Facing Extreme Temperatures with Your Microprocessor Knee

Experiencing extreme temperature changes where you live? We’ve asked Cale, an Ottobock clinician, to give some advice for keeping your microprocessor knee functioning properly! As you know, these are quite extreme temperatures we’re facing and they are well below the recommended operating temperatures of microprocessor knees. If you are outside while transitioning from your car…

The New Normal. What’s Normal?

Our guest blogger this week is Neil Hirschey. Neil lost his leg above the knee in 2009 as the result of a motorcycle accident. Neil, a quality manager for a precious metals plating company  lives in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Neil is also an amputee peer support volunteer for in-patients at the Courage…

Patience vs. Frustration

Patience is a virtue. You will learn patience. Patience is key. These are all  phrases I have heard my whole life, but when it comes to limb loss, patience really is a must learn. I always thought that as my limb lost volume (shrinks) it would be easier and easier to fit a socket, but…

Socket to Me!

In my last blog I mentioned that I would soon be transitioning from the C-Leg to the  Ottobock  X3 knee.  Just last week my insurance company approved the knees and the transition has begun. On Friday I took my first steps with the new X3 knees, Triton feet and newly fabricated test / check sockets!…

A Modern Renaissance Woman – Meet Ali

Ali is a modern Renaissance woman who hasn’t slowed down since she lost her leg above the knee in a boating accident in 2009. She coaches, teaches and competes in power lifting. She feeds her creative side through her art, and relaxes outdoors with her fiancé Noah and her dog. Ottobock’s Director of Marketing Communication,…

Teamwork makes dream work by Lacey Henderson

This week, I have been on the STRUGGLE BUS and while I am blaming it on my weird Aus-merican sleeping schedule (it’s like, the day is the only time my body wants to sleep) it was also brought to my attention that for the next couple of weeks, Mercury is in retrograde. Now, my knowledge…

Exercise? No? Pilates? Yes!

Most of my life I have been pretty blessed with the fact that I need to do little, to no exercise, and still continue to stay pretty thin. With that said I always knew that one day my metabolism slow down and feared it might be too late to begin a regimen.  I also quit…

Greetings from Down Under by Lacey Henderson

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to travel and see the world. I never had a solid plan of action, but I knew that I was going to make it happen. Fast forward a few years to my college days, studying foreign languages and international studies, I thought I was on the right track…

I Hate Baby Steps!

This is Kevin’s 4th installment read on as he shares the story of his accident and very long road to recovery. Over the next two months during my time at the rehab hospital, I quickly found that the goal I had of walking and continuing in my career as a police officer varied greatly with…

My Puppy Soul Mate

I really am an animal lover and always have been since I was little.  With that said, I still wouldn’t have expected to be 21 years old, working and attending school full time while learning a new lifestyle as an above knee amputee, and then have the most perfect little dog fall into my life unexpectedly. It was so coincidental…

The $64 bill for toothpaste and my long road to recovery

Following two months of misery and approximately two dozen surgeries, at the end of May 2003 after doctors concluded there was nothing more they could do to get me back to “normal”, I departed the hospital dejected, weak, and depressed and with a $64 bill for toothpaste that I never used; actually, as gross as…