I was incredibly thankful for finally getting new prosthetic legs. I ended up receiving them around December of 2014. Months after DOR gave me the authorization for prosthetic legs, I obtained coverage under both MediCal and MediCare.
Unfortunately, my problems did not stop there. I was having several issues with my new prosthetic legs. I usually use crutches for about a month or so after I get new sets of legs. However, with these legs, I could not get off of them. Furthermore, they caused me great pain.
I went to my primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente and then got a referral to Hanger Clinic in Beverly Hills in May of 2015. I was informed that I was not fitting in my socket properly (a lot of skin was coming out) and that I was not aligned properly, which was the reason why I could not walk comfortably or without my crutches.
I was told that I had really good legs, and that I have the potential to do so much with them. I was also advised to transfer to suction sockets (I had been using the lanyard system). After getting evaluated, I got authorization to get new sockets for my prosthetic legs. I was disappointed to have to start the process all over again, but optimistic about being able to walk again.
I received my new sockets around in August of 2015. The next day, I was in a great amount of pain. I went back to Hanger. They found that I still had really bad abductor rolls – I had tissue at the top of my legs that was being squeezed and coming out of the socket. I was informed that my old prosthetic legs probably contributed to this.
Since then, I have been going back and forth to the clinic. Almost every week, some adjustments are made regarding fitting. I am extremely thankful for my current prosthetist at Hanger, because he is so caring and patient. He told me that he would not give up and that he would start from scratch if he had to.
I have been on crutches for nine months now. I have never been on crutches this long in my entire life. Not being able to walk normally and comfortably has put great physical and emotional distress in my life. Being in a wheelchair is not an option for me. I will continue to walk until I get very old and weak and cannot walk anymore. Walking is a privilege to me, and I refuse to give it up. The whole reason my parents decided on the amputation in the first place was so that I have the opportunity to walk. To be honest, I have felt depressed several times due to the situation. Whenever I feel like I am losing hope, my family and friends are there to comfort me and give me strength.
So far, the adjustments have been making me feel better and better each time. When we are done with the fitting, I will finally be trained to walk on my C-legs. I am excited to see what is in store and I hope this day comes really soon.