Until today, this podcast series has focused on healthcare professionals and researchers and the myriad activities in which they all engage. We are very excited that, for this interview, listeners have an opportunity to hear the views of an individual who was on the other side. Mr. Pierre Lucien is an individual who had both legs amputated above the knee. In 2008, while on a training run with the Atlanta, Georgia Police Department, he fell to the ground unconscious when he experienced massive organ failure. In an effort to save his life, doctors had to amputate both of his legs above the knees. He later was transferred to the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute at NYU Langone where he underwent additional surgery and began rehabilitation. Today, he is married and the father of two children and earns a living while employed at a police department in Marietta, Georgia. The interview with him consists of three parts.
In Part 2 Pierre discusses: from the perspective of an amputee what is considered both a good day and a bad day; amount of time elapsed from time of surgery before prostheses were prescribed and use of them began; length of time to accommodate to having prosthetic limbs; kinds of problems that can develop when a prosthetic device exerts pressure on a limb’s soft tissue and how to deal with them; once prosthetics are fitted and used how much maintenance of them is involved; and adjustments in prostheses necessary to carry anything heavy or in trying to navigate uneven ground or a flight of stairs and the kinds of challenges involved, such as feeling a loss of balance.