Limb Loss Education Day


♪. Shelby: BACK WITH ANGELA HUCKABY OF THE 4 STATES AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP. SHE IS TALKING ABOUT ABDOMEN UPCOMING LIMB LOSS EDUCATION DAY. WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT, ANGELA. THE LIMB LOSS EDUCATION DAY IS AN EVENT WHERE WE BRING IN PROSTHETIC TECHNOLOGY ADVANCED SOCKET TECHNOLOGY, PROSTHETIC COMPONENTS LIKE MICRO PROCESSOR NEEDS. WE ARE BRINGING IN SPECIALISTS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE A PART OF THE REHAB PROCESS AFTER AMPUTATION TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT REHAB PROCESS LOOKS LIKE. WE WILL HAVE A SEGMENT WHERE YOU CAN ASK SOMEONE. IF YOU SUFFER FROM LIMB LOSS AND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PROSTHETIC OR YOU AREN’T MEETING YOUR REHABILITATION GOALS, THEN YOU CAN ASK SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AND GET SOME INSIGHT FROM A PROFESSIONAL. Shelby: HOW HELPFUL TO ANYONE WHO HAS LOST A LIMB AND HAS TO HAVE A PROSTHETIC IN THEIR FAMILY AS WELL. ABSOLUTELY. WE HOPE TO MAKE THIS LIMB LOSS EDUCATION DAY THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A RECURRING EVENT ANNUALLY. THIS IS THE FIRST ANNUAL. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT FUN BY BRINGING DOOR PRIZES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE EVENT WILL BE THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 WHICH IS NEXT MONTH. IT WILL RUN FROM NOON UNTIL 3. IF ANYONE IS IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND COME BY ON THEIR LUNCH BREAK AND AFTER WORK THEY CAN COME AND LEARN ABOUT THE PROSTHETIC PROCESS AN SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE HAVE AS WELL. Shelby: THE TECHNOLOGY IS UNREAL. I MEAN THOSE PROSTHETIC LIMBS WORK BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL LIMBS. THEY ARE JUST FASCINATING TO ME. ABSOLUTELY. WHEN WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD SOCKET THAT FITS A PATIENT AND IT IS ALIGNED APPROPRIATELY OUR PATIENTS CAN REACH THOSE GOALS THAT THEY HAD AND ON ATTAIN THEIR LEVEL OF FUNCTION PRIOR TO AMPUTATION. SO THAT IS OUR NUMBER 1 GOAL TO GET OUR PATIENT POPULATION TO THAT LIFE WITHOUT LIMITATIONS IS WHAT WE LIKE TO SAY. Shelby: I BET IT IS NOISE FOR THEM TO COME TOGETHER AND SHARE THEIR STORIES AND WHAT HAS WORKED FOR THEM AND CAMARADERIE WITHIN THE GROUP. ABSOLUTELY. OCTOBER MARKS OUR 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FOR THE 4 STATE AM AMP DAY GROUP. WE RENAMED IT TO THE 4 STATES AMPUTEE NETWORK IT IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT NETWORK. IF THERE IS ANYONE WITH ANY NEEDS OR QUESTIONS THEY CAN REACH OUT TO THE GROUP. WE HAVE CERTIFIED PEER VISITORS SO THOSE PEOPLE CAN GO INTO THE HOSPITAL AND SPOKE TO SOMEONE WHO IS FACING LIMB LOSS AND HELP RELAY SOME OF THOSE INITIAL FEARS AS THEY ARE FACING THAT. Shelby: DO YOU FIND THEY HAVE A LOT OF FEAR AT FIRST AND WHEN THEY HAVE THE POSSIBLE THREAT IS PROSTHESIS IT IS NOT SO MUCH AND THERE IS SUPPORT. THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS WHEN YOU ARE FACING THE UNKNOWN. HAVING SOMEONE GONE THROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE TO TALK TO IS VERY, VERY VALUABLE. THE MEMBERS IN THE SUPPORT GROUP WHO HAVE ACTUALLY USED THAT HAVE FOUND EXTREME VALUE GLEANING THAT FROM SOMEONE ELSE. IT HELPS SO MUCH. Shelby: VERY TOUGH BUT YOU HAVE SO MUCH FOR THEM TO MAKE IT EASIER. THANKS FOR SHARING ABOUT IT. YOU CAN SEE HER CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE SCREEN IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. COMING UP NEXT ON “LIVING WELL” WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR

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