Still using the traditional underarm aluminum crutches, I’ve been anxious to find something better. To learn more about crutches and prosthetics, Thursday morning I had an appointment with Robb Brown of Strong Orthotics and Prosthetics. Up to this point I had been told that there really isn’t a very good prosthetic for people with a hip disarticulation because there is no stump with mobility to attach it to. Not the case, I was very impressed to see that they have a prosthetic that combines the Helix Hip Joint and C-Leg Knee that restores an incredible amount of functionality using a microprocessor control. However, it also comes at a cost of approximately $80,000. Although my insurance would cover a majority of the expense, I’m just not ready to spend the time or money not knowing what my prognosis is at this time. For now, I think I would still be happiest with a pair of SideStix forearm crutches.
In the afternoon Ryan came back to our house for some lunch. It was great to have someone to pick on me as I ate my organic chicken salad sandwich, carrots, almonds, and green tea. And even better, we had someone to help polish off our leftover unhealthy food. I felt good about what I was eating, but craved Ryan’s lunch the entire time.
After having eaten such a healthy lunch and feeling good, it seemed like a great time to get out of the house and go for a short hike. Earlier in the Spring, we had driven to Chimney Bluffs on the east side of Sodus Bay and turned around from the freezing winds coming off the lake, so we went back for another attempt. It was a great opportunity to get off the pavement, start climbing around on some cliffs, and learn to navigate more rugged terrain like sand and small stone. Our short hike exhausted me, but it was great to be back outside hiking and exploring.