Our Hook Adventure
Trip to the Mall
The next morning we woke up early. We were excited about the day's
adventure at the mall. Before we did anything we discussed how we wanted
to restrict ourselves.
"Let's take showers like normal but not get dressed. Let's see if we
can get dressed using our hooks only. We can help each other," I
After we bathed and tended to personal hygiene we met in my bedroom.
We had our hooks and stump socks.
"A real arm amputee would use her stumps for some things," Jean
"I bet I can put on my panties with my hands in a fist," I said.
"But you can't flex your wrist," Jean warned. "A real amputee would
not have wrists."
My first task was to open the bureau drawer containing my panties and
bras. I realized how easy it would be if I were in my hooks. I did
manage to get it open and used my stumps to get a pair of panties. I put
my stumps through the leg openings and stepped into them. By wiggling my
stumps I was able to work the panties up.
"I can do that I think," Jean said. "One problem though. I am due for
my period and I want to wear a pad just in case. I don't think I can do
that with stumps. How about I put on my hooks. I can then help you put on
your bra. I can't see any way you can fasten it with stumps."
After Jean got into her hooks she got a pair of panties and a Kotex
pad. She didn't have any trouble pulling her panties up part way,
unwrapping the pad, removing the paper strip over the adhesive and
placing it in the crotch of her panties. She pulled her panty up into
place and checked her pad with her right hook.
"Okay, I think I am all set just in case. I have to remember to put a
couple of pads in my purse just in case I start to flow while we are at
Jean helped me select a bra. She held it while I slipped my stumps
into the straps. Jean had a little trouble fastening the hooks in back.
The band ends kept slipping. She finally managed to get one hook and
then the other two. My bra bands usually had three hooks in back because
of my cup size.
I got into my hooks and Jean slipped out of hers in order to allow me
to help her into her bra. After her bra was on she got back into her
hooks. We both continued to dress, helping each other where needed. We
opted for nice short skirts, long sleeve tops and mid height heels.
We had not anticipated putting on our jewelry. We didn't need watches
or bracelets, of course, but a chain and earrings was pretty much
necessary. Neither of us could fasten a chain. We tried and tried. Maybe
with practice we could do it. For now we had to go without them. We also
tried regular earrings with studs. We both had two pierces in each ear.
I usually kept my upper studs in over night but Jean did not. It took
only a moment for her to realize that she could never put her own studs
in with her hooks. I attempted the task and actually managed to do it
after a few attempts. The hard part was getting the clip on the post in
back of her ear.
"I think wires might be better," Jean said.
It only took us a couple of minutes to put a pair of earrings with
wires on each other. I knew I could probably put my own earrings on if
they had wires. We then repeated what we had done the day before to put
on our makeup. It was a little faster today.
We headed for the mall. We felt a little more at ease on the bus
ride. We got s few looks of course. When the bus dropped us at the mall
we headed in. It was crowded and even so we knew people were staring.
"Where to?" Jean asked.
"The drug store. I need some pads and a few other things."
"Me too. Can we manage?" Jean asked.
"Hopefully," I replied.
We headed into the store an we each picked up a plastic shopping
basket, the kind you carry. We had no trouble holding them with our
hooks. It was fun to pick up the various items we needed with our hooks
and dropping them into our basket. I grabbed a package of Kotex pads
by using both my hooks. I couldn't get a single hook around the package
as it wouldn't open far enough.
We headed to the counter to pay. I went first. The clerk rang up our
items and placed them in a bag. Now came the first challenge. I had to
try to get money out of my wallet. Getting it out of my purse wasn't
that difficult. The clerk, and older women, saw that I was having a
"Can I help you?" she asked.
"No, I can do it, I just need a little time," I replied.
"It must be so hard without hands," she said.
"Yes. I haven't had my hooks for that long and I still need more
practice," I said.
"I am so sorry," she said sympathetically.
I finally did it and asked that she place the change in my wallet for
me. Jean did the same thing when it was her turn.
"You might be wondering why we both have hooks. We met after our
amputations in rehab," I made up. "We help each other out."
We left the store and decided to get a soft drink at the food court.
We got two Cokes and had them placed on a tray. Jean carried the tray
and I carried both our bags from the drug store. We sat down and somehow
managed to get the wrappers of our straws and insert them into the cup
"You know Kate, this is getting a little easier," Jean said.
"Yeah, I feel even more at ease now. I am starting to feel like I use
hooks all the time. I even like the stares. I feel sort of special."
A few minutes later we had kind of a shock. A girl we knew spotted
us. She came over and immediately saw that we had hooks.
"Jean, Kate, what happened to your hands?"
"We both had them amputated so we could use prosthetic hooks," Jean.
Lisa, that was her name, looked startled.
"You can't be serious?" she asked.
"Of course not. This is part of an experiment. We wanted to find out
what it would be like to need to use hooks instead of hands. You must
think we are nut jobs." I said.
"You might find this hard to believe, but I really do understand how
you feel," Lisa said.
"How come?" I asked.
"Well when I was in the eighth grade there was this girl in my class.
She was paralyzed from
the waist down. She wore these leg braces and used crutches. She could
barely walk. We became pretty good friends. One day she showed me her
braces. I had only seen them up to her knees. I was amazed when I found
out her braces went all the way up to her waist. There were bars that
went up past her hips to a wide band around her lower waist. There were
these locks at the hips just like her knees. When she stood up and
locked her knees and hips she couldn't bend at all. She kind of dragged
herself along with her crutches."
