A pain in the leg
I got my leg back yesterday, it’s a pin lock this time meaning the grey liner has a metal pin sticking out of the end and you push it into a hole in the bottom of the socket and it locks.
But as with new sockets this one is horrible. it has a hard plastic outer coating and a softish white plastic lining. and it’s pushing on my pubic bone at the front and right around the inside of my crotch. when I walk it’s trying to both saw me in half and squeeze me so you can imagine its really painful to try and take any steps and I have a long red sore developing along my crotch line.
Also the part you’re supposed to sit on at the back was poking upwards into my bum and making me tilt forward rather than sitting on it.
I did mention this all the prosthatist but during the 4 hours I was there for tweaks, it wasn’t getting any better. He then said “go home and try walk on it for a bit. I know it’s just because you haven’t had a leg for a while, and you need to get the strength back in your hips to walk correctly, and your leg is naturally tilting upwards”.
First off, no my leg wasn’t tilting upwards, that happens if you don’t do your stretches and the muscle at the front of your thigh becomes tight and pulls your leg up. I know to keep doing my stretches and once I have the weight of the limb it naturally pulls your leg straight.
So that wasn’t the problem, and I know I’m a bit wobbly after not walking for 2 months but I quickly get back into it. It’s the damn socket that’s not fitted right! So he booked me in to see him in 2 weeks telling me to try walking.
As it was a Friday, I wore the leg home and I was in my chair, and I really did try to walk at home with the aid of two sticks but it was just too painful. I tried stuffing sponge down my crotch and on my bum seat. That sort of stopped the pain but I couldn’t put my full weight on it. so I did something you’re not advised to do. I went into my garage and got out my dremel and started hacking away at the bits that were bothering me.
First I cut back the bum shelf, just the hard plastic outer lair so the softer rubber could fold over better. That solved that problem. Then I started cutting and filing bits of my crotch.
It stopped it sticking into my pubic bone, but the whole thing around that area was just too tight. So I stuffed loads of foam down my crotch, and a sponge plaster over my pubic bone area.
I can now take a step without it hurting but its still not right, and I was just so frustrated and I knew when I went back the prosthatist wouldn’t believe me when I say its too small at the top its digging in. He won’t do another cast, and then he will see the hacking I’ve done to it and god knows what he’ll say. So I had a really good cry. I’m still upset and frustrated as I write this, I just want it to be sorted, I want my leg back, and I want it to be comfortable is that too much to ask!
I’m going to call them on Monday see if I can get an earlier appointment and get this sorted.