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General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:22:18 PM »
Damn, I thought you were just messing about when you said you didn't like Jimmy's. I didn't realize that it was one of those who hit you. If I would have known I wouldn't have put the picture up and joked. Sorry about that. Now, I don't blame you at all.

General Discussion / Has being amp held you back or pushed you forward?
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:28:56 PM »
We never know how our lives will turn out from one day to the next but how would your life be different if you weren't a amp? Has it held you back or the opposite, has it made you want to achieve more?

Myself, I think it may spur me on. I tend to feel the desire to do more than I may have done if I had never been injured. Possibly to prove myself able to myself (or others!) It's hard to say really.

Would you be doing the same things now, or would you have progressed further in your eyes if you never have lost a limb, or have you gone that extra mile since having your amputation solely because of your amputation and the the want... the need to achieve?

I know, it's a serious question. I guess I have been asking questions of myself and I was wondering of I was a alone in my thoughts.

General Discussion / Re: Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:38:12 PM »
It is still shocking. The most damning report came from the police.

"The South Africa police service were just as surprised this morning to hear on the radio that allegations had been made that the deceased had been perceived to be a burglar. We were very surprised and those allegations did not come from us."
Beukes said witnesses and neighbours claim to have heard unusual sounds on Wednesday evening and when the shooting took place. There had "previously been allegations of a domestic nature at Mr Pistorius's home", she said, adding that Pistorius was being "treated like any other normal person".

Another report stated the neighbors heard shouting and yelling.

It's early days and the trial, if there is to be one, hasn't even started but it's mad how we tend to think that famous athletes or celebs aren't capable of horrible things. It's just hard to imagine. He may be completely innocent but this reminds me of the O.J Simpson trial. Totally different cases, totally different men but still the same disbelief that they could have done anything wrong.

As far as her meeting her goals I read the she was a law graduate, top model and presenter. Definitely a determined, intelligent woman.

General Discussion / Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:30:31 AM »
Shocking news. Oscar Pistorius, the South African man known as the blade runner as he wears two prosthetic legs, a Paralympic and Olympic athlete has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. I read the news earlier that he surprised who he thought was a burglar but was in fact his girlfriend surprising him at his home in the early hours for Valentines Day. The police had a press conference and said that they never said that at all and he is being charged with her murder. 

Obviously a man is innocent until proved guilty and it is way too early to speculate but no matter how it goes a young woman is dead which is horribly tragic.

General Discussion / Re: getting older by the miniute
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:20:27 AM »
Congratulations! I'm sure they'll keep you busy when they come for a visit. I don't have any children myself, one of my biggest regrets, but who knows...maybe one day!

General Discussion / Re: Rant!
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:51:32 AM »
Ah geez, what you won't do to get out of a bit of work!  ;) ;D ;) (only joking!)

Sure, we've all been there. It doesn't make it any less annoying, but just know you're not alone. I still get very annoyed if I trip, but more so in public. If I do something to myself I get annoyed but take it with a grain of salt. I sometimes even assume a 'me against the prosthetic' attitude. If I get a bang or sore spot I just 'well, you're not going to get me down you little bollix. I'll just find a way around it.'

Chin up and keep motoring on!

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:38:18 AM »
Dannyy and Pin-Hi-

I know just what you mean about wanting to visit and the help you got from a visit.
My accident was in the west of Ireland and so was my operations and re cooperation. Like you, like everyone I assume who is faced with amputation, I had loads of questions. From everything from quality of life, to the hardware (prosthetics). I inquired about talking to someone and they sent me a nun. I thought to myself that unless she comes in missing a leg we may not have a whole lot to talk about. She was very well meaning but I could tell she out of her depth. Consequently, for weeks my questions went unanswered. Later (I was in the hospital for about 5 months as I contracted MRSA which prolonged my little visit), A man came into my room with his wife and said he had noticed my amputation. He quickly said that he had lost his years before (he was in the hospital to visit a family member) and if I had any questions to fire away. Suffice to say we had a good chat. He came back a few days later with piles of information from a amputee group in Britain.

