Mia received her legs on 27th July. She was doing well, she was building up time in them at school and wore them all day at school on 7th September, 2 weeks ago. She was so much more confident and happy.
Last week they weren’t comfy and rubbing and of course she didn’t want to wear them. We had them adjusted this week. She says it is hard work walking, they are sore, itchy, sweaty, hates her legs and isn’t interested in wearing them. She is flat and sad which is understandable and so heartbreaking. She tells us her legs are sore but it is difficult to know exactly where. Also chatting to other amputees, prosthetic legs aren’t super comfy and Mia will need to desensitise her legs and basically get used to them.
I have no idea whether to push her daily to wear her legs so she gets used to them? Do I ask her just to wear them at least once a day for a certain activity? Do I do less for her in terms of carrying her around so she understands how good wearing her legs would be? This is all so new to us as her parents and she has been through so much. I don’t want to be tough on her but we might need to be a bit firm or use lots of bribes!!!
We have decided to encourage her, with rewards (bribery), to wear them daily for a short time standing and also during ipad time whilst sitting. Lets see how that goes. xx