Two Months Since My Surgery

by Damon on August 20, 2011

It seems like it’s been so much longer and I’ve healed a lot quicker than I even imagined.

Two months ago today, I had my below the knee leg amputation and things have seemed bright ever since.

My limb has healed well, I have a great team at Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologies, rehab has been going well at St. David’s Medical Services, I’ve meet a lot of wonderful people in the amputee community, including the folks at the Round Rock Amputee Support Group, and I’ve also met quite a few people in the triathlon community.

It’s hard to put into words the happiness that I’ve felt since surgery, especially after being in pain for so long. The sense of excitement overwhelms me as I can finally close that chapter in the book and begin my new life. I am anxious for what the future holds.

Of course, there have been a few frustrating points along the way, specifically learning how to handle “sock management” and learning how to walk comfortably in my prosthetic leg. Every once in a while, when I’m by myself, I have to smile as it’s still hard to imagine that I’m an amputee. Just a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have even thought it possible.

The good has far outweighed the bad!

And yes, just 8 weeks after surgery I am now walking pain free without crutches.

I couldn’t be more thankful…and more grateful for all of those who have helped support me over the last two months.

Thank you so much!!

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Amber L. August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

You are amazing and I can’t wait to watch you compete in your next triathlon!

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Doug Thoet August 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Found You through Linda Amos Wilson-We are Old Classmates in Fruitland. So touched by your story!! Cannot imagine what you have gone through. YOU are a winner and do not forget that!! Have no idea what’s going on in your life, but is there anything we can help with? Bills, etc? Like to get know more about you (Archies Cousin). An old Classmate of Linda’s and someone that is concerned about you –Doug Thoet –Take care – Proud of You!!

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Neal Seigfried September 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Sock management is one of the most important parts. I got to where it was easier for me to add a sock by the clock instead of letting my leg tell me. Once the leg told me, I was in pain and couldn’t get rid of it.

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