the split foot and cushion ankle. 

I stopped PT finally after 6 months, boy it doesn't seem possible.  They said it's all practice now until I get my final Rheo knee, then I will have to go back to therapy for a while.  Still using a cane when I'm outside the house, but I don't need it when I'm in the house. 

I am finally sleeping well, Thanks to Mike.  The melatonin is working great.  I tak it at about 9 pm and asleep by 10.  Lots better than not falling to sleep at 3 or 4. 

Anyway things are going very well for me. 

Hope that you all are well and you enjoy this season with you family.

Happy Easter.


General Discussion / Re: freedom innovations runway foot shell ?
« on: March 16, 2008, 10:25:17 AM »

I know what you are talking about.  I am disappointed with the foot covers.  I have a wide and large (size 11) foot.  I have to add extra socks to have my shoe fit properly.  I am very tall for a woman 6'1" and NOT light.  I wish they would make a more natural looking cover.  I like to wear sandles, so I am hoping that by summer I can get a tter matching foot.

I do know about the elongated toe.  I have a condition thats called Mortons toe.  my second toe is about 3/4" longer than my big toe. 

Hope that you get a better cover.

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 08, 2008, 11:09:30 AM »
Joe A.,

Please don't give up.  We here on the forum need you for your experience and knowledge.
Not to menton I need someone to ask about what lies ahead.

God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

In my opinion / Re: Pefect Stride II foot
« on: March 08, 2008, 11:02:34 AM »

Sorry I haven't been on for a while and didn't see your post until this morning.
I am a client of Mike Loves and he just changed my foot to the Centure by Ossure.  Boy what a difference!
I am a 38 Year old and have a 9 year old daughter, so as you can guess I am very active. 

I became a RAKA in 8/07 so I haven't had many different feet.
However, now that I have this new one, i have a lot more flexability and movement.
I really like that it makes walking easier by having shock absorption without much weight.  I really like the
flexibility and rotation.  I found that it is easier to walk on uneven surfaces. 

Hope that this helps a little.


General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 06, 2008, 08:38:16 PM »
Hi and thanks.  I can't think of a better way to thank the troops then to "fly" our flag.

General Discussion / Re: pimping my leg
« on: March 05, 2008, 10:21:52 PM »
Thats great that you all decorate your socket to match your personality. 

Does anyoune know if its illegal to use the US flag as a decoration.

Or maybe Ill just get a picture of the world trade center.

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