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A friend's dad has one of his legs amputated. There's an older man in his building with the opposite leg amputated. Whenever they buy a new pair of shoes they give the shoe they can't use to the other guy.
I thought that was one of the best things ever. Something about it makes me smile
Edit: now its bugging me, have to ask him about the shoe size!
*Update for anyone who notices: I asked at work, today, and the guy in his dad's building isn't very well off, so they don't actually trade. His dad just likes to be nice and gives the guy the other shoe. The shoe size is a little big, but he said it is close enough. I told my co worker to tell his dad and the other guy about contacting the one shoe charities/Nike about getting a single shoe.
I’ve heard similar stories like this and it warms my heart every time!!
You've got to find your sole-mate.
(I did not come up with this)
I think there's a website for that.
No, really. You list what size and what style of shoe, then arrange swaps with your match.
Link for anyone curious
/u/Thetschopp thanks for posting :) Full link: https://www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/shoe-exchanges/
/u/yokedaddysupreme - You are amazing! Keep going! Also, you can tell your story in April Limb Loss Awareness Month per that link.
Dates to Remember
Mark your calendar to join us for:
April 8-9: Hill Day, educating your legislators at home and in D.C.
April 14: Support Group Appreciation Day!
April 19: Certified Peer Visitor Day
April 27: SHOW YOUR METTLE Day
There's a oneshoe bank program that nike does, you have to have a US address and apparently they send you one shoe every year for the rest of your life? you have to sign up by calling them.
We do still offer the One Shoe Bank program (US only). Participants must have a valid US shipping address and follow http://Nike.com shipping requirements (no PO Boxes or international shipping). To get signed up, give us a call at 1-800-344-6453.
You'll need both shoes fam. That old man has an old prosthetic before they made customs. see ya at r/amputee
Hate to say it. But you are gonna need both shoes. The prosthetic feet are built on a 3/8” heel. This means with out the shoe you are gonna feel like you are falling backwards all the time. That being said Bass pro does offer to amputees the ability to “mix and match” shoe size with only paying for one set.
Small edit. If you wear a size 13 boot I am a right bka. Just throwing it out there.
Nice username and good advice.
We need to find your swap buddy and double your shoe options!
That's so great! Years ago I was hit by a drunk driver and it almost took my right foot completely off, luckily I had an amazing surgeon. The next day, I got a basket with a little teddy bear and his ankle was wrapped up. What a lovely gesture
Lucky they have similar sized feet!
And live in the same building. What are the actual chances? I don’t know literally anybody with one leg, let alone someone living in my building.
My grandad only had one leg and lived next door to another guy with no leg. Same leg though, so I guess no sharing a pair of shoes.
"Two of my great-granddaddies was soldiers. Hell, that's how I came to be. Each of them lost a leg in the Civil War. My Great-granddaddy Galloway, he lost his left... and my Great-granddaddy Reid lost his right. They met in a shoe store in Galveston. Every year after that, same date, same store, they'd get together... and pick out a new pair of shoes for the two of them." - Joe Galloway, "We Were Soldiers."
Wait so not only do they have opposite legs amputated, but they also wear the same size shoe?
Damn, there is a god
My Grandfather (on my Dad’s side) had polio as a kid. As such, he has two different size feet.
A childhood friend down the street had the same—but in the opposite. So, they did the same: went shoe shopping together and just swapped.
Amazing how that works.
The man, the myth, the leg end
Thank you so much, omg I can't believe this is true. Well I didn't came unprepared, so... First of all I want to thank you, the gilders, for making this the biggest day of my life. Also thanks to the rest of you guys for giving me the needed upvotes, it feels really great. I'm so grateful. It is heartwarming to be a part of this community so I am really privileged, I really am. I also want to take this opportunity and thank my mother and father for being there when it was most needed, thanks for the smartphone, I love you guys. Thanks to all my friends who believed in me and supported me to make an account on Reddit, I knew I could count on you guys! Grandpa, thank you for guiding me the right direction, without you this type of comment would never had been made. R.I.P grandma, I hope you are smiling down on me. A big thank you to my cat, who was calming me down when I wrote this comment. I want to thank my high-school teacher for teaching me how to spell, where are you Mr. Petersson? there you are... Sir, I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for you. A big shout out to the Reddit academy and the mods for not removing my comment, it really ment alot. Thanks to everyone who got a smile on their lips, I hope you enjoyed the short amount of time we had together on this post. Really overwhelming, I'm really lost for words! Again thank you very much, I love you all!
