AmputeeOT: Moving muscles and massaging my stump 2.5 months after amputation

February 1, 2020 0 By Jose Scott

Greta, are you gonna take over my video? *laughs* Hello, this is Christina the Amputee OT. It’s been about two and a half months since my amputation. I wanted to make a video showing you what my leg looks like, now that it’s been a while. *machinery and welding noises* You can see my scar line has kind of widened. That’s because I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It’s a connective tissue disorder that causes your skin to be kind of stretchy. I use this mirror. You can see both the front and the back of my leg at the same time. In this shot, I’m trying to duplicate the movements that I make with my organic foot with the movements I’m trying to make with my phantom foot. You can see that I can still move those muscles. I feel like I’m moving that foot, but I’m obviously not. It’s not there anymore. You notice that when I bend my leg against my thigh you can see my tissue here kind of goes “loop”, makes a ski slope. I know it might seem really weird to smash my stump against a plate of glass. And you’re right, it is weird, but part of the reason I’m doing things like that is to sort of take away some of the mystery and mystique of stumps and kind of normalize them. You know, make them seem like they’re not so foreign and weird. I don’t know if I’m actually accomplishing my goal, but it’s worth a try, right? Alright, guys. I hope you found this video to be interesting and informative if not a little weird. So if you liked it, go ahead and subscribe to my channel. Comment below in the comment section if you have any questions and have a good one. Bye Bye!