On July 13, 2012 I went in to see my prosthetist and got my first prosthetic leg. I went with my mom. I was really pregnant and didn't know what to expect. I sat in the room and waited and then he brought it in. It looked so unreal. It was plastic and metal with my shoe on the foot. I couldn't imagine putting my leg in it and being able to stand much less walk. I had to wear a liner under it which was like a thick silicone sock that went up past my knee. I stood up and tried to get my leg in the socket. It was so hard it took a long time to get it in and it hurt. Finally I was in the leg and just was standing up. It felt really weird. I was standing but couldn't feel any weight on my foot. I then took some steps with the parallel bars. It was akward at first and felt so stiff. I just kept walking and when I left I was able to walk with my crutches a bit.
I didn't wear the leg too much just here and there trying to get used to it. It was so heavy. When my kids and my nieces and nephew got home they all wanted to see me use the leg and they all wanted to "try" it on. It was and still is a novelty to them.
4 years ago