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About Hopalong

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  • Birthday 03/19/1955

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    Bicyclilng, Hiking, Beaching...All things I hope to be doing again by next summer.

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    Left Leg Hip Disarticulation
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    February 2007
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  1. Hopalong

    Why Can't I do this?1

    It generally takes a while for an AK amputee to adjust to a prosthetic. I am a hip disartic and became depressed after receiving my prosthetic. I was encouraged by so many stories, that the reality was too hard to handle. At the time, I gave up trying to use a prosthetic, choosing to use crutches only. Recently, I have started thinking of trying my prosthetic again...this time I know that it may take me a long time to really feel comfortable and proficient...but it may also be worth it. So hang in there...know that it will take time...don't be discouraged by others that don't understand that it is not something that comes easy...if things don't feel right complain until it feels right. Rehab might help you a lot more than you think. Building up your muscles as others have mentioned is also key. You might want to see if a crutch or cane would help you stand straighter and aid in improving your gait. Sometimes walkers cause people to lean forward unnaturally. Also know that there are many people who don't use prosthetics...You will find your way in time, no matter what you choose. Wishing you only the best... Lorri
  2. Hopalong

    Our friend Tammie

    Tammie, Just signed in after being away for way way too long! Hope you heal soon and are not in any pain! (However, I can feel your pain, I broke my wrist a week ago...) It's tough enough with the leg issue. bit no arm as well...DANG!!! If ya want to commiserate, I'm pretty much hanging out at home for the next month! Lorri
  3. Hopalong

    Best prosthetist in Orlando??

    Without a doubt POA...Stan and his group will go out of his way to make sure you have the proper fit and the best prosthetic for your needs. http://www.poacfl.com/
  4. Hopalong

    Stump Nicknames??

    Like a few others, I also call him Stumpy...and it's definitely a HIM because sometimes he's a pain in the a**. The term stump doesn't bother me at all. I actually prefer it to the politically correct term residual limb, because for some reason that term makes me think of residue which is not what I think of my cute little stump. Lorri
  5. Hey...Thanks!!!

  6. Hey Lorri! Hope you're having a good summer! XO