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I have no idea what I'm doing here sorry.  I just had my surgery Wednesday and now they're talking about shipping me too rehab already.  Is this normal?  I don't want to be far from my family either. And why are they making me take ativan

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There is no normal. Everyone has their own story. Start out by telling us your story Skip.

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Hi, Skip...you're in the right place to start getting answers to your questions.  Johnny's right, though...it will help if we know a little about your background and the type of surgery you've had.  Leg?  Above or below the knee?  Arm?  Above or below the elbow?  What contributed to you needing an amputation?  We very likely have someone around who can identify with what you're going through.

I'm going to elaborate on Johnny's comment that there is "no normal."  I think what he's getting at is that every single amputee is, in one way or another, different from every other amputee...we all have our own particular "quirks," but we can still help each other out and can offer advice on things that might work for you.

If your surgery went well, going on to rehab a few days after surgery is not unheard of.  If you are given a choice on rehab centers, try to get one fairly close to your family, just because ir makes it easier for everyone involved.  And, as for taking ativan...well, ir is only a few days since your surgery, and they want to keep you comfortable and as free as post-operative pain as possible.  You do have the right to refuse the meds if you want to, but it might be best to taper off gradually as you heal.

It's very possible to live a normal life as an amputee...I know that my own surgery got my life back on track after a long downward spiral, and I've never regretted having it done.  I hope we can help you sort this all out! :smile:

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