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Friday, May 10, 2013

Blake's Prosthetic Leg

In mid-April Blake had his 1st appt with the prosthetic doctor. Blake was still very emotionally sensitive about his leg, so there were a lot of tears.  Dr. Mark basically just talked to Blake and took a few preliminary measurements. The next few days we talked a lot about his leg and worked on touching it and reducing the sensitivity.  At the end of the week, Blake went in to be molded for his prosthesis.  Both Dr. Mark and I thought it was going to be quite traumatic for Blake.  But, once again, our little guy surprised us all.  He was a real trooper, only shed a tear or two.  The molding was successful.  All final measurements were completed as well.  Dr. Mark was now able to make the mock upper part of Blake's leg and order the lower part.  In the meantime, we took Blake to a fabric store to pick out material that will be laminated into the upper part of his leg.  He had a hard time deciding between a Scooby Doo fabric and a sports themed fabric.  He ended up going with the sports fabric.  It is very cool!  On Monday, Blake had his first fitting.  Dr. Mark had to make a few adjustments, then the mock leg was ready for Blake to try.  Blake was in a super silly mood and did extremely well!  He stood on two legs for the very first time in his life.  He was so very proud.  After Dr. Mark showed him the mechanics of the leg and helped him take some steps, Blake was able to take a few steps by himself.  Wow!  What a feeling it is to see your son walking on his own without crutches for the first time.  Mom and Dad had to choke back tears.  Blake is so excited to have his new leg.  All he talks about is buying a new bike to ride "really fast" and playing basketball.  Blake goes for his second and final fitting tomorrow.  Dr. Mark will make necessary adjustments and create his final leg.  Blake should be coming home with his new leg sometime next week!  He will then have to have physical therapy to learn how to walk with his leg.  I honestly cannot imagine him being any faster than he already is, but I know it is going to happen in the near future.  Blake's enthusiasm, courage and determination are an inspiration to us all.









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