Right now I am experiencing the rush that many of my friends encounter when they buy a new purse, a new tool or a computerized gadget. After two months of living with limited mobility due to a damaged prosthetic, my insurance case manager finally heeded to reason. Approval has been issued for a new activity prosthesis. I get to go leg shopping and I couldn't be more excited!
I have been utilizing a prosthesis for
nearly ten years. For the majority of those years I have been afforded
the opportunity to work (albeit limited) within the field of
prosthetics. I understand the pros and cons of various features and have
come to appreciate the sheer scope of prosthetic choices that are now
available. I think I might be experiencing a classic case of information
Charts and Venn diagrams comparing components and
features are littering my kitchen counter. I know what I want but the
long length of my limb severely limits my options. It is ironic that my
frustration should stem from having too much leg! If I could turn back
time and redo my amputation, I would request my limb to be a two inches
shorter so that my prosthetic options wouldn't be limited by the short
clearance between my leg and the ground.
After much evaluation, I
have my choice narrowed down to three and look forward to test walking
each foot before making my decision. I realize that this process takes
time, but considering that I'm choosing something that I will rely upon
daily, a few extra hours seems like a reasonable trade.