When I was 'released into the wild' I got the notion to help other amputees as he had done for me, and same as you I was told that wouldn't happen. I even tried to leave my number but they wouldn't take it. I was told that I would need to be a certified / trained counsellor and even then the hospital may not be interested. I thought it was scandalous but I believe their viewpoint was that I could possibly give misinformation or even false hope or something of that sort.

All I do now is if I am in the hospital for whatever reason (visiting etc) I try and wear shorts in the hopes that if anyone facing amputation or having gone through it that they can see me and ask any questions.

General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:44:48 PM »
I'm scared of heights and GMC Jimmy's.

Don't blame you Dave. I wouldn't doubt that they all have rope, a bag of lime and a shovel in the back.

General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: January 10, 2013, 08:13:11 AM »
There was a crane bungee at my local pub for a fair last year. I was in two minds whether to do it or not but the fact they attached the bungee cord to the ankles made me mind up for me.

 ??? 'No.'

General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:52:38 PM »
I am working on my bucket list.  I have always wanted to try skydiving.  Has anyone else tried it?  Do you remove your prothesis?  Anything special I should know?  Thanks, annieg

annieg, U can count me OUT right now..want no part of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.. :o :o :o

Who says the airplanes they use are perfectly good?  As I recall, the plane the used for me was held together with tape, wire and hope. Sometimes jumping is the safer option. ;D

General Discussion / Re: Repairing a hole in a liner...
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:19:51 AM »

Stve did you get your liner fixed.  ;)

Not yet. I'm still just wearing it and getting a sore spot!  :o I'm hoping to get some glue to fix it tomorrow...

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:35:38 AM »
A quick note, the leg I am wearing is an early one. Loads of padding etc, hence the size of the thing. Looking back now the way it was attached may have been odd. There was no pin, and no suspension sleeve. As I remember the socket was made so it came in over the knee holding it in place although I wonder how strangely it was held!

General Discussion / Re: 258 members here. How many folks are active?
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:27:38 AM »
I can recall the days years ago when there were loads of people posting. Some may have found other sites, or like what was said before life, lust gets in the way. It could be as well that when some get to a point that they have a handle on it, don't have any questions, they don't 'need' to post. Myself I still have the odd question here and there and even if I don't I like to help if anyone else who has a question.
Then there is always the non-amp themed posts that lets us get to know each other in a less medical way. Thats nice too.

Heres a little picture of me from a local tourist video of my area (west of Ireland). I'm in the blue kayak...

Out of pure generousity I will post this link to a pretty embarrassing video of my attempt at rollerblading back when I lived in Galway. It was a a good few years ago and my forlorn look is a bit priceless. The gloves weren't because of the cold, but more as I knew I'd hit the tarmac at some point!

General Discussion / Re: Skydiving
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:11:43 AM »

I've done a few jumps but these were when I was one of those two legged fellas back when I was in the Navy. From what I know about skydiving (which could be what you have researched) is that there are two main types of jumps. Solo and tandem. Going tandem (having a qualified skydiver strapped to you) may be a good way to have a first jump. They will control the jump and landing, you're just along to enjoy the ride. The jump would most likely be with a rectangle shaped chute which is good as I remember they have a softer landing. Rounds chutes may call for a 'land and roll' to lessen the impact.

Going for a solo jump (which is what I did all those years ago with a round chute) may require more training (which will be provided, or better be!). They will teach you about your main chute and reserve, how to steer, land etc.

If I were to make a jump now I would have to start from scratch really. I would discuss with the jumpmaster on whether you should wear the leg or not. I would assume you could wear it though as the rectangle chutes normally have a soft landing and getting around inside and outside the aircraft  (ie:getting in the plane) would be easier.

It is fun and exciting. Enjoy!

General Discussion / Re: Repairing a hole in a liner...
« on: December 29, 2012, 07:21:10 AM »
Cheers Danny. I'll give that a go. The liner are so expensive it only makes sense to try and make them last as long as possible. This tiny hole is the only thing wrong with it at the moment.

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