I had my left leg removed below the knee on Friday Oct. 26th. When I woke up there was a prosthetic device already attached to it. The first thing that crossed my mind when the nurse removed the blanket for me was, " I have a hose clamp holding my leg on." I'm not callous nor am I immune to the strong emotions that went along with this. Believe me when I tell you that I still don't know what to make of this. I don't really bear any weight on it, more for balance when I am standing. It is cumbersome and comes to midthigh with casts. But I feel like I will adapt better like this and I think it will help me attack the first removable temporary that will go on in about 5 weeks. My incision site hurts, but not any more than when I had cast on my ankle or all the other surgeries I have had. I must be careful about "stumping" myself on the carpet if I don't lift enough on the swing through. I don't have a walker and I'm sort of glad for that too. I feel more free than when I had the walker. I feel if I went back to that I would feel like I am taking a step back. So there it is. A small cast over the original incision site and then a larger cast holding the leg against the bottom of the small cast and stump. Not as bad at all as I imagined. Thought I would share my experience with you. Thanks, John.
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