I have been very kindly supported this year by the charity Arctic ONE and they run an annual paratriathlon and triathlon. It seemed like a really friendly event that was open to everyone, from the totally unexperienced and unprepared (me), right through to elite athletes. I was very keen to take part, but had been putting… Continue reading My First Attempt at a Triathlon
I’m not really sure where the idea came from, but on my first trip out after leaving rehab last November, after a couple of drinks, I declared to some uni friends that I wanted to cycle from London to Paris and asked who would do it with me. Two laughed and declined the offer, but one… Continue reading Bicycles. What are we doing and why?
Over the last bank holiday weekend I was lucky to be invited down to Devon with some friends to spend the weekend riding. Before surgery I had ridden on and off for years, either having a pony on part loan (sharing it), or riding friends’ horses. As with most other things, I was slightly dubious about… Continue reading Getting Back in the Saddle
Legs are all individual, with each component being picked to suit the owner – the activity level, what you want to do with the foot, any sore areas, personal taste etc. I currrently have a carbon fibre foot called the Esprit, made by Endolite. There are a huge variety of feet for different activities and for… Continue reading The Anatomy of a Prosthetic Leg
…and I happily obliged. I was incredibly lucky to be transferred from hospital straight to a 12 bedded inpatient rehab unit. It was all a bit of a blur and happened very quickly, and none of the staff in the hospital I was in really knew anything about it, so no one could give me… Continue reading They tried to make me go to rehab…
A little attempt at demystifying amputation… Do you wear your leg at night time? No, I take the leg off for both sleeping and showering. It wouldn’t be comfortable to sleep in it – imagine having to keep your shoes on in bed, not great. So what do you do if you need to get up… Continue reading FAQs
Before going into hospital I scoured the internet for information on what would happen after surgery. Some aspects were very much out of my control so I did everything I could with the things that I could control, to maximise the chances of reaching the desired outcome. I had, in my eyes, the best surgeon in the country… Continue reading Hospital Post Op
So this is potentially a bit misplaced and it might have been better for me to explain rehab, prosthetics etc. first so this post would make a little bit more sense, but skiing was one of the most important things for me to get back into and was a huge part of my motivation in rehab.… Continue reading Skiing
It’s something that everyone wants to know, and it’s something that I ask myself every now and again too. Please excuse any graphic photos, there won’t be many but I know that some of my mediciney friends would want to see them and some of them are pretty impressive! (The toe one is pretty grim I… Continue reading How did I end up here?
I’m not the kind of person to share details of my life with the world, and in the past it may have been suggested that I’m a bit of a closed book. A couple of times. But after much persuasion I have come round to see the value in sharing my experiences. Three months ago, I… Continue reading Intro