9 Keys to Better Living with Limb Loss
What you need to know about Limb Loss and amputation
Life after an amputation can be difficult, to say the least, especially in the early stages. Amputees often have to relearn how to perform even the simplest of tasks due to the traumatic bodily changes they have experienced as a result of their limb loss. This process can be overwhelming at times, causing patients to develop anxiety, depression, and overall mental and emotional fatigue.
Have you suffered the devastating loss of a limb? You may feel as if a happy and fulfilling life is no longer possible – and understandably so. An amputation is life-changing after all. However, it is NOT life-ruining. It IS still possible for you to lead a happy and fulfilling life. You can start taking a proactive role in your recovery by implementing the following tips. They are essential keys to living successfully as an amputee.
- Keep your healthcare team informed of your status. Tell them about any changes in your activities, diet, pain, residual limb, or emotions. What may seem unimportant to you may actually be quite significant. It is important that your healthcare team catches a problem early. This way, they’ll have a better chance of resolving it with minimal pain and expense.
- Establish reasonable goals. It’s an unavoidable fact that your recovery will take time, so it is best to be patient. Rather than set complex goals right off the bat, set smaller, achievable goals on a day-to-day basis, and accomplish them with help from your rehab team. As your strength and abilities improve, you can ramp up your goals accordingly.
- Develop new habits. It is important that you take care of your residual limb if you want to prevent skin breakdown problems that could lead to severe pain and even life-threatening infections. This means washing your residual limb and performing skin checks every day. These activities can become ingrained as habits if you perform them consistently and devotedly.
- Talk with your physician about starting a new fitness regimen. By keeping your body in tip top shape, you will improve not only your physical condition but also your emotional outlook and overall quality of life.
- Be mindful of your position. If you stay in the same position for too long, your body will start to conform to that position. It is important that you periodically shift and stretch your body in different directions. Keep a timer if necessary.
- Practice energy conservation. Don’t take on larger projects all at once. Rather, separate them throughout the day with rest periods in between. Also, use a wheelchair when you’re travelling long distances, even if you use prostheses. This way, you’ll have some energy left when you reach your destination.
- Get support from other amputees, friends, and family. They can help you with your physical, emotional, and mental needs. Just don’t isolate yourself, whether it’s out of pride, shame, or something else. It’ll make life much easier if you learn to depend on others from time to time.
- If you smoke, quit, especially if you have diabetes or vascular disease. Blood and oxygen flow to your extremities is essential to the healing process. You know what reduces blood and oxygen flow? Cigarettes. Be smart and stop smoking.
- Maintain a positive attitude. You will experience some dark days – that’s for sure. Just don’t forget to see the good as well as the bad. As long as you maintain hope, you will be inspired to make the most out of your life.
If your amputation injury was caused by another party, you may be eligible for hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars in compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Wilshire Law Firm to learn more about your legal rights and options. We offer FREE consultations.