aka: She won't get far on foot" (part 1)
it occurred to me, after my "Thump" post, that perhaps it is time for me to share the adventures that my prosthetic leg (Peg-y-Sue) and I have shared over the years. We have not always embraced each other with open arms. As I stated earlier Peg-y-Sue has a nasty independent streak. This is something that she rarely confides in me and often will leave me lying in the dust wondering "what the hell just happened?" It is at best a contentious relationship and very one sided as I need her much more than she does me. In fact, I completely depend on her to get me through the day, and for the most part she holds up her end of the bargain, but every once in awhile...OMG.
We met twelve years ago on a hot August afternoon. We were introduced by our mutual friend and prosthetist Fred. I had previously worked with Fred's wife at the hospital and was good friends with his partner Karl. How strange that Fred and Karl would become so instrumental in my life and recovery. They were, in fact, with me in the operating room and applied the first of many casts and prosthesis. Over the years Peg-y-Sue and I have gone through many, many, changes but she remains my BFF to this very day, as she will remain for the rest of my life. In fact, the very quality of my life depends on her. (no wonder she gets so cranky).
The how and why I got to this place is unimportant for now. I will say though, that it was a long, hard-fought three year, battle to save my right foot. In the end I made the choice to go down this road. I decided that this was the best decision for me. I decided it was the only way to get my life back, perhaps even to save it. I will be the first to admit this was not an easy choice. I will be the first to admit that it has been much more difficult than I was led to believe or that I ever could have thought possible. I will be the first to admit that it is humbling, at times extremely painful, at times embarrassing, humiliating, soul-baring, and humorous. There is a whole psychological aspect that I will not delve into here, but believe me, it messes with your mind.
I am telling this now because I think it is time. It's been twelve years and I've never really dealt with the dark side of it all.. I won't do that here. But I am going to share some of the lighter moments of this trip so please bear with me. And remember just one thing...Peg-y-Sue+me+falling=recurring theme.
to be continued---