The first day with the i-LIMB was quite an experience. The miracle of how this entire journey came about is just that – a miracle. I will eventually write a post that just tells the story of how I have arrived at the place of my new appendage. My doctors appointment was scheduled for 2 pm on Tuesday February 17, 2009 and with my being super excited as I was, I arrived much earlier. When the door to the waiting room finally opened and my name was called, I took a deep breath and walked through that door knowing that my life was getting ready to drastically change. Everything that I have known up to this point about living life single handedly was getting ready to face brand new challenges.
As the doctor finally arrived in the room and pulled out the i-Limb, a wave of emotion rolled over me. I stopped and took a picture of the arm on the table, wanting to encapsulate this moment in my mind forever. Before I would wear it, pinch with it and punch people in the face (just kidding) I wanted there to be a snapshot of the before! Here is that picture:
As the fitting progressed and I was finally wearing this prosthesis it dawned on me – I can now officially clap!! I know it is funny but wow! What a concept.
When I left the office and headed home to see my family, who were anxiously awaiting to see their new limbed father and husband, I tried my hand at driving with it and it worked. Here is a shot at that:
It was such a trip. The lessons learned in this first day are many and I am sure that with each day I will grow more and more accustomed to use of this. For the first time in my life I held a plate with my left hand and was able to dish food onto it as I went through a buffet line. I know that may not mean much to many of you but for me it was huge. No longer will I have to have my wife hold my plate while I go for seconds on the mash potatoes! Watch out “all you can eat” buffets – the bionic man is on the loose!
Lessons learned this first day:
drove with it
held papers with it
held a plate and dished food
pinched my wife
grabbed an apple
grabbed a baseball
beat up chuck norris! lol
found out I am faster than Steve Austin the six million dollar man!
I also discovered that the muscles in my arm to control this have never been used like this before – they are hurting and I need tylenol.
More to come on The Adventures of the i-LIMB!!