Amputee To Be

Back in 2006 i fell of a ladder at work doing a fascia boards job on a gable end of a two story house.the day before we asked for scaffolding but was not aloud it. so to cut a very long story short.after 5 opp's later. i am now waiting for a left below knee amputation. on the 30th may. and to say i am bricking it would be about right at the moment. but to read all of the inspiring story's on here. gives me a lot of hope.               i am just very very frightened and scared
31-35, M
5 Responses May 7, 2012

I am 52 year old recent Double amputee as of Oct 2011.I am now back to work driving a dump truck and water truck .I got my commercal drivers lisiense..Keep your head up and all things are possible

Hi there. I became a bk on th28th of march. Like you I was scared and freaking out about the procedure. Now on the other side it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I have just relieved my prosthesis last monday and am up and walking using crutches.<br />
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The thing that got me through was focusing on he positives that will come from having the procedure done. For me I was unable to be on my feet for long periods of times now I can stand up pain ferrand walk with little pain.<br />
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I truly believe that if you have a positive attitude about ten it will be easier. Make sure you do all te exercises your physio gives you even if it is only a few at a time. It does get easier.

I wouldn't worry about being scared, everyone is scared, especially prior to a major op, but generally speaking, living as a single b/k, particularly if you are not elderly and otherwise in pretty good health, very do-able, and I am saying that as someone who has had both legs amputated below the knee for many years. Not saying that I never experience problems with them, cause I do from time to time, but in the main live a very normal life, I just do a few things slightly differently or at a slower pace.<br />
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People are, I think, very mislead over phantom pains, you will after the surgery like any surgery feel some pain, and your non existent foot will probably feel very real for quite a while, but they will give you pain meds etc to deal with the pain that will gradually lessen as time goes by, though you might always have phantom sensations though these will not necessarily be painful and you build up tolerances to deal with everyday niggles. I prefer to term it nerve pain, as its usually where the pain is coming from and nerves take some time to heal. I get flare ups every now and then when the prostheses are not fitting correctly, or I am off them for any length of time or sometimes if I have overused them, or if I get stressed, but its all manageable.<br />
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You will probably accept your new prosthesis, when its fitting you properly, when you trust it and when you realize you can do more with it than you can without, when they are fitting well they become like part of you. I have always thought of mine as 'my legs'., but have had them since I was young, notice a lot of older people call them, plastic legs, robot legs or whatever, but to me they are just my legs and woe betide people who move them out of my way when I am not wearing them, or prosthetists who say about changing them!<br />
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Long term I imagine, you will probably be able to do most of what you want to do. However, its very much a process, which you really won't be able to rush and the rehab bit is quite hard work, fittings can take their time and be tedious sometimes, but you need the socket fit and the alignment accurate to walk etc pain-free, so make the most of the post op period and chill out a bit and give the leg a chance to heal. The first year your stump will shrink down a fair bit and you will have a fair few socket changes so will become very used to your prosthetic/rehab centre and get to know your prosthetist well.

I can understand being scared. Let me tell you as a BK amp myself you're going to be ok. I have hardly any trouble with my own BK. There are some things you'll need to do differently (like showering) but for the most part there won't be much you CAN'T do. I've hiked the Grand Canyon several times, including a hike so tough it's now illegal.<br />
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Like riding motorcycles? No trouble there. I'm RBK and had a little trouble operating the back brake. I decided to quit riding bikes because all the crazy people in cars scared the **** out of me. You might have trouble working the gear shifter but if you do there are kits that can switch that control to your hand.<br />
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I can drive a manual transmission as long as I'm wearing my leg. I ski and have even tried learning to fly an airplane. Had to quit due to lack of money, not lack of ability. Send me a message if you need anymore advice or you have any questions.

Thanks krool you are truly a inspiration. it is nice to know i am not being silly saying i am scared. i know that this is the best way forward but i think it is things like phantom pains and a accepting my new prosthesis any tips

I would think that being scared is a very normal reaction. I wish you the best and somewhat understand what you are going through as I have some issues too. I'm not an amputee but I have had over 100 fractures that could have easily caused me to be.