The Milwaukee Brace
I had a dinner date with Dan on Friday night.
After I got home I removed my brace and took a shower. After I put my
bra and panties on I got back into my brace. I was so used to my brace
that I didn't like not having it on even for a short period, I felt so
much better with the support it gave me. Instead of being uncomfortable,
my neck ring was a pleasure to me. It just felt right having it
supporting my head. Dan picked me up and we headed to one of our
"So how was your shopping with Ann?"
"It was wonderful. She is amazing using her
hooks," I said.
"Yes she is," Dan replied.
"I confessed to her that I really didn't need to
wear my brace. I was really surprised that she understood. In fact she
had found out on the internet that there are a lot of pretenders who
like to use leg braces, wheelchairs and even had their own prosthetic
hooks. I was stunned that it was possible to use hooks even though the
person wasn't an amputee."
"Yes. It is possible," Dan said.
"She also told me she thought you were some kind
of devotee. I wasn't surprised since you obviously like to see me
wearing my Milwaukee brace."
"Yes, to be honest, I do enjoy the way you look
in your brace."
"Do you like the way Ann looks wearing her
hooks?" I asked sheepishly.
"Yes. I especially like girls who are double arm
amputees who use hooks. Double above the elbow amputees are my
favorite," Dan explained.
"Would you like it if I had hooks?"
"Of course. Do you want to?" Dan asked.
"As a matter of fact I do. Could I use two hooks
and wear my brace at the same time?"
"Sure. You would have to wear your arm prosthesis
under your brace. The harness needs to be tight around your shoulders. Of
course you would not be able to put your brace on using hooks. Someone
would have to put your brace on for you. You would not be able to remove
your brace or hooks once they were on. You would also need help
dressing, especially with your brace on as well," Dan explained.
"Wow. That would be a restriction. Unless someone
helped me I would be stuck in both the hooks and the brace."
"Yes. No question about that."
"I guess the only kind of pretend arm prosthesis
would be for a below the elbow amputee. I would really
love to have elbow joints like Ann's that I would have to lock and
unlock," I said. "I guess that would be impossible."
"That's not really true. Of course you can't have
the kind of elbow joints that Ann has, but for below the elbow amputees
who have extremely short stumps we have to use special locking hinges.
Girls with really short below the elbow stumps can't raise or lower there arms without
assistance from their control cables. The hinges lock and unlock just
like a standard elbow joint. She has to lock her hinges to open and
close her hooks."
"That is really interesting. I think I would like
hooks like that," I replied eagerly."
"Okay, I will make you your very own hooks. I am
sure you will be a knockout with two hooks and your Milwaukee brace.
You would have to practice raising and lowering your arms using your
control cables rather than your muscles. You would relax your arms and
let the cables do the lifting. Once locked you would experience using
your hooks just like Ann does."
For the rest of the dinner Dan revealed more of
his devotee interests. While he liked women in leg braces his favorite
was women with two hooks. I was thrilled that I would make him happy
with my latest interest."
The next morning I met Dan at his shop to be
molded. He had me remove my top and placed a plastic cape around me. He
slipped tightly fitting stockinet over my arms and then wrapped the
plaster bandages over my arms. I had to place my thumbs under my fingers
and close my hands into tight fists. He wrapped the bandages all the way
up to my armpits. While the plaster dried he explained the process.
"After I remove the casts I will make a reverse
mold of your arms. I will need to build up the area by you wrists to
make a taper. When I make the forearm sockets you will be able to slip
your fists into the sockets since there will not be a constriction at
the wrists. The upper sockets will go all the way up to your armpits.
There will only be a small gap between the upper and lower sockets where
the hinges connect the two halves. You will have absolutely no ability
to rotate your hooks like a below the elbow amputee does. Above the
elbow arm amputees have much more difficulty positioning their hooks. I
am sure you have noticed how Ann has to manually rotate and tilt her
hooks at the wrist. I will explain how that works when you get into your
prosthesis for the first time."
I was getting really turned on at the thought of
being so handicapped. I wanted to be able to know exactly how Ann feels
needing her hooks to do everything. After Dan removed the casts with the
cast saw I cleaned up and put my top on.
"You mentioned that I would not be able to put my
brace on after I got into my hooks. I never want to be without my brace.
It is part of me now. I guess I will have to find someone to help me."
