One of my good friends is facing amputation- any alternatives?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Vash01, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

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    Wow, Vash, that's some story, good luck to your friend, she seems to have a great attitude.
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  2. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Thoughts and prayers for your friend, Vash. I hope she has a good recovery.
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  3. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I visited my friend Bobbie in the hospital, after work tonight. She was in excellent spirits, and very positive, despite the amputation. We had a nice chat about different things. She will be moved to a rehab facility tomorrow morning. Once she is strong enough, she plans on telecommuting to work. She has the support of her management to do that, when she is ready. It means she has a job and the health insurance. It really helped her to have this health insurance through our employer (we work for the same employer; different locations).

    She made a very informed decision about going for the amputation- she consulted with various doctors and did some research on her own- and she seems satisfied with her decision. It was really great to see her smiling. I believe she is going to be just fine.
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    What great news
    Prayers and thoughts for Bobbie's continued progress.
    You are a good friend.
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  5. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much! BTW it's Bobbie (not Bonnie) :)
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    Sounds great! :)
  7. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Bobbie was transferred to a rehab center yesterday. She is getting used to the routine there. I won't be seeing her for about a week, at her request, but will keep in touch with her through email.
  8. Simone411

    Simone411 aka IceSkate98

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    Thanks so much for the update, Vash. I'm so glad to hear that she's been in such good spirits. It's good to know that you can keep in touch with her this week through e-mail.
  9. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad that she is making good progress.
  10. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the updates; I've thought of her and sent good thoughts her way. :)
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  11. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    She sounds like she is VERY busy at the rehab. She is responding to emails less frequently, and she does not want any visitors or gifts. So I have not seen her since Wed. She is emailing however. She says she does not have much space there, so gifts would create clutter. I hope she does not get depressed.

    She did say that after she is home, she will need help, so no visitors until then. I am glad that she is asking for help in the future. She tends to be very independent, which is a good thing, and it must be doubly hard for her to ask for help. I think the adjustment period after she returns home is going to be difficult for her. However, her brother is arriving on March 7th and having her immediate family with her is going to help her a lot emotionally. We are all sending her prayers and good thoughts.
  12. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    She's adjusting to her "new normal"; and the routine that comes with it, I'm sure.

    Just continue to be supportive.
    The time will come when she will welcome you.
  13. Phiberoptik

    Phiberoptik New Member

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    Vashi:

    There is a listserv (discussion group) at the University of Washington since 1995 for amputees to discuss issues of concern
    and to receive replies from those who have been there. The list is AMP-L@u.washington.edu and it is well run-moderated.

    To SUBSCRIBE to AMP-L visit

    http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/amp-l/

    Subscribe to Amp-L by filling out the form. You must include your FULL name. Failure to do so will result in removal.
    You will be sent e-mail requesting confirmation which prevents others from gratuitously subscribing you. AMP-L is a
    hidden list, which means that the list of members/subscribers is available only to the list administrator for the sake of privacy.

    You will receive a confirmation notice which requires you to reply,
    insuring you are indeed subscribing from the address sent.

    Only subscribers are permitted to post messages to AMP-L and may post ONLY from the subscribed address.

    You friend is welcome to subscribe.

    Best to you both

    Phiberoptik
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  14. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Phiber,

    Thanks for the information. I will pass on this information to my friend who is in rehab right now. I think at some point she may want to subscribe to groups like this one.