The Amputee Policeman

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BIG TIME Tips for the New Leg Amputee (from a current amputee police officer)

1. No prosthesis will EVER be the same as your original body part.  Find what works for you and move on with life.

2. There will ALWAYS be “new and approved”.  If what you have works, then don’t change things up thinking you’ll find something even better.  We call that Chasing the rainbow. When its time to refit, then try it then. But remember, changing what has worked well for you in the past can delay your life and honestly makes little sense.

3.  Your leg will VERY likely change in volume during the first 1 to 3 years.  You will have fit issues as your leg adapts.  It is NORMAL!  Bear this in mind when your frustration sets in.

4. Recovery from losing a leg will be 95% mental and 5% physical.  You can’t undue what has happened so until you can accept that fact, you’ll struggle.  Rule of thumb… Don’t worry about the things you can’t change. Life is short so don’t piss it away.

5. Core. Core. Core.  All successful leg amputees maintain good hip and core strength. Don’t expect to be pain free if you sit on your butt and let those muscles atrophy.

6. Losing a leg did not change who you are as a person.  Unless you suffered a cranial amputation, you’re not much different than before…just a little shorter on one side.

7. Pity parties are only fun for a short while.  But after the festivities are over, you can’t expect people to hang around forever while you party alone. In other words, even your closest supporters will grow tired of your moaning…even if they never say a word.

8.  People will look. Not nearly as much today as when I became an amputee 11 years ago, but neverthless they will.  But on that note, we look at people who are different too, so what’s the difference.

9. Make your Prosthesis yours.  With all the cool covers and patterns that can be built into a socket, have fun with it and customized to you.  After all, it ain’t going away anytime soon so learn to like it.

10.  When you do fall on dark moments because a particular day seems harder than another, go back and read tips 1 through 9 and then reset!

You’ll be fine. People will still love you.  Move on with life…

Later Amp Peeps. 10-7 for now.

I actually was captured once like this!

Latest Addition of on the Beat

Lady wanted a stolen property report for a single pack of cigarettes…..

Dead cat in the street…..

Dispatched Runs of the Day

Missing elderly man.  Last seen at 2:00PM in November…..  

Woman reports, Donald Trump is stealing her gutters, poking holes in her brick siding and sending her postcards…..

Ha copper!  So much for your boot!!

Man falls off bicycle.  Man calls police…

just made a run where a mom called for police to assist on a domestic fight with her 9 year old child!

As I was saying… No room for hate… Standing beside the F_ck the police sign. The irony is crazy funny!


The Irony of Hating Donald Trump

Rude, direct, sarcastic, egotistical, arrogant…  These adjectives easily describe Donald Trump any time he speaks.  And I confess, even as a conservative veteran, I think he is annoying as hell.  However, as a cut throat, risk-taking, and unquestionably highly-successful businessman, those traits were what helped him to become the shark in a sea of piranha.  But as a politician, are those really the traits that Americans want the leader of the free world to possess?  Are these the characteristics that truly represent us as a society today?  My answer is yes.

Now, before you hit the back button and call me an idiot, give me one more minute.

Eight to ten years ago, we were a friendlier and gentler society.  People still cared what others thought and we as a nation still valued old fashion values unlike how The Don behaves.  But over the last decade, and especially since the explosion of social media, where people can safely hide behind their keyboards, we have become people who put ourselves first, give unsolicited opinions and pride ourselves on being “right” by carelessly speaking our minds regardless whether it offends or not!  We label musicians and professional athletes heroes while we embrace sex and violence and sarcasm any time we turn on the television.  We fight for criminals right as we ignore the victim. We take pride in the color of our skin and hate those that don’t look like us.

And in person, we act even worse.  We don’t hold doors for people anymore, teens attack the elderly, opportunists rob folks at will, we take what we want, we fight vicariously on black Friday’s, we cuss at anybody who bothers us and vow to never let another person get the best of us.  We shoot guns when angry, shoot drugs when depressed, and divorce when a marriage gets tough.  As adults, we beat up kids who be beat up ours and think nothing of causing a scene in a grocery store line.  We have become a nation full of rude, direct, sarcastic, egotistical, arrogant and annoying people. Those that support Donald Trump love him because he has the same characteristics as them, while groups like BLM and others HATE him for the very same reason; pretty ironic that people who act like Donald Trump don’t want a president who acts like them! 

But consider this, maybe in a subconscious way, we don’t like Donald Trump because he truly acts like the majority of us act on a regular basis…  Because he truly represents what our nation has become.  And what are nation has become, we don’t like how that looks. 

Maybe before we dislike The Don for his sharp, sarcastic tongue and his egotistical and arrogant attitude, perhaps we should look at ourselves in a mirror and decide if we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  Or maybe Donald Trump really represents who we have become as a nation and its just that ugly.

FACT: If you were born in the United States, you are NOT an African or European American.  You ARE an American.  Got it?

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