The 2013 Prosthetist & Vascular Surgeon Tour has officially begun. Last Friday we met our first prosthetist, Russel De Palma at Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In the last year or so we've talked to many below and above the knee amputees. But this was our first encounter with a prosthetist. Something about an official meeting with a prosthetist made the impending amputation seem more real.
Every amputee makes it a point to tell you how important it is to find an awesome prosthetist. Even Dr. Jeng made that point. And rightfully so! For the rest of my (pretty fabulous) life, my prosthetist will fabricate my legs, custom design suspension systems to hold them onto my residual limb, and make fine tune adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
It's really not that much of a stretch to say my prosthetist will be the key to enable me to live my life as I deem fit.
Russel came into the meeting and asked us if we'd be willing to sit through a prepared presentation that covered some of the science behind modern below-the-knee prosthetics.
That's one check mark in The Column of Awesomeness. My name shows up next to science in the dictionary.