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Update from Me in Kansas

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Well, this is my first day home from the surgery. I had a Below the knee done on July 1st. Went into rehab July 3rd and am home from rehab today. Doing awesome!!! Worried a little about being home by myself and doing things but I'm not rushing and taking my time. So far so good!

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Taking things slowly is the key to a good recovery. I'm sorry that you're alone. I don't know what I would have done without my mom and wife during my recovery. Made things a whole lot easier.

If you perfect hopping or crutching while carrying a mug of coffee, let me know. I never could get the hang of that without leaving a trail behind me. LOL

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Taking things slowly is the key to a good recovery. I'm sorry that you're alone. I don't know what I would have done without my mom and wife during my recovery. Made things a whole lot easier.

If you perfect hopping or crutching while carrying a mug of coffee, let me know. I never could get the hang of that without leaving a trail behind me. LOL

Sorry, I didn't mean to give the impression that I was alone. I only meant while the wifes at work. I'm doing so much better then I expected. I had a lot of fear going into it but feel really good about it all now. I'd have to say I'd do it again if need be.

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Glad to hear you're doing well! I know that I found that I did a lot better than I expected, and that surprised me as I am a well-known klutz. (I never even TRIED to hop or crutch with a cup of coffee!)

I actually WAS alone once I was discharged from rehab. I had some help from friends who would run errands for me, and I signed myself up for a local "disabled transport" service, because I was also temporarily blind in the months before getting my first prosthesis. I couldn't afford to hire a "regular" caregiver, but I made too much (even while on disability pay) to qualify for assistance. That was where my friends came in...they did a fantastic job, and they also helped me find a young woman who was studying to get her nursing assistant certification and who was willing to come work for me for just a couple of hours, three days per week. She'd help me count out my meds, do some light housekeeping, and "chaperone" my showers. When I finally got my new leg, but not my vision back, she'd guide me on walks outside so I could start building my strength. Once my vision finally cleared, I was at a point where I could go back to work.

I think my story goes to show just how resilient we can be when faced with a serious problem. :smile: And sometimes that surprises us!

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