First Impressions

Seven weeks after my injury, I met my first amputee. I mean VERY FIRST.   Sure, I was already an amputee myself, but I’d never met another one.  If I had racked my brain, I could have probably come up with a few:  a homeless woman outside the post office, the wounded Lieutenant Dan from Forrest…

Finding My Career Path

Growing up, the age old question was always, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For me I never really had a solid answer but rather several that continued to change as time went on. I never thought about having to consider being someone with limb loss, and all the things that…

Chills, Spills, and… Earthquake Drills?

This can’t be happening, I thought.  I did NOT suffer through the last nine months to crumble right here, right now, in this shaking school building! It was my first day back at work and my first earthquake.  It was like the punch line to a very BAD joke. With adrenaline (and Genium) pumping, I…

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…

Kevin: Member of the Missing Limb Club – My Year in Review

As we approach the end of another year as a member of the exclusive Missing-limb Club, I wanted to reflect back on the past eleven months in order to laugh at my shortfalls, rant about my real falls and plan for the upcoming bloopers, AKA falls in front of people I don’t know Yes, because…

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…

Part II: Barb & Carl Making Prosthetics History

November is National Caregiver’s Month and we asked Barb Caspers to share her 50 year journey living with her husband Carl, who lost his leg below the knee in an accident when they were both in high school. Barb continues her story with Part II.  Here is Barb’s story in her own words. Scott and Cori…

Part I: Barb & Carl a 50 year love story

November is National Caregiver’s Month and we asked Barb Caspers to share her 50 year journey living with her husband Carl, who lost his leg below the knee in an accident when they were both in high school. Barb will share her story in 3 parts in her own words. Hello all, My name is…

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,…