Upcoming minor surgery

A lot has happened since I last posted on here, both good and bad. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to my C-legs. I’m also off the crutches. I even got my prosthesis cosmetically covered (foam). I feel happy with my current prosthetic legs, as well as more confident walking in them. Now… the bad news….

18,899 Steps

It has been a good week. I have been in Mexico with my family and am now at 38,000 feet heading home. I just opened my computer, which I have been neglecting for the past several days, to see a reminder – Ottobock / Blog Due, from a few days ago. I guess I took…

How My Life and Career Path Changed

Prior to my injuries in 2007 I was working as a Regional Manager of an information technology and engineering consulting group. My role was to oversee the sales, recruiting, administrative and payroll functionality of this fast paced full service firm in downtown Minneapolis.  The organization fulfilled project requirements of our clients by lining up our…

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…

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!…

Lt Col (Ret) Andrew Lourake Shares His Story

In 2004, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Andrew Lourake became the first above the knee amputee to pilot an aircraft within the Department of Defense.  His historic accomplishment took place after he made the decision to amputate his leg after losing use of it due to an infection related to surgery to repair a fracture. Determined to…

To Be or Not to Be…

When I drive into a parking lot, these are the thoughts that go through my mind: How crowded is it?  How windy is it?  How does my leg feel?  How many packages will I need to carry?  Is the slope uphill or downhill?  Is it likely to rain?  How crazy are the other drivers? In…

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…

Tricks of the Trade

If you told me all I’d learn as a new amputee, I wouldn’t have believed you.  It would have been like sending a kindergartner straight to Calculus class.   I just didn’t have the tools to succeed.  Now, three years later, I’m a seasoned socket-wearer, a well-trained walker, a balanced biker, and a (somewhat) solid inline…

Visiting the Boston Marathon Victims

In my first blog I mentioned that I was part of an organization called Wiggle Your Toes. Wiggle is an organization that assists individuals who have suffered limb loss in their recovery and rehab efforts through planning, consultations and referrals. When the bombings at the Boston Marathon caused many individuals to lose limbs, Wiggle was…

Here We Go…

Well here we go. The terrific people in Ottobock’s marketing group recently asked me to blog for them as a daily user of the company’s fine products. As a big fan of wearing shorts any time I can – I am always talking to people about my prosthetics, informing them of the technology and how…