C ya soon.
I’m just glad I’m not above you
Also, since many of you are asking for my Instagram
I post there all the time about my Amputation and I update it as often as I can to bring y’all on the journey with me!
The man is so honorable that he didn't answer. Massive respect.
I didn’t even realize that was an option. What a guy
Unfortunately due to the fact that guys post is now top post, you are in fact. The dude above him. Sorry about your gayness.
That's the top comment now, leaving a picture of you above it.
Hey man, I don’t discriminate. However, of the op of the comment doesn’t show up in 15 minutes, I’m legally allowed to leave
Hate to break it to you man, he’s the top comment now so the one above him is....
We’ve got a leg up on you
I’m so sorry you’re so cute I did it for the pun
I am not a doctor but work in the orthopedic field. You should check out a company called LIM innovations for their infinite socket. They make next generation prosthetics for amputees, kind of like the apple of phones. All the best best to you!
Every year his leg will become obsolete and he'll need to buy a new one?
Or itll start freezing up on you for no apparent reason other than it's a year or two old. As well as leak your nudes.
Eh he’s an attractive dude. If his nudes got leaked he’d probably get laid.
Holy fuck this made me laugh hard. And not far from the truth, my legs "wear out" bi yearly. I don't notice it but the prosthetist (Hanger Prosthetics of Tacoma) showed me the slop that develops. Considering I wore my first real prosthetic leg (not a beginner or trainer leg) I had it so long I had to replace the pivot pin with a bolt from ace hardware. I wore that leg for ten years. Prosthetist had a freaking cow when he saw my mods.
I opened this thread for the feels and ended up laughing like an idiot. Thanks dude
Dude, at least you have your knee. Might not seem like much atm but shit, what I wouldn't give for that knee. Mine is disarticulate at the knee, I have my patella (kneecap) but no knee. You will be one hundred and ten percent after you get used to your prosthesis, the extra ten percents comes from the character you build on the road to recovery.
Dump those fucking archaic crutches and pick up a set of real crutches from WalkEasy Sure you can knock out someone with those but they are heavy as hell compared to WalkEasy.
Regarding phantom sensations, aka phantom pains. Ask your PT person to teach you relaxation techniques. That was the only way I could deal with it. I use the water submersion technique where you imagine your being slowly dipped in starting with the toes and slowly working up to the head. My Dr. told me the sensations would go away after some time, but he lied. I can still move my ankle and knee in my head, and feel it like it's there. It's been over 40 years.
Me on my walkeasy crutches.
Just casually posing next to that bush. Well done sir! Sorry for your pain, hopefully the MJ helps a bit.
I'm one of the lucky ones. High pain tolerance and copious amounts weed. :)
Love your dogs. Also, I agree that buttons are overrated.
Man I love that herd of pooches you got there, I bet they love having all that space to run around and be silly. That looks like a pretty fun moment.
So many dogs! How many do you have?
I provide homes to unwanted dogs and rehome them. I lost the big brindle last year, he was my baby. His sister and step brother are here, along with a friends dog who moved to PA. Also I let a friend park his trailer on my property, and watch it when he goes to Alaska or if it's too cold to hang with him in his truck while he works. So the real answer is a variable depending on how you look at things, but it's 4 total at this time. When this pic was taken it was a bunch. (those two white doggos would not run out the dog door when the others ran out barking, they would run to my SECURITY MONITOR and check the yard first. This is no shit. They were fence jumpers however and growled at my neighbors while lying on the neighbors couch in their garage.. So found them a new home with less neighbors)
a wild herd of good boyes appears!
It's been over 40 years.
I know it's not the same thing, but I've got a dog who's a front-limb amputee. He's 15 and had his leg taken off when he was about 5 or 6. To this day, he'll still lick the bed/carpet/floor where the missing limb is. I'll go and give him a good rub down/massage when he starts, hoping it'll help (not sure if it does, but he appreciates it).
No one really believes me he has phantom limb sensations. I'm glad it's not all in my head.
Love your pack. Thanks for sharing.
The phantom phenomenom is real. This strangely warms my heart. :) Thanks for sharing.
Username checks out.
Wish I had my knee as well.
