As an amputee, I get some Frequently Asked Questions. Most people just stare, but the ones who do muster up the courage to come talk to me ask a handful of pretty typical questions. Comment below if you’ve gotten these or share ones I may not have heard!
What happened to your leg?
While I was surfing off the coast of….sometimes I make up exciting stories like this, but the truth is I’m an amputee because of a congenital defect. I was born with Clubfoot and had to get my leg amputated in order to be able to walk. I got this surgery over 20 years ago, so no it does not hurt now! The full story is here!
Can you take it off?
I can take it off (depending on what I’ve decided to wear for the day). Skinny jeans make it difficult to take off, but I take it off daily, and sometimes more than once! Some days I don’t wear it at all due to being too sore. On those days I wear an Iwalk!
Do you sleep with it on? Do you shower with it on?
I slept with it on once and will never EVER do that again. It hurt so bad the next day that I couldn’t wear it at all that day. I take it off at night when I sleep, and when I’m taking a shower. It’s important to rest your leg/arm, and important to clean the skin beneath the artificial limb!
Is the foot real? Is your leg inside of there?
Surprisingly I get asked this question a lot. It may be surprising to fellow amputees, but I can see where the confusion comes into play. I mean I walk pretty damn good for that to all be fake….just kidding! Everything below my knee is artificial, and my real leg has been long gone. My real knee does go inside of the leg, but other than that, completely fake.
Can you drive?
Yes, I can drive! I’ve even learned stick-shift. I drive without hand controls and have been known to have a leadfoot haha.
Do you know so-and-so, he’s an amputee?
The Amputee Coalition of America estimates that there is an estimated population of 2 million American amputees. It is projected that the amputee population will more than double by the year 2050 to 3.6 million. So….no I do not! However, I have met some pretty kickass amputees through Dare2Tri’s Paratriathlon club!