Bud’s Rant

Weight: 280.0 lbs. On our last visit Bud was not able to walk because of sores on his residual limbs (due to weight and swelling fluctuations) and this is what is currently going on in his head: “Argh! I am so frustrated!” I am trying to get a job, have had several interviews but transportation

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“A Good Plan B,” a true story

KiwiTex provides insight into a life that none of us can imagine and the constant frustrations involved. “I know my life must seem unusual to the casual, objective observer, but my life now has its moments of pain and beauty beyond description.  Life is good for me now, for the most part, and everyday’s a

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NEGU!

NEGU! NEGU stands for: Never Give Up! – Jessica Joy Rees (www.thenegufoundation.org) Author: David Caldwell is a certified prosthetist and orthotist and owner of Caldwell Prosthetics and Orthotics in McKinney, Texas. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Introduction to KiwiTex

Kiwi: Nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand. Tex: He likes and lives in Texas. KiwiTex was a business management professor in New Zealand and in 1994 he developed flu-like symptoms.  Patient was diagnosed with spinal meningitis resulting in bilateral below knee , bilateral below elbow amputations and his hearing was severely impaired. KiwiTex

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Winston Churchill

“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill   Author: David Caldwell is a certified prosthetist and orthotist and owner of Caldwell Prosthetics and Orthotics in McKinney, Texas. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Update on Bud!

We have not had the opportunity to walk with Bud because he slipped on a wet floor in his kitchen last week. Bud injured his right residual limb and we have to wait for it to heal before we walk and talk again. Luckily Bud did not hurt his left residual limb. This is something that

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Choices After Amputation

The first thought I had after waking up and realizing my leg was missing was “I won’t be able to play basketball with my son.” If I had not gotten up, started fighting, started standing and started walking I know I would be dead by now. I felt sorry for myself. I became an alcoholic, addicted to

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Bud in Washington, DC

Stories from Bud while in Washinton, DC: I was in Washington several years ago sitting in front of an art gallery in my wheelchair. As people walked by they actually started giving me money. I was dressed nice like a tourist sitting near the curb waiting to be picked up. When a lady hands me

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Bud’s Battle Continues: Week 3

Bud’s weight is 275.8 lbs. We walked 3 laps in Bud’s neighborhood for a total of 1.68 miles. Now here’s Bud: I ran into another amputee the other day that lost his leg in a car accident. He said he did not want them to take his leg but was told that he had no

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Bud’s Battle Continues: Week 2

Walking and talking on lucky Friday the 13th! We walked 3 laps in Bud’s neighborhood for a total of 1.68 miles. Now here’s Bud: “You have to think you are special because after my amputations I felt like a weirdo. I have to tell myself that I am doing more than most people otherwise I

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