[AMP-L] Pin vs. Suctionj Suspension dilema
gracedandforgiven at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 2 17:11:55 PST 2009
I agree with Jeff Zeller; he hit the nail on the head. The biggest thing is, "one size does not fit all", meaning, every limb and amputee have their own unique challenges which aren't met with a uniform solution. Many amputees love the pin, I can't stand it.
The issue comes down to why your prosthetist is steering you towards or away from a particular system. If, through his or her vast experience, they see a problem with your limb and a particular system, fine; let them articulate that to you. But, if they are steering you away from something because they don't have much experience with it, that's a different story.
Or, it could be a numbers-thing. Some don't care about numbers, and want to give you the best system that will work for you. But, like any industry,
there are some that are interested in numbers, and want to sell as many of a certain system as they can, whether it be for discounts from the supplier, sales rep, or whatever.
The first thing I would do is seek out a 2nd opinion. Jeff is right, YOU must be your best advocate. Call around; if someone gives you a hard time on the phone about another opinion, you don't want to deal with them anyway. Move on.
But if someone is willing to stay after 5 to see you, or thinks a 2nd opinion is of value, that's the kind of prosthetist you want to see.
I have come across many amputees in my support groups who stuck with "their guy/girl", because he/she was "so nice", or because they were the first one they saw. They finally switched, and many wished they had years earlier.
There are a few prosthetists out there that aren't very concientious. But there are far too
many good ones out there to remain with one that doesn't listen or communicate. And Jeff is right about manufacturers; if you can find a prosthetist who doesn't mind returning things, it really allows you to try a system out for 3 weeks to see if you like it.
Sorry this is so long, but lastly, I would recommend seeing if there are any support groups in your area. You may not need a shoulder to listen to you, but you may be able to see these systems on people first hand, and see what challenges they do & don't face with each. They may also be able to tell you who some good prosthetists are in your area.
Best Regards; please let us know how it turns out.
"one foot in heaven"
-----Inline Attachment Follows-----
amp-l mailing list
amp-l at u.washington.edu
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the amp-l