It can be overwhelming when you're a new amputee. There are many things to deal with that you've never experienced before and that's before you even get your first prosthesis! We'd like to share a great resource, AmputeeOT. Christina makes fun, informative, and honest videos about her experience as a left below knee amputee. Click below to see how she clears up common misconceptions about getting your first prosthesis.
We've been hard at work these last few months, folks! It's been a fantastic summer so far at AAL, with barbecues, birthdays, and amazing PNW sunshine. We've also been fine tuning and tweaking our processes in the office to better serve our patients.
Speaking of improvements, you may have noticed a new button on the navigation bar at the top of our website. The "Make A Payment" link is brand new and allows you to pay your invoice online instead of mailing a check or calling it in over the phone. Please let us know if you experience any issues with the online payment system- it's a learning curve for us as well!
Alright, gonna get back to the grind. Hope everyone is enjoying the weather just as much as we are!
On 5/21/2017, both John and Melanie will be participating in the Beat the Bridge 8k race! The JRDF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) works tirelessly to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. We here at AAL support their work in addition to getting outside and moving! The 8k has a wheelchair division, by the way. If 8k isn't your thing or seems a little daunting, there's a 3 mile/1 mile fun walk/run to participate in OR you can even virtually attend online to help raise donations.
Please consider donating to the AAL Team: we're going for a goal of $500! Here's the link: American Artificial Limb Team Donations
Curious as to what the Beat the Bridge run is all about? Don't know what JRDF and T1D stand for? Here's an explanation from their website:
ABOUT BEAT THE BRIDGE
The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes is a fundraiser for JDRF — the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event consists of an 8K run and wheelchair race, a 3-mile walk, a 1-mile fun run, and the Diaper Derby for toddlers. The event is called Beat the Bridge because the course travels over Seattle’s University Bridge, which is raised during the race. Participants try to cross the bridge before it is raised. Those who don't beat the bridge must wait, with a live band and entertainment, for the bridge to come back down. After a few minutes, the bridge lowers and everyone can finish the race. Since the first Beat the Bridge race in 1983, Nordstrom has partnered with JDRF to raise funds to cure, prevent and better treat T1D. Beat the Bridge is part of the JDRF One Walk program, which holds annual charitable walks in more than 200 locations in 13 countries. JDRF One Walk has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research and we are proud to currently hold the number one position as the largest Walk in the country! We hope you will join us on May 21, 2017 for the 35th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes.
ABOUT JDRF & TYPE 1 DIABETES:
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that is currently unpreventable. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle and occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing beta cells within the pancreas and begins killing them off. Eventually the pancreas isn’t able to produce enough insulin to control the blood-sugar spikes that happen after eating. Today, people with T1D rely on insulin therapy to control their blood sugar levels. Insulin therapy is imperfect, however, and even with advances in care, most people still experience life-threatening blood-sugar highs and lows. 1.25 million Americans currently have type 1 diabetes (T1D), and the disease costs about $15 billion each year to treat. Finding ways to prevent this disease is central to saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. That's why since 1970, JDRF has sponsored nearly $2 billion in scientific research in 17 countries. We won't stop until we create a world without T1D."
The last few months have just flown by for the team! We've gotten much more comfortable in the new office space, working out scheduling kinks and settling into the flow of a new location. Even the snow a couple weeks ago barely put a hitch in our stride.
One big change has happened; Karen has joined the team at Children's Hospital here in Seattle. She'll get to move forward with her career goals of working with families and children in need of prosthetics and orthotics. So, while we will miss her incredible care, professionalism, and dedication at AAL, we wish her all the success in her new position!
John and Donn are available by appointment to follow up with any of our patients that used to see Karen, so please don't hesitate to call or email. We look forward to continuing to provide the level of care you've come to expect from us here at American Artificial Limb!
After 4 full days of nothing but moving, organizing, and setting up, we had our first full day in the new space yesterday. Phone calls and faxes were mixed up all of those days, so taking the time to straighten out messages, schedules, and patient calls was extra important! We're set up now and thankfully, all technology is working as it's meant to- including emails and our paperless record system.
As we move into November, reflecting on how very thankful we are for our patients, co-workers, and the ability to move into a new space is at the front of our minds here at AAL.
The final countdown begins: 8 days until we're in our new home in Georgetown.
We can barely believe it ourselves! Moving day is just looming around the corner. Starting November 1st, our wonderful patients will be able to see us at our new location: 650 S Orcas St, Seattle WA 98108.
John, Donn, Erik, and Karen have all been hard at work, setting up the new office, including the new lab area. We're using as many re-purposed items as possible and are very excited about the new space! Keep an eye on our blog for more photos and progress reports.
Earlier this year, Evening (King5 News) came into our office and filmed someone getting their kickstart brace. The video gives you a brief history of how it came into use and how it helped this one patient in particular. We were glad to be part of the video and even happier that we were able to help increase their mobility. Click the link below!
Yes, it's true. After 48 years at our Capitol Hill location, we are moving! This has been long in the making and I'm sure if you've been a long time patient of ours, you know we've been talking about something like this for quite some time.
The last month has been busy with signing contracts, picking out trim, painting (SO MUCH PAINTING!), and carpet, and ordering/fabricating new office appliances. Our new location will be in the Georgetown neighborhood at 650 S Orcas St, 98108. Suite 100 will be the space we call home!