"Well I could stop by and help you, but you would
be stuck all day until I could get back. You would have to depend on
your hooks," Dan said.
"That might add to the enjoyment though," I
replied. "Of course I wouldn't be wearing my hooks to work, so the only
times I could use them would be after work and on weekends."
"Well maybe we will just have to live together,"
Dan said. That way you could wear your hooks at all times you were not
"You mean it?" I asked.
"Sure. Just the thought of seeing you with a
Milwaukee brace and a pair of hooks is something I would not be able to
pass up," Dan said.
My hooks were ready the next weekend. I met Dan
at his shop. He showed me my new hooks and I thought I would orgasm on
the spot. They were incredible. They looked just like Ann's hooks. Dan
helped me off with my top and then my brace. I was immediately
uncomfortable without the support my brace gave me. I didn't like that I
could bend at my waist.
Next Dan had me make a fist while he pulled on a
long stump sock on my right arm. It went all the way up to my armpit. He
repeated this for my other arm. The moment I was waiting for came next.
He held my prosthesis while I slipped my right arm into the upper socket
and all the way down into the lower socket until it bottomed out. He
positioned the harness over my shoulders as I slipped my left arm into
the left sockets. He then adjusted the two cables on each side. One was
the main cable that raised and lowered the arm and the other was for
locking and unlocking the elbow hinges.
"Before you explain how I should do things can
you put my brace back on?"
"Sure Kim," Dan said.
He helped me slip my arms between the front bar
and rear bar on each side. He fastened the straps on my pelvic girdle
and the knob at the back of my neck ring. It felt so good to feel my
neck ring again and to have the support of my brace back. I really
didn't like not having the security of my neck ring to hold my head up.
For the next hour Dan showed me how to raise and
lower my arms, lock and unlock my elbows, and open and close my hooks.
He also showed me how to push the little buttons on my wrist units so I
could tilt my hooks in two positions in addition to straight. He had me
pick up things. As I glanced in the large mirrors on the wall I loved
the way I looked in my hooks and my brace. I knew at that moment that I
wanted to live permanently with both hooks and my Milwaukee brace.
Eventually Dan helped me into my long sleeved
top. Fortunately the sleeves were long enough to cover my forearm
sockets to wrist level. Now all that could be seen of my prosthesis were
my two lovely shiny hooks.
"Let's go out to dinner," Dan said.
"Like this?" I exclaimed.
"Well you are going to be using your hooks as
much as you can, I know, and the sooner you go out in public the
I managed to grab my purse with one of my hooks
and we drove to the restaurant. I knew every eye was on me as we walked
in. After we sat down Dan ordered a couple of glasses of wine. Holding
the glass was my first challenge. Dan explained how I should hold the
glass by the stem after I locked my arm in the proper position and then
slowly bring it to my lips. I actually did it. I then put the glass
down, opened my hook, and carefully pulled it away.
"You did great Kim," Dan said.
We ordered dinner and chatted about my new life
in hooks. When the meal came Dan cut up my food into small pieces. He
then helped me position my fork in my right hook. There is a special way
to do this using the "thumb" which it the lever where the control cable
connects to the hook. I speared a piece of food and brought it to my
mouth. I had to kind of eat it off the side of the fork.
"We will have to work on eating," Dan said.
"Using a fork and a knife at the same time is much harder, but you have
to learn how to eat."
I was even able to drink my coffee using a clever
technique Dan showed me. You can't just try to hold the handle the
obvious way. You have to slip your hook into the handle and balance the
cup with your hook.
Dan took me home. I left my car at his shop. I
would get it the next day. We
drank some wine and talked about my new life using my prosthetic hooks.
I had been wearing my hooks for several hours by then and I was getting
used to them to a small extent. Eventually Dan helped me out of my brace
and removed my hooks. I then put my brace back on and said good night.
Dan would be back in the morning. That night I dreamed about life
without hands and needing hooks for everything.
The next day Dan came around nine. The first
thing we did is get me back into my hooks. I would spend the next 12
hours wearing my hooks. Dan fixed some breakfast and once again I ate
with my hooks. I got a little better.
"Let's go to the mall," Dan suggested.
"I guess so," I replied.