Keep fighting man, looking at your Instagram you seem like a cool guy, have a good evening
Thanks! I really do appreciate it! I hope you have a wonderful evening as well❤️
What did you get it amputated for?
holy hell that bowel movement part had me in tears, you have a talent for storytelling!
The bowel movement part was nothing but pain. But I am honestly glad I could bring some laughter to your life!
One time I was in the hospital on narcotics and couldnt poop for a week. I finally pooped expecting a ton of poop. Instead I had the most painful shit of my life. I turned around and looked, and I had shit out pieces of what looked like mummified turds. They were white and shriveled.
I had some other digestive issues at the same time, and wasnt eating much so that contributed. That was the weirdest poop ever.
yeah that means your bile salts arent making it through your intestines I believe.
Happens a lot with narcotics
I've had those legendary bowel movements after taking pain meds, too. Filled up the entire toilet bowl once. It was literally the most rancid thing I've ever smelled, and people are supposed to like the smell of their own waste!
We are supposed to not find our waste as stinky as everyone else, we aren't supposed to like it.
First comment made me poop faster
I would think Hopscotch would be a great name
When i was i high school i worked at a local pet shop. We had a woman come in, looking for a pet for her disabled daughter. Her daughter used crutches and leg braces. I don't remember for sure, but I think she had CP. They didn't want a dog (we didn't sell dogs anyway) because she wouldn't be able to walk one very effectively, but weren't sure what to get.
Our manager said, "I think we might have the perfect pet for you". She took them back to the bird section. We used to breed zebra finches in the store, and one little male was born with a deformed foot. It wasn't functional, and he would stand on it, but the toes didn't open and close. He was perfectly health, but he didn't ever sell, because nobody wanted the one with the weird foot. My manager told them that his leg didn't work right either, but that it didn't stop him from being a perfect little finch, and that he needed someone to take him home that didn't care that his foot was different. She told the mother that she could have him for free if it would make her daughter happy. The Little girl was elated, her mother cried.
It was one of the most heart warming things I've ever seen.
So wholesome ❤️
I'm crying again, you monster
At Build-A-Bear Workshop. "I need you to chop the leg off", "Excuse me mam what?" "Give me the scissors I'm about to make someone day!"
This actually made me laugh pretty hard😂 that’s one hell of a visual
Sometimes the best hugs are the ones you would give yourselves via anthropomorphized teddy bears.
I absolutely 100% agree even though there is a big word in there that I don’t understand
He’s just using big words to make himself sound more photosynthesis
Bless you big man.
Can I suggest Hiccup as a name for the bear? (Lead character in How to Train your Dragon)
You can be his Toothless! ❤
That’s absolutely adorable. I have him in my lap right now judging these names with me!
You'll have to take the bear everywhere with you now haha.
But hey, it could be a brilliant conversation starter.
I wish you the best in future buddy! 😊
If you haven't seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqiU5FgsYc
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME. OF COURSE IVE SEEN IT YOU GOD DAMN ANIMAL. IVE CRIED ENOUGH TODAY😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🤙🏻
I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING!
I also need a name for this bear so if anyone has a name, I’m open to pretty much anything so nothing is off limits!
EDIT: A winner shall be chosen by the amount of likes. You have 24 hours!
Winnie the Am-pooh-tee
Edit: and you can introduce yourself as Christopher Hobblin'
I vote for hiccup
Might I recommend Footloose?
Donald Stump was pretty hilarious
Remember, you don't choose a life, you live one.
I remember that every day when I wake up. I completely agree with you!
You have so many opportunities now. You can introduce yourself to new people as Stumpy, when talking about a night out you can say you were literally legless, and when you've had a hard day you can tell people that you're on your last leg.
This genuinely gave me a good chuckle! Thank you for giving me this. I have memorized these already and will use them on a daily basis until I am hated by everyone
You just need to work your way into some kind of management position, so you can tell your employees to hop to it.
What happened to your leg?? I work for a non-profit called Adaptive Training Foundation. I'd love to hear more about your story and if there's any way we can help. Check out www.teamatf.org Edit: Saw your story, you should definitely check it out and message me if you have any questions.
