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General Discussion / Soldiers back from Iraq
« on: April 22, 2008, 05:58:43 PM »
I found this page by accident while looking for some light entertainment on the web.

Light entertainment this isn't.

The link below will take you to portraits of soldiers back from Iraq. It appears we have more and more people who qualify to join our little club. I'm not trying to start some pro VS anti war argument.

General Discussion / Re: Take a shower standing up!
« on: April 12, 2008, 04:42:01 PM »
I use a swiveling bath chair. It rest on the top of the tub and I sit in and spin myself till I face the water. I had to move the showerhead and its attachment further along the wall so that I would be in the flow of water but after that, all is fine.
I have a swimming leg and could have a wash in it but I just see taking it off mid-wash as a hassle, thats why I use the chair.
I know a fella in town that is a AKA and takes showers standing up (and he never wears a prosthetic leg. He said that his op was botched and it is painful to wear any sort of leg...ever). I would tend to think he is asking for trouble as he can fall, but as far as I know he's never fallen.
I have had showers on the floor of a shower but I don't like it. I think it just makes me feel more handicapped for some reason.


What do you all do when staying in a hotel or Bed and Breakfast? Someplace where you could bring a attachment or where there would be grab bars? I would just sit on the floor of the shower even though I didn't care for it. I used to bring a bath board, but of course that would only work if there was a tub.

My History / Re: Hello!
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:03:27 AM »
welcome back Mark. Restification, does that mean the same as restoration? I have a 1971 BMW 2002. a handy little car.

(don't mind the goose...)

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: April 01, 2008, 12:15:09 PM »
Brilliant News. Can't wait to have his aul self back on the forum. Joe, welcome back to the game. When I was laid up in the hospital after one of my ops I had a friend nip over for a visit. I said something to the effect that I was still alive and they turned, smiled and said "ah sure, its hard to kill a bad thing..." ha ha.

We miss you Joe.

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:52:06 PM »
I emailed him 5-7 days ago and I haven't heard back yet. My girlfriend is a nurse in a ICU/Cardiac unit in a hospital here in Ireland. She told me that it can take a good while for him to be able to get back to us. The operation may have been postponed and the recovery can take awhile.

The worse thing is just not knowing.

General Discussion / Re: how do you fell about your looks
« on: March 25, 2008, 04:55:33 PM »
Sorry to hear about your fall. I haven't had a good for awhile (knock on wood) but its coming. My most memorable is also in the toilet but in a pub. Never try and pee standing up on crutches without a prosthetic on, on a wet floor in a pub toilet. I still tell myself I slipped on water.

Secondly, congrats on the nuptials! I can only imagine my invitation is caught up in the post  ;D. Enjoy your wedding day, and the rest of your lives.

Now, how do I feel about my looks? In regards to my leg I really don't care. I wear shorts (with a cosmetic cover on the leg) when its warm. I've worn legs without the cover as well. If I were to go to a social gathering or a first date, I'd be more worried about my crooked teeth, wrinkles, telling stupid jokes, forgetting peoples names or even the occasional fart, rather then my leg.

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: hobbies
« on: March 23, 2008, 08:47:12 PM »
"Dave 08, it does take a lot of patients to make one of the USS CONSTITUTION..."

Now Jack, was that a mispelling or a Freudian slip and you use slave labour from the hospital?

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 21, 2008, 07:05:23 AM »

So he's ok?

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: hobbies
« on: March 18, 2008, 09:25:38 PM »
thats really good! Must have taken ages to make.

My History / Re: Introduction from another club member
« on: March 08, 2008, 07:10:29 PM »
I have had MRSA as well. I lost my leg (BKA) in 2000 and ended up with MRSA in the bone. It took ages (and some serious drugs) to beat it. They even said I may have to go AK because of it, but they were able to control it and I never looked back.

Health and Fitness / Re: Saying Goobye
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:06:47 PM »
I don't know what to say, thats quite a bombshell Joe. I obviously hope that things turn around and you stay with us.  The place wouldn't be the same not knowing that at least you're pootering around somewhere.

