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What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]; published March 8, 2016, 19:08; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5779.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574205245, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - What to do once your arm has mindboggling amounts of DOF but your stump can only address 2-3 ? [tech scifi stuff]}}, month = {March},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5779}}


Currently, media are swamped with the display of what they call "phantom limb project" (really not the first time that someone uses "phantom" for a prosthetic arm; read about my Becker Phantom hand from 3 years ago right here). So apparently, some prosthetic technician spent major amounts of time trying to construct this computer game look-a-like arm to a degree where its user apparently considers that he is a cyborg with an additional "cyborg mother", as if prosthetic parts have parents, too. Yeah, and my website also has a "cyborg father". If you listen for him, you might hear him breathe, "...khhhhh-ccccchhhhhhhhh-khhhhhhh-czzzzzh...".

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Where is Amber Case, when we need her.

Now, while that Metal Gear inspired prosthetic arm design worn by James Young certainly does not look like it is going to wreck major brick walls any time soon, they might explore entirely different aspects of such equipment.

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Bedingtes Badeverbot fuer Behindertengruppen [Schweiz, Sperrbezirk Ost]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Bedingtes Badeverbot fuer Behindertengruppen [Schweiz, Sperrbezirk Ost]; published March 26, 2012, 03:05; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=540.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574205245, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Bedingtes Badeverbot fuer Behindertengruppen [Schweiz, Sperrbezirk Ost]}}, month = {March},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=540}}


eg·gen·ber·ger(n), v.t.: aufgrund stoerender visueller Anreize sich selbst oder sichtbar Behinderte oertlich/zeitlich trennen. - Nach Heinrich Eggenberger, Schweiz, Erfinder des Bedingten Badeverbots fuer Behindertengruppen.

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Artistic approach to identity [Glenn Lignon]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Artistic approach to identity [Glenn Lignon]; published March 24, 2012, 23:36; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=539.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574205245, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Artistic approach to identity [Glenn Lignon]}}, month = {March},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=539}}


There are a variety of amputees-turned-empowered these days. I mean, great if the public supports that but really, there is not as much heroism as there is stubbornness and patience required to stick it out.

Personally that is not the type of attitude I have. I don't feel this disability empowers me. Life does, generally, always did and always will empower me - but not this shit. Don't get me wrong here. I was always empowered and I always had stuff going on. Sports and activities are not new to me, I always liked them. But I find that the loss of a hand is a nuisance, a negative vector as such, and not more to say about it. Yeah, one gets used to dealing with it, to the point where one can attempt to reduce the negative effects a bit. But getting used to it still doesn't take away some worrying aspects. And dealing with them is something I find relevant and important.

Based on the report by Georg Bakalim about the deaths of 4738 Finnish war amputees [PDF], suicide rates can be calculated based on the numbers of deaths given, for each amputee subgroup. Suicides are 20% of the deaths in the below elbow amputee group (14/69), whereas suicides represent less than 10% in the other groups. More concisely they are 8% (below knee, 26/323), 7% (above knee, 13/196) and 5% (above elbow, 5/99), respectively.

And so, maybe hanging in there is indeed about survival after all.

Below the elbow amputation is distinct from other amputations as issues that arise are very peculiar. They are not the same as other amputees. There are overlaps but differences are massive. At least I will say it feels that way.

Indeed, after I had lost my hand some people thought I was going to kill myself. I wasn't going to do that though. Over the years and from the many reactions of other people I must say that depressive episodes, depression and suicide risk are real issues. And so from everyday experience these suicide rate figures (see above) make sense to me. They are plausible.

Now, it is a fact that missing an arm below the elbow amounts to a real tangible disfigurement, similar to a facial disfigurement. And it is a real fact that no prosthetic arm fixes that - if anything, a prosthetic temporarily might relieve some symptoms. But for real life issues, a prosthetic will not achieve a lot. I can choose to be a guy with a disfigurement, or, a guy with a disfigurement and a plastic to cover it. - So with a below elbow amputation, you will feel similar to a person with a disfigured face. Not the same, obviously - but similar. That particular disability, visually, resides deep down in the U of the uncanny valley.

We are - in terms of social identity - what we look like, and so that is what one has to deal with.

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Manualization of the body and time and effort spent to implement it [options for people missing an upper extremity part]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Manualization of the body and time and effort spent to implement it [options for people missing an upper extremity part]; published September 11, 2011, 20:37; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=469.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1574205245, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Manualization of the body and time and effort spent to implement it [options for people missing an upper extremity part]}}, month = {September},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=469}}


If a part (or more parts) of upper extremities are missing, absent function can be replaced to a small degree.

Replacing at least some basic aspects of a hand's function with the rest of the body and immediate environment is what upper extremity amputees including myself do every day.

There are a few questions along the road, but other than that, "manualization of the rest of the body" as well as manualization of surrounding environment is what is going on. There are simply no other options and interestingly, problems are similarly in nature regardless of the type of solution one chooses.

When evaluating a prosthetic hand, when doing evaluation of a prosthetic arm or hook, when evaluating myoelectric or ""bionic"" prostheses such as iLimb, BeBionic or Michelangelo by Otto Bock, then this should be considered thoroughly.

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