So it actually happened. Jake actually got his leg and brought it home and we could not be more thrilled. Shout out to his prosthetist, Toby, for making this all happen. I am still in awe of all the science and technology that is out there and how great all that has made this transition.
Jake was feeling pretty anxious that somehow some way, the universe would intervene and something would stop him from getting the prosthesis. I was feeling like this day may never come, but oh man it sure did. Jake tried on the leg and walked in it perfectly. There is a BIG learning curve with all the components and Jake will find his own comfort zone in the whole thing. It is just all going to take practice and patience.
When we got home, the dogs were running and sniffing the leg, they seemed appropriately excited as well. The first thing Jake wanted to do, funny enough, was walk the dogs with me. I say “funny enough” because since he is still learning, he is using the walker still, so he can’t hold a leash or anything–but he sure as heck wanted to go with so he could do the “clean up” and grab the dog poo! It was a little victory for sure!
Both Jake and I have had aching faces from smiling so much!
So for the first 7-10 days, he is on a wearing schedule. Today (Saturday) was technically day one. He can wear it for up to one hour in the morning, and one hour in the afternoon/evening. Then tomorrow (day 2) it will be two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon/evening. It will progress that way until he is up to 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon. Then he will stay with that until we go back to see Toby at SRT. We will have lots and lots of appointments and adjustments along the way and the more he practices the better he will get at walking!
Also, Jake has been doing physical therapy at home religiously. He has already gained so much strength in the few months since he’s been home from the hospital. Monday he will be calling RHI to get set up for physical therapy there in the gym where he worked out while he was inpatient. I think he is excited to get moving and get stronger and get more independent! His therapist will make the recommendations on when he will transition to using a cane, and then finally walk without any assistive device!