Back in the saddle again

Yesterday a 3 hour prosthetist appointment turned into an all day event and I ended up leaving with a test socket that wasn’t hurting me and high hopes that this is finally going to work! I wore my leg to work today and so far, so good. It is working well, and most importantly, it doesn’t hurt! The end of my leg has been ridiculously sensitive for a long time and I was worried that this would be a much longer process to get me up and walking, but it only took a couple of weeks since we started the process. Not too bad!

I also looked up some stats today because I was curious about the energy expenditure of amputees. The information I found said that above knee amputees use 40-75% more oxygen than someone with two legs. Going uphill on a slope of 10 degrees doubles the energy required. A slope of 20 degrees triples it. Soft or uneven ground can increase energy usage by 40% and even going downhill uses more energy than flat ground because you have to fight to keep yourself from going too fast.

I’m hoping that all this extra energy exertion will result in me losing a little weight! I was warned early on by another AK (above knee) amputee that it is hard for leg amputees to keep weight off their gut. He said you have to work 3 times as hard as everyone else to eliminate that extra fat. It’s funny that he said that because that is literally the only place on my entire body that has the slightest bit of fat right now. My left leg is in phenomenal shape because I hop everywhere and my arms and chest are in great shape from being on crutches. I just need to get my abs in line now. I’m worried that if I let that get out of control then it will limit what I can do on my leg in the future, and I don’t want that to happen!

Regardless, it is great to be walking again and I am excited to see where things go from here!

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6 Responses to Back in the saddle again

  1. Jen Wood says:

    Rob,
    I ran across your blog last fall when looking up some information on Wayman Tisdale. I have read your blog from time to time since. I am amazed by your candid discussions and find them very inspiring. I often share your stories with my children (ages 19, 14, 13, 9 and 8) so they can learn the greatness of the human spirit. I wish you continued success with your prosthesis and my prayers are with you.

    Jen

  2. Victoria L says:

    Hey Rob,

    I hope you’re doing well! Last week, I had surgery to remove the sarcoma from my left thigh. I’m so sure that your recovery is a lot more difficult than mine, but I sometimes feel like I’m learning how to walk all over again. You always serve as an inspiration to me, so thanks again for the updates on your blog :) Take care!!

    -V

    • Rob says:

      Hey Victoria!

      I hope your recovery is going well! Hang in there, I’m sure the worst is already over. You’ll be back to normal in no time! I’ll keep you in my prayers.

      Rob

  3. Re'Ana h says:

    hi rob my name is Re’Ana im 11years old and i have osteosarcoma. the cancer started spreading making mr lose my leg.im a bka. i would love to meet you .

    • Rob says:

      Hi Re’Ana, thanks for your message! Did the amputation successfully get rid of your cancer? I hope you are doing well. I’m sure you’ll be up and running around in no time!

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