And yet, I am truly grateful.
I have a pin and clutch system. In other words, I "roll" a sleeve onto my little limb. At the end of this sleeve is a pin, about 2inches long. Then I step into my prosthesis and the pin locks down holding me all together. Well, mostly. The clutch is the section of the 'leg' that holds onto the pin and allows me to lock and go or unlock and remove. I tend to blow out the clutch rather often. I don't really know why but I'm sure it has something to do with the frustrating nature of the on and off several times a day to adjust my limb. Then there is the 'foot' and I have one that is made for an athletic sort of person.
One of the strangest things I remember about losing the leg was being given a catalog of feet! You can order all sorts of prosthetic feet depending on your needs, even high heeled ones! But this is the one and only kind I've had since they are not reasonably priced and insurance frowns on high heeled prosthetics. I guess if I was
I don't have a cover over my 'leg' as it add several more pounds to haul around and as it is the prosthetic weighs about fifteen pounds on it's own. I''m not sure how much my real leg would have weighed but it was attached to me and didn't feel like it was something I had to think about. It is nice to go to the doctor and subtract fifteen pounds from my weight though!! Yeah, always a silver lining.
Any kind of volume change will change the way of the fit. Volume changes being weight changes up or down, fluid retention, dehydration, summer, winter, spring and fall, the sunshine, the universe, the tides, the dog....and just about anything else you can imagine. These changes are usually rectified with the usage of socks that go over the liner and the leg. Often times there are issues with pressure with no obvious reason why. Then pressure sores will develop and depending on the area of the limb it could be quite uncomfortable.
I have had a pressure sore on my limb, just below my knee, for several weeks. Yesterday I started on my third round of antibiotics to be sure that no infection sets in. Yay me and antibiotics! I also blew out my clutch again. So, now we are in the process of getting a new 'leg.' We, ha...
This is a lengthy process
I love my prosthetist. I used to work with his wife and he and I were friends long before I needed his professional services. He even got special permission from the hospital board to be present in the operating room with me. He's come to my house, parking lot, phone booth, where ever I might be, to fix something that has come undone. On my first 'leg' he laminated some beautiful fabric onto it, and it was the best fitting, cutest leg you've ever seen! I could walk, run, and go to the gym with that thing. Unfortunately, it cracked during a tune-up. I've not had a well fitting leg since...;(
So this is where I am, where I've been...back and forth to see the foot man, back and forth to see the leg man, back and forth to see the PCP and just plain back and forth. Oh yeah, don't forget the eye doc, the 'c' doc, my children and grand-girl. Phew...no wonder I'm so tired.
How have you been?