Ok guys, you gotta check this out for me. Ok, this may or not be a case mod. I mean it's a mod of my personal case, not my computer case. So, I go to the prosthetist today and get casted, they use fiberglass now instead of plaster. Very neat, clean and it's more exact because the fiberglass sets up much harder, of course. So, it'll be at least 2 weeks before I even have a test socket to try on. In the meantime, he gave me this to think about. I can have any of these patterns laid into the outer layer as a laminate instead of them trying to make a skin tone.
These are the patterns: http://www.fredslegs.com/lamstyles.htm
You have to understand my leg isn't what you normally see on an amputee, mine is a Symes, meaning it's at the ankle. It s*#@'s because it's not as versitile and they can't adapt it as easily, meaning I have a lot more problems and when my weight changes they have to do a total re-build instead of just a new socket.
So this is how my leg looks, you can see how much is normally showing between the sock and the sleeve: Attachment 151589
Mindy and I think the light colored wood would be the best. You know, wooden leg and all!
We also like Snake, Digital Camo & Animal print. I personally like Blue Static, but you have to consider that you have to wear clothes to match. Or do you?? The old stuff which is just a pigment changes color within a few months and you end up with a 3 toned socket with mine being so long. So, whatdaya think??
Oh sheesh, guess what? I have another option to make. I mean, I'll get this prosthesis anyway but I can also go in for elective surgery and get my amputation shortened to a BK (below the knee). The benefits are: Better, lighter legs, with feet and ankles that have more movement and hold on better and if I loose or gain weight, they only change a small part instead of the whole thing. One other possible improvement is that it could reduce my pain levels a great deal because I don't have all that plastic pushing in on my leg.
The bad side: It's surgery, it's removal of a bone and a part of the body, any surgery is dangerous but these guys have had a lot of practice since the Iraq war started. The other is that I'll be on crutches or a wheelchair for at least 6 weeks, maybe 3 months before they can do a new prosthesis.
Would you choose to have this kind of surgery knowing that it could drastically change your life?
BriEdited by BriSleep - 4/19/10 at 7:43pm