Stumps

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The first photo is the very first that my family took when they finally saw me in ICU at Walter Reed.
Second photo was taken of the stitches in my left stump after about surgery #25. I’m a double below knee amputee. Or as the guys who lost their knees like to call it: double paper cuts.

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    1. 1 – why are the stitches so obviously from different surgeries? did they do them at different times?

      2 – lol, you’re stitched up like a baseball! is that normal?

      3 – did they give you the spring step legs? I had a buddy back in highschool that had one of his legs removed after a botched resetting from a break. He was a long distance runner and got the one that looks more like a scoop than a leg, but it mimicked his normal leg pretty well. I’d get interested in seeing what you’re using for normal movements now, asides from a chair.

      4 – Grindhouse those puppies!

      5 – how did your family react when they first saw you at WR? Did they freak out, did you freak out, or was everything just hunky dory cause they knew what to expect?

      6 – thanks for posting these pictures, I’ve never seen anything like them before. mind you I don’t go out of my way searching for shit like this, lol

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      • 1. The right stump was cleaned out and amputated once, hence the older scar lines. I ended up getting a bad infection in my left stump, MRSA, which was set in my bone. I had to get another 20+ minor amputations (shaving the bone off) trying to rid the infection. This was after my last major surgery.

        2. Yeah, the baseball stitch is pretty normal, lol. It has to do with how the arrange the calf muscle, which they leave longer than the bone, and wrap the end of the muscle around the end of the tibia / fibula. Then they stitch the calf muscle into place via holes drilled through my bone.

        3. I do not have the Cheetah legs. I hate running, even before I lost my legs and had to ran 5 miles a day in PT. I do however have legs I use for swimming, rock climbing, golfing, and high impact (sky diving, etc).

        4. When I first saw Grindhouse I told my prothetist I want some M-16 / 203 variants for my legs. Unfortunately Rose had an above knee amputation, where I have below knee ones. So maybe I could fit a M5 or something down there? lol

        5. My folks were a wreck until I started walking again, and showing them that I may be missing my feet, but I’m still more than capable of living a normal life. Took my mother the longest to cope, but I guess that’s what mothers do best: worry.

        6. No problem, I don’t mind letting people see the less often seen side of war. I have some other photos (what my legs looked like before being all nice a stitched up) but you said no gore pics, so I can’t really post them. They’re not bloody, just… meaty. lol

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    2. so how did you lose the legs?

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      • 5 x 133mm rockets wired together as a single IED.
        It was designed to take out our Abrams, but I was the poor bastard who ran it over in my M1114 Up-Armored HMMWV.
        EOD tells me only 2 out of the 5 rockets detonated, so I guess I’m lucky in that aspect. My driver lost his right leg above the knee, and looks like a shark took a bite out of his left thigh. My gunner however survived unscathed.

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    3. I must say this, Thank you for serving. I may not agree with the wars, but I respect you putting that uniform on for our country.

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    4. yeah thanks bro. the western world is very grateful.

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    5. You skydive? That is seriously awesome.

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    6. It’s time for the Metal Legs… It’s risky..

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    7. I forgot to add:

      I get little kids always coming up and asking how I got my “robot legs”.

      It’s hard to tell a small child about war and destruction… they don’t need stories like that at their age.
      So instead I say something I know the can relate to…
      1. I didn’t eat my vegetables.
      2. I was running with scissors.
      3. I was playing with fire.
      4. I didn’t listen to my mommy.

      It’s worked about 30 times now, except the one time when the kid though robot legs were so cool, he swore he would never eat another vegetable again in his life. Whoops!

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    8. If you’re ever in the area (Orange County, CA), I’d like to buy you a beer. It’s the least I can do.

      Thank you for your service.

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    9. Damn, Dude. I’ve heard the phrase “Bitch cut me off at the knees.” But this is the first time someone shown me proof of it.
      On the serious side, glad you all survived. And I second the duck. If you come through Albuquerque, this old salt will stand you a drink.

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    10. ooh-rah brother.

      I knew an E6 with a set of wheels. Fucker could drop 34 pullups no prob.

