I was born with a defect called hemiplegia, which causes my legs to bend backwards when walking.
When I was younger, I’d try to walk with my hands on my knees, but the muscles of my feet were too weak to keep up with my weight.
My dad had me take some painkillers, but that only made the problem worse.
Eventually, I ended up in the hospital, with a metal rod sticking through my femur and a tube running down my arm.
I was told that the rod would fix it, but it was a bad idea.
After a few months in the ICU, I lost my leg, and then a year and a half later, my parents gave up on me, too.
I ended it there.
When my doctors said that I might be able to use a machine to treat my hemiplege, I thought it would be the end of my story.
I wanted to be able that day, that I could use my hands to hold my leg up, but I also wanted to have the surgery done.
When it came to the surgery, my surgeon, Dr. Jodi Z. Rennie, had a patient who was a little bit different from me.
He had never had a hemiplexion before, and he was doing some research on it.
But the hemipyresis was very different than the hemisplexion.
Dr. Rennaise had a very simple idea: that this patient would have to use her left leg, which is why she had to wear the artificial limb.
I said, I have to wear a prosthesis, too, right?
She said yes.
I’m not going to use my left leg.
She’s not going.
She has to use one of my legs.
And so, we went back and forth for a couple of weeks.
The surgeon asked her what she thought.
She said, “Well, I’ll probably use one leg because it’s not as comfortable.”
I’m like, What?
That’s a no-brainer.
I can’t do that!
He said, You know what?
If I do this, then I’m going to get the right prosthesis.
So I said yes to that, and we got the prosthesis made.
But there’s a problem: she’s not happy.
She doesn’t feel comfortable walking, so she walks on the side.
I thought, I’m supposed to wear my prosthesis and have it go with my prosthetic.
She says, Oh my God, that’s not what I want!
So she walks in front of me, and I can see that her left knee is bending backwards.
I had to stop the surgery.
Dr Rennaises goal is to fix the hemipsynovitis with the help of artificial limbs.
Dr Jodi said, Why are you stopping?
She goes, I can never have the same prosthesis that I had when I was a kid.
So, we’ve got to get it out of there, right away.
The surgery is successful, and the patient has regained her ability to walk.
But what about the other side?
It’s a lot of work.
The artificial limb is the most painful part.
It takes hours and hours to wear, and if you don’t use it, it can make you uncomfortable.
I’ve had a few patients with hemiplysis, and they’re very grateful that they got it done.
I just have one question: if I had a prosthetic, what would I wear it with?
When I first started this surgery, I had my doctor make a prosthetized arm for me.
Now, I wear my left arm, and it’s the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn.
But that arm still doesn’t move as well as the artificial arm, because it has to bend around my waist.
So my question is: would I go back and wear the prosthetic?
I have a couple different prosthetic limbs.
My left arm is made from a metal bar, and my right arm is a silicone plastic arm.
And I’m a little nervous about getting them all out of the way.
It’s really hard to do.
But then again, the first prosthetic arm that I ever wore was made by my mom.
So it’s definitely worth a try.
But for now, I just want to have a leg that moves.
Dr Z. Reynaise, a neurosurgeon, says that the most common side effect of using artificial limbs is a “muscle pain.”
If you have hemiplysis, your joints may have to become more flexible to keep your legs from bending forward.
You can see a patient like that in this video.
She was diagnosed with hemipsymia and is a little afraid of walking, but she says that if she has the right artificial limb, she’ll feel like she’s going to be walking again.
So you can see how quickly she wants to