An amputation is a huge life change. When you’re looking toward the day when you become an amputee, it can feel like nothing makes sense anymore – how are you supposed to live a normal life without all of your limbs? What will life be like? What can you do to adjust?
We’ve got five things everyone should know before they go in for their amputation. Read on!
#1: People Stare Because They Are Curious
You’re probably going to feel like everyone is looking at you after your amputation. The truth is that a lot of people will be looking at you – but not because they are judging you or making fun of you! They’re just curious, wondering what your story is, and for a moment they have forgotten that staring tends to make people uncomfortable.
If you want to, it’s sometimes fun to come up with a short (probably false) explanation for your limb loss. Simply barking the words “shark attack” at a person whose stare lingers too long can really relieve the tension! (Unless it really was a shark attack, in which case, it’s your call if you want to be honest or not!)
#2: Beware the Internet
As if there weren’t enough reasons to approach the Internet cautiously, now that you’re going to be an amputee, you’ve got people who range from antagonistic to way too interested about your amputation, trolling you on social media. The block button is your friend; use it liberally.
#3: Get an Amazing Prosthetist
The person who helps you adjust to a prosthetic device can be your greatest asset or a huge obstacle. And believe us, the last thing you need after amputation is another challenge in your life! Make sure your prosthetist listens well, thinks outside the box, and is as invested in your emotional wellbeing as he or she is in your physical recovery.
#4: It Is Possible to Overdose on Inspiration
We love inspiring stories and the amazing people behind them – but sometimes, it can start to feel like everyone but you is a Paralympic athlete / can drive a car with their toes / is a reality TV star, etc. If the inspiring stories get to be a little too much, just stop looking for a while. Focus on your story, not theirs. After all, your story is every bit as incredible as anyone else’s – it just might not look the same!
#5: You Can Be Active Without Being an Athlete
Speaking of inspiring stories, most of them are about athletes (though we did find some pretty incredible politicians, too). So if you’re not an athlete, how can you still be active? Good news – there are plenty of ways! Dancing, walking, doing basic exercises while you watch TV, or just flailing around and being silly – these are all great ways to get your blood pumping. You don’t need to be jumping hurdles with a leg prosthesis in order to be an in-shape amputee!
BioTech Is Here – Before and After Amputation
Feeling uncertain about life after amputation? We get it, and we’re here to talk you through every step of your journey. Contact us today for more information on our services and how we can help you recognize all your possibilities as a person with limb loss!