You've helped me alot Joe. I owe you. First pints on me. Don't worry about being a Big Fat Sissy Lala Nancy Boy. That'll never happen.

Fair winds and following seas my friend, but I expect you back. You better come back! 

General Discussion / Army captain loses his leg on Cresta Toboggan Run
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:28:44 AM »
Army captain loses his leg on Cresta Run

By Stephen Adams

An Army captain survived a six month tour of Iraq unscathed only to have his leg torn off attempting the famous Cresta Run in Switzerland.
The Cresta Run, where Captain Bernie Bambury crashed
The Cresta Run is so fast that tobogganists must control their approaches through the turns or risk being flung out of the ice gully

Captain Bernie Bambury, 32, lost his right leg below the knee after he hit a marker post at a speed of up to 80mph on the 4,000ft-long tobogganing course in St Moritz. His leg was shattered and severed hundreds of yards from the finish.

But the brave soldier, from 4th Battalion The Rifles, completed the run before asking friends: "Is my ankle broken?"

He then heard the horrifying reply: "It's not broken, it's gone."

The Army officer underwent nine operations by medics who tried to sew the limb back on but Capt Bambury was told it might take two years for him to walk again and he was unlikely to regain full mobility. As a result he gave the order for surgeons to cut it off, preferring the certainty of recovery with a false leg.

Capt Bambury, who is based at Bulford in Wiltshire, said: "The overwhelming balance of medical advice was that amputation and a prosthetic limb would give me the best prospects for the rest of my life and the swiftest return to duty.

"Keeping my foot could have taken up to two years to succeed with a minimal chance of success. I am looking forward to starting my rehabilitation."

He is now at the Headley Court military rehabilitation centre near Leatherhead, Surrey, which has gained a strong reputation for helping those with multiple injuries and fitting soldiers with prosthetic limbs.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "This was a tragic accident and Capt Bambury has taken a brave decision on medical advice to amputate his foot. We hope he is able to make a swift recovery and wish him all the best for his rehabilitation at Headley Court."

The Cresta Run has a long association with the British Army, being created by Major WH Bulpetts and Caspar Badrutt, owner of the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, in 1884.

Since then many officers have taken the opportunity to try their skill at the purpose-built course, which drops by 514ft in altitude over its 3,978ft length through the hamlet of Cresta and includes gradients steeper than one in three.

It is so fast that tobogganists, who ride their sleds head-first, must control their approaches through the u-shaped turns or risk being flung out of the ice gully at high speeds.

Women are not permitted to ride the run, which is maintained and administered by the St Moritz Tobogganing Club, better known as the Cresta Club.

It is a British club but its members now come from all over the world.

My History / Re: My membership dues
« on: March 01, 2008, 03:11:39 PM »
I paid my dues back in 2000.July12 at 2:15pm to be exact. I was a crewman on a small ferry boat in Ireland. I lived on a small island and a ferry was the only way to the mainland. We were conducting mooring operations when my leg became entangled in the mooring rope. It was severly crushed, twice. The tried to save the leg for a few weeks but the surgeon came in and asked if I wanted to keep having operations or amputate. I said I'd think about it and tell them in a day or two and they said I had about 15 minutes to decide. I asked if I could run with a prosthetic leg, they said yes. I asked if I could run without a amputation and they said no (the muscles were destroyed by the rope and I had 'drop-foot').
That made up my mind.

I probably more active now than before the accident.

General Discussion / False leg given to landmine elephant
« on: February 28, 2008, 10:25:46 AM »
heres still another story about animals getting prodthetic legs...
False leg given to landmine elephant
-click here to view the story --->

The new canvas leg has been created for Mocha, a female elephant being cared for by Thai vets.

The animal was severely injured when she stepped on a landmine at the Thai-Myanmar border, losing her front right leg in the blast.

But now experts at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in northern Thailand's Lampang province have come to her aid - hoping she can soon be set safely free on her own four feet again.

General Discussion / Re: One legged Freak
« on: February 24, 2008, 11:34:44 AM »
I certainly wouldn't have liked hearing that. I suspect that as you two weren't fighting then it was said in jest. It seems that some of the slang today can be hurtful it taken literally.

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