For most individuals, an amputation is a traumatic experience, no matter if it is scheduled or sudden. We have all seen how amputation takes a toll on a patient both physically and emotionally, but patients sometimes forget how it will affect the rest of the family, especially the kids in the family. At Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions, we want to help you and your family navigate your new world of prosthetics, which is why we are providing some ideas that may help your children understand, prepare and process your amputation before it takes place.
- Discuss Often
Start preparing your children as soon as you can. Bringing up the topic as often as possible helps your children become comfortable with the subject and shows them that you are comfortable with it as well.
- Show Pictures
Another idea that has helped many families is to show children pictures of what a typical stump looks like. This will prepare them and take away some of the shock of seeing their parent’s stump.
- Joke Around
Some families have found that naming the stump, using fun nicknames or getting the comical amputee t-shirts have helped their children adjust to the amputation.
- Peer Groups
Many hospitals have peer groups or a peer mentoring list to help children discuss their concerns for the amputation with their peers. This can be a great way to help your children voice all of their concerns and learn that they are not alone.
- Online Resources
There are several books for young children as well as websites dedicated to helping children learn about limb loss. Here are the links:
- Positive Attitude
Most importantly, try to keep a positive attitude. In most cases, the amputation is saving your life or taking away chronic pain, and your children should hear that often. It’s true that the amputation will change life for everyone in your family, but by keeping a positive attitude, you will set an amazing example for them to learn from.
Our experts at Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions want to help you and your family make a smooth transition into prosthetic use. If you have any questions, we are here to help!