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Orla Tyndall  Knitter. Reader. Crocheter. Pirate Captain.

Finally figured out this whole removing my foot shell thing. Next stop: the beach!
#amputeelife #amputeelifestyle #amputee #beach #beachlife #beachbody #summer #amputeeproblems #igotthis

Never thought I’d be the kind of person to put clothes on a dog but here we are. Cabbages was cold so I made her a jumper
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#dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #irishdogs #beastfromtheeast #puppysweater #dogsweater #knittersofinstagram #knitting #handmade #handmadewithlove #snow #snowday #howcute #howcuteisshe #toocuteforwords #whathaveibecome

Today we learn how to walk in snow with a prosthetic. Tonight we learn how to walk on ice. Wish me luck πŸ€
Guess the prosthetic foot πŸ˜‚
#amputeeproblems #amputeelife #amputee #prostheticleg #snowproblems #snow #wishmeluck #beastfromtheeast

Swipe more than once at your own risk πŸ˜…
So the good news is that after 5 months of being off work, I finally got to start back part-time this week. Yay! Living that Potterhead life.
The bad news is that I had the misfortune to wake up with hives on poor Stump Lee today. Which I then had to walk on because I’m back to work. I could have thrown the whole leg away, it was so painful, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I am currently suffering the consequences.Thankfully it’s the weekend so I can go leg free for a couple days. Now me and my antihistamines are going to take a nap 😴
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#livingthatpotterheadlife #potterhead #harrypotter #isolumnlyswearthatiamuptonogood #prostheticleg #amputee #amputeelife #ouch #fml #newsocket #onefoot #throwitout

Mmmh now my hands smell like cookie batter
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#nom #baking #bakersofinstagram #cookies #dairymilk #scrumptious #delicious

So I’ve always known that I’m not very thick skinned but I never took that to be a literal thing. Turns out the skin at the base of my stump is too thin which has been causing blisters when I wear my prosthetic. Stump Lee is now in the process of becoming a rhino/unicorn πŸ¦„
I support your need for greatness, Stumpy, you’re on your way! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ
Now if the middle of the scar would just heal up as nicely as the edges, I’d be happy out
#amputee #amputeegirl #amputeelife #unicorn #ouch #irishamputee #onefoot #punny #mydogateit

Is a Birthday even a birthday without cake? πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸŽ‚
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#cake #birthday #birthdaycake #yummy #nom #lemon #lemondrizzlecake #thisistheend

What a day! I might have forgotten my pirate costume in the rush to get out the door but I had an awesome day anyway 😁
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My initial prosthetic (which is only to make sure size and shape are correct) weighed a tonne when it first went on, but by the end of the day it was comfortable.
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Those first steps made me feel like a baby deer 🦌 can't wait to go back tomorrow πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌ
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#amputee #amputeelife #amputeeproblems #pirate #halloweencostume #halloween #knittersofinstagram #knitting #shark #sharkatemyfoot #onefoot #walkthisway #whichfootfirst #lovinglife

That awkward moment when you go to tap shut the bottom drawer before you remember...
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#amputee #amputeelife #awkward #onefootforward #bestfootforward #whoops #blondmoment #dits #maybenextime #begrand

Stump Lee and I went for a casting session today. We'll get to see the results in 2 weeks. Anyone want to join my pirate crew for Halloween? πŸ‘» πŸŽƒ Got 2 new shrinker socks in the next size down (yippee for lack of swelling) and my liner πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ #amputee #pirates #casting #lovinglife #halloweencostume #nutsandbolts #shrinking #whoneedsafoot #reallynoneed #happy

*Warning: Graphic content on swiping*
3 weeks ago today I took the biggest health step of my life, now I'm ok but I'm not all right πŸ˜‰ (don't worry, there are puns afoot) cue the life story:
I was born with a severely clubbed foot which led to multiple surgeries and a fabulous friendship with anaesthesia. At the age of 17 I inquired about an amputation and was told "we don't amputate health tissue". I was then referred off to a new surgeon in Dublin.
This surgeon gave me a surgical option of an Illizarov frame. This was 4kg of metal scaffolding (lovingly named Norbert) attached through the bones of my foot and leg that I lugged around for 9 months, while mm by mm adjusting the angle of my foot.
When Norbert was finally taken off I was left with a foot thats function closely resembled that of a brick. I ended up giving up sports. Most nights I went to bed with an ankle so swollen my calf looked like it just turned into a foot. It was nothing but pain and suffering for 6 years. Pushing through the pain and immobility to try to keep as active as possible (I'll admit that the 20km hike through Mount Doom was not wise). When I finally got back to the surgeon I was asking for anything that would give me as much functionality as possible. I leave her clinic with 4 options and the contact details of 3 surgeons who can give second opinions. My options where:
Do nothing
Fuse the joints
Go back in the frame
Amputate

When I told the surgeons what I was originally told about amputation I got "This is not healthy tissue. You cannot function with it and the joints are arthritic." So with that in mind I gladly went forward with the amputation.
While seeing a psychologist is not required for amputation, I went to get as mentally prepared as possible. I spent several months doing mental exercises where I imagined myself without the foot, as well as other exercises. I firmly believe that by being as psychologically prepared for the surgery as I was is what helped me end up with minimum phantom limb pain. I am ready and rearing to take on the world now
#amputee #amputation #worldmentalhealthday #amputeegirl #amputeelife #irish #readyandable #sharksuittester

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