If most of you are like me, it’s been a while since I first started wearing my leg and frankly, some days when I get out of bed in the morning… Ok, everyday when I get out of bed in the morning…I grumble and growl under my breathe about having to go through the ritual of putting my leg on. First I put on a sock and then my shoe on the fo-real side and then I put my pants on my prothesis and then slide my fo-real leg in the pants. After that, I spray the inside of my socket with my specially formulated lotion, slip on my gel caps, spray them, put my stump into the socket, grab a crutch for support with the right hand while my leg slides down and then, after all that, I put my valve in with my left hand and begin to get the air pockets out- which will usually take my entire first hour. sometimes before I can even think of beginning all this, I have to wrap my leg tight to push out any extra fluid that might have accumulated through the night. That is my routine and I hate it. But right before I let my crying and moaning get too far, I remind myself that there are folks in this world, many who I’ve had the chance to meet, who would love to have a prosthesis as advanced as mine and who would love to be able to put one on. And if that’s not enough to shut my crying up, I think about the great health of my children. And THEN, if I want to kick and stomp about it, I remind myself that I am alive. As we go into the weekend, take a minute to look around your world and find all the good things that you have going on. My bet is the good will outweigh the bad by a long shot. Don’t forget to count being alive! Until next time, to all my amped brothers and sisters, look after each other.
Oh, please feel free to comment with your own morning routine. I’m sure other amps would be curious.
Peace out, The one-legged Cop