Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sweaty Dose of Reality!

Summer time is really the worst season for a person with a suspension sleeve prosthetic leg!  So often I find myself very, and I mean very frustrated to the point of anger because my leg literally falls off when I'm doing anything during these hot months.  I can't tell you how annoying it was while moving this summer to have to stop every fifteen to twenty minutes to let my leg dry out because the sweat was draining out of my pours and puddling in my prosthetic, thus making my whole leg fall off.
Its during these times I think back to naive comments that have been said to me such as, "Isn't your prosthetic leg better than your real leg?"  Or, "It's like having your real leg back!  Jill, I'm so happy for you!"  Um, no a prosthetic leg is not the same as a real leg for many reasons, but the one most important and somewhat obvious reason that a prosthetic leg is so different than a real leg is that IT FALLS OFF!  I'll save the heat rashes and terrible itching for another post. . . maybe.
Today as I was thinking about all that I want to get done tonight, but have to wait for cool evening temperatures, I thought to myself; "I really need to give myself a break, I manage to work full time and take care of a house with a growing amount of animals that need daily care, and hang out with my husband, and work on hobbies in between my leg falling off:  DAMN I'M GOOD!  I also have an amazing husband that is willing to help me at the drop of a hat.

These pictures are kind of gross but show some the sweat that drips off my liners when I stop to dry out.  These pictures were taken on a particularly "dry" day actually.



  1. Hang in there girl. Fall is right around the corner. :)

  2. Cuz, I cannot imagine having my leg fall off! You are amazing! And you make me laugh. Hoping a cool spell comes to you soon. :)


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