This is so damn awesome. I have mad respect for you and people like you. So for that, I thank you for your service❤️
I hope you don't mind. But I instruct heavy machinery (forklifts especially) and I have adapted your story into my training routine. It really helps to show people how safety is important and observation is key before any manouveres are carried out. But above all else, it has shown me that when these things happen, keep your chin up and life will find a way to continue. Thank you for that.
Absolutely!! Safety is so important so I’m glad I could be of some help!!
Well. It looks like you got your knee and enough leg to mount a decent prosthesis.
Now you just need to convince the doctors that you definitely need a cybernetic leg with a built in spring that allows you to jump 3 meters into the air.
Shh, that’s the plan😉
That’s awesome! But I can’t stop staring at the shoe on the carpet.
Prosthetics are coming along really well these days. Look into it be because I've seen studies at Universities like GA tech that they even have some way of restoring control/feeling to limbs with robotics now.
The way things are progressing you will probably have a better leg than most people do by the time you're in your 60s.
Anon: I'm gonna send this amputated bear doll to fuck with him. Lol..
OP : Thank you for making my day!, I Love U!!
One of my best friends got the same amputation when we were 19. It's gonna be hard, but always remember that it doesn't take 2 feet to be whole man. You're not less than what you used to be. Also, no matter how used to your prosthetic you get, if you get drunk, you will fall down, and it will be funny
I've seen a few of your posts on the front page before, I didn't send the bear but you deserve the happiness it makes you feel. Mad respect bro! 🤟
Thanks homie/m’lady, I appreciate the support! It means so much to me!
Hey dude, I’m very sorry to hear about the tough time you’re going through. This will sound hokey, but I’m going through something similar right now (which you could look at my post history to get an idea about), and I wanna put this out there too. I’m crossing my fingers that this won’t come across as in poor taste You’re going to learn a lot about yourself throughout this process. It’ll seem crazy to think or say this, but you’ll find that the entire process isn’t all bad. Of course it would be better if medical things didn’t happen, but you’re gonna find some strength in yourself that you might not have even known you had.
I hope that didn’t come across as insensitive. I just felt a connection to this thing that you’re going through. I wish you all the best. Here’s to a good life ahead of you.
Name the bear Hope so every time you hold the bear, you're reminded to hold onto hope to get you through everything.
I'll be keeping you in my thoughts! Have a good evening!
That’s a wonderful idea! But alas, I shall let the people decide!
At least the whole sock thing is easier
It really does. I just doubled all of them!
After so much tears from pain I am happy you have tears of joy too honey. Whoever send you this sweet bear will receive a star in heaven. You have the biggest heart I know and I am so proud of you. You should write a book one day .. you have always worn your heart on the outside and you touch so many people with your heart, love and caring. You are my hero and my love.. forever. I miss you.. and yes, we have a goal. Start that bucket list and I wish we could visit and actually meet some of these amazing people who write you, one day! Love your attitude honey. Keep kicking ass at the gym. It will be fun to see what the bears name will be 😁♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹 Mom
With your name and address showing, you might just end up with some more stuff 🙂😉
One of my best friends just had to have his leg amputated. Complications from a bad infection that was due to an injury he got because he's diabetic. I don't know what to say to him sometimes. I know rehab is going to be hard and I know that for him the loss of his leg is a big deal. I'm glad to see that there are good people like you and the anonymous person who sent you the bear out there. Faith in humanity restored.
So... This 45" leg lamp costs $150. If op approves I could chip in $10. I know reddit could be good for the rest. Maybe op could keep any surplus. Let's do something nice again!
A Christmas Story House - A Christmas Story Full Size 45" Leg Lamp, Cream https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VWXG0I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WOVICb6HKFCNS
Edit: op seems like a good dude. It's not about the lamp. Maybe just helping a brother out.
Dude I would fucking love that lamp. It is officially on my wishlist
I REALLY hope this catches on. You've responded to literally every post. You seem like a cool dude. I'd love to see reddit at least make the lamp come true! Thanks for not thinking I was being some kind of dick by suggesting the leg lamp. 😊
Haha well I’m trying to respond! There’s kind of a lot but I’m doing my best! If someone takes time out of their day to brighten mine, the least I can do is send my thanks!
And don’t worry, I don’t really get offended by shit😂 if it’s true, I’ll just laugh!
Congrats on the weight loss!
For real though. That's sweet as fuck. Keep up the positivity sir.
Anonymous gifter: "Oh shit, I totally forgot the card."