These past couple of months have been exciting for me and Allison. I have spoken at the AOPA (American Orthotics & Prosthetics Association) opening ceremony to approximately 700 people, which was very thrilling. The attendees varied from prosthetists and orthotists to sales representatives and CEOs. Unfortunately, Allison got there a few hours later coming from class. In August she started the St Petersburg College Orthotics & Prosthetics program and it's been very time consuming for her.
But how cool will it be once she graduates? I will be able to not only get free prosthetics, but also use her to my own prosthetic ideas I have! Of course I'm just kidding. They don't even recommend her to be my prosthetist, since it's a very professional relationship between practitioner and patients.
She has been very useful with small fixes, though. She's always ready just in case something brakes, which is pretty often, due to the number os small parts and components on my arms and legs. What other girl out there walks around with an Allen key size 5 in their purses anyways?
For what I've seen, she will be an excellent prosthetist, specially because of the time she spends around other amputees, including her father and, of course, myself. Having special people in her life that have gone through such experiences is what drives her to be helpful to others, and that's what makes a great professional. I can't wait for the years to come! Hopefully we will continue to impact a lot of people positively.