Back on my feet again


Back on my feet again

07/04/13

Hi all,

This has been the first week I have been able to wear my false leg in over two months.

It was quite a scare when I went to have the operation to look at the small weeping hole at the back of my stump, which I thought was another piece of road. Only to find out it was a burst cyst! I was thankful that they had found it and managed to clear it out, but was also worried that there may be others. It took over a month to heal, and I couldn’t move because I would split the stitches, which I did at one point.

Then I had that nasty fall badly bruising the end of my stump, which at the time was agony. That added another month onto my recovery time.

I was then able to put my leg on again, and it was like going back to square one. I was a bit unsteady and still a bit tender, but as the days went on I found sores that were there before had now gone and realised it must have been the cyst that was causing me discomfort all this time.

I went to see a specialist and they told me that with my type of injury (degloved and folded over skin graft) it was prone to cysts. This horrified me because I didn’t want to be getting better only to be knocked back to square one again months later.

But as we both know us amputees take each day at a time and today I have no pain when I walk. Apart from the usual Chinese burn feeling when I first stand up and start to walk (that’s just down to my rubber liner gripping my scar tissue and moving it up and down when I walk).

I also went to PACE Rehabilitation for a review and they were very thorough and really informative. I met an above knee amputee who sang their praises and even though he was four years down the line, I watched him walk around with a simple leg without sticks!

So, if you can afford to go private I would highly recommend them. Once my claim has finished I will definitely be using them.

I’m still living at my parents, but the evaluator has been to do a report on my old house, stating to the other side why I can’t live there anymore. I really want my own space again now.

I should be getting the final version of my new leg in two weeks, so I will let you know how that feels. PACE advised me to get a completely different type so I will have to see what my prosthetists at Seacroft have to say about that. I’m feeling a lot more positive now I have my leg back on.

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