[AMP-L] Newbie checking in
rdstevens at enter.net
Wed Oct 12 22:46:30 PDT 2005
Welcome aboard. It's good you are inquiring, and trying to get as much info
on what MIGHT lie ahead one day. In one way, I hope that day (amputation)
may be as far off as possible. In another way, and more importantly, I hope
that you may live as comfortable and productive life as possible. As most
everyone here will agree, amputation is no fun. BUT, it sure beats some of
the alternatives. AND, if it must be, you can still live a full and
meaningful life. You will have to "trim your sails", and "adjust your
course", but the voyage of life goes on.
In my case, the root cause is diabetes. If you don't have diabetes, your
outcome may be quite different from mine. Of course, not everyone who has
neuropathy ends up with amputation, but it is one of the early signs. So
your doctor is wise to alert you to the possibility.
I tried many months, even years, to avoid amputation, but the time finally
came when it was the best possible move. I don't regret the decision -
acvtually two decisions, since I am a bilateral BK (below knee) amputee.
Life is good, and indeed life goes on.
Wishing you the best in your efforts to save the legs. But know that
whatever lies ahead for you, we are here to lend support and encouragement,
and to answer questions. Do keep in touch and keep us posted.
Dick Stevens, DBKA in PA
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