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Robbie's condition

Rob is going home! He's going to his own home, in fact, after refusing to move in with his parents because he wants to remain independent. In the end, his leg had to be amputated to mid-thigh, but I don't know what they will mean as far as artificial limbs. The main thing is he's out of physical danger, and remains determined to be a positive contributer to his family and society. That's a pretty darn good attitude to have.


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Feb. 21st, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)
So glad he's positive!
Feb. 21st, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
Me too! It's guys like him who keep me optimistic about life.
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
Great that he's going home so quickly and is taking such a positive attitude.
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
As they say, you get out of life what you put into it.
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
That is very good news. My memories of working in orthopaedic trauma tell me that mid-thigh is not too bad for an artificial limb - there will be enough stump to make it stable, although it will probably need a waist-belt for extra support. And it will be fairly heavy - because that much leg is fairly heavy, and if the long-term prosthesis is light then your body becomes unbalanced.

Modern limbs are much better than the ones in use when I was a staff nurse, so I'm sure he'll cope fine, with his positive outlook, and his good friends like you to haul him out of the house if he gets down.
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear what you had to say about artificial limbs ... since finding out he'd lost more of the leg than expected, I'd been afraid to research the issue. And, as you suggest, the research on the subject is getting better all the time.

Actually, he's the one more likely to drag me out of the house!
Feb. 21st, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
That's wonderful news! (Still keeping him in my prayers.)

Am I bad to hope he's going to sue the pants off the woman who maimed him?
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Knowing Rob, I doubt it. He'll probably feel bad for her. Wish I was that good at turning the other cheek.
Feb. 23rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
What a sweet man. With an attitude like that, I'm sure he'll do well.
Feb. 21st, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
Good to hear.
Feb. 21st, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Your friend sounds like a strong and amazing person to have that kind of optimism.
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
I've only met two people in my life that were that good at meeting challenges. I've met plenty of people who stunk at it, though. :-(
Feb. 21st, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
That is really good news on all counts.
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
The only better news would be if he'd won that lottery jackpot.
Feb. 21st, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Needless to say we are still praying. See this is a real hero...one who takes what life throws at him, tries to do the right thing and continues to carry on as positively as possible. God's gotta love him!

Feb. 21st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
You're right -- that's pretty much the definition of a hero.
Feb. 21st, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear Rob is going home and that he has a good attitude! That's really impressive.

I was pleased to see someone post that your friend should be able to get an artificial limb because my grandpa had his leg amputated (to just below the knee) in his mid-80s, and he's adjusted amazingly well and has excellent mobility.

My positive thoughts are still with you and your friend.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 06:22 am (UTC)
The advances being made in that kind of thing are amazing -- another ten years and we'll be right into "Six Million Dollar Man" territory.
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