All I can say is that it was quite a day. Dan
accompanied me as I shopped wearing my hooks. I was able to take hangers
off the rack and hold up the clothing. I did not try anything on. I knew
I couldn't do that and Dan couldn't go into the ladies fitting rooms with me. I
bought a new skirt and hoped it would fit. Dan bought it for me as I
knew I couldn't handle money yet. We had a snack at the food court. We
spent the rest of the afternoon just walking around the stores. I was
getting more comfortable in my hooks and I was less aware of the stares.
I was also getting much better at relaxing my arms and raising and
lowering them with my control cables rather than my arm muscles. Dan had
told me to keep a little tension on the control cable by lowering my arm
as I used my shoulders to raise or lower my arms. he tension keep the
cable taught and made me look more authentic as an above the elbow
That night Dan got some Chinese food takeout. No
chopsticks for me. I had no choice but to use a fork.
"You really like your hooks, don't you?" Dan
stated more than asked.
"Oh yes. I just wish I could wear them every day.
I have work tomorrow and I guess it will be back to normal. I can't ask
you to come over every night to get me into my hooks."
"Well that would be solved if you moved in with
me," Dan said.
Over the next couple of weeks I got to use my
hooks a few times during the week when Dan came over after work.
Meanwhile I contacted Ann to tell her about my new hooks.
"That's terrific," Ann said. "I guess I can
now teach you all me tricks. Would you like to spend next Saturday with
me? We can go shopping. Just two armless girls."
"I would love that," I replied eagerly.
The next weekend Dan came over and got me into my
hooks. Ann picked me up and we headed to the mall. It was a fantastic
day. It felt so nice to be with someone who also had to do everything
with her hooks. Ann was a great help. I even got the hang of handling
money to pay for my purchases. Since it was just the two of us we had no
one to help us if there was something we couldn't do with our
hooks. we would have to ask a stranger and we didn't want to do that
except as a last resort.
"I guess you are happy you can take your hooks
off when you get tired of them," Ann said as we were having a cup of
coffee. I had learned to hold the paper cup by the rim with my hook.
"Well so far I like using them instead of hands.
Maybe if I didn't have arms I would not be quite as enthusiastic."
"I don't have a choice and so my hooks are all I
will have for the rest of my life," Ann said.
I felt a little guilty over the pleasure I got
from my brace and my new hooks.
"I am sorry," I said.
"Oh don't be. Knowing someone actually enjoys
using hooks is quite acceptable to me," Ann replied. "I am sure you are
starting to realize that having no hands is a really significant
disability. At times it will be frustrating when you realize you will
never be able to do something that is trivial for someone with hands."
I knew that I would soon find out just how
handicapped I was. Ann taught me a lot that day and I mulled everything
over when I got home.
Permanently Hooked and Braced
Eventually I just couldn't stand not using my
hooks full time. I took Dan up on his offer to move in. At least I would
get a chance to use my hooks every day even if only for a few hours at
night. Dan loved to take my out when I was using my hooks. Of course he
loved the way I looked in my brace. He loved the way my neck ring held
my head up. Now if only I could get a job where I could wear my hooks.
That dream came true.
"Do you still want to live full time as an arm
amputee?" Dan asked.
"You know I do," I replied.
"Well I think I have a solution to that,"
"Really? Tell me," I said.
"A guy came into my shop several months ago.
He was a devotee. He had no idea I was too. It took him a lot of
courage to come clean and ask me if I would help him. He wanted to have
two long leg braces with a pelvic band made for his wife who wanted to
try wearing braces to enhance their sex life."
"You mean HKAFOs?"
"Yes. You are getting to learn the jargon Kim. I
agreed and his wife came in for measurements. She was a really
attractive woman wearing a short skirt and really high stiletto heels.
I couldn't help thinking what she was going to say when she saw the
shoes her braces would be attached to. Well I made the braces and she
came in for the fitting. To my surprise she got really turned on when I
put them on her. She couldn't walk very well at first using forearm
crutches since her hips were locked. The guy was really happy and I have
to admit his wife looked great in those braces."
"So what happened?" I asked.
"Well he came in with his wife a couple of times
after the fitting. She wanted stirrups for some different shoes that she
bought. Actually the shoes were perfect for her braces. She seemed to
understand what was required for the stirrups. Anyway, the guy and I got
talking and he asked if I knew of any female pretenders like his wife. I
hope you don't mind, but I told him about you. I showed him a picture.
