No leg yet!
I went for another fitting on 9th July to sort out the problem with the release button. It kept being pressed by either me crossing my legs or wearing tight jeans, and then my leg would slip off. Which is so embarrassing if you’re getting out of a taxi!
So when I got to the clinic the prosthetist tried shaving the button flat so it wouldn’t catch, but then it kept slipping off and the suction wasn’t working properly. The prosthetist was surprised and suggested measuring me again.
He found out my stump had gone down another 1cm. It doesn’t seem a lot but that 1cm made me slip further into the new socket and the seal couldn’t stick to the edges because of this small gap.
He asked me to try push into it and put a little cloth sock around the end to try and help with the seal. I could walk up and down but as soon as I sat down I could feel it slipping off.
He suggested I would need yet another cast, I was really upset because this would be the 3rd socket I have had made.
I asked if we should wait 3-6 months to see if I shrink even further, but he said I don’t have much more skin left on the end to go down any more so booked me in for another re-measure and casting.
The next day at home I noticed the end of my stump was badly bruised. It must have been from trying to walk on the bad fitting limb and because of the high level of pain killers I’m on, I didn’t notice it hurting.
So I’m back on my old leg with two wool sock liners and it looks like I will be doing my trek in my old leg. It’s going to be like doing a trek with a full leg cast on, but if I do it slowly and take my time, I should hopefully be ok!