Some people know that I'm a bit of a grammar hound. I'm not ashamed to admit this. In fact, I'm quite proud of it. I actually enjoyed diagramming sentences in high school. I liked learning the French language because I loved learning a new grammatical puzzle, if you will.
If you know me you know that I hate it when signs are incorrect. Particularly with apostrophes. You don't need an apostrophe when you are not writing a contraction or showing possessive. For example...
Don't (apostrophe in place for the 'o'.... do not = don't)
Suzie's dog (whose dog? Suzie's)
The Kids' bikes (multiple kids and their bikes- showing possessive)
Plurals do not get apostrophes...
the dogs (more than one)
the dog's bone (possessive as to whose bone)
The difficult one (and the one that drives my students into an angry and argumentative fit is...
Its and It's
It is = It's (contraction)
I know, I know....
Okay so let's talk prosthetics vs. prosthesis
Prosthetic is an adjective describing the noun. She has a prosthetic leg. Leg is the noun and prosthetic modifies it or describes it.
A prosthesis is a noun. She has a prosthesis.
If you wikipedia Prosthesis you get this...
"In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing body part. It is part of the field of biomechatronics, the science of fusing mechanical devices with human muscle, skeleton, and nervous systems to assist or enhance motor control lost by trauma, disease, or defect. Prostheses are typically used to replace parts lost by injury (traumatic) or missing from birth (congenital) or to supplement defective body parts. In addition to the standard artificial limb for every-day use, many amputees have special limbs and devices to aid in the participation of sports and recreational activities."
If you type in prosthetic it reroutes you to prosthesis because prosthetic is an adjective or a derivative of prosthesis (the word).
If you type in prosthetic into dictionary.com you get this...
Okay, so this is not the goal of this post but I had to clear this up first.
Madeleine should get a new prosthesis in the fall or so (or a new prosthetic leg, shall I say). We have the option of covering the leg so that it has some sort of print on it. We can also do a 'tattoo' so that you have a picture and it is laminated onto the leg. We do not have the option of a cool pipe leg. Unfortunately. As Madeleine is a below knee amputee (bka) and thus there is not enough room between her actual leg and the prosthetic foot.
I thought I would put up a few pictures to help you understand the complex world of prosthetic limbs. At the end of this post I am hoping that you can help us make a decision.
Logan's cool pipe leg which we cannot have :(
Love this picture of Logan! He is laughing! What a kid!
Mei Mei's cool laminated pipe leg (example of laminated patterns)
Mei Mei, herself, what a star!
Helen's fabulous Finding Nemo leg
What kid would NOT want this leg?
Another view. Cute shoes too!
Helen, and her cuteness, in her fantastic leg! Helen is just over two years olf and obviously doing as well as Madeleine with her prosthesis. She was born with the same type of thing as Madeleine and her mom, Amy, has been a huge support of me! Thanks Amy!
All of Sarah's legs
Sara has the same type of amputation as Madeleine. I don't know this child personally but I wish I did. She seems incredible. She surfs, she swims and she is so beautiful. Pretty cool that she has all these legs, eh? Shows you how much growth can happen. She donated the legs, by the way.
Sarah's new leg:
So now you see our options. I have been think that we want to laminate some fabric onto Madeleine's new leg. It will look like Helen's or Sara's remember. The dilemma in making this decision is knowing that more attention will be brought to the leg. Parents who have kids with prosthetic limbs know all about this. How much attention do we really want? Should I just get it out there? Am I in the mood to explain what 'this' is? I'm not sure. Sometimes people don't even know that Madeleine wears a prosthesis; especially when she is wearing pants. Other times they notice but do not know what it is.
Here is a conversation that occured at the park the other day.
Older lady that was playing peek a boo with Madeleine: Is that a cast on her leg or something?
Me: No, it is an artificial leg (pause for understanding) a prosthesis.
Lady: a what?
Me: a prosthesis. She doesn't have a foot so her leg fit into the prosthesis so she can walk.
Lady: does she have a leg?
Me: yes, about this much below her knee (showing her with my fingers spread).
Lady: Oh. Was she born without a foot?
Me: No, she had a foot but it wasn't functional so we amputated.
Lady: (gasp) wow, that must have been a difficult decision.
Me: yes, it was. But she is so 'normal' now we don't really think about it.
Lady: Well, now yes, but it will be hard for her when she is older.
Me: Yep, probably, but you know, this isn't really that big of a deal.
Lady: (raises eyebrows)
Me: seriously, having twins is harder than dealing with a child with a prosthesis. She is fine.
Me: okay, gotta go... nice chatting.
What would you have said? Where is the balance between educating and just wanting to be left alone.