That has never happened to me in the course of a long life.

I went to a prosthetics shop to pick up my new leg, and was issued a face mask.

Just saying.

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11 Responses to That has never happened to me in the course of a long life.

  1. TK421a says:

    Yes, yes, yes, but how did it go regarding the new prosthetics?

  2. Joel says:

    I think it’ll be all right. But it’s not a part of me yet, if that means anything to you. We’ll see how it goes. Good news is that they seem a lot more understanding about it than such people were in earlier decades, and I’m assured that adjustments will be considered in the normal course of things.

  3. Tim McCann says:

    Two decades at war and thousands of Soldiers and Marines maimed my IED have brought a new understand of prosthetics and the needs of their users.

  4. BobF says:

    Yes, isn’t it interesting how experience, no matter how unwelcome, does manage to pay off in the end. Joel, I’m glad to hear of the progress; interested to know when it becomes a part of you. Wonder if the realization will be past tense — bet it will.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    So is that mask now a chew toy for Laddie? Or did they take it back to reuse it for someone else???

  6. Joel says:

    Neither, I’ll hang on to it in case they become fashionable around here.

  7. Ben says:

    “and I’m assured that adjustments will be considered in the normal course of things.” Yes, just ask any dentist who does dentures. A set of dentures is as much a prosthetic device as Joel’s leg, and it is very rare for them to fit comfortably without multiple adjustments.

  8. TK421a says:

    Joel, that’s good news and I’m hoping that the replacement will become a part of you sooner rather than later.

    As for understanding that it’s not being quite a part of you yet, I understand as much about what it means for something to not quite be a part of you, as a guy who doesn’t have any major prostheses can. You see, for the last decade of his life, my late Father-in-law lived with us. He was a combat veteran who had lost a leg in Holland. And, he was about as cantankerous as you are. 🙂

  9. Robert says:

    Good luck on the leg.
    N95 or surgical mask? Hang on to it, either way.
    I spent four hours yesterday wearing an N95; it sucks. The possible alternative is worse.

  10. I keep a mask in the car in case anyplace around here starts to require them. Good luck breaking in the new leg!

  11. paulb says:

    I understand part of you. Hope the break in is short. Not surprising if you where in a “big” town they would give you a mask before seeing you. Good they saw you as a lot of stuff is becoming non critical.

To the stake with the heretic!