Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for PATIENTSJanuary 2012
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Optimus Patient Sets High Goals
A New Life for Medical Equipment
We Want Your Pictures!
Prosthetic FAQ
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Optimus Patient Sets High Goals


Meet Air Force Captain, Chris Trobough, Optimus Patient and Transfemoral Amputee.   Chris was diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma in July, 2010, which resulted in approximately 2 dozen tumors in his left leg and, ultimately, amputation above the knee in March of 2011. 


We first met Chris the week prior to his amputation surgery. "I was so impressed with Chris, right from the start," says John Brandt, CPO for Optimus Prosthetics. "Here was this young dad, with young kids, facing this challenge - but he was always upbeat, always positive. He was active and strong, and was already setting goals for after the amputation. I knew he was going to be a great candidate!"   


When asked how he was able to stay so positive and get through such a challenging situation, Chris cites three things: 1. His faith in God. 2. His two little girls, Whitley Claire and Natalie. And 3. "I never forgot the fact that really, I'm blessed. There are so many people out there who are so much worse off than me. There people who have lost both legs. I always remembered that, and never felt sorry for myself."

When asked how his life has changed since the amputation, his surprising answer was, "Not much, really. I'm still doing almost all of the things I did before. I might not do them as well as I used to, but I'm still doing them - like playing basketball, and running for example."


Speaking of running, Chris will begin working with his therapist in the Spring specifically on running, as he has his eyes on a goal he set for himself - to run the Air Force 5K this September! Knowing Chris as we do, we have no doubt he will reach that goal, and we are looking forward to being with him to see it happen. In fact, some Optimus Prosthetics staff members are making plans to join him on his run!


Interested in being there to see Chris reach his goal, or has Chris inspired you to set the same goal for yourself?  


You can find the details here:


Finding a New Life for Medical Equipment

From inMotion, November/December 2011

By Michael Amsel


Terri Ross of Paducah, Kentucky, lost her right leg in a horrible motorcycle accident on September 21, 2003, necessitating a dramatic change in her lifestyle and requiring the use of a wheelchair and prosthetic limb. Marilyn Ingram, Ross' sister, remembers getting the phone call "that changed everyone's world."


"I was just devastated," says Ingram. "At the beginning, there was some hope they were going to save her leg. But then we learned she would lose it. I get so emotional every time I think about it."


Instead of feeling sorry for herself, and lapsing into depression, Ross turned the setback into a positive experience, helping to establish the Paducah Area Amputees in Action in February 2005. At the outset, she single-handedly recruited people who had suffered a limb loss and encouraged them to share their experiences, bond and help others deal with the difficult transition.


"I would go to rehab centers and hospitals and see people who didn't have arms or legs," Ross says. "I would go up to them and say, 'I'm in the same boat; let's get together and talk about our lives and help each other.' I also recruited people from doctor' offices; sometimes I would even go up to people on the street without limbs and ask them to join."


Ross has now taken on an even larger and more significant challenge: She recycles durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs and makes arrangements to get it to people in need. Initially, Ross would see equipment at consignment sales and think to herself, "There has to be a way to get this stuff to the right people."


Inspired, she took out an ad in a free local newspaper asking for "gently used" medical equipment to recycle to those in need. She cited her affiliation with the support group and, within days, her phone began ringing off the hook.


Read the rest of the story here.

We Want Your Pictures and Videos!

We are proud of our patients, and their personal triumphs! If you have a picture or video of yourself "living life to the fullest," we would like to post it on our Facebook page! Send it to Beth Warren. And don't forget to "Like" us!  


Prosthetic FAQ 


Each quarter, we bring you information and support on living with a prosthetic device. In this issue: TRAVELING WITH A PROSTHESIS.


Although it is cold and snowy outside in Dayton, Ohio, you may already planning your next family vacation. If that vacation requires an airplane ticket, you may be unsure about what is necessary at the airport screening.

Below is a link to TSA's guidelines for travelers with Prosthetic Devices. Take some time to review it before taking your next trip
. Click here.


At Optimus, we're here for you!

We want to thank you for the confidence you have placed in us at Optimus!  Our team will always do everything possible to merit that confidence.  Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do for you!  


Click here to email us or call the office at 937-454-1900


Has it been awhile since you've had your prosthetic device checked? Why not call today for an appointment? We can check the fit and function of your prosthesis, and make sure you are continuing at your optimal potential.