Yesterday, May 7th, I went into the Prosthesis folks and test fitted the re-measured socket (the first one was too small to go onto my stump). It went on just fine! After we got the pin pressed nto the receptacle, I stood up, pressed more of the pin in, and walked!! I believe I surprised the lady who was working on the socket and I moved down the bars faster than she expected. She had to adjust the height of the ankle rod as I was a little off center on that side. Then she had to align the direction of the foot so it was straight forward. After all that, I went back and forth several times, moved to a walker in the open floor then utilized my crutches as stabilizers - which shocked her, my wife and my daughter (they were filming and taking still shots). The photos I have attached but I have no way to get the videos so you can see and share our joy!.
The insurance company has declined Stan's prosthetic foot that the Dr. recommended based on Stan's activity level. At this time it looks as though he will be getting a lesser functioning model so for now he is still playing the waiting game. He has been very patient but I know he is getting frustrated at this point and would like to get something going so he can walk with 2 legs again. Thank you to everyone who has donated to my brother. We appreciate it to much.
Not all of you may know about my situation, but I wanted to let you know how things are progressing. Thursday the 5th will be 6 weeks since my left foot and ankle was amputated due to a non-healing injury/infection. I am healing very well, going through some physical therapy (LOTS of ouch and “come on – you can do it!”) and waiting on the prosthetic folks to get my socket and new foot ready. The initial socket is now ready but the waiting part is for their doctors to prepare the documentation and justification to send to the insurance folks.
I talked earlier today to the Hanger Clinic who is making and gathering all the prosthesis items. In the preparation of the justification, they went to the insurance website, looked into the exclusion area and made an assumption that the micro-processor foot (the one that enables walking on uneven surfaces better) was not acceptable.
I then called the insurance folks and they called Hanger and told them that wasn’t necessarily true, to go ahead and submit. This would let their doctors evaluate and make a decision – hopefully in my favor!
I am to call the insurance customer rep line next Wednesday to check on the status.
On Wednesday, 18 April, our local TV stations WHBF Ch 4 and KLJB Ch 18 ran a segment highlighting my efforts here on RedBasket. Ch 4 ran theirs at 5 pm and Ch 18 ran theirs at 9 pm. I have included the link to watch the video. They did a really nice job with the interview. Thanks to Kelly and Mike for this.
Should hear today (Thursday the 19th) or tomorrow on the decision by the insurance on the which foot I will get. Then we can move forward!
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