Hi everyone its Alex Paterson AKA Captain Armless, one of Dorset Orthopaedic Ambassador’s.
Some of you may be feeling anxious or worried during this time, so I wanted to share how I am doing in the hope that it would encourage you in some way. As you may be aware I am an upper left arm Amputee, using Osseo and TMR to control my arm and I still ride a full on Super Bike. However, as it’s classed as not essential use and gathering dust in the garage, I thought the next best thing was to get back on a push bike, can you believe it’s been 30 years since I last rode one!
So I got an old prosthetic hand, re-engineered it and connected it to my normal motorcycle arm and Osseo pin, changed and adapted the brakes etc. and after a few minutes, I was away.
The funny thing is it was great! I really enjoyed riding again, my fitness levels are increasing, and it gets me out of the house. The thing is if Covid 19 had not hit the world, I don’t think I would have ridden my push bike again, I hope you are all finding something ‘new’ to do and keeping positive, safe and well.