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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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curiouswombat
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.
ozma914
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!

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