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Amputees
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Larry    Posted 08-02-2001 at 18:38:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I was just wondering if there was anyone else in this group that has a limb missing like myself? I lost my right leg below the knee about twenty four years ago. I get along alright,but the replacment isn't as good as the original.


Darrell Pawson    Posted 12-12-2001 at 16:07:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
not mebut my father lost his rt leg below the knee about 5 yrs ago. has really made farm life difficult. gettin on and off the tractors are tough


Burrhead    Posted 08-03-2001 at 12:13:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ditto Larry. I gave mine up 34 years ago by zigging when I should have zagged.


And yes you're right, the replacement is'nt as good as the original, but on the up side when you kick somebody's rump you cant break a toe.:^) and you will never twist and ankle, and your foot won't start stinking on that side if you wear nylon socks. For that matter you can wear any kind of sock you want to and you won't blister your heel or have athlete foot or jungle rot on that side.


Larry    Posted 08-03-2001 at 15:18:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Doesn't matter what kind of shoe you wear in the winter either. The rubber foot won't get cold.
What kind of prosthetic do you wear? Right now I'm in a Tech socket with a neoprene suspension sleeve to keep it on.I use to wear the standard PTB with wool socks and waist belt,but with a four inch stump I couldn't take any piston action.Plus the belt was pulling my lower back out of wack.


Burrhead    Posted 08-03-2001 at 16:28:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know what brand or name this thing is. It's a VA hospital model.

Just a sock on the stump and a extra wide garter type contraption that goes just above the knee.

I keep a Dr Scholl cushion in that shoe cause the stump still gets tender and the cushion does help some.

I saw a woman on the news the other night that had 2 metal legs that looked like brake spoons or something that she wears and holds a record for track events.

If I was'nt so wore out I might try one but I'd be running on one side and trying to set down on the other so it might not work.


Larry    Posted 08-03-2001 at 18:10:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Sounds like a hard socket to me.They can work just fine if the guy that makes it knows what he's doing. One of the best legs I had was a hard socket,but I had to give it up when my stump changed in volume,and had to be refitted. This use to happen a lot when I was younger. Now got a closet full of useless prosthetics.
I've seen a lot of those high tech legs you were talking about. Sometimes I wish I had the money to buy one,but then again,what would I do with it? I don't need to move that fast.


Burrhead    Posted 08-03-2001 at 20:38:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah I aint gonna move fast myself unless somebody hollers "LET"S EAT".

The only troubles I ever had was some sores if I don't keep a dry sock on it.

Was that you that got mad and threw his leg at his hog last year???

I remember somebody posted it, I just don't remember who it was.


Larry    Posted 08-04-2001 at 08:37:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]

That probably was me. If I remember right I was trying a new suspension sleeve that the Posthethis sent to me.When I walked outside to do chores I wasn't quite sure if it would hold my leg on or not,but it was too late to turn back by then.It was winter,and I didn't want to go back in and take all my winter cloths off just to mess with my leg.I was taking it slow and easy,because I still wasn't sure about whether the sleeve was going to hold,when a hog got in front of me and made me miss my stride. Right away I got mad,forgetting all about the leg,and gave,or should I say tried to give,the hog a kick in the butt.I missed the hog,and my leg went sailing out in front of me. I bet I was a sight to see. Standing in the middle of the hog lot on one leg cussing a blue streak. By the time I got my dumb a$$ back to the house I had cooled down some,but I still gave the Prosthetis a call and told him not to sell that paricular model of suspension sleeve to anybody.


Danny in CO    Posted 08-03-2001 at 09:56:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sort of! I have the New & Improved Knee Joint made of Chrome Steel! Works nearly as good as new.

Danny


big fred    Posted 08-03-2001 at 07:01:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Larry, I have a story from my hometown about a feller that had lost a leg, best I can recall it was a farm accident. I apologize if it seems indelicate, but I've always enjoyed this story. Just can't for some reason remember the fellers name.

He had a prosthetic leg, got around pretty good and if you didn't know about his missing leg, you would think he just had a bad limp. Well, he went hunting in Manitoba with some of his buddies. They stopped in a bar, and being a small town they kinda stood out as "strangers". Well, the locals at one of the tables started talking tough and going on about them soft fellers from the States. This feller can't take it anymore, turned to the locals and said "you fellers think you're tough? Let's see you do this!" and proceeded to take out his hunting knife and plunge it into his leg, where it stuck. He then turned around and went back to his beer. A couple of the loudmouth locals fainted dead away...


Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 08-03-2001 at 06:33:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Larry, I still have all my original equipment, except for my hair. My hat is off to you folks who continue to function in spite of great obstacles, just watch out for the glare. ;-)>>>
I have a friend who lost a leg just below the hip some years ago. He continues to operate a good sized farm, as well as custom baling a whole bunch of hay every year. The boy is just plain tough, and will NOT be defeated.


Ole Cuss    Posted 08-03-2001 at 03:46:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

A very good friend of mine lost one arm above the elbow after a machinery accident many years ago. Prosthetics never seemed to fit well, so he just covers the stump with a sock and carries on as usual. He deer hunts with me (he can skin and dress a deer one-handed better than most people with two arms), custom builds animal cages, and is currently putting an addition onto his garage with only one helper. Quite a guy.


Phyllis    Posted 08-02-2001 at 19:18:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Larry, I'm not an amputee, but my dad has problems. He was paralyzed in a car wreck the week before Christmas and was a quadriplegic. Now, however, he is able to walk some, and is getting some strength back, but it is a long, hard road.


Larry    Posted 08-03-2001 at 18:38:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Burrhead is right. Just be there for your Dad. That will help him more than you will ever know.


Phyllis    Posted 08-03-2001 at 18:55:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Larry. At least I don't work outside the home, so I have more time than I would otherwise! Oh, yeah, those piglets were really cute!


Burrhead    Posted 08-03-2001 at 12:05:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Phyllis tell your Dad to hang in there. It will get better. I spent all of 88 and most of 89 mostly bed rid and being carted around after a accident.

I had good use of my arms but my final drives and right leg did'nt work at all and the left side was iffy.

I still stumble and sometimes fall completely down if I move too quick but I do get stronger every year.

A good positive out look does wonders on recovery. When he's having a blue day do something for him even if it's wrong to break his chain of thought and get him refocused.

It's a long hard row to get back up to full steam. When he's having a bad hair day with you or the therapist just let it go in one ear and out the other.




Phyllis    Posted 08-03-2001 at 12:25:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Burrhead. He's had a real good attitude during this whole thing. Well, for a month and a half he was completely out of it in ICU, but when he woke up, he had a big smile on his old face, and I knew then that he'd pull through it. I told him yesterday about what you said to that judge and it costing you 150.00 extra in fines. He got a kick outta that!


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