Hi all, I've joined as my partner is an btk amputee and I'm needing advice. It's been 1yr since amputation and he has had his prosthesis for about 4 months now but 4 weeks ago was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and due to a large tumour he is not allowed to use his prosthetic ever again. My question is does anyone have any advice what is available to use to support his stump when in the car as passenger as with it hanging down it becomes swollen and painful.
Hello, Sandra, and welcome to the forum. I'd just place something on the floor in front of the passenger seat that is seat-height (or slightly lower) for support. Maybe even a foot stool with a pillow on top?
Hi Sandra, and welcome. That's a tough break for your partner. Both of the other suggestions are good, but it's also possible to get a portable wooden "stump support" that can be used in a car, in a wheelchair, or in a number of other seats. Basically, it's a piece of plywood cut so that there's a large square to sit on with a stump-length piece jutting out from one side of the front of the "seat." You can set the plywood down on the car seat, etc., plop a pillow or cushion on top of it, and when you sit on it, the stump-length ledge will support the stump nicely. The only drawback is that he'll have to be a little careful when transferring from one seat to another as the plywood might slip as he shifts his weight...but it's actually a pretty comfortable thing to sit on.
I used one for a while after my recent revision surgery while they were trying to sort out a wheelchair for me. It did the job......