He said you were incredible."
"So he wants to meet me?"
"Yes and he wants to offer you a job. He owns an
upscale boutique. He and his wife run it."
"Does she wear her braces at work?" I asked.
"Yup. She is full time now. No more stiletto
heels. Just braces and crutches, but her husband told me she has a
wheelchair she sometimes uses. She never walks normally."
"So they want me to work in his store using my
"That's it. You can use your hooks full time. How
about it?" Dan asked.
"Wow! I would love to."
I jumped at the chance and Dan arranged to meet
Walter and Christine at their store. It was a really fantastic store
which sold everything from makeup to lingerie. I almost fell over when
Christine crutched over to meet me. I expected her to be wearing pants
or a long skirt. Instead she had on a really short mid thigh length
skirt. I could see all of her braces except for what was above the hem
of her skirt. She was gorgeous with long blonde hair. Since her hips were
locked her only option to walk was to swing her legs forward using her
"I'm Kim," I said as I held out my right hook.
"Christine," she replied grasping my hook. "Your
hooks look really neat. Can you do everything that you could with
"Heavens no. I can't dress myself or bathe
myself. There are a lot of things I can do, but so many I can't."
"Me too. I can't go up and down stairs and things
like that. Braces really restrict my mobility," Christine explained.
Christine showed me around the store and then
invited me into her office. She closed the door for privacy and then
proceeded to unzip her skirt and let it drop to the floor. She pulled up
her top so I could see all of her braces.
"See how my uprights go all the way up to my
pelvic band. When my hips are locked I cant bend at the hips," Christine
"I can't bend at my waist because of my Milwaukee
brace," I replied. "I am rigid from my hips to my neck."
"Isn't that ring around your neck really
uncomfortable?" Christine asked.
"Sometimes. I am used to it now. In fact I enjoy
the support it gives me. I can show you my brace and prosthesis if you
help me off with my skirt and top. I can't do that with my hooks."
Christine helped me off with my skirt and top and
she took in my hooks and my brace.
"Oh wow, you are really equipped. I guess you
enjoy being disabled just like I do," Christine said.
"I do. Do you ever walk without your braces?"
"Never. I have a wheelchair and I use it whenever
I am not wearing my braces. My bathroom is handicap equipped and I use a
transfer board to get on and off the toilet and into and out of the bath
"I have been wearing my brace 23 hours a day for
quite some time now and I plan to use my hooks full time from now on. I
don't want to use my hands again. Dan has agreed to care for me. I moved
in with him," I explained.
Christine helped me dress and she put her skirt
back on. We spent that afternoon going over my new job. I knew I would
have to practice with my hooks to be able to do the things I would need
to do. I was confident that I could. It was so much fun to be spending
time with another disabled women. We had very different disabilities,
but I knew that we both liked to live this way. I wondered how customers
reacted to Christine's braces and how they would react to my hooks and
brace. I would eventually find out.
My New Life
It has been a year now that I have been using my
hooks full time. I have not once used my hands. Before I go to bed Dan
undresses me and removes my brace and hooks. He immediately gets me into
my stump locks. Each consists of a ring made out of the material that
Dan uses for sockets. The ring is about two inches wide and slips over
my arm and is positioned all the way up to my armpit. Riveted to the
ring is a cuff that goes around my forearm when I bend it up to my
shoulder. It fits close to my wrist. It is held by a Velcro strap. When
my stump locks are on my hands are free, but at my shoulders and are
quite useless. I can wiggle my stumps around, but they are useless as I
can't bend them together at the elbows. I can't get out of the stump
locks myself. Dan puts my brace back on and puts on my nightgown. I
spend the night that way.
In the morning we sometimes have breakfast when I
am in my stump locks. Dan feeds me. We both enjoy that. Dan removes my
brace, but not my stump locks to bathe me. He shaves my legs and
underarms. He then dresses me in my bra and panties and puts my
prosthesis on and, of course, my brace. I always need help dressing and
Dan loves to help me. Once back in my hooks I can apply my makeup. I can
do that with my hooks, but Dan needs to help me with things like
earrings and necklaces.
I don't think I will ever want to be without my
wonderful hooks and Milwaukee brace. Being a disabled, but very
attractive women, is the way I want to be.