The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

A Week at Sabolich - Friday

Socket before cutting 1.jpg Socket before cutting 2.jpg

I reported at Scott Sablich on Friday at 1pm. They had been working solid the previous afternoon and this morning on finishing the prosthesis. They were not done when I arrived, but Bill showed me the socket before it had been cut down to size. I had chosen a burgandy pattern that deepened with the laminate and looked beautiful - it looked like a vase at an art gallery. It is hard to tell from these pictures, but it is a deep red. But would it fit?

About an hour later Bill came back with the completed leg. I tried it on and it felt great. Better in fact, than it had all week - and possibly the best fitting socket I have had. There were a couple little tweaks that I requested he made that improved it. It felt like a mocassin.

The rest of the afternoon was full of lots of walking and adjusting of alignment and C-leg gait control. At one point, I broke out in a clammy sweat and lost strength - this is a chemo effect. I had to rest, but wanted to press on to get it as good as possible. I have to live with this thing.

By 5:00, we had done all that was possible given my strength (and the fact they were closing!) There are a few remaining items - they are going to make a foam removable piece above the knee that will help fill out my pants. I chose for minimal weight, so in the normal mode - there is a space between the knee and socket. My previous prosthesis had this part filled in. I also may need to make a few more alignment tweaks. Typically, the alignment process involves at least one night of walking around a lot to see if it really working well.

So Bill & team pulled it off. He sent me home with a working prosthesis that I believe is my best one yet. I will return to finish up some of the loose ends, but this will be fine until then and is currently better than anything I have had in the past.

Nice work, Bill
Bill and Completed leg.JPG

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