"The poor girl," Jean said.
"Yes, but there was something about her braces. I used to dream what
it would be like to have her braces and walk with crutches. I am
embarrassed to say it, but it really turned me on. Is that what the
hooks do for you?"
"Yes," Jean said. "The two of use are hooked on these things." We all
Lisa wanted to know exactly how we managed to get our hooks and how
we felt using them. It appeared she had no problem with our little
"If you could get braces would you want to see what it was like to
wear them?" I asked.
"Oh yes. Absolutely. Even after all these years I kind of get a rush
when I see a handicapped woman, especially one wearing some kind of a
brace," Lisa explained.
"We can help you get braces of your own. Anything you want," I said.
"No kidding Kate. How?" Lisa asked.
"Our prosthetist also does orthotics. I am sure he will make you
whatever braces you desire," I said.
"Wow! That's cool," Lisa said.
The three of us shopped for the remainder of the afternoon. Lisa
helped us try on some skirts and tops. She was amazed to see what our
prosthetics looked like with our tops off.
"Your hooks are so neat," Lisa said.
The three of us went out to dinner and Lisa watched us struggle to
eat with our hooks. Jean and I loved every minute. We had no desire to
take our hooks off even after all the hours we had spent in them. Lisa
had driven to the mall and offered to drive us home. We spent some
additional time sharing a bottle of wine that Lisa had to uncork for us.
"You guys can't do everything with your hooks can you?" she asked.
"Some things are impossible at the moment," I replied.
During the week we arranged for Lisa to meet with Bill and get fitted
for her braces. She drove us to his shop.
"Hi Lisa," Bill said as we entered. "Kate and Jean filled me in on
your desire for braces. How extensive do want to be braced/" he asked.
Lisa explained the type of braces her childhood friend had had, Bill
got a pair of braces to show Lisa.
"These are bilateral HKAFOs. They have both knee locks and hip locks
attached to a pelvic band. The are waiting for a teenage girl with Spina
Bifida. She is paralyzed from the waist down. The poor girl even needs a
"Catheter?" Lisa asked.
"Yes. She has a Foley catheter. That is a tube inserted into her
urethra that attaches to a leg bag to catch her urine. Otherwise she
would need to wear a diaper," Bill explained.
"How horrible," Jean said.
"Without hip locks you would be able to walk in braces using various
gaits. Without being paralyzed you could even walk without crutches, You
would just be stiff legged, I suggest that if you want to feel really
handicapped that you have hip locks. That way you will be forced to use
a swing through gait and walking will be extremely difficult, You will
be very handicapped and get the full feeling of needing leg braces,"
Bill went on.
"That sounds great," Lisa said. "If I do this I should go all the
way. Could I have a catheter too?"
"Sure. If you planned on using your braces on a regular basis you
would probably want to leave it in even when not using your braces. You
would change it every two weeks. It is uncomfortable to remove and
insert a new catheter frequently. You tend to be incontinent for a
period after you remove the catheter and would need to use incontinent
pads for a day or so. Leaving it in is a better option since you adjust
to it and other than emptying the collection bag it is no problem and
you hardly notice you are using one."
"Wouldn't people know?" Lisa asked.
"Not if you wore pants or longer skirts to hide the leg bag."
"Oh God this sounds far out, but I really can't wait to feel what it
is like to be ultra handicapped."
Bill had Lisa remove her skirt and top just leaving her in her bra
and panties. I knew she was a little embarrassed as Bill measured her
and took tracings. Lisa picked out a pair of orthopedic shows to have
her braces attached to.
"I can rush these and have them in a few days. Do you want me to
insert a catheter so you can get used to it in the interim?" he asked.
"Uh I don't know," Lisa said.
"Go on," Jean said. "This should be interesting.
"All right," Lisa finally agreed.
Bill got a new Foley catheter and insertion tray. He placed a pad
under Lisa as she lay down on the examining table. Bill slipped down her
panties and swabbed her vaginal area with special antiseptic. He then
lubricated the catheter and slowly inserted the tube into Lisa's
urethra. Shed let out a little gasp as it passed her sphincter muscle
and urine spurted out. Bill plugged the end with a special plug and then
inflated the balloon that was now inside her bladder. He used a syringe
filled with sterile water.
"How does that feel? he asked.
"Very strange," Lisa replied.
Bill then placed a special catheter holder around the extreme upper
part of her right leg. This had a Velcro closure and a special strap to
hold the end of the tube now inside Lisa's bladder. He had her stand and
pull up her panties. Next her strapped a collection bag around her thigh
and attached the tube after removing the plug.
"You will need to check your bag frequently and empty it."
Bill gave Lisa a plug so she could remove the bag to empty it. He
also gave her an extra large collection bag to use a night.
"For a day or so you will have bladder spasms. It will feel like you
have to pee really bad. Just pretend you are peeing in your pants. You
won't be except for a little drip that may come out. I suggest you wear
a feminine pas until the spasms stop. Once you are used to your catheter
you won't need one, but most cathed girls wear one in any case just to
"Lucky I am having my period," Jean said. "I have a pad in my purse.
You can use one now," she said.
The three of us finally left.
"God, I can't believe I am catheterized," Lisa said. "Even without
the braces I feel handicapped. I can't wait for my braces."
What will happen when Lisa gets her braces?
Will the three of them go full time as handicapped women?