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    11. You, sir, are amazing. I just wish I could send this link to people without the porn ads.

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    12. 1. Can you still drive?
      I’m guessing yes of course.

      2. How glad are you that it didn’t get your nuts?
      You look normal enough to laugh at that even if some people here won’t.

      3. HOLY SHIT

      4. Do they pay you out for something like that or is it a regular pension?
      I hope it’s a lot more cause HOLY SHIT

      5. Which ones of these do you have?
      www.amputee-coalition.org/easyread/military-instep/feet-ez.html

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      • 1. I took a comprehensive drivers test in a normal car, and one with hand controls. I absolutely did not want to use hand controls, so I passed the normal exam with flying colors.

        2. It’s one of the first things you check, lol
        I have a friend of mine who lost both legs above the knee, and one of his arms. (Brian Andersen, was on the cover of Esquire). After he was stabilized he just kept asking if his junk made it, as long as he could fuck, he was happy.

        3. =P

        4. I get full pension, plus social security and some other benefits. The US takes VERY good care of their wounded, as long as it’s legit. The “I have bad dreams and headache” pussies will bitch all they want about not getting enough disability, but oh well.

        5. I have 6 pairs of legs / feet. Single axis, multi axis, water legs and high impact ones. Pretty something for everything.

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    13. We offer a million “thank yous”. We salute you.
      We offer a drink and a joint if you are in town.
      None of that will ever be enough.
      May the rest of your life be blessed with only good and wonderful things, my friend.
      Thank you for sharing.

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    14. appreciate the sacrifice , sir.

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    15. In addition to thanks for serving, thanks for just being open about your experience and sharing your pictures and comments with the site. more than anything, i think what a lot of civilians need is to hear from folks like you. war to somebody who hasn’t served and/or isn’t close to the military seems almost like an abstract concept – there’s so little reality to it.

      we hear about what happens through news that’s been vetted and will sell papers or advertising or patriotism so much that to just see and read a bit of plain “this is what happened and here is a picture” is completely forgotten.

      it’s hard to imagine when you’re just told something or shown a cleverly timed professionally edited photograph, so sometimes you just have to show a raw picture hear or read some plain words and hope that it starts to stick that there *is* a real place out there full of people and things and life and death and it’s all happening *right there* if only we can snap out of our comfort zone for even a minute and get the barest view of the “world” – one not made of an absolute and with no reality really fixed, but a place that is truly the sum of its ever-changing parts; and it’s a dark, yet often beautiful, place to dwell in. Our home, as human beings.

      So, tl;dr: thanks for the pics and story.

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    16. Thank you for sharing, thank you for serving and thank you for your sacrifice on our behalf.

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    17. 1. You *are* a hero, don’t forget it for a second, and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. I may not be pro-military or pro-silly-political-reasons-we’re-over-there but you volunteered, served loyally and dutifully, and there’s nothing unremarkable about it. If someone asked me that I could make a difference and all it would cost me was half my legs, I’m pretty sure I’d wuss out. Your level of bravery is almost alien to me! 😀

      2. You’re pretty much a god damned walking inspiration for not only being so open about it, and actually trying to enlighten your fellow man, but the way you almost shrug it off and have a very decent sense of humour about it. It’s a kind of trauma I’m sure would mentally/emotionally and maybe even spiritually cripple quite a lot of people faced with it, but you seem to have pretty much moved on. I actually feel better about life because you don’t feel sorry yourself, therefore why should I, and if I’m ever faced with a similar situation, I know there’s someone like you out there who just *dealt* with it. You’re a great benchmark of a human being.

      3. It’s especially rad that you maintain the positivity around the younguns, because we all know they’re impressionable, and they definitely need to know as soon as possible that a lot of perceived disabilities aren’t even really that, and attitude can take you a lot farther than a pair of legs. Shit, you should be speaking at elementary schools. 😛

      4. Glad your teabag’s intact, because the world needs more of you! 😀

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    18. Thank you for Serving your country . You are fucking awesome. I hope in return as a country we take care of you for sacrificing what you have.

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    19. At Least you can still Kick some Ass.

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