Meeting with prosthetist went well…

Not exactly my favorite thing to do, of course…

I figured this would go one of two ways: There would either be a demand for five or six administrative visits before anything got done, or some guy who’s been doing this forever would just dig out some plaster wrap and a tape measure and get down to it. Happily, it more or less went that second way.

I am responsible for coming up with about 2 grand. Happily – and unusually – I’m in a position to do that. Unhappily it’s money I was planning/hoping to spend getting the Jeep a rebuilt transmission in the Spring, but this takes priority.

So it looks like I’m going back for a test fitting in roughly ten days, and he said the new leg should be complete in about a month. Not bad. I wondered if it was going to be old-fashioned plaster cast or if I’d stick my stump in a wiz-bang laser scanner that spits out a 3-D printed mold. It was much more that first thing, but nowadays they do have a transparent test socket they check the fit with before molding the real socket. I also came back with homework: There’s a bewildering variety of carbon fiber feet to choose from and I’m kind of expected to have an opinion by my next appointment. That’s new, to me at least.

So it went well! I’m excited.

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8 Responses to Meeting with prosthetist went well…

  1. Glad it’s going well! I imagine it’ll be a huge relief when it’s done.

  2. B says:

    You have mail:

  3. Ben says:

    This is great news!

  4. Jim Price says:

    Ain’t it nice when things go smoothly? Will there be a learning curve with the new leg? I’m assuming things have progressed dramatically since you got the last one, and it may take some adjustment to get the feel of the new one. It will be interesting to hear your reports when the time comes. Congratulations and good luck.

  5. Paul B says:

    Good luck on the leg. My prosthesis is an eye and that has not changed overly much since I got mine so there is that.

  6. TK421a says:

    Good news. I hope it’s as painless an ordeal as it can be.

  7. Ben says:

    Can you tell us more about the foot options? Obviously you will need the all-terrain version.

To the stake with the heretic!