Daisy's second prosthetic prototype has arrived, and we have been practicing together ever since. I added Velcro straps and gel cushion on her 'legs' and am excited that we are moving on. I have noticed that we have been receiving comments of how Daisy looks uncomfortable, sad, and it's unnecessary to transition to prosthetic legs. I hope that you will keep in mind that Daisy is bound to go through some struggles in order to adapt to her new device, just like how it took some time for her to adapt to her wheelchair. Unlike the wheelchair, Daisy will have to find her balance while in the prosthetic legs. Her toughest challenge will be to gain strength in her front legs so she can keep the balance. I believe it will take her months before actually being able to take steps on her own.
I appreciate the concern for Daisy's well being and I can assure you that my priority for Daisy is her comfort and happiness and won't jeopardize that. Although the 3D designer who created the prosthetic legs have great knowledge and skill for 3D modelling/ design, creating prostheses is not his field and has no medical background. There is a great possibility that the design may not work out and I have already begun my research for other options to be prepared in case that occurs.
I am eternally grateful for the emotional support and monetary support that we have been receiving. Thank you very much for following our journey. Daisy and I will continue to practice and hopefully be able to see her walk in her new legs soon.
Lots of love,
